Telecoms

Rising Stars Q&A – Wanja Humanes, Swisscom Ventures
Q&A with Wanja Humanes, investment manager, Swisscom Ventures
Plume connects to $270m in funding
The wifi technology provider, backed by a host of corporates, has completed a series E round valuing it at $1.35bn.
Corporate venturing deal net: 15-19 February 2021
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
Pivotal turns to $50m series C
Globalstar owner Thermo Companies and Fidelity have participated in the 5G infrastructure technology developer’s series C round.
Omnispace connects to $60m
The Intelsat-backed satellite communication technology developer has secured funding in a Fortress Investment Group-led round ahead of plans to launch part of its network in 2022.
Loon comes back down to earth
Google X's balloon internet spinoff is shutting down despite raising $125m from corporate joint venture HapsMobile in 2019.
OneWeb attracts $400m
SoftBank paid $350m for a 30% stake in the satellite internet system developer, which has emerged from bankruptcy, while Hughes Network Systems supplied the other $50m.
Orange spins off corporate venturing unit
Orange Ventures has been spun off into an independent venture firm with an extra $426m from its former parent company, and added Mathieu de La Rochefoucauld as managing partner.

Other News

Digital Alpha connects to WeLink with $185m
The Cisco-affiliated asset managment firm is now the largest external investor in fixed-wireless broadband service WeLink.
Kymeta secures $30m Hanwha investment
Hanwha Systems has agreed to provide $30m in funding for the satellite technology provider, whose existing investors include Liberty Global and Intelsat.
Powerlist Q&A – Irene Gómez Luque, Telefónica Connected Open Innovation
Q&A with Irene Gómez, director, Telefónica Connected Open Innovation
Totum Labs tots up $13m series A
Qamcom Research and Technology took part in a series A round set to accelerate low orbit satellite operator Totum Labs' deployment and commercialisation plans.
Comcast brings Comcast Ventures further in-house
The unit, which oversees a portfolio including NextDoor, Pony.ai, Bird and Hippo, will operate as part of Comcast's business development division.
Cellwize sells corporates on $32m series B
Subsidiaries of Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, Verizon and Sonae all contributed to help push the mobile optimisation software provider's overall funding above $56m.

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Orange spins off corporate venturing unit
Orange Ventures has been spun off into an independent venture firm with an extra $426m from its former parent company, and added Mathieu de La Rochefoucauld as managing partner.
Comcast brings Comcast Ventures further in-house
The unit, which oversees a portfolio including NextDoor, Pony.ai, Bird and Hippo, will operate as part of Comcast's business development division.
Sector report: Telecoms
Telecoms are the connecting tissue of today’s digitised world
CVC in the Time of Coronavirus: Dominique Mégret, Swisscom Ventures
In the first of a new series, Dominque Mégret, head of Swisscom Ventures, tells GCV that the Covid-19 crisis could lead to a greater contrast between CVC's winners and losers.
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