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Sector report: Telecoms
Telecoms are the connecting tissue of today’s digitised world
Indonesian CVCs to enter government scheme
MDI Ventures, BRI Ventures and Mandiri Capital Indonesia will be tasked with investing in technologies that can modernise state-owned enterprises.
Kymeta climbs to $85m
Bill Gates has returned to lead an $85m round for satellite internet provider Kymeta, which has now raised more than $280m from investors including Intelsat and Liberty Global.
ComSovereign tacks on Fastback
Juniper Networks has exited wireless communications technology developer Fastback in a $14m acquisition that follows at least $55m in funding.
MDI Ventures impresses with $500m fund
Telkom Indonesia's latest fund will invest up to $30m in domestic digital technology developers that will be able to connect to other state-owned corporations.
HMD Global calls in $230m
Google, Qualcomm and Nokia have supplied funding for HMD, which owns the licence to manufacture smartphones and feature phones under the Nokia brand.
Corporate venturing deal net: 3-7 August 2020
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
United Ventures calls on Telecom Italia for $175m fund
Telecom Italia is putting up about $70m for a growth-stage fund with a $175m targeted close that will be managed by VC firm United Ventures.

Other News

Google gets $4.5bn into Jio Plaforms
Google is the latest corporate to throw its weight behind Reliance Industries' digital services spinoff whose shareholders already include Intel, Qualcomm and Facebook.
Qualcomm mobilises $97m for Jio Platforms
Reliance's 5G-focused digital network spinoff has added Qualcomm Ventures to an investor base that already includes Intel Capital and Facebook.
Corporate venturing deal net: 6-10 July 2020
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
Intel Capital inserts $253m into Jio Platforms
Reliance's mobile network spinoff has received more than $250m from the chipmaker’s corporate venturing vehicle at a valuation topping $63bn.
Baicells fires off series C round
Property developer Greenland Holdings has returned to reinvest in mobile broadband infrastructure provider Baicells as part of a nine-digit renminbi round.
Mahn moves to Verizon Ventures
Tammy Mahn, formerly a managing partner at Agrica’s AgriNation VC fund, has joined Verizon’s Israel-based investment team to manage agtech and foodtech deals.

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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.
Fund of the Year: Swisscom Digital Transformation Fund
Launched in July last year, Swisscom Digital Transformation Fund is Swisscom Ventures’ first investment vehicle that is open to third-party institutional investors.
Akimoto joins TransLink as Sompo supplies $40m
Nobuyuki Akimoto's departure from NTT Docomo Ventures comes as insurance firm Sompo commits up to $80m to TransLink to manage its corporate venture capital fund.
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