In Brief:Italtel bids to virtualise Iran’s broadband telecoms 

***Italian equipment vendor Italtel has made a pitch for Iran’s plans to build a nationwide ultra-fast broadband network that would focus on health and education services.

***Malaysia’s Axiata has confirmed plans to expand its tower division, edotco Group, with a view to listing the firm by 2018. Nikkei Asian Review reports that edotco, which currently owns and manages around 16,800 sites across Malaysia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, is looking to build or acquire around 10,000 towers over the next three to five years and is in the process of launching operations in Pakistan.

***Sub-Saharan Africa is the cockpit for change in terms of the global digital divide and changing media use; in little over a decade it has gone from being largely unconnected to the internet to having millions of people using it. Because media have been relatively undeveloped—for a host of reasons, including education, income, and lack of access to electricity—the impact of the digital changes have and may continue to be somewhat more dramatic than in countries where traditional media have been much better established.

***Spanish telecoms group Telefonica is mulling an initial public offering (IPO) of its tower arm Telxius in H2 2016, having scrapped plans to launch the sale earlier this year amidst the fallout from Britain’s EU referendum result. The group intends to remain the infrastructure provider’s majority shareholder and is planning to float at least 25% of Telxius, the minimum legal requirement for the listing, Mobile World Live writes. Shares would be listed on the Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia stock markets. Telxius owns and operates 15,931 sites across Spain (10,741), Germany (2,359), Brazil (1,655), Peru (849) and Chile (327).

•***Megaport appoints Haidee Van Ruth as CFO
•Orange ‘likely to buy stake in Iran’s MCI’
•NEXTDC signs contract for 1.5MW data centre
•Megafon launches LTE-Advanced services in Krasnodar
•Kordia completes 9.6Tbps fibre backhaul network
•KPN creates new company in colocation drive
•Interoute launches VDC cloud zone in Stockholm
•Global Voice Telecom deploys Cataleya’s Orchid One networking solution in Bangladesh