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Optima Works with Fastacash to Make Payments Social

16 August 2012 — Singapore
Optima Wireless has moved into the social payments market by concluding an agreement to support an innovative and exciting new player on the market, Fastacash!  Optima is providing a variety of support services to expedite Fastacash’s launch into the social payments arena including sales, planning and fund raising.

“We are very excited to be working with the Fastacash team to literally make payments more social!” said Brian Reaves, Director of Optima Wireless.

Expansion into Asian Payments Markets

24 June, 2012 — Singapore
As part of the expansion into mobile payment space, Optima Wireless now has a presence in Singapore with local resources in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Cambodia. Mr. Bradley Prentice is now leading the Asia Pacific team. Mr. Prentice has nearly 20 years experience in payments, 16 of which are in the Asia Pacific region with such industry leaders as Ingenico and American Express.

Optima Wireless Supports Health Initiative

12 January 2011 — Malta
As part of the investment into Online Health Innovations Ltd and Young at Heart International by Optima Investments, Optima Wireless is taking an active role in supporting the growth and expansion of the number of products and territories including the option to bring cardio screening to mobile devices. “The wellness screening sector is very exciting with the new innovations on existing technologies driving adoption in the online self-testing and health tracking area.”, stated Brian Reaves, Director of Optima Investments.


Accelerating CATV consolidation in BiH

7 April 2010 — Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina
Optima Wireless in partnership with 7L Capital Partners have taken the next step in consolidating the Bosnia Herzegovina CATV market by raising substantial funding from a large private equity fund for the next round of acquisitions in the market. “It has been great working with the team from MONET to bring the deal to fruition as well as 7LCP, who were visionary in their early recognition of this opportunity.”, said interim CEO of KITBH d.o.o., Brian Reaves.

Resignation of Directorships

23 December 2009 — Amstelveen, Netherlands
As part of the change in focus in his new role as the Director of Optima Investments, Brian Reaves has resigned from Balcan Telecom Holding AG with immediate effect. Mr. Reaves has also agreed to resign from Opticom Panafrican B.V. subject to handing over the statutory duties to the other Directors.

“I have enjoyed working with the shareholders of BTH and Opticom over the last couple of years and I wish them well in their endeavors.”, said Brian Reaves, Director, Optima Investments BV.

Optima Wireless to Make Mobiles Soocial

5 October 2009 — Amsterdam, Netherlands
Optima Wireless concluded an agreement to grow the address book management solution to include the mobile operator community.

Soocial provides a unique address book management solution for webmail, computers, mobiles and other devices to ensure your contact data is always safe, shared with friends and constantly up to date.

“We feel the mobile operator community will appreciate the value of Soocial as part of their product portfolio.”, said Terence Ledger, Business Development Manager, Optima Wireless.


Optima Wireless Teams up with TransferTo

1 August 2009 — Singapore
Optima Wireless concluded an agreement with Fixed & Mobile Pte to build value in their international mobile airtime remittance business. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Melita Launches Mobile Service

1 February 2009 — Malta
After a soft launch in December 2008, today Melita launched full mobile services to the general public. This project is one of the first facilities-based quadruple play operators in the world. Optima Wireless is proud to have worked with the shareholders and management of Melita Cable Plc and various vendors to bring quality mobile services to Malta.

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Islandcom Sold to CellularOne

15 October 2008 — Amstelveen, Netherlands

Optima Wireless Incorporated, a company which brings experienced management, resources and skills to increase the value of technology and telecom investments, today announced the sale of a strategic stake in Islandcom Telecommunications, a Turks & Caicos-based company, of which Optima Wireless was a founding partner in 2004, to Bermuda Digital Communications Ltd. (BDC), a subsidiary of Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI – News), which operates in Bermuda under the CellularOne brand.

WiMax License Acquisition in Guinea

12 September 2008 — Amstelveen,  Netherlands

As per our agreement Optima Wireless has delivered a WiMax license in Guinea with a substantial amount of frequency and a fully funded business plan to one of the largest WiMax players in the industry. We expect to deliver two more licensed companies in the near future concluding the contract.

BTH Appoints New Director

18 August 2008 — Zug, Switzerland
The shareholders of Balcan Telecom Holding AG have appointed Brian Reaves to the Board of Directors. The company was formed by high net-worth individuals to invest in telecommunications in the Balkan region. The company will focus on opportunities to invest in existing companies as well as prospective start-up telecom operations.

The Balkan Peninsula represents a great opportunity for developing telecommunications businesses in fast growing economies with an underdeveloped infrastructure.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with our shareholders to create value in such a great market. Given the difficulty in raising capital and the relatively low valuations on quality assets, the timing could not be better to expand in the Balkan region”, said Brian Reaves, Director of Optima Wireless.

Brian Reaves Appointed Opticom Pan-African BV Director

1 June 2008 — Amstelveen,  Netherlands

Opticom Pan-African BV is a telecom infrastructure and services provider in West Africa, representing a substantial investment in new wireless technologies.

New UMTS Network for Malta

12 November 2007 — Malta
Optima Wireless is to build a mobile network using the latest GSM technology for Melita Cable PLC in Malta. Brian Reaves is to lead the project. This is to be one of the first fully integrated facilities based quad-plays in the world utilising existing fixed cable infrastructure.

Brian Reaves says, “Melita mobile is yet another example of Optima Wireless’ leading role in fixed and mobile convergence to deliver low-cost solutions and high investment returns in a very competitive environment.”

WiMax License Acquisitions

November 1, 2007 —
Amstelveen, The Netherlands – Optima Wireless is aggressively setting up WiMax licensed companies on behalf of a third party that intends to purchase and develop the properties long term. The focus is on emerging markets that lack telecom infrastructure to support data services. There are multiple opportunities in Africa and Asia we are currently evaluating and expect to close several within 2008. As part of the process Optima Wireless will arrange financing and other support for the partner companies that have access to a substantial block of contiguous frequency.

ISLANDCOM Brings A Splash Of Colour To The Mobile Service Landscape!

August 30, 2007 —
The long awaited launch of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ own mobile telecommunications provider has finally come!  After several months of being immersed in constructing a robust mobile network and jumping through technical hoops, the Islandcom team, led by Managing Director Sandra Garland and Director Caesar Campbell celebrated with the “Who’s – Who” of the islands in a spectacular cocktail reception at The Somerset on Grace Bay on Wednesday August 29, 2007.

Left to Right:
Gilberto Arredondo, Commercial Director
His Excellency the Governor of Turks and Caicos, Sir Richard Tauwhare
Honorable Jeffrey Hall, Minister of Telecommunications
Sandra Garland, Managing Director
Bennett Stubbs, Chairman, Telecommunications Commission
Caesar Campbell, Director
Chris Taylor, Chief Executive Officer
A guest speaker not pictured is Honorable Floyd Hall, Deputy Premier.

Islandcom is committed to providing the highest quality mobile services and will offer consumers a dynamic array of products and services which promise to bring true competition and savings to the market. “We are a Turks and Caicos Company serving the Turks and Caicos Islands,” said CEO, Chris Taylor, “the consumer will benefit immensely, not only from the high level of personalized service that will be the Islandcom distinction, but also finely tailored mobile service packages designed specifically for this unique market.”

The seeds were planted four years ago when visionaries Sandra Garland and Caesar Campbell forged a strategic alliance to establish a telecommunications company focused on TCI. Sandra Garland knew then that the fruit of their labour would be better mobile services for her country’s people. The next step was taken last year when the government made the historic decision to award the third telecommunications license to a local company.

At the reception, on Wednesday, the Chairman of the Turks and Caicos Telecommunications Commission, Bennett Stubbs, lauded the resilience of the Islandcom team in bringing this vision to life. His Excellency the Governor, Sir Richard Tauwhare, stressed the limitless opportunities that the consumer will now have when they are truly able to choose mobile services that meet their personal and business needs. Minister of Telecommunications, Hon. Jeffrey Hall, also congratulated the Islandcom team and expressed that the consumer is sure to benefit after Islandcom’s launch.

All those in attendance received a giveaway bag filled with lots of treats. Four winners received top of the line handsets. The winners were Rosie Watkins of TC Gas Ltd., David Tucker of IBC Express, Charles Larkan of BCQS, and Ossie Virgil of Virgil’s Taxi.

Islandcom opens its doors in Providenciales on September 5, 2007 at Graceway House and Ports of Call. They will delight the market with amazing “never-before-seen-in-TCI” offers that will brighten every mobile user’s life. Only one thing is certain… it will be exciting times ahead for mobile users in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Islandcom – People Connecting

Optima Wireless & Partners Granted GSM Licenses

May 30, 2007 —
Amstelveen, The Netherlands – The State governments of Somaliland and Puntland have each granted a 15 year mobile concession to Optima Wireless and its local partner covering a total population of approximately five million people in Northern Somalia, the portion of Somalia least affected by the war around Mogadishu.

Discussing the opportunity, Brian Reaves said, “We are here to support our financial partner who brought the opportunity to us, the objective being to provide telephone and internet services facilitating development of the region. The deteriorating security situation remains a concern as it may prove difficult to overcome from an implementation and operational point of view. We are closely monitoring activities on the ground.”

Optima Wireless Completes Review of Malta Telecom Market

March 5, 2007 —
Amstelveen, The Netherlands – Optima Wireless has completed a strategic review of the telecoms sector in Malta on behalf of private equity investors seeking to enter the mobile market. Based on Optima Wireless’ analysis there is a sure opportunity to build a viable third mobile operator.

Optima Wireless Closes Second Equity Round for Islandcom

January 2, 2007 —
Turks and Caicos Islands, BWI – Optima Wireless has successfully closed the final equity round with The Royal Group Investment Limited via their investment vehicle to fully finance Islandcom’s implementation strategy. Islandcom will be the first operator to integrate CDMA and GSM technology on a single platform and is scheduled for launch in the third quarter of 2007.

Islandcom Granted Mobile License in Turks and Caicos Islands

July 21, 2006 —
Turks and Caicos Islands, BWI – Islandcom Telecommunications of which Optima Wireless is a founding partner since 2004, has today received a mobile license from the Ministry of Telecommunications, as signed by His Excellency the Governor of Turks and Caicos, Sir Richard Tauwhare. The license provides both GSM and CDMA frequencies and is technology neutral, giving Islandcom the opportunity to integrate both technologies on a single platform.