BAI Communications acquires Vilicom and expands in Europe

Telecommunications infrastructure provider BAI Communications is expanding in Europe and the UK with the acquisition of wireless infrastructure design, installation and management company Vilicom.

BAI is headquartered in Toronto and is majority owned by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Earlier this year, BAI bought private infrastructure provider Mobilitie, which expanded its presence in North America, particularly the United States.

Financial terms of the deal with Vilicom were not disclosed. Vilicom specializes in various aspects of the design, integration and installation of 4G and 5G cellular networks and has more than 1,500 deployments to date, according to BAI. These include mobile network operators as well as Vilicom customers in the fields of health, energy, real estate and hotels, with major projects by Vilicom, in particular the airport of Dublin T2, sports stadiums (including the Irish Croke Park stadium), the Bristol Myres Squibb organic plant and an offshore wind farm in Moray East, Scotland, where Vilicom has designed a bespoke private network that spans 295 kilometers squares. This particular project was a private LTE Open RAN network, and would have been the first of its kind in the UK

In a statement, BAI said that the acquisition of Vilicom will “scale new innovative connectivity solutions such as private 5G networks ”and also noted that Vilicom has a communication platform as a service which can serve indoor and smaller places. BAI added that the purchase “supports [its] become one of the main players in 5G connected infrastructures in the region and in the world.

BAI already operates in Canada, Australia, UK, Hong Kong and US through Mobilitie and Transit Wireless, which is majority owned by BAI. In October, his New York office has moved in a new location expanded to accommodate the growth of the business. It also recently won a 20-year concession to provide mobile service for the London Underground, and a 20-year strategic partnership with Sunderland City Council in the UK to ‘create the most advanced smart city in the UK. United “.

In related news, BAI recently published a report which drew on a survey of more than 2,500 transit users in New York, Sydney, Toronto, Hong Kong and London, and concluded that there is an “increased need for continuous connectivity on the systems of public transport in the context of the global recovery of COVID-19 ”. The report states that 91% of passengers polled believe that “transparent mobile coverage above and below ground is a hallmark of a world-class city.”

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