Axia takes care of planning, designing and operating open access broadband networks. It's a pretty small company, but it has some reasonable growth, positive earnings, no long-term debt and a pile of cash.
Some interesting points from the release:
- Axia is also qualified to respond to the second RfP, to build the active layer (OpCo). The network is supposed to be full open access and vertically/structurally separated. I suppose the government deal with these conditions by limiting anybody to a maximum of 30% consortium share. Submissions are due December, the winner will be selected during 09Q1.
- Axia also intends to bid for the NBN in Australia. Responses are due November 26 and the government has 8 weeks to select the winner. Axia expects to respond during 09Q2.
- Axia has 4 proposals oustanding in France. Decisions are expected by the end of this year.