Australian corporate law firm Gilbert + Tobin is advising the Australian telecommunications company Telstra on its $1.6 billion acquisition of Digicel Pacific—the biggest mobile operator in the South Pacific region—in partnership with the Australian government.

The Digicel business, which will be owned and operated by Telstra, provides communications services across Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, with 1,700 employees who support 2.5 million subscribers.