M&A

AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USA

Years of speculation regarding T-Mobile USA’s future ended yesterday with the surprise announcement that AT&T is to buy the embattled telco for $39bn. Rumours regarding the possible sale of T-Mobile USA have been circulating for years but almost always worked on the assumption that the telco would unite with a smaller operator, such as Sprint or, more recently, Clearwire.

VimpelCom-Wind merger gets shareholder green light

Shareholders in Russian operator VimpelCom have voted in favour of a $6bn merger with Wind Telecom SpA. Despite strong opposition from major shareholder Telenor, more than 53 per cent of voters supported a deal that will see the creation of the world’s 5th-largest mobile company by subscriber base.

France Telecom takes stake in Iraq

France Telecom has finally confirmed rumours that have been circling since December, announcing plans to take a sizeable stake in Iraqi mobile operator Korek Telecom.

Etisalat’s Zain ambitions looking uncertain

UAE operator Etisalat’s move to buy a large stake in Zain looks on shaky ground this week, after the Kharafi group, a major player in the transaction, said it was no longer committed to the deal.

Telenor in disagreement over VimpelCom-Wind deal

Telenor and VimpelCom are still slugging it out over the Russian player’s proposed acquisition of Wind Telecom, part of Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris’ Weather Investments vehicle and owner of Orascom.

NSN’s purchase of Motorola’s network assets delayed

Infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks has seen its acquisition of Motorola’s network assets delayed until the first quarter of 2011. The company is still waiting for regulatory approval from the Anti-Monopoly Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce of China, which was expected to complete its review before the end of 2010.

Mirapoint and Crital Path merge

Mobile messaging firms Mirapoint Software and Critical Path have merged operations, delivering messaging, security and archiving solutions to enterprises and service providers around the world.

NSN bolsters regional services offering with Turkish purchase

Infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) said Thursday it has agreed to acquire Turkish telecom services firm Iris Telecom, bolstering its capability in network planning and optimisation services across Turkey, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Broadcom buys 4G firm Beceem for $316m

US chipset vendor Broadcom on Wednesday announced the acquisition of Beceem Communications, provider of a 4G platform supporting both LTE and WiMAX networks. Broadcom will pay approximately $316m for the firm.

VimpelCom, Weather merge to create new telco giant

Russia’s second biggest operator, VimpelCom, has merged with Egypt-based Orascom Telecom and investment vehicle Weather Investments, creating the world’s fifth largest mobile telecommunications carrier by subscribers.

Vimpelcom and Orascom in talks to merge assets

Russian operator Vimpelcom and Egypt’s Orascom Telecom are reported to be close to finalising a deal to merge their telecoms assets. The merger would propel the newly created entity into the top ten largest mobile operators worldwide. The deal would also include Weather Investments, majority owned by Orascom chief Naguib Sawiris.

Why Etisalat’s move for Zain makes sense

UAE operator Etisalat’s offer for a 46 per cent stake in Zain is a move that makes a lot of sense in terms of advancing Etisalat’s own expansion plans, according to analysts at Informa Telecoms & Media.

Ericsson snaps up Nortel core switching business

There are still titbits of the Nortel carcass to be had, with Ericsson this weekend striking a bargain to acquire the Canadian firm’s Multi-Service Switch business (MSS), boosting its presence in the CDMA market.

Synchronica acquires iseemedia

Mobile messaging provider Synchronica has acquired Canadian firm iseemedia for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition expands Synchronica’s reach into India, where iseemedia’s customers include mobile operators Tata and Reliance Communications and ISP Indiatimes Mail. The company has also developed document streaming technology, which it claims reduces bandwidth consumption when downloading email attachments by up to 90 per cent, whcih will be integrated into Synchronica’s Mobile Gateway.

Telekom Austria acquires two Bulgarian cable operators

Telekom Austria is to acquire 100 per cent stakes in the Bulgarian cable operators Megalan Network AD and Spectrum Net AD through its Bulgarian subsidiary M-Tel. Telekom Austria will pay €83m for the stakes.

Vodafone reported to be ready to offload SFR stake

A report in UK broadsheet The Sunday Times on September 12th claimed that Vodafone has placed a £7bn (US$10.78bn) price tag on its 44 per cent stake in French mobile carrier SFR. The report follows a reorganisation to Vodafone’s structure late last week, in which certain assets were left out of new portfolios, with management given a remit to “maximise shareholder value” from them.

Motorola acquires app developer 280 North

US handset vendor Motorola looks set to increase its development of the Android platform with the recent acquisition of software and web application developer 280 North.

Nokia picks up analytics firm

Finnish handset giant Nokia said Friday that it has acquired US-based mobile analytics firm Motally for an undisclosed sum. The firm has a platform for in-application tracking and reporting, designed to enable developers and publishers to optimize the development of their mobile applications through increased understanding of how users engage.

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