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Yahoo Japan to acquire eAccess

Web firm Yahoo’s Japanese subsidiary has announced its intent to acquire mobile operator eAccess from Softbank for Y324bn ($3.17bn).

FCC approves SoftBank’s Sprint offer

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Japanese operator SoftBank’s proposed takeover of US operator Sprint. The Commission decided that the transaction will serve public interest.

Sprint shareholders approve Softbank offer

Shareholders in US operator Sprint have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a takeover bid from Japan’s Softbank. Approximately 98 per cent of shareholders voted for the merger after the Japanese firm increased the value of its offer earlier this month by $1.5bn to $21.6bn.

Softbank ups Sprint offer

Japan’s Softbank has increased the value of its offer for US carrier Sprint by $1.5bn to $21.6bn in an attempt to seal shareholder acceptance of the deal. As well as increasing the total amount payable the deal has been restructured to give shareholders an additional $4.5bn.

KT launches cloud offering

South Korean operator KT Corporation is launching a cloud computing offering in Japan this week, in conjunction with Softbank.The new offering, which will operate on a datacentre in Korea, exploits a growing market for overseas storage in Japan, where an increasing number of enterprises have, since the devastating earthquake in 2011, looked to neighbouring South Korea for the opportunity to minimise their data storage risk.

Dish says Softbank poses national security threat

US satellite TV player has stirred controversy in its bid to acquire mobile operator Sprint by accusing rival bidder, Japanese operator Softbank, of posing a threat to US national security.

Softbank sells stake in newly-acquired eAccess

Japanese operator Softbank is selling a portion of its recently acquired subsidiary eAccess to 11 third party firms including infrastructure vendors Ericsson, NSN, Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung. Softbank said that the move would allow the subsidiary to maintain a degree of independence, which it believes will allow eAccess’ continued expansion.

Sprint buys spectrum and customers from US Cellular

US operator Sprint has signed an agreement with rival US Cellular to acquire PCS spectrum and customers in the Midwest region of the country. Sprint will acquire 20 MHz of PCS spectrum in the 1900MHz band in various Midwest markets and 10 MHz of PCS spectrum in the St Louis market.

Softbank to acquire 70 per cent in Sprint

Japanese carrier Softbank has announced its intention to acquire a 70 per cent stake in US operator Sprint. Softbank will invest $20.1bn into Sprint; $12.1bn of which will be paid to its shareholders and $8bn will be used as new capital.

Sprint joins the Google carrier billing club

Sprint has joined T-Mobile USA and AT&T on the Google carrier billing wagon, offering support for Android users who want to charge app purchases to their monthly bills. In a phased roll-out over the next few days, Sprint users will be offered a drop-down menu when purchasing apps, allowing them to choose between charging their credit card or “Bill my Sprint account.”

Softbank trials contactless payments

Japanese operator Softbank Mobile is set to trial contactless payment technology, having tapped up security firm Gemalto for the project.

Femtocells hit magic $100 price point

The femtocell crowd have hit the magic $100 price point for their gear, at which point the technology should become a mainstream consumer proposition.

Masayoshi Son, Chairman, Softbank Group

Ranked by Forbes as Japan’s fifth richest man (he made his first million while still a university student in California) Masayoshi Son is the chairman of Japanese tech investment firm Softbank.

Verizon joins web technology lab

US carrier Verizon Wireless has joined forces with mobile giants Vodafone and China Mobile, and Japanese operator Softbank ) to promote the development of new mobile internet technologies, applications and services.

Femtos held back by standards hurdles

There is still a frenzy of activity taking place in the femtocell space, and a lot of debate too. Research released this week suggests that femto technology may carve itself a niche in the long term, but in the short term, analysts remain sceptical. Japanese operator Softbank recently came forward to claim first mover advantage […]

Japan’s SoftBank first to launch 3G femtocells

Japanese operator SoftBank is to score a world first in January, when it becomes the first service provider to launch 3G femtocells in a commercial capacity. SoftBank, Japan’s third placed carrier behind NTT DoCoMo and KDDI, said it will offer 3G femtos from January 2009 using kit from UK-based Ubiquisys and a supporting IMS core […]

Softbank slashes iPhone tariff

Third placed Japanese mobile operator Softbank has slashed its tariffs on the iPhone 3G less than a month after the launch of the device. Despite the fact that Softbank claims the device has been “very well received since its launch on July 11,” the operator said it intends to make the device “available to an […]

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