Dish Network Corp. (Meridian, CO, USA) will purchase DBSD North America for approximately $1 billion. DBSD is a combination satellite and land-based communication company.
DBSD is currently is chapter 11 bankruptcy and, as a condition of the purchase, Dish has agreed to an $87.5 million debtor credit. The deal will include interest that is accruing on DBSD’s existing debt. The transaction will be finalized after regulatory approval and DBSD’s emergence from bankruptcy.
Dish is a satellite TV company that provides service to over 14 million U.S. subscribers.
Vodafone (London) has named outgoing Philips Chief Executive Gerard Kleisterlee as its new chairman. Kleisterlee, who has spent his entire career at Philips, will take over from John Bond at Vodafone's annual general meeting later this year, 12 months after Bond endured a small rebellion over his role in the firm's strategy.
Both France Telecom (Paris) and Vodafone Egypt (Cairo) have released statements claiming some services have been restored to their Egyptian customers.
The Vodafone unit and France Telecom (itself a unit of Orange) are the largest carriers in Egypt share the majority of the responsibility for the region’s Internet and mobile blackout last week.
Vodafone posted the following message on its main international website on Friday, which claimed the company was simply following the orders of the Egyptian government:
Mobidia Technology, Inc. (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada), a provider of mobile data solutions for increasing efficiency and manageability of wireless data networks, has announced the release of a client-based, subscriber-centric policy control solution that allows subscribers to monitor, control, and buy mobile data.
Tone Software Corporation (Anaheim, CA, USA), a provider of network monitoring and management solutions has released its "ReliaTel" VoIP quality of service (QoS) and Converged Infrastructure Management software. This product adds to the ReliaTel core competency of managing voice quality, network service levels and the physical voice and data infrastructure.
Exinda (Andover, MA, USA), a provider of WAN optimization solutions, has signed a distribution agreement with VADition, a U.K.-based distributor of technology solutions for enterprises. The agreement expands Exinda's sales capabilities in the U.K. and enables Exinda's partners to expand their customer base.
Tekelec (Morrisville, NC, USA) is converging its suite of network intelligence and policy control solutions into a system known as RAN-aware policy management. The solution draws intelligence and technology from existing Tekelec offerings such as its proprietary Performance Intelligence Center (Version 7.0 launched in November 2010), the SDM suite (acquired from Blueslice Networks in May 2010) and the Camiant Policy Management PCRF (acquired in May 2010).
Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, NJ, USA) has released a PDF containing information about a new network management and throttling system. Two new techniques will be implemented which include network optimization and transcoding technology designed to transmit data files more efficiently, reducing network load. Verizon will also cache less data, using less capacity, and size videos for the appropriate device.
SK Telecom (Seoul, South Korea) has announced technical specifications for its upcoming 4G LTE network, the first in South Korea. The company will begin providing commercial LTE services in Seoul by July this year and plans to expand the service to the Seoul metropolitan area and six other metropolitan cities by 2012. The service will become nationwide by 2013.
Portugal Telecom (Lisbon, Portugal) said today it had signed the necessary contracts to seal the purchase of a 22.38 percent direct and indirect stake in Brazil's main fixed-line phone carrier Oi (Rio de Janeiro) for 8.32 billion reais ($4.98 billion). The deal, drafted last July, effectively means the return of Portugal Telecom as a major player to fast-growing Brazil after it sold its stake in Brazil's top mobile firm Vivo to Spain's Telefonica for 7.5 billion euros last year.