MetroPCS Communications Inc urged shareholders to support its proposed merger with Deutsche Telekom AG unit T-Mobile USA Inc after two proxy advisory firms recommended that shareholders vote against the deal.
Proxy advisers Glass Lewis (San Francisco, CA, USA) and ISS have backed efforts by two key activist investors to block the deal.
MetroPCS (Richardson, TX, India) said in a letter to shareholders on Monday there could be no assurance that it would be able to deliver better shareholder value as a stand-alone wireless company.
Wireless service provider Clearwire Corp
Clearwire (Bellevue, WA, USA), which is already majority owned by Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA), said on Wednesday that it would continue talks with Dish (Meridian, CO, USA) but that it has not changed its recommendation in favor of its agreement with No. 3 U.S. mobile provider Sprint.
Telekom Austria has announced new mobile deals abandoning the unlimited data packages that have become commonplace and instead offering free voice and text messages.
The move, in Europe's most keenly-priced market, is a bet that soaring data usage can replace dwindling revenues from the former cash cows of voice and texts, which are coming under pressure from Web-based competitors.
Telekom Austria said on Thursday it would offer only the new tariffs after existing contracts ran out.
UK mobile-phone operator EE says it has switched on its 4G network in another 13 cities and now covers half the country’s population with the superfast mobile service.
The joint venture between Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom (Paris, France) is racing to boost availability and take-up as its rivals prepare to launch their own 4G services.
T-Mobile USA said on Tuesday that it will start selling Apple Inc's iPhone on April 12, making it the last of the big national U.S. operators to sell the popular smartphone.
The No. 4 U.S. mobile provider, which is seeking to merge with smaller rival MetroPCS Communications (Richardson, TX, USA), is hoping the device can help stem customer losses. The launch follows a marketing overhaul that eliminates device subsidies and two-year service contracts favored by its bigger rivals.
A slowdown in network equipment and device markets has taken its toll on China’s ZTE, which has reported a net loss of RMB2.84 billion ($457 million) for 2012, compared with a net profit of RMB2.06 billion the year before.
China’s second-biggest network equipment maker, behind Huawei (Shenzhen, China), ZTE (Shenzhen, China) also reported a 2.36% decline in revenues, to RMB84.22 billion.
In a statement accompanying the figures, ZTE pointed to the slowdown in equipment investments by the global telecoms industry in 2012.
China's ZTE Corp, which helped bring the telephone to millions of homes during the Deng Xiaoping era, is counting on a new generation of tech-savvy smartphone users to drive at least $7.5 billion of 4G network projects and elevate its sagging fortunes.
Clearwire shareholder Crest Financial has hired proxy-solicitation firm D.F. King & Co. to help it fight the proposed takeover of Clearwire by majority owner Sprint.
Noting that it is the largest Clearwire (Bellevue, WA, USA) shareholder currently unaligned with Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA), Crest (Dallas, TX, USA) has also demanded that Clearwire make available the company’s list of shareholders.
Despite the doubts about its appropriateness, LTE technology offers numerous benefits as an M2M communications technology, according to new research from Heavy Reading.
In a new paper, the analyst company claims that LTE can help to reduce operating costs associated with M2M services, and offer a “future proof” alternative to more widely used 2G and 3G systems.
French telecoms regulator ARCEP has introduced rules allowing Bouygues Telecom, the country’s third-biggest operator, to use its 1800MHz spectrum to provide 4G services.
Until now, the spectrum has been reserved for use with much older, 2G services, but the ARCEP decision means Bouygues (Paris, France) will be able to introduce LTE technology in the 1800MHz band from October 1 this year.
It will, however, be forced to relinquish some of its 1800MHz holdings so it does not gain an unfair advantage over its rivals.