Dish Network Corp, the No. 2 U.S. satellite television provider, offered to buy Sprint Nextel Corp for $25.5 billion in cash and stock, a move that could thwart the proposed acquisition of Sprint by Japan's SoftBank Corp.
Dish's bid is the latest development in a shakeup of the U.S. wireless business, which is undergoing a wave of consolidation. Dish (Meridian, CO, USA) was already in the midst of an unsolicited offer for Clearwire Corp (Bellevue, WA, USA), the wireless company majority-owned by Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA).
Verizon Wireless plans to change its policy on handset upgrades so that customers are forced to wait longer before they can get their hands on new devices.
Under the current system, customers can upgrade their phones every 20 months, but when the change comes in they will have to wait two years before they can rid themselves of older smartphones.
“This change aligns the upgrade date with the contact end date and is consistent with how the majority of customers purchase new phones today,” said the operator in a statement on its website.
Clearwire Corp is "actively considering" defaulting on a $255 million interest payment due June 1 on about $4.5 billion of outstanding debt, according to a proxy filing on Friday, as a shareholder vote approaches on Sprint-Nextel Corp's takeover offer.
The company, which urged investors to vote in favor of Sprint's buyout offer, warned that failure to close a deal may force it to contemplate a financial restructuring, which in turn could entail filing for bankruptcy.
Smaller wireless carriers should be able to get a fair share of spectrum in the forthcoming U.S. auction to ensure the market is competitive, the Justice Department told the Federal Communications Commission in a filing made public on Friday.
The filing underlines the high value of the low-frequency spectrum that will be auctioned off, and delivers a blow to the two largest U.S. providers, Verizon Communications Inc (New York City, NY, USA)
Sweetening the terms of a U.S. merger not only improves Deutsche Telekom's chances of getting a deal done, but may also pave the way for what some investors and bankers think it really wants - to reduce its exposure to a highly competitive market.
The German group's T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, WA, USA) unit lacks the critical mass to take on bigger U.S. rivals Verizon (New York City, NY, USA), AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) and has been losing market share.
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Google Inc said on Tuesday it plans to bring its ultra high-speed Internet and television service to Austin, Texas, next year, prompting AT&T Inc to reveal its own plans to follow suit - if it gets the same terms from local authorities.
AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) appeared to be making a political point to highlight the heavy regulations that encumber traditional phone companies, analysts said.
EBay Inc's payments business, PayPal, already lends money to online shoppers, but it is now starting to finance the merchants who sell on the company's online marketplaces.
PayPal (San Jose, CA, USA) has already tested a financing program for eBay sellers in the UK and it plans similar tests in the United States this year, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.
Telecom equipment maker Ericsson said on Monday it had struck a deal to buy Microsoft Corp's Mediaroom IPTV business, which makes software used by phone companies to deliver television over the Internet.
Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) said in a statement the deal would make the company, the world's biggest mobile networks maker, the leading provider of IPTV.