Netgear estimates profit below analyst expectations


Network equipment maker Netgear Inc estimated first-quarter revenue and earnings below analysts' expectations, citing lower-than-planned shipments of its new network attached storage product.

Shares of Netgear (San Jose, CA, USA) fell as much as 8 percent in trading after the bell. They closed at $30.88 on the Nasdaq on Monday.

"The late introduction (of ReadyNAS) was not expected to have such an impact on revenue in the quarter," BWS Financial analyst Hamed Khorsand told Reuters.

Top court agrees to hear Sprint appeal over fees


The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to intervene in a dispute between a Sprint Nextel Corp subsidiary and the utilities regulator in Iowa.

Sprint Communications Co (Overland Park, KS, USA) declined to pay access charges for calls carried by Iowa Telecom - now Windstream Iowa Communications (Newton, IA, USA) - that were transmitted over the Internet rather than the traditional phone network.

The Iowa Utilities Board, which regulates telecommunications in the state, said Sprint was required to pay.

Siemens and Teradata team up on big data for smart grids

Siemens’ Smart Grid Division has formed what it calls a “global strategic partnership” with big-data specialist Teradata, aimed at providing utility companies with more information about the status of their networks.

The companies say the alliance will allow customers of Siemens Smart Grid to improve the reliability of their infrastructure and reduce costs.

PayPal hopes to break US shoppers' swipe habit in stores


PayPal will soon be ubiquitous in U.S. retail stores, but just being there may not be enough.

The online payment service will take a giant step beyond its Internet roots on April 19, when a partnership with Discover Financial Services (Riverwoods, IL, USA) officially kicks in. The deal means that, by the end of this year, PayPal will be accepted as a payment option in roughly 2 million retail stores that already take Discover credit cards.

Dish tries to trump SoftBank with $25.5 billion Sprint offer


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 to change handset upgrade policy

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 considering interest payment default as Sprint deal looms


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.

US spectrum sale must spur wireless competition - Justice Department


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) and AT&T Inc (Dallas, TX, USA) , in their efforts to acquire those airwaves.

Deutsche Tel deal change paves way to cut US exposure


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.

TC3 2013: Telecom Council Carrier Connections

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