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December 13, 2012
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  • Sprint pegs Clearwire buyout at $2.1 billion
    Sprint Nextel valued the remaining Clearwire shares at $2.1 billion in a regulatory filing today that pegged their worth at $2.90 per share and confirmed that the carrier was negotiating a buyout of the outstanding 49% of its partner's shares. A number of analysts earlier had said Clearwire would have no choice but to accept a $3-a-share takeover offer from Sprint, saying the wireless services provider could be worth a lot less in the future because of its continued losses and dwindling cash. "At the end of the day, Clearwire's worth what Sprint's willing to pay for it," said Christopher King, an analyst at Stifel Financial. CNET (12/13), Bloomberg Businessweek (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FCC tweaks health care plan for rural areas, moves ahead on 911 texts
    The Federal Communications Commission moved Wednesday to enact changes to the rural health care component of the Universal Service program after a test that the agency termed successful. The FCC also proposed rules that would require carriers to allow subscribers to send text messages to 911 emergency centers by 2014 in an effort to codify steps voluntarily taken by the four major carriers. In addition, the agency moved ahead on plans to free up wireless spectrum by allowing commercial services to share a slice of 3.5 GHz frequencies held by the military in a step designed to give a boost to small cell technology. (12/12), News Service (12/12), Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ciena downbeat amid shrinking transport sector
    Ciena drew a downbeat picture in reporting fourth-quarter earnings today, saying it will continue to struggle in the current period because of the usual seasonal reduction in its clients' activity. The telecom gear manufacturer, which reported losses and revenues that were close to analysts' predictions, said it lost $23.5 million for the year, excluding one-time expenses. A recent Ovum report pointed to a shrinking optical transport sector amid industry consolidation. Light Reading (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Negotiations at telecom conference reach a stalemate
    Negotiations at the World Conference on International Telecommunications went deep into the night on Wednesday without achieving a resolution. Amid the extended talks, China, Russia and other nations submitted a revised version of their proposal that would give signatories to the proposed treaty the right to control all naming, numbering, addressing and identification resources within their territories. Bloomberg (12/13), Bloomberg (12/12), Computerworld/IDG News Service (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
USTelecom Spotlight

  • Announcing USTelecom panel on broadband competition at CES
    This session, to be held Jan. 7 as part of the daylong Broadband Unlimited conference, is about the unexpected impact of dynamic competition in the Internet ecosystem and the rise of new marketplace structures that are upending the way we look at value creation and competition in the Internet space. These changes are affecting industry players, consumers and policymakers. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HP goes full throttle with pay-as-you-go strategy
    Hewlett-Packard says it's deploying managed-LAN offerings through telecom providers that let enterprises pay a monthly fee based on the number of ports used, providing greater efficiency and a lower price. The strategy doesn't come without some risk, experts say. "We are prepared to share the costs and share the risks with our customers," HP's Nick Watson says. News Service (12/12), Light Reading (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Avaya brings SVC-based video routing to UC platform
    Avaya is making changes to its unified communications platforms designed to give its Aura and Flare products the ability to support low-bandwidth multipoint videoconferencing. Among the enhancements is the addition of routing technology based on Scalable-Video Coding, which transmits video over layers instead of through a centralized router, helping reduce deployment costs. Network World (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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