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March 29, 2013
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  • Second advisory firm recommends MetroPCS reject T-Mobile bid
    T-Mobile USA's bid to merge with MetroPCS suffered another blow when a second proxy advisory firm, Glass Lewis, recommended that MetroPCS shareholders reject the offer as undervaluing the telecom. T-Mobile USA's parent, Deutsche Telekom, could sweeten the deal, but analysts say the company has gotten frustrated trying to devise a strategy to deal with the unit. MetroPCS investors are scheduled to vote on the deal April 12, but a group of investors has sued to postpone the vote until the telecom corrects what the plaintiffs claim is a false and misleading proxy statement. Reuters (3/29), Bloomberg Businessweek (3/28), The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sprint and SoftBank tell key lawmaker they won't use Huawei
    Sprint Nextel and SoftBank pledged to a Republican congressional leader that they would not buy any equipment from China's Huawei Technologies once the Japanese telecom takes over Sprint. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the chairman of the House intelligence committee, said he "was assured they would not integrate Huawei in to the Sprint network and would take mitigation efforts to replace Huawei equipment in the Clearwire network." Lawmakers are concerned that Huawei, which has close ties with the Chinese government, would use its gear for espionage. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/28), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/DealBook blog (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Russia's MTS, VimpelCom bid more than $4B for Tele2 unit
    Russia's MTS and VimpelCom on Thursday made an offer of as much as $4.25 billion, including assumed debt, to acquire the Russian business unit of Tele2. VTB Bank had agreed Wednesday to acquire Tele2 Russia for $3.5 billion, then the A1 investment firm made an offer on Thursday to buy the business for as much as $4 billion in cash. Representatives of Tele2 and VTB say the transaction has been completed. Reuters (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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USTelecom Spotlight

  • SIPNOC 2013: The SIP Network Operators Conference
    Presented by the SIP Forum, the SIP Network Operators Conference (SIPNOC) 2013 will be held April 22 to 25 in Herndon, Va., as an educational conference for service providers and telecoms to discuss the challenges of deploying and implementing SIP-based communications technology. Learn best practices and strategies for successfully operating SIP-based services and applications in fixed and mobile IP network environments. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Verizon FiOS gains top Consumer Reports ranking
    Consumer Reports has ranked Verizon Communications' FiOS triple-play bundle as the best among multichannel video providers based on a survey of 84,000 households. Respondents gave FiOS especially high marks for reliability, picture quality and service satisfaction. Gizmodo (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exec: Cord cutters still face uphill battle for TV access
    So-called "cord cutters" and "cord nevers" eventually may gain equal access to programming as those with subscriptions, but in the short term they are likely to pay more for less content, according to Darren Feher, CEO of Conviva, which provides over-the-top technology to HBO. Inevitably, Feher said, "consumers will tell content creators what they want and the content guys will have to respond." GigaOm (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Cities think outside the box to realize gigabit broadband goals
    Municipalities need to get creative if they want to accelerate their transition to gigabit broadband, experts say, pointing to the practice in several cities of using routine street maintenance as an opportunity to lay fiber. "The cost of throwing fiber in the ground is really low compared with [the cost of] tearing up roads," said Christopher Mitchell, director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He was speaking at a recent workshop on ways to realize the Federal Communications Commission's goal of having one gigabit community in every state by 2015. (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IP Download 
  • User needs prompt new market strategies for UC vendors
    Increasing competition in the unified-communications market is prompting vendors such as Avaya to seek to collaborate with rivals as customers implement a variety of products, Avaya's Kevin Kennedy says. "The real reality is customers and employees will decide what tools they want to use, and it won't be just one tool," he said. Network World (3/28), Network World (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SIP trunking is on path to overtake T-1 by 2015, survey finds
    The number of enterprises using Session Initiation Protocol trunking to manage their communications networks will increase significantly over the next two years, surpassing the number of firms that rely on T-1 links, according to a survey conducted by Infonetics Research. The shift is being driven by the promise of lower costs and better reliability. Network World (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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