Software giant Microsoft is set to announce the acquisition of VoIP company Skype in an all cash deal said to be worth $8.5bn. Such a move would give Microsoft a greater presence with internet telephony and video calling capabilities.
Semiconductor vendor Broadcom has announced it will acquire NetLogic Microsystems for around $3.7 billion. While Broadcom specialises in creating solutions for wired and wireless communications, NetLogic creates high performance intelligent semiconductor solutions for next generation networks.
While Google’s acquisition of Motorola’s handset business brings potentially rich rewards in terms of intellectual property, the search firm must be careful to keep its new employees at a respectable distance, industry analysts have warned.
Nationwide US carrier AT&T has announced that it is to buy wireless assets from Verizon Wireless — including licences, network assets and 1.5 million subscribers — for $2.35bn in cash.