SoftBank eyeing up América Móvil wireless assets – report

SoftBank's CEO Masayoshi Son ponders América Móvil assets?

SoftBank is considering buying the wireless assets of Carlos Slim-owned América Móvil, according to a report. Apparently the Japanese tech giant has asked US subsidiary firm Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure to gather information on the business up for sale on its behalf.

SoftBank reportedly in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation

SoftBank wants to strengthen its position in the content market.

It has been reported SoftBank has begun negotiations with DreamWorks Animation (DWA) to acquire the Hollywood studio. The reports follow SoftBank’s decision last month to drop its pursuit for T-Mobile US amid antitrust concerns from regulators.

Ericsson and SoftBank announce per-user Mobility-based Policy

The new software enables the exchange of mobility management information and policy decisions

Kit vendor Ericsson and Japanese operator SoftBank have collaborated to produce a new piece of software called Mobility-based Policy, which allows SoftBank to manage its resources more efficiently in congested areas.

VMware taps SoftBank, China Telecom for Asia-Pacific hybrid cloud expansion

Bill Fathers: 'VMware to cover 75 per cent of the world’s cloud market by end of year'

Virtualisation incumbent VMware has inked partnerships with China Telecom and SoftBank in a move that will see both telcos host and help sell the company’s hybrid cloud service in the region. The move marks a significant expansion of the service as VMware looks to take its hybrid cloud offerings beyond North America and Europe.

What a difference 70 years makes


Telecoms is an industry so fast-moving that even reflecting back on how things were a decade ago evokes sepia-tinged images of people from the past walking unnervingly fast to the soundtrack of frantic piano. “I remember when the point of mobile phones was to make phone calls,” sneer parents everywhere to their digitally native children.

Sprint deal with T-Mobile USA nearing completion

Dollars funnel.

A widely expected deal that will see US operator Sprint acquire its competitor T-Mobile USA is nearing completion, according to a number of reports citing inside sources. News agency Bloomberg said that an agreement on the price, capital structure and termination fee is close and that the deal would value T-Mobile at $40/share, or roughly $31bn.

T-Mobile USA reports subscriber growth as Sprint takeover rumours gather momentum

Mobile USA has claimed to have taken “virtually all of the industry phone growth” in 1Q14, taking market share from the competition

US operator T-Mobile has claimed to have taken “virtually all of the industry phone growth” in 1Q14 winning market share from its competitors in the process, reporting total net subscriber additions of 2.4 million. However, the operator recorded a $154m loss in the quarter, compared to a $106m profit in the first quarter of 2013.

Yahoo Japan to acquire eAccess

Yahoo Japan has announced its intent to acquire mobile operator eAccess from Softbank for Y324bn (US$3.17bn).

Web firm Yahoo’s Japanese subsidiary has announced its intent to acquire mobile operator eAccess from Softbank for Y324bn ($3.17bn).

Telenor, Softbank and Du report revenue and profit growth

Softbank, Telenor and Du have all reported positive financial results

Mobile operators Telenor, Softbank and Du have posted their financial earnings reports for the quarterly period, each reporting a growth in revenue and profit.

Softbank invests $1.5bn in tablet gaming company

SoftBank/GungHo will assume control of Supercell with 51 per cent ownership

Finnish tablet gaming developer Supercell has announced investment to the tune of $1.5bn from Japanese carrier SoftBank and its mobile gaming vehicle GungHo.

FCC approves SoftBank’s Sprint offer

The FCC has approved SoftBank's proposed takeover of Sprint

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Japanese operator SoftBank’s proposed takeover of US operator Sprint. The Commission decided that the transaction will serve public interest.

Sprint shareholders approve Softbank offer

Sprint shareholders have voted to approve a takeover bid from Softbank

Shareholders in US operator Sprint have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a takeover bid from Japan’s Softbank. Approximately 98 per cent of shareholders voted for the merger after the Japanese firm increased the value of its offer earlier this month by $1.5bn to $21.6bn.

Softbank ups Sprint offer

Softbank and Sprint hope that the improved offer will win over shareholders.

Japan’s Softbank has increased the value of its offer for US carrier Sprint by $1.5bn to $21.6bn in an attempt to seal shareholder acceptance of the deal. As well as increasing the total amount payable the deal has been restructured to give shareholders an additional $4.5bn.

KT launches cloud offering

Softbank will market the service in Japan while KT will manage the datacentre

South Korean operator KT Corporation is launching a cloud computing offering in Japan this week, in conjunction with Softbank.The new offering, which will operate on a datacentre in Korea, exploits a growing market for overseas storage in Japan, where an increasing number of enterprises have, since the devastating earthquake in 2011, looked to neighbouring South Korea for the opportunity to minimise their data storage risk.

Dish says Softbank poses national security threat

Dish Network has accused Softbank, of posing a threat to US national security.

US satellite TV player has stirred controversy in its bid to acquire mobile operator Sprint by accusing rival bidder, Japanese operator Softbank, of posing a threat to US national security.

Dishing the dirt


Pearl Harbour is indisputably one of the greatest attrocities the world has ever seen and it stands for all right-minded souls as proof that, however much time might pass, you should never trust Michael Bay. Meanwhile the events the film depicts were popular justification among the WWII generation for taking a similarly ‘cautious’ attitude towards the Japanese.

Dish serves up $25.5bn Sprint offer to foil Softbank deal

Dish Network has made a $25.5bn offer to merge with Sprint

Fresh from its attempt to scupper a potential deal between US operator Sprint Nextel and Wimax operator Clearwire, Dish Network is now going right for the source with a $25.5bn offer to merge with Sprint.

Softbank sells stake in newly-acquired eAccess

Japan's Softbank has sold a portion of eAccess to a group of 11 companies

Japanese operator Softbank is selling a portion of its recently acquired subsidiary eAccess to 11 third party firms including infrastructure vendors Ericsson, NSN, Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung. Softbank said that the move would allow the subsidiary to maintain a degree of independence, which it believes will allow eAccess’ continued expansion.

Sprint buys spectrum and customers from US Cellular

Sprint will acquire 30MHz of PCS spectrum and 585,000 customers from US Cellular

US operator Sprint has signed an agreement with rival US Cellular to acquire PCS spectrum and customers in the Midwest region of the country. Sprint will acquire 20 MHz of PCS spectrum in the 1900MHz band in various Midwest markets and 10 MHz of PCS spectrum in the St Louis market.

Softbank’s Sprint bid a risky investment

Softbank will acquire 70 per cent in US operator Sprint, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval

Japanese carrier Softbank’s bid to acquire a 70 per cent stake in US operator Sprint is an audacious deal that could transform or hobble the companies depending on how it plays out. For Softbank it is a huge bet that it’s better to invest $20bn in the third-largest US mobile operator rather than its home market of Japan where it is the third-largest mobile operator behind NTT DoCoMo and KDDI.