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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

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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.

Softbank to acquire 70 per cent in Sprint

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

Japanese carrier Softbank has announced its intention to acquire a 70 per cent stake in US operator Sprint. Softbank will invest $20.1bn into Sprint; $12.1bn of which will be paid to its shareholders and $8bn will be used as new capital.

LTE in the Land of the Rising Sun

LTE is well under way in the Land of the Rising Sun

As part of our look at the Japanese LTE market and ahead of his speaking appearance at the sixth annual LTE Asia conference, we speak to Sadayuki Abeta, director of the Radio Access Network development, for leading Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo.

Sprint joins the Google carrier billing club

Sprint now offers carrier direct billing for Android market users

Sprint has joined T-Mobile USA and AT&T on the Google carrier billing wagon, offering support for Android users who want to charge app purchases to their monthly bills. In a phased roll-out over the next few days, Sprint users will be offered a drop-down menu when purchasing apps, allowing them to choose between charging their credit card or “Bill my Sprint account.”

Softbank trials contactless payments

Softbank Mobile is set to trial contactless payment technology, having tapped up security firm Gemalto for the project

Japanese operator Softbank Mobile is set to trial contactless payment technology, having tapped up security firm Gemalto for the project.

Femtocells hit magic $100 price point

Femtocells hit magic $100 price point

The femtocell crowd have hit the magic $100 price point for their gear, at which point the technology should become a mainstream consumer proposition.

Masayoshi Son, Chairman, Softbank Group

Masayoshi Son, Chairman, Softbank Group

Ranked by Forbes as Japan’s fifth richest man (he made his first million while still a university student in California) Masayoshi Son is the chairman of Japanese tech investment firm Softbank.

Verizon joins web technology lab

Verizon joins web technology lab

US carrier Verizon Wireless has joined forces with mobile giants Vodafone and China Mobile, and Japanese operator Softbank ) to promote the development of new mobile internet technologies, applications and services.

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