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11 Top Stories in Telecom in 2011

December 15, 2011

Here's my take on the Top 11 stories in telecom of 2011.

1. Shane McNamara being named VP of the Indirect Channel at XO. It was a shock pick for many in the industry.

LightSquare, GPS, ADTRAN and West

December 12, 2011

ADTRAN "announced today that it plans to acquire, through an asset sale and purchase agreement, the Nokia Siemens Networks fixed line Broadband Access business (BBA), and associated professional services and network management solutions. The planned acquisition would include the Broadband Access intellectual properties, technologies and the established customer base." This gets ADTRAN some revenue and a foot into International customers.

IN other acquisition news, HyberCube is being bought by West Corp.

"West Corporation, a leading provider of technology-driven, voice and data solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire HyperCube LLC, a premier provider of tandem switching services to telecommunications providers.

A Final Note on ATT-T-Mobile

December 12, 2011

MicroCorp Acquires Another

December 7, 2011

Master Agent MicroCorp announced yesterday another acquisition (following the purchase of 5 Star Communications in June).

Combined the Company will be the largest Telecom Agency on the East Coast.

MicroCorp will also expand its portfolio by signing a strategic partnership agreement with Premier Solutions Group, LLC to provide Technology Solutions throughout the United States.

Atlanta, GA & Lancaster, PA - December 7th 2011 - MicroCorp, Inc., the Nation's leading Telecom Master Agency, announces today the signing of a definitive agreement under which they have acquired the assets of Premier Management Group (PMG) of Lancaster Pennsylvania.

Mergers Cost Jobs

December 7, 2011

In the wake of AT&T getting caught misleading the federal agencies about the benefits of its merger with T-Mobile (FCC report here), we see that the merger of PAETEC and Windstream has already resulted in job losses.

Windstream cuts 58 jobs at Palm Harbor office is just the start of at least 280 jobs being cut from its combined workforce of 14,500. Synergies require job cuts. Richmond is losing 70.

A Bad Day for AT&T

November 30, 2011

The FCC released its order today declaring that the AT&T-T-Mobile merger was not good for consumer, public good or competition. And AT&T was not pleased that the FCC released the Staff Analysis - all 157 pages of it.

AT&T probably didn't like Commissioner Copps blasting them for wasting serious staff hours and expense analyzing this transaction over the last 7 months.

The findings - in summary - are as follows:

L3 Sells Coal Mine

November 28, 2011

Not many people knew that Level3 owned a coal mining operation. It was sold off last week. I do not know if L3 still owns the software integration business. (I can't find any indications in the earnings reports.)

According to the earnings, it looks like L3 is bringing less than $4B in revenue at $927M in 3Q2011 and $913M in 2Q2011.

AT&T Sneaks One In

November 27, 2011

AT&T sneaks in a note that says they set aside $4B for a break-up fee during the Thanksgiving break. AT&T withdrew its petition from the FCC as they wait to see what happens with the DOJ and the lawsuit.

UPDATE:

AT&T is in a tiff with the FCC over the merger application withdrawal.

3 Things to Watch for in The Channel in 2012

November 21, 2011

2011 has yielded some surprising momentum for the Channel. With the cable industry, cloud providers and so many other companies making more commitments to the Channel. I think that there are 3 things we need to watch for in The Channel in 2012.

In 2012, we will see more M&A.

Presidio, Best Buy Make Acquisitions

November 7, 2011

Big day at Best But as they buy out the stake in Carphone UK and pick up an MSP.

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Bloomberg reports, "Best Buy Co., the world's largest consumer-electronics retailer, agreed to buy Carphone Warehouse Group Plc (CPW)'s stake in their U.S. mobile-phone joint venture for 838 million pounds ($1.34 billion) and close the U.K. stores it opened less than two years ago."

So Best Buy goes deeper into mobile retailing (well, not sharing profits on its Best Buy Mobile stores).

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