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M&A Rumor Mill

May 4, 2015

One big rumor is that Salesforce is being acquired. Google, Microsoft and even Oracle have all been mentioned. Although Oracle has said they will profit more if someone else buys Salesforce.

By the way, just the rumor made a lot of folks at Salesforce extra money as the stock bumped up 10% on the rumor.

News Tidbits Part 2917

April 27, 2015

Windstream's telecommunications network assets were spun off into a REIT named Communications Sales and Leasing, Inc. that is trading on Nasdaq as symbol CSAL today.

Comcast removed itself from the $45B acquisition of TWC. Both the DOJ and the FCC were opposed to it. Comcast is facing other issues, like cord-cutting and the demise of the pay-cable-TV model that it was built on.

I Just Don't See Nokia Pulling This Off

April 15, 2015

Nokia is buying Lucent for $16.5 billion. Rajeev Suri, current Nokia president and CEO, says, ""Together, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia intend to lead in next-generation network technology and services, with the scope to create seamless connectivity for people and things wherever they are. Our innovation capability will be extraordinary, bringing together the R&D engine of Nokia with that of Alcatel-Lucent and its iconic Bell Labs. We will continue to combine this strength with the highly efficient, lean operations needed to compete on a global scale." What R&D engine? VDSL2?

Citrix and Grasshopper Make a Good Pair

April 8, 2015

Citrix has many products - DaaS, NetScaler, ZenApp, SingleSignon and the GoTo suite of products: GoToAssist, GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, GoToTraining, GoToWebinar, Podio and ShareFile. Citrix is firmly in the cloud, collaboration and remote worker space. Nabbing Grasshopper was probably a good move.

Grasshopper is auto-attendant in the cloud for about 150K very small businesses. I am not certain that those 150K VSB do use or will use other Citrix products.

Top Tampa ISPs Sell Out

March 31, 2015

Last month, Verizon announced that it was selling wireline assets of VZT in Florida, California and Texas to Frontier. Today, Charter announced a deal to buy Bright House Networks for about $5K per subscriber or about 2.8x revenue. [Charter is only buying 73% of BHN, which may be just to take care of the hanging chad that is BHN in the TWC deal.]

Tampa Bay was the market that Verizon tested FiOS head-to-head against cable.

What's With the MSO Consolidation?

March 26, 2015

Charter was the first company to make a play for TWC. Now reports are in that Charter is chasing Bright House. Comcast is still waiting for its three-way deal with TWC and Charter to pass regulatory. The FCC paused the clock again today.

Vonage Buys Simple Signal

March 17, 2015

Big news yesterday at the CP Expo was that Simple Signal got acquired by Vonage. The Big Cheese seemed thrilled. "The deal to buy privately held Simple Signal (and its 1,600 customers, not counting white-label partners) is for $25.25M -- about $20M in cash and 1.1M in Vonage common stock," per Seeking Alpha. That was about 1.5x revenue.

Birch Buys Globalinx

February 26, 2015

It seems that Birch is acquiring more customers. In a surprise move (to me because where are they getting the money for this???), Birch on 2/17/15 agreed to acquire "the assets and customers of Globalinx Enterprises Inc.", a Rochester, NY-based Broadsoft wholesaler.

According to a letter from the company, "The decision to sell Globalinx was difficult but typical of many consolidations in the telecom industry. Our competition in this business is with Companies that are behemoths; like AT&T, Century Link, Verizon, and Level 3.

Spam Soap Going to J2 (with 7 Others)

February 23, 2015

Back in the ISPCON days, Spam Soap was a regular exhibitor. Spam Soap became Nuvotera, known as an email security services company and cloud services aggregator for MSPs. J2 Global via its Excel Micro business unit has acquired Nuvotera. This was just one of 8 acquisitions in one month for J2 Global.

It looks like Excel Micro will be taking over the FuseMail division of J2 as well.

What's Left to MegaPath

February 23, 2015

In 2010, Speakeasy and Covad got married to MegaPath to make a $500 million MSLEC (as they announced it). In 2012, they acquired IP5280, a Broadsoft based ITSP that had 1000 customers and 10K endpoints. MegaPath was a combination of many acquisitions over the years including DSL.net. We know how integration goes in telecom -- poorly -- so no doubt they had some issues.

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