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A Little Merger Opposition

August 31, 2011

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) held a news conference to oppose the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. According to this report, "At the news conference, Conyers said, "I've never seen a merger that didn't lose jobs." .... At the hearing the next day, Conyers went further, stating, "I have never met a merger that I liked. They always cost jobs, and they create less competition, and they hurt consumers.""

The Leaked AT&T Document

August 26, 2011

I have been sitting on this story for a while because I wanted to do a long piece about it. I'm just not going to get around to that.

The rumored breakup fee for the ATT-T-Mobile merger is like $6B. At that rate, Ma Bell will do anything to have this merger go through.

Does HP Have it Right?

August 18, 2011

So HP made some, what I might call crazy, moves today. Reports are in that HP is going to spin off its PC business. Other reports are in about them killing off webOS products like Palm phones and tablets (here and here).

HP just bought Palm last year for $1.2B -- but it may license the software or put it in other products.

Insight Finds a Buyer

August 15, 2011

Insight cable has been actively looking for a buyer for a while. well, actually, Carlyle Group that owns insight was looking for cash. Carlyle Group is an infamous holding company (backed by powerful politicos in the US and Saudi petrodollars). Carlyle bought Hawaiian Telecom from VZ, but it went BK.

I Guess Mobile is the Future

August 15, 2011

There are many in telecom that think mobile is the golden land of the future. Google, Apple and Microsoft are in a championship scramble match for a large share of the mobile market - Win7 versus Android versus iOS.

Microsoft bought Nokia's handset biz for $19B. [As an aside, HP bought Palm and is rolling out Palm handsets and tablets based on webOS, yet a 4th player in the scramble.] Now in a bold move, Google is going all in by buying Motorola's handset, Motorola Mobility Holdings, for $12.5B today.

Google now owns the entire ecosystem like Apple and Microsoft - hardware, software, apps store. All are just missing the Network, which is probably the choke point for all of them.



ABRY, Telx and other Monday Surprises

August 8, 2011

ABRY Partners in conjunction with Berkshire Partners LLC acquired TELX from GI Partners, which also owns ViaWest. (I have to ask why they didn't merge those two together?)  ABRY Partners has been active in telecom, buying RCN/Sidera, but especially in the data center space: spending almost $1.5B on the likes of CyrusOne, Datapipe, Hosted Solutions, Q9 Networks and Sentrum - and now TELX. (Hosted Solutions was sold to Windstream and Cincinnati Bell acquired CyrusOne.)

TELX has 15 data centers (including 56 Marietta in Atlanta, 60 Hudson in NYC, and 111 Eighth Avenue also in NYC) with 900 customers and about $129M in revenue in 2010. It filed for a $100M IPO in March, 2010. 

This is just a change in private equity holdings.



Domain-ers M&A

August 4, 2011

Are They Reading from the Same Playbook?

August 1, 2011

Are Windstream and CenturyLink reading from the same script?

CenturyTel built up a wireline base from Embarq, Verizon (2001-2002), and Madison River. In 2003 to 2005, C-Tel bought fiber networks - Digital Teleport (which became LightCore), MFON and KMC. Then in 2010 announced it was buying Qwest - federal government contracts, fiber, international, data centers and more wireline.

A Strange Way to Start Monday

August 1, 2011

The party might be over at the PAETEC, as they announced today an $891M stock only sale to WINDSTREAM. USLEC, AllWorx, CavTel, McLeodUSA, Quagga, Xeta, US Energy Partners - all acquired by PAETEC to create a billion dollar CLEC. As if hitting the billion dollar mark was meaningful. Intermedia was the first billion dollar CLEC and HAD to sell itslef to MCI, as short-term debt became due.

Hosted VoIP Valuations

July 25, 2011

NPRG Insights suggests that hosted VoIP valuations are rising. I don't think so. I privvy to some info that points me to the fact that many valuations are based on not revenue, but what the investors want to cash out. Sometimes that looks good.

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