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Google Taps Barclays to Shop Motorola Home
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has hired Barclays Capital to shop around Motorola Mobility Inc. (NYSE: MMI)'s Home unit, which makes set-tops and broadband access gear, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing two anonymous sources.On Aug. 6, Light Reading Cable was first to report that Barclays was rumored to be the one to help Google seek out a buyer for the unit, with industry insiders indicating that Home could fetch up to $2 billion once Google strips out the intellectual property it wants to hold onto. Bloomberg's sources also indicate that a sale might bring in $2 billion. (See Google Preps Sale of Motorola Home.)Google paid $12.4 billion for Motorola Mobility, snaring it primarily for its treasure trove of patents so it can better protect Android against smartphone rivals such as Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL). (See Jury: Apple Guilty, But Samsung Much Guiltier.)Industry sources have told Light Reading Cable that Google plans to get the process started by September, whittle things down to three to five candidates and have a buyer lined up by November or December. Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS), Pace plc and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) are among the companies believed to have interest in the unit, and there's a possibility that Google might be willing to sell off Home in pieces if it can get the right price. (See Light Reading Poll: Who Will Take Motorola Home?)Although Motorola Home's set-top business has been in decline, having it on the block could prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a supplier that wants to beef up its relatively weak position in U.S. cable, such as Ericsson or Alcatel-Lucent, or it could offer a chance for a vendor with already good cable ties, like Arris, to emerge as a stronger supplier that the MSOs can trust to keep Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) in check.
Who's King of M&A?
Which companies have made the smartest M&A moves during the past year? VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW)? Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN)? NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701)/NetCracker Technology Corp. ? Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)? Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)?AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)?OK, maybe not AT&T... (See AT&T Drops Bid to Acquire T-Mobile.)But all of these other companies could figure in the shortlist for Best Deal Maker in the 2012 Leading Lights Awards as they've opened their wallets to make strategic acquisitions during the past year. (See the story links farther down the page in case you've forgotten what they bought and Stock Options Tutorial for details of the awards.)The Best Deal Maker award -- which will be presented during the Leading Lights ceremony (OK, OK ... it's a party) held at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 7 -- is not limited only to those that have been merging and acquiring, though. Any company that has "consistently demonstrated good timing, judgment, and execution" in high-profile partnerships, joint ventures, and other multi-company financial arrangements can also win the award.Maybe Amdocs Ltd. (NYSE: DOX) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) could make the shortlist for their patent partnership? Or Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) for its audacious swoop on the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum held by four cable companies?Last year Dimension Data picked up the award as not only was it acquired by NTT Communications Corp. (NYSE: NTT), but also because it acquired OpSource to boost its cloud services strategy. (See Dimension Data Buys OpSource, DiData Deal Spells Bad News for SIs and NTT Splashes $3.2B on DiData.)(You can see the full list of the 2011 Leading Lights Awards winners right here. )So, does your company qualify for the Best Deal Maker category? If so, you have less than two weeks to submit an entry (a very easy process). Get all the details you need, including links to the entry forms, right here.Here's a reminder of some of the high-profile deals struck in recent months:Verizon Wireless's Spectrum Deals Sail Through Why Amdocs Is 'Seeing' Microsoft Vodafone, Telefónica Merge UK Networks VMware to Buy SDN Startup for More Than $1BCisco Bets $5B More on Video With NDSRusso 'Tickled Pink' by Ericsson, Calix DealAdtran to Buy NSN's Broadband UnitNEC to Buy Convergys Unit for $449MEuronews: Ericsson Seals Telcordia Deal
Will the iPhone 5 Be a North American Roamer?
When Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s Long Term Evolution (LTE) iPhone hits the shelves in the U.S., it may have an easier time traveling abroad then jumping networks within the 50 states.It's still not necessarily a technology issue holding back roaming, either, nor is it Apple's fault. Business relationships among carriers in the U.S. is the biggest reason the iPhone 5 will likely not be a local roamer, says The Linley Group analyst Linley Gwennap."When you buy a phone from a carrier, they have the last word with what you can do with it," Gwennap says. "Even if Apple builds in certain capabilities in the phone, it's up to the carriers to support them."The iPhone 4S uses Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM)'s MDM6610 chip, which supports both Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S)'s CDMA bands and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile USA 's GSM networks. The next iteration of chips, which the iPhone 5 will presumably use, include both networks, as well as LTE and even China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL)'s variant of TD-SCDMA. (See Qualcomm Not Holding Up LTE iPhone.)The problem, however, is that different carriers use different radio frequencies that may not be in the chip. And, if they are, the phone could lack the RF front end to switch between them. And then, even if both those hurdles are cleared in the iPhone 5, the wireless operators would have to allow for that switching to occur. That's not something they want to do, since they'd potentially lose their customers to other networks.Going global .Global roaming should be a different story though. Both AT&T and Verizon have made using data abroad more palatable with new, cheaper rate plans. And, as Gwennap points out, the mentality of going abroad and "disconnecting" for vacation is a thing of the past thanks to smartphones. Customers are putting pressure on the carriers to support reasonable bands, he says. (See A Roaming Holiday.)For Verizon, which operates 3G CDMA bands, global roaming was always a trickier proposition. But its recently acquired Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum will make it much easier for it to roam in Canada and Asia too. (See Verizon Wireless's Spectrum Deals Sail Through , MetroPCS: AWS Could Be 4G Roaming Choice and 5 Ways the Verizon Spectrum Deal Could Affect You.)
Even so, the options for an LTE phone that's also a global roamer are slim. AT&T offers several LTE/GSM global roamers including the Samsung Corp. Galaxy Note, but Verizon only has the Moto RAZR MAXX, and Sprint only has the international Moto Phonton Q LTE. The new Samsung Galaxy S III isn't even enabled for global roaming on Verizon, although some users are finding risky workarounds to take it abroad. (See iPhone 5: Apple Can Have 4G But Not the World.)So, with cheaper options for consumers, the promise of extra revenue when its customers go off the grid, lack of competitive threat and a global standard to boot, why isn't LTE synonymous with global roamer? (See Verizon Eyes LTE Roaming in Europe, Canada and The Myth of LTE Global Roaming.)The cost of including all the different LTE radios and the desire to keep smartphones slim and compact are two reasons, Gwennap says. But, he also expects the tides to start changing. Qualcomm's Gobi chipset includes enough bands for phones to work in the U.S. and most parts of Europe and Asia, so that should ease traveling woes for most upcoming handsets, including the iPhone 5. (See Qualcomm: Multi-Band Chips Will Take LTE Global .)"What Apple will probably do is support some of the local LTE frequencies in each geography and if you take your phone to a different location, it may fall back to 3G to connect to the network," Gwennap says. "You could still get roaming in, but not at the same speed."
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