Asus CEO keeps open mind on HTC acquisition

Taiwan’s Asus said today it has “not ruled out the possibility” of buying troubled smartphone maker HTC, which recently forecast a sharp loss for Q2, Reuters reported. Asus chairman Johnny Shih made the comment in response to a question raised …

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ZTE sees strong upside to Nokia-AlcaLu tie-up

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ZTE is upbeat on Nokia’s intention to acquire Alcatel-Lucent and believes the combination will create more opportunity, since operators will have a more limited selection but will still need gear from multiple vendors. David Dai Shu (pictured), ZTE’s …

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SKB’s fixed assets to help SK Telecom compete – Fitch

SK Telecom’s (SKT) acquisition of SK Broadband (SKB) will be important in enabling the country’s largest mobile player to better compete with its integrated rivals KT and LG Uplus. SKB’s fixed-line network has become increasingly vital to SKT’s wireless operation …

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HKT’s profit, revenue surge after CSL acquisition

HKT, Hong Kong’s largest mobile operator, reported double-digit growth in profit and revenue last year, as its acquisition of rival CSL more than doubled its mobile sales while the increased scale helped it reduce costs. The company’s net profit in …

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Indosat CEO denies interest in Hutchison 3

Indosat’s chief executive has said the country’s number three mobile player is not in talks to acquire Hutchison 3 Indonesia. A media report earlier in the week claimed that Indosat was interested in acquiring its smaller rival — a deal …

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Tinder buys photo messaging app Tappy

The company behind dating app Tinder acquired Chill, the maker of the photo messaging app Tappy, according to TechCrunch. Tappy works in a similar way to Snapchat, with messages disappearing after 24 hours. All conversations have to be initiated with …

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Hike looks to add voice with acquisition

The company behind Indian messaging app Hike acquired a startup that builds technology to enable voice calls over Wi-Fi, suggesting it may soon add that functionality to its service. Hike announced it has acquired Zip Phone, which is also based …

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Telstra $697m acquisition of Pacnet goes ahead

Australian telco giant Telsta has confirmed it is proceeding with the acquisition of trans-Pacific cable and data centre player Pacnet. As ever the $697 million deal is subject to regulatory approval, but assuming it goes through it will give Telstra a foothold in China, a bunch of data centres and services including SDN (software defined networking).

Comcast Time Warner Cable deal delayed further by FCC

The $45 billion megadeal that will consolidate the US cable market faces yet another delay in its completion thanks to a bunch of documents Time Warner Cable (TWC) has only just presented to the US telco regulator, the FCC, despite the deal first being announced almost a year ago.