Sprint wholesale partner Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) closed on its acquisition of nTelos and said it will invest $350 million to upgrade to LTE and build out its network.
Cisco said it will spend $1.4 billion to acquire Jasper Technologies as it steps up its pursuit of the IoT market. Jasper powers a number of IoT applications like Amazon's Kindle book downloads, and the company works with a wide variety of mobile operators including AT&T.
The Canadian cable TV provider Shaw Communications said it has agreed to a $1.16 billion deal to acquire Wind Mobile, the country's fourth-largest wireless network operator.
M&A activity was also higher in 2014 than in 2012, with deals including Hutchison Whampoa's takeover of O2 Ireland in May 2014.
Skyrocketing Internet data usage is driving the biggest merger and acquisition spree among telecoms and tech companies in a decade, a Wall Street Journal blog item reported.
My view is that the AWS-3 auction results will lead to some pretty important changes in the makeup of the wireless industry.
Infrastructure vendor Ericsson has been strategically moving into new areas like video and M2M through acquisitions--such as its 2013 purchase of Microsoft's Mediaroom TV solution and its 2011 purchase of Telenor Connexion's M2M platform. This M&A activity is part of a carefully crafted plan to help the company transform itself from a hardware company into a software and services firm.
Recognizing the rapidly growing interest in wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT), CEVA has agreed to pay some $19 million to acquire privately held RivieraWaves, a four-year-old company specializing in silicon and software intellectual property (IP) related to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
Germany's antitrust watchdog remains concerned that the proposed merger between Telefónica Deutschland and KPN-owned E-Plus would be detrimental to mobile pricing competition in the country, even though the European Commission is understood to be close to approving the deal.
Conditions imposed by the European Commission on mergers between telecoms operators in the region could limit the competitive impact of consolidation that is desired by operators, according to a new report by ratings agency Moody's.