Finance & Investment Asia Forum 2014

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, November 6, 2014
End Date: 
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hong Kong:

Discover the value of Asia’s datacenter and Cloud assets this November

Reaching its 4th year in the region, Asia’s annual professional networking and market forum for investors in datacenter, Cloud, fiber and tech returns to Hong Kong.

FIF 14 is the only live event in Asia focused on bringing together hundreds of investors, financiers, bankers, private equity and hedge funds to meet high-growth, smart datacenter, Cloud, fiber and tech companies, service providers and enterprise users in one annual event to explore investment opportunities, assess business models and discuss the future of these highly dynamic segments of the ICT sector.

United Internet to buy KKR's stake in Versatel for $769 mln

German ISP was expected to post flat 2014 revenues of about 548 million euros

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German internet service provider United Internet said on Wednesday it had agreed to acquire buyout group KKR's 74.9 percent stake in cable group Versatel for about 586 million euros ($769 million) in cash.

United Internet, which already controls 25.1 percent of Versatel, had said last month it was considering a complete takeover of the company, which owns Germany's second-largest fiber optic cable network with a length of about 37,000 kilometers.

Telecom Italia in a bind after losing GVT bid battle

Seven bankers and investors tell Reuters the telco lacks a clear direction

Reuters

PARIS/LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - Telecom Italia has lost a promising path to earnings growth by failing to secure Brazilian broadband business GVT and may now turn from hunter to hunted in a fast-consolidating telecoms industry.

Winning the auction for French media company Vivendi's GVT was vital for both Telecom Italia and its rival, Spain's Telefonica, as their European markets have been shrinking. Italy was gripped by a mobile price war for much of last year, revenue is falling and competition remains tough.

Sprint grabs lifeline with rural U.S. roaming deals

Experts say Verizon has only comparable alternative for rural carriers to offer nationwide 4G roaming

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With plans for a T-Mobile US Inc merger in tatters, Sprint Corp is expanding a roaming program with rural cellphone companies that could provide a much-needed way for the debt-laden wireless carrier to cheaply increase its footprint.

In March, Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son struck a roaming deal with the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), which represents many U.S. rural and regional carriers, to use each other's networks for roaming at a mutually attractive price.

AT&T sues Cox Communications for patent infringement

Patents relate to methods for improving the quality and reducing the costs of telecom services

Reuters

(Reuters) - AT&T <T.N> is suing Cox Communications for infringing eight patents dealing with network quality after the regional cable provider ignored its complaints about the issue and made "billions" off of the technology, according to a new lawsuit.

In the suit filed Friday in Delaware federal court against Cox and more than 30 of its regional units, AT&T said that Cox had been warned about the claims of patent infringement as far back as 2009. It said Cox delayed negotiations and refused to take a license for the technologies.

Brazil telecom battle heats up as Oi tries to buy, split TIM

Move adds a new twist to the bidding war for Vivendi SA's Brazilian broadband unit GVT

Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO/PARIS (Reuters) - Brazil’s Grupo Oi SA unveiled plans on Wednesday to take over Telecom Italia's local mobile unit, in a move sources said was aimed at breaking up the country’s second-biggest wireless carrier and upstaging merger bids by foreign rivals.

Oi said on Wednesday that it hired Brazilian investment bank and shareholder Grupo BTG Pactual SA to explore alternatives to acquire Telecom Italia SpA's 67 percent stake in TIM Participações SA, the country's second biggest wireless carrier.

South Korea's Daum, Kakao shareholders approve merger

Combined entity will be called Daum Kakao, pending shareholder approval

Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - Shareholders of South Korean internet portal operator Daum Communications Corp and messaging app company Kakao Corp on Wednesday approved a merger of the two firms in an all-stock deal that values Kakao at more than $3 billion.

Kakao's KakaoTalk is the undisputed chat leader in South Korea, but its global user base is far smaller than the likes of Facebook Inc's WhatsApp or Naver Corp's Line.

The merger with Daum, South Korea's No. 2 internet search company, will give Kakao new lines of revenue and boost its resources for overseas expansion.

IBM to help China's Inspur to design servers

K1 server touted as China's first fully home-grown, high-end server

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - IBM will help China's largest server vendor Inspur International design server systems, the two companies said on Friday, an unexpected development in what has been a politically charged rivalry in the Chinese technology market.

Since last year Inspur has aggressively marketed its servers to Chinese state-owned firms as a replacement for IBM (International Business Machines Corp) systems while U.S.-China relations have worsened dramatically over mutual suspicions of cyber-spying.

FBI probing reported theft of 1.2 billion Internet credentials

Collected over several years from approximately 420,000 websites and other servers

Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a report by a U.S. cybersecurity firm that it uncovered some 1.2 billion Internet logins and passwords amassed by a Russian crime ring, the largest known collection of such stolen data.

Hold Security of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, disclosed earlier this month that it had discovered the credentials, collected over several years from approximately 420,000 websites and other servers.

Carriers Must Leverage SDN and NFV for Greater Network Insight

A massive paradigm challenges deeply held beliefs on the role of carriers as service providers

Recent research suggests 90 percent of all existing data has been generated in the last three years, leaving telecom carriers to grapple with how to manage this data deluge effectively and still turn a profit. The answer may lie in Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Based on Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware, one immediate benefit of both technologies is the potential to reduce cost, for vendors and their carrier customers.

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