Danaher to combine communications unit with NetScout

Companies are spending more on internet security to prevent breaches

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(Reuters) - U.S. healthcare technology group Danaher Corp is combining its communications unit with NetScout Systems Inc, scaling up the business at a time when companies are spending aggressively on cybersecurity.

Danaher shareholders will get NetScout shares worth $2.6 billion, giving them majority stake in the company, while NetScout will have operational control.

Danaher's communications business sells cybersecurity products and tools to manage networks, while NetScout makes products that monitor software applications on networks.

Mexico launches project to create state-owned mobile network

Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson have already helped a consortium place a bid to build the network

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's government on Thursday kick-started a project to launch a state-owned mobile network by 2018, part of a wider effort to support competitors to billionaire Carlos Slim's dominant America Movil.

Mexico's telecoms regulator and the telecommunications and transport ministry (SCT) agreed on terms and conditions for the development of the network in a first step toward launching it, according to a statement from the regulator.

Cisco to set up $80 million China cloud joint venture with TCL

Cisco to invest $16M for 20 percent stake in firm which has not been named

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc will establish an $80 million joint venture with Chinese hardware manufacturer TCL Corp to invest in commercial cloud computing services, TCL said in a stock exchange filing on Thursday.

Cisco will invest $16 million in the new firm, which has not been named and is still being registered, and hold a 20 percent stake, the filing said. TCL will pay $64 million for an 80 percent share. These investments will be made over three stages, each of which will require the approval of both parties. No timeframe for the investments was given.

ITSF 2014 - Time & Sync in Telecoms

Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
End Date: 
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Budapest:

ITSF 2014 “Time for the Future” will be a key knowledge transfer and networking session as the industry builds the new networks necessary to address the phenomenal bandwidth demands of the Tablet and Smartphone user community that will emerge in 2015 and 2016.

Swisscom weighs $6.3 billion Fastweb sale as Vodafone lurks

Fastweb could be worth between 4B and 5B euros based on 2013 EBITDA

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LONDON (Reuters) - Telecom operator Swisscom is considering a possible sale of its Italian broadband firm Fastweb, which is worth up to 5 billion euros ($6.3 billion) and has been a target for Vodafone, sources familiar with the situation said.

The Swiss majority state-owned firm, which has already rebuffed several takeover approaches from Vodafone for Fastweb, is now working with UBS, Vodafone's long-term adviser, to facilitate a deal, said the sources who could not be named because the matter is private.

Virtualization Gets Real: Maximizing Performance in Mobile Networks

'How much, how soon' depends on how well the industry rises to new challenges

Rolling out new, more compelling services quickly and with guaranteed quality is critical for carriers facing mounting threats from over-the-top (OTT) providers. The prospect of lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) while doing so is driving many to adopt strategies for virtualizing the underlying network.

Goldman leads investment by Wall Street in new communications platform

Factored in a range of compliance and best-practices needs for large financial services firms

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - After spending two years developing a wide-ranging communications tool for Wall Street, Goldman Sachs Group Inc says it has reached the perfect pitch.

    On Wednesday, Goldman and 13 partners plan to announce a $66 million investment in a new company called Symphony Communication Services Holdings LLC, according to a draft press release viewed by Reuters. The partners are all financial services firms, including major global banks and asset managers.

Microsoft calls on U.S. FCC to approve AT&T's bid for DirecTV

AT&T has to convince the FCC that the merger is in the public interest

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp urged the Federal Communications Commission to approve AT&T's Inc $48.5 billion bid for DirecTV, saying in a filing that the acquisition is crucial to expanding Americans' access to the internet.

The letter, which was dated Sept. 16 and released publicly on Thursday, comes as the FCC conducts a formal review of the merger. The commission is expected to reply to public comments on Oct. 16.

If the merger is approved, AT&T promises to expand its footprint to include an additional 13 million rural customers.

Ericsson to shut modem business, expects savings

Europe's semiconductor firms are struggling to compete with bigger U.S. and Asian rivals

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Ericsson, the world's top mobile network equipment market, will stop developing modems, it said on Thursday, shutting a loss-making unit it took on after joint venture partner STMicroelectronics pulled out a year ago.

Europe's semiconductor firms are struggling to compete with bigger U.S. and Asian rivals, which have largely outsourced chip manufacturing to cope with volatility in demand and prices.

"Since integration, the modems market has developed in a direction that has reduced the addressable market for thin modems," Ericsson said in a statement.

Telecom mergers rein in growth for U.S. network gear makers

Ciena Corp and Finisar Corp last week joined their peers in forecasting a weak current quarter

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(Reuters) - U.S. network gear makers are bracing for slower revenue growth in the second half of the year as telecom operators, their main customers, postpone spending until the dust settles on several big mergers.

Telecom giants AT&T Inc and Sprint Corp are taking time to decide whether to upgrade existing wired networks or roll out 4G networks, forcing gear makers to cut expectations for what is usually the stronger half of their year.

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