Sprint Ups Clearwire Bid to $2.2B, Clearwire Agrees
Sprint today announced that it has agreed to acquire Clearwire for $2.2 billion. Sprint initially bid $2.1 billion, or $2.90 per share, last week. Today's bid has been raised to $2.97 per share, which amounts to a $100 million increase in the total bid. Softbank, which is in the process of acquiring a 70% stake in Sprint, indicated last week that it would not approve of a bid higher than $2.97 per share. Sprint already owns 50.45% of Clearwire and is purchasing the remaining 49.55%. Other Clearwire investors, including Comcast and Intel, have agreed to the new terms and Clearwire's board has voted in favor of the acquisition. According to Sprint, the deal will put it in a better position for its LTE 4G plans moving forward, and help it to be a better competitor to AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Clearwire has vast spectrum holdings in the 2.5GHz band. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the middle of 2013.
Sprint's WiMax Shutdown May Halt Service for Charities
Sprint plans to deactivate its WiMax network on Nov. 6, but some charities say the change will eliminate internet service for some 300,000 Americans altogether.
Masayoshi Son Would Consider Selling Sprint Spectrum
SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son indicated he'd be willing to sell some of the company's 2.5GHz spectrum assets to keep Sprint funded. Sprint gained a massive amount of 2.5GHz spectrum holdings when it purchased Clearwire.
Sprint Hangs Up on Dan Hesse, Names New CEO
Sprint today announced it has named Marcelo Claure as President and CEO of the company, who replaces Dan Hesse. Claure already served on Sprint's board of directors, and is the Founder and CEO of Brightstar Corp.
AT&T, Verizon Dominate AWS-3 Auction
The FCC today published a list of companies that placed winning bids for the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The FCC auctioned off 1,600 licenses, for which 70 companies were competing.