Nortel May Break Itself Into Pieces
According to the Globe and Mail newspaper, Nortel networks may sell off major divisions rather than attempt to regroup while it is under bankruptcy protection. Sources indicated that Nortel is already entertaining offers from other companies for parts of its business, though Nortel declined to say who. Both Nortel's wireless business and in-office telecom business have seen interest from outside parties. When it declared bankruptcy, Nortel had cash reserves of $2.4 billion and debts exceeding $4.5 billion.
BlackBerry Sues Nokia Over Patents
BlackBerry filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nokia this week. BlackBerry claims Nokia is using its patented technology in select telecommunications equipment that Nokia sells to network operators, such as T-Mobile, without the proper licenses.
Sprint to Sell Certain Network Assets for $2.2 Billion
Sprint has agreed to sell select network assets to a company called Network LeaseCo and then lease back those assets for an unspecified sum. The move is meant to boost Sprint's cash position and will eventually add $2.2 billion to the company's coffers.
Judge Approves Sale of RadioShack Stores
A U.S. judge has given RadioShack permission to sell its 1,740 stores to Standard General, a hedge fund that plans to operate the stores with Sprint.
Nokia's HERE Maps Quick to Draw Suitors
Four companies have expressed interest in acquiring Nokia's HERE Maps business, reports Reuters. A coalition of German auto makers, Audi, BMW, and Daimler, are weighing a joint bid, as are Facebook, Uber, and U.S.
AT&T to Buy Time Warner for $85.4 Billion
AT&T has agreed to purchase Time Warner for $85.4 billion in a stock-and-cash deal that will merge AT&T's delivery networks with Time Warner's vast catalog of content. AT&T believes the combined companies will be able to save $1 billion per year once fully merged.