Nortel's GSM Biz Headed to Auction Block
Nortel has officially put up its global GSM and GSM-R (for railroads) business units for sale. The company has taken the first steps in the U.S. and Canada to facilitate the sale. Bids for the GSM/GSM-R business units must be submitted by November 5, with an open auction to follow November 9. Nortel declared bankruptcy earlier this year, and eventually decided to sell off its business in pieces rather than restructure.
Pantech Puts Itself Up for Sale
Pantech, based in Korea, has staked a For Sale sign in its front lawn. The company, which declared the equivalent of bankruptcy last month, is seeking a buyer to scoop up the entire business.
Pantech Files for Bankruptcy In the US
Pantech's U.S. operations filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy today, following similar legal moves in the company's home market of Korea.
Ting to Add GSM Support Next Year
Ting, an MVNO that resells access to Sprint's network, today said it plans to expand its service next year by adding support for GSM devices. Beginning in February, anyone with an unlocked GSM handset will be able to sign up for Ting service.
Republic Wireless MVNO to Add GSM-Based Service
Republic Wireless, an MVNO that operates on Sprint's network, says it has signed a deal with a GSM-based carrier and will expand service with a GSM smartphone later this year. Republic's SVP of sales Lon France told Fierce Wireless the device will be a high-end Motorola handset, though he didn't name the exact model nor the new carrier partner (likely T-Mobile).