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Broadband Briefs for 11/03/09

Tue, 11/03/2009 - 7:00am

Windstream to acquire NuVox
By Traci Patterson

Windstream Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire NuVox Inc. – a privately held CLEC based in Greenville, S.C. – in a transaction valued at approximately $643 million. The boards of both companies have approved the transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of 2010, subject to certain conditions.

NuVox’s footprint allows Windstream to strengthen its presence across the Southeast and Midwest, providing expanded reach to focus on small- and medium-size business growth opportunities. NuVox serves 48 locations in 16 contiguous Southeastern and Midwestern states. The company offers IP-based voice and data services to approximately 90,000 business customers.

Windstream expects to issue approximately 18.7 million fixed shares of stock valued at $183 million, based on Windstream’s closing stock price on Nov. 2, and pay approximately $280 million in cash as part of the transaction. Windstream will also assume estimated net debt of approximately $180 million. Windstream said it intends to finance the acquisition with existing cash and current capacity on its revolving credit agreement.

MBOi, 180Squared partner on IPTV managed cloud service
By Traci Patterson

MBOi, a video solution provided by MBO Video, and 180Squared unveiled what the companies said is the world's first IPTV managed cloud service – called Cirrus Managed Cloud Solutions.

The Cirrus solution – which is based on Microsoft Mediaroom – is built with 180Squared’s v.Unison solution set, which enables a shared installation of an IPTV middleware platform among multiple entities, while maintaining a secure, autonomous environment for each individual entity's back-end systems and customized offering. The Cirrus Managed Cloud solution gives providers immediate access to applications such as onscreen Caller ID (VoIP and TDM compatibility), remote PVR scheduling and whole-home PVR.

"By sharing the infrastructure and costs, IPTV becomes a much more viable and competitive product offering," said MBO Video’s Gene Baldwin. "We recognized the business potential of IPTV, and we're eager to supply service providers and other entities, such as hotels and hospitality providers, economies of scale for more robust video solutions. 180Squared's v.Unison encapsulated into the Cirrus Solution allows us to do that and share IPTV offerings with other entities simply and efficiently."

Shaw closes Mountain Cablevision acquisition
By Traci Patterson

Shaw Communications Inc. has closed the acquisition of Mountain Cablevision from the Boris Family, who has owned Mountain Cablevision for the past 50 years.

The purchase price was approximately $300 million, $120 million of which was paid through the issuance of 6.14 million Class B non-voting participating shares of Shaw, with the balance paid in cash.

Shaw serves more than 3.4 million customers, including more than 1.7 million Internet and 850,000 digital phone customers.

Nielsen Co., DataLogix team up for online ad targeting
By Traci Patterson

The Nielsen Co. and DataLogix will bring together demographic and lifestyle targeting data with an online ad targeting platform, improving the ability of online advertisers to reach the people most likely to buy their products and services.

DataLogix’s Affiniti Data platform, which enables media companies and agencies to find Internet users based on offline behaviors and attributes, has strengthened its online targeting capabilities by adding Nielsen’s Prizm lifestyle segmentation, which provides precise lifestyle and product purchase segments.

In this new offering, each household in the Affiniti database will be assigned to one of Nielsen’s 66 Prizm segments, which group Americans based on demographics, lifestyles, shopping patterns and media preferences. This is the first time brand advertisers will be able to use Nielsen’s Prizm segmentation at a household-level of accuracy in their online campaigns, the company said.

Sony Ericsson introduces 1st Android device
By Monica Alleven, Wireless Week

Sony Ericsson today officially unveiled its first Android-based phone, the Xperia X10, a flagship phone in its new family of phones coming to market in the first half of 2010. The Xperia X10 comes with a four-inch screen and an 8.1-megapixel camera. It uses version 1.6 of Android and the Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor.

Sony Ericsson says its UX platform builds on top of the open OS and creates a unique Sony Ericsson user experience by combining best-in-class entertainment features with signature applications, integration of social media services and a rich graphical user interface.

The phone will be available in the first quarter in selected markets. It supports GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS HSPA 900/1700/2100 and UMTS HSPA 800/850/1900/2100.

More Broadband Direct 11/03/09:
•  Blog I: TV Everywhere – literally this time
•  Blog II: DOCSIS 3.0 vs. DOCSIS 3.0
•  Cablevision triples its profit in Q3
•  RCN posts free cash flow of $11M in Q3
•  Cisco buys into enormous China STB market
•  An Expo assortment
•  Report: Apple has OTT envy
•  Inter Mountain Cable chooses Sigma Systems
•  VeEx announces SLA validation test feature
•  Jinni joins NDS' Recommendations Engine Partner Program
•  Kudelski Group extends deadline for OpenTV deal
•  Qwest to save $100M; Nacchio wants clean slate
•  Nokia Siemens Networks plans layoffs, reorg
•  Broadband Briefs for 11/03/09

 

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