2013年2月5日火曜日

DOJ Delay action on Sprint-Softbank deal

米司法省がソフトバンクのスプリント買収を保留要請した。
 ソフトバンクが米携帯3位のSprint Nextelを買収する提案について、
米国司法省(DOJ)が米国連邦通信委員会(FCC)に対して、いかなる判断も
保留するように要請した。ソフトバンクによるSprint買収については、
司法省、国土安全保障省(DHS)、FBIが共同で調査を進めており、DOJは
調査完了までにしばらく時間がかかる見通しを示している。

DOJ、DHS、FBI調査
・買収に起因する国家安全保障や法的な問題に関するもの
・DOJはFCCに「関係当局の調査が完了し、調査結果に基づいた勧告を
 委員会に通知するまで、いかなる行動も控えるように要請する」。

ソフトバンク
・Sprint Nextelを買収することで両社が合意したと発表。
・買収額は201億ドル
・ソフトバンクはSprint株の70%を保有。
・携帯電話契約数が9000万件を超える世界有数の規模の通信グループが
 誕生。
・日本の無線ネットワーク網構築で、Huawei TechnologiesとZTEと
 業務提携。

DOJが懸念しているのは、HuaweiやZTEとソフトバンクが業務しており、
米国で、通信網を展開した時、盗聴されたり、意図時に装置を止めたり
する可能性があると言うもの。
印、豪、ニュージーランド、米国等では、基幹システムへの採用は不可。
携帯電話3位のSprint Nextelを基幹とするかしないかと言うことのよう
だ。DOJが買収を許可しても公務員や情報保全の関係者は、家族を含め
使用禁止の内示かもしれない。
三菱地所がロックフェラーセンタ(群)を大金で買収後、運営会社破綻で、
ほとんどのビルを安値で売却。ソフトバンクが買収を成功させても三菱
地所と同じ経過をたどる可能性もある。

携帯電話は盗聴されているか
中国製エシュロンシステム
米国 中国企業へ経済制裁へ


---ソフトバンクのスプリント買収案、米司法省が保留要請---
Yoichi Yamashita  [2013/01/30]
http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2013/01/30/001/

 ソフトバンクが米携帯3位のSprint Nextelを買収する提案について、米国司法省 (DOJ)が米国連邦通信委員会 (FCC)に対して、いかなる判断も保留するように要請した。ソフトバンクによるSprint買収については、司法省、国土安全保障省 (DHS)、FBIが共同で調査を進めており、DOJは調査完了までにしばらく時間がかかる見通しを示している。
 DOJ、DHS、FBIによる調査は、買収に起因する国家安全保障や法的な問題に関するもので、DOJはFCCに「関係当局の調査が完了し、調査結果に基づいた勧告を委員会に通知するまで、いかなる行動も控えるように要請する」と求めている。
 ソフトバンクは昨年10月に、Sprint Nextelを買収することで両社が合意したと発表。買収額は201億ドルで、ソフトバンクはSprint株の70%を保有する。実現すれば、携帯電話契約数が9000万件を超える世界有数の規模の通信グループが誕生することになる。


---DOJ asks FCC to delay action on Sprint-Softbank deal---
Stephen Lawson @sdlawsonmedia
Jan 29, 2013 2:15 PM
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2026651/doj-asks-fcc-to-delay-action-on-sprintsoftbank-deal.html

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have asked for more time to consider Softbank’s proposed takeover of Sprint Nextel, a move that may signal a rough road ahead for the $20 billion deal.

In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, dated Monday, the DOJ asked the FCC to defer action on the deal because it hasn’t finished reviewing the proposal for national security, law enforcement and public safety issues. It filed the letter in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is part of the DOJ, and the Department of Homeland Security. The DOJ asked that the FCC hold off until the agencies have finished their review and requested FCC action. The filing was reported earlier Tuesday by GigaOm.

The letter didn’t change Sprint’s forecast for completion of the deal.

“This is a routine request so the appropriate federal agencies can review network security for transactions involving foreign companies. We continue to anticipate that the transaction will be completed in mid-2013,” Sprint spokesman Scott Sloat said in an email message. The FCC had no comment on the letter.

Last October, Softbank proposed investing $20 billion in Sprint and acquiring a 70 percent stake in the company. Though Japan is considered a close U.S. ally, some observers have said lawmakers might object to significant foreign ownership of Sprint, the third-largest U.S. mobile operator.

If approved, the deal would greatly strengthen Sprint to better compete against AT&T and Verizon Wireless. It would also allow Sprint to buy out the rest of partner company Clearwire and gain access to that company’s large reserves of wireless spectrum. But those plans have faced some opposition from other carriers, and Dish Network has made a higher counteroffer for Clearwire.

T-Mobile USA is owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, and Verizon Wireless is a joint venture between Verizon Communications and U.K.-based Vodafone.


---DOJ Asks FCC to Defer Action on Softbank-Sprint Merger---
By Todd Shields and Eric Engleman on January 29, 2013
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-01-29/doj-asks-fcc-to-defer-action-on-softbank-sprint-merger

A U.S. Justice Department request to defer regulatory action on Softbank Corp. (9984)’s $20 billion bid for Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) follows criticism that an acquisition could expose domestic networks to Chinese companies.

The Justice Department, FBI and Department of Homeland Security asked the Federal Communications Commission to give them time to complete an assessment of the transaction’s national security and law enforcement implications, according to a filing posted today on the FCC’s website.

The Justice Department’s request is common during reviews triggered when overseas companies, such as Tokyo-based Softbank, seeks control of a U.S. telecommunications company, said Jeffrey Silva, an analyst with Medley Global Advisors.

“I wouldn’t look at the DOJ letter as a red flag at all,” Silva, based in Washington, said in an interview. “It’s routine given that foreign ownership is involved.”

Sprint, the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, rose 8 cents to $5.64 at the end of New York trading. Softbank in October said it would buy 70 percent of Overland Park, Kansas- based Sprint.

The deal could harm U.S. security because Softbank works with Chinese phone-equipment makers whose devices could expose American networks to Chinese spying, the Communications Workers of America said in an FCC filing yesterday.

The FCC is due to take comments on the transaction until Feb. 25, and is about one-third of the way through its informal six-month time line for considering acquisitions.
Routine Request

The Justice Department action is “a routine request,” John Taylor, a Sprint spokesman, said in an e-mail. A U.S. official who requested anonymity to discuss the continuing review said the request to the FCC isn’t unusual in such situations.

The communications workers’ union said Softbank is working with Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. (000063), China’s two largest phone-equipment makers, to help build a wireless network in Japan. Softbank’s acquisition of Sprint could lead to “significant penetration” of Huawei and ZTE into the U.S. market, the union’s filing said.

A U.S. House Intelligence Committee report released in October said the U.S. government should block acquisitions or mergers by Huawei and ZTE, saying the companies provide opportunities for Chinese intelligence services to tamper with U.S. telecommunications networks for spying.
Blackballing Company

“Huawei is not a party to the transaction at hand,” William Plummer, a Washington-based spokesman for the company, said in an e-mail. “Misguided proposals to blackball a company based on country of origin do nothing to secure networks in an industry where every vendor leverages common global supply chains.”

Softbank buys base band units and antenna systems from Huawei and ZTE for its fourth-generation mobile network in Japan. Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson AB provide the core network.

Executives for Huawei and ZTE, both based in Shenzhen, China, have denied links to Chinese espionage.

“What we’re talking about is the very heart of our critical infrastructure,” said Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute.

“It’s only appropriate that questions be asked not only from a regulatory perspective but also as they pertain to potential national security considerations,” said Cilluffo, a former special assistant to President George W. Bush for homeland security.

Paul Kranhold, a spokesman for Softbank, declined to comment, as did Justin Cole, an FCC spokesman.

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