Telekom CEO argues for strong No. 3 player in U.S. wireless market: newspaper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A strong No. 3 player in the U.S. wireless market would enhance competition, the chief of Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE) told a German newspaper, as T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) seeks to merge with Sprint Corp (S.N).

Timotheus Hoettges, Chief Executive Officer of Germany’s telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom AG poses for a picture at the Cyber Defense and Security Operation Center (SOC) of Telekom Security in Bonn October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Chief executive officer Timotheus Hoettges also urged the new German government to think twice before selling down its large stake in Deutsche Telekom, according to an interview in Welt am Sonntag.

T-Mobile US, majority-owned by Deutsche Telekom, is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with Sprint Corp, people familiar with the matter have said, a breakthrough in efforts to merge the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers.

Hoettges, in the interview published on Sunday, declined to comment directly on talks between the companies.

“In the U.S. there is a duopoly between two very big players, and then there are two smaller players well behind,” he said. “A third strong player would be good for competition.”

Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) and AT&T Inc (T.N) are the two largest wireless carriers.

Competition regulators have in the past quashed consolidation efforts by T-Mobile, but Hoettges said chances are now better under U.S. President Donald Trump.

“History has taught us that governments led by Republicans are more hands-off than Democratic administrations,” he said.

On the German state’s nearly 32 percent stake in Deutsche Telekom, Hoettges acknowledged it would be the new government’s decision whether to sell or keep.

But he said those who argued for a sale “should perhaps ask themselves who will buy the stake”.

“What interest would the owner have in infrastructure security? Would the owner want to invest in Germany, and if so, where and in particular, how much?”

The FDP and Green parties, which are in talks to form a coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, have both advocated a sale or partial sale of the stake.

Reporting by Tom Sims and Douglas Busvine; editing by John Stonestreet

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Strong U.S. sales help Cisco beat estimates

Chuck Robbins, incoming CEO of Cisco, listens a question from media during a news conference in New Delhi, India, June 18, 2015.

(Reuters) – Network equipment maker Cisco Systems reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit as strong demand for its products in the United States more than offset weakness elsewhere.

Shares of Cisco, considered a bellwether for the performance of the broader network gear industry, rose nearly 4 percent in extended trading on Wednesday.

The company is the market leader in selling network equipment to businesses, controlling about half of the $ 38 billion global market and overshadowing rivals Hewlett-Packard and China’s Huawei Technologies, according to market research firm Gartner.

Cisco’s latest results also underscore an ongoing recovery in sales of the company’s switches and routers, which were hit by a slowdown in spending by telecom carriers, its traditional customers, in the second half of 2014.

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Needham & Co analyst Alex Henderson said the 7 percent rise in revenue in the Americas was a “laudable performance.” The region accounted for 61 percent of total sales in the fourth quarter.

“I think for the entire market – and Cisco is a microcosm of it – the international markets are the key issue.”

Cisco said revenue from other geographies declined marginally.

The company has also been investing in new products and services such as data analytics software, security and cloud-management tools.

Cisco said in June it would buy cloud-based security firm OpenDNS for $ 635 million.

The company also said revenue from telecom providers rose 2 percent in the quarter but added that it did not expect an increase in capital spending by its traditional customers.

“Cisco’s best years are ahead of us,” Chuck Robbins said on the post-earnings conference call, his first as Cisco’s chief executive. Robbins took over from veteran John Chambers in July.

The company forecast revenue growth of 2-4 percent for the first quarter, which translates to $ 12.49 billion-$ 12.73 billion. It forecast adjusted earnings per share of 55 cents-57 cents.

Analysts on average were expecting revenue of $ 12.55 billion on a profit of 56 cents per share.

For the fourth quarter, the company earned 59 cents per share on an adjusted basis, while revenue rose nearly 4 percent to $ 12.84 billion.

Analysts on average were expecting a profit of 56 cents per share on revenue of $ 12.65 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Up to Wednesday’s close of $ 27.90, shares had fallen nearly 5 percent since the company last reported results in May.

By Arathy S Nair and Anya George Tharakan

(Reporting By Arathy S Nair and Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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