SoftBank is a Japanese telecommunications and Internet company with operations spanning broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, e-commerce, the Internet, finance, media and marketing, and other businesses. In October 2012, Softbank said it would pay US$20.1 billion to buy 70 per cent of US telecom Sprint Nextel in the biggest ever offshore acquisition by a Japanese company.
If Masayoshi Son, the chief executive of SoftBank Corp needs a fresh strategy to fend off a surprise French counterbid for a prized US telecommunications target, he could do worse than ask budding entrepreneurs at the SoftBank Academia.Tuesday, 5 August, 2014, 2:32am
The United States will not be an easy option for the potential US$15 billion listing of Alibaba, which has been stuck in a war of words with the Hong Kong stock exchange and regulator over its listing plan.8 Oct 2013 - 8:18am 2 comments
Alibaba Group may postpone its potential HK$100 billion listing plan to 2015 if the mainland's top e-commerce firm cannot get a deal done in Hong Kong this year.13 Sep 2013 - 7:51am 1 comment
Alibaba chairman Jack Ma’s manoeuvring to keep management control of the company he founded has derailed plans for a possible US$15 billion listing of the firm’s shares in Hong Kong this year.16 Aug 2013 - 9:02am
Prospects for a Hong Kong listing this year for Chinese internet giant Alibaba have dimmed dramatically in the wake of disclosures by investment bankers that the mainland's No1 e-commerce firm is wrestling with how to keep management control after shares are sold to the public.16 Aug 2013 - 7:31am
Japan’s SoftBank Corp said on Tuesday that it has agreed with Sprint Nextel Corp to raise its offer for the US wireless operator to US$21.6 billion (HK$167.7 billion) from a previous offer of US$20.1 billion.11 Jun 2013 - 10:11am
The US national security clearance of SoftBank Corp's US$20.1 billion acquisition of Sprint Nextel Corp imposes the first restrictions on a third-party supplier over claims of Chinese spying.31 May 2013 - 4:54am
The Japanese technology group Softbank will let the United States government have veto power over one nominee to Sprint Nextel's board to ease security concerns if itsUS$20.1 billion takeover bid succeeds, a person familiar with the matter said.25 May 2013 - 2:53am
A former Nokia engineer is building a private social network on the mainland where children share art projects online with parents or grandparents.
Japanese phone giant SoftBank, which has provided funding, is betting he'll succeed.2 Apr 2013 - 4:57am
Softbank buys its mobile-phone network gear from Chinese companies which have been viewed as security threats by the United States and the relationship may become an issue as regulators review its bid for Sprint Nextel.20 Oct 2012 - 4:00am