Sony announces 1st ever share buyback worth $910 million

The move is clearly aimed at boosting shareholder returns. On Friday, Sony Corp announced its first-ever major share buyback worth $910 million (100 billion yen). With the news reaching the market, its stock recovered from a hammering from investors who were spooked over its lackluster earnings. Sony’s announcement marked Japan’s second major buyback this week:…

Tesla signs preliminary battery sourcing agreement with China’s Tianjin Lishen

Tesla is placing its supply chain in order as it gears up for production at its Shanghai Gigafactory. According to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter at hand, Tesla Inc has signed a preliminary agreement with Tianjin Lishen for supplying batteries for its Shanghai Gigafactory, as it plans to expand its battery sourcing…

SoftBank’s share fall by 10% on their stock market debut

Investors worries include SoftBank Corp’s exposure to Huawei. SoftBank has stated it plans on replacing its Huawei-provided 4G network equipment with those of other suppliers – an expensive and time-consuming affair. In a rare development, shares of Japan’s SoftBank Corp fell by more than 10% on debut as investor appetite for what has been Japan’s…

Deutsche Telekom and Orange to exclude Huawei from building their 5G networks

Huawei equipment has a price advantage: sourcing from non-Chinese sources is likely to drive up costs. Security comes at a price. In a significant development, China’s Huawei is facing fresh headwinds in Europe following an announcement by Deutsche Telekom that it would review its vendor strategy; Orange has also stated it would not use its…

SoftBank to replace Huawei’s 4G network equipment with Nokia and Ericsson equivalent

SoftBank will also source its 5G network equipment from Nokia and Ericsson rather than from Huawei: Nikkei In a significant development, Japan’s Nikkei has reported without citing sources, SoftBank Group Corp plans on replacing 4G network equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd with equivalent hardware from Nokia and Ericsson. Further, for its 5G network,…

Top 3 Japanese telecom to not source equipment from Huawei and ZTE

The development will have short term consequences for SoftBank given its relation with Huawei; it will find it hard to replace the pre-existing Huawei network equipment that has been customized to its requirements and thus is not easily interchangeable. On Monday, Japan’s Kyodo News News reported, the three biggest telecom operators of Japan, do not…