Private equity firm Carlyle Group made two key moves to enter the wireless infrastructure and technology arena, offering a total of $6.5 billion to acquire wireless network gear maker CommScope and Syniverse, a major supplier of wireless roaming and messaging services. Announced in the same week, both deals would provide Carlyle with a foothold in the fourth-generation (4G) wireless market as CommScope and Syniverse prepare to profit from upcoming 4G service deployments planned by all four U.S. national wireless carriers. Based in North Carolina, CommScope is a top provider of fiber optic infrastructure equipment to wireless operators throughout the world. Carlyle’s offer of $3.9 billion, which includes $31.50 per share in cash plus the assumption of debt, is said to represent a premium of 36% over CommScope’s closing share price as of Friday, October 22. Sources say that the agreement includes a “go-shop” provision that allows CommScope to entertain rival offers through December 5. Should CommScope accept a rival bid, Carlyle would be entitled to a $43.3 million breakup fee. Meanwhile, Carlyle’s offer to Tampa, Florida-based Syniverse would provide $31 per share in cash, which represents a 35% premium over Syniverse’s average closing share price over the last month. Carlyle managing director James Attwood lauded Syniverse as “an outstanding business that plays a vital role in the mobile ecosystem globally.”