Webwire: India telcos want two-stage 2G auction; LightSquared investors sue
February 20, 2012
Operators which stand to lose their 2G licenses by an Indian court's decision to revoke them are calling on the government to hold the auction to reallocate the spectrum in two stages, and restrict participation in the first stage to only the operators affected by the verdict.
Investors in US hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners are suing the entity and fund operator Philip Falcone, after regulator FCC rejected its plans to build US-wide 4G network LightSquared using satellite spectrum.
India's income tax department has petitioned the Supreme Court to review its decision to side with Vodafone in the fight against a 113 billion rupee ($2.29 billion) tax claim on the acquisition of its stake in Vodafone India.
Huawei has secured procurement deals with US chipmakers Qualcomm, Broadcom and Avago worth a combined $6 billion over the next three years.
Sources say Deutsche Telekom is considering exiting the UK market, selling its half of its Everything Everywhere joint venture with France Telecom's Orange, in alternative bid to raise cash after the planned sale of its T-Mobile USA unit to AT&T collapsed last year.
British actor Stephen Fry has caused a stir with a series of tweets criticizing as “pathetic” New Zealand's broadband services, and calling on citizens to demand better from incumbent Telecom NZ.
HP CEO Meg Whitman has suggested that Google could closed-source Android after it buys Motorola Mobility – despite Google's insistence to the contrary – and that the WebOS platform would be in a position to step in to fulfil demands for an open OS.
The International Trade Commission (ITC) has sided with Apple in a patent infringement claim against the company by HTC, just one of a number of legal battles being fought by the smartphone makers.
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