THE WRAP: The iPhone, the OPhone and departing CEOs

THE WRAP: The iPhone, the OPhone and departing CEOs

Robert Clark  |   September 04, 2009
telecomasia.net

This week the iPhone finally made it to China, India thought about banning Chinese network equipment, and brace of CEOs left the corner office.

China Unicom confirmed it had struck a deal to sell the iPhone. The device, which won’t support Wi-Fi, will start selling in the fourth quarter. China Mobile responded by unveiling the first OPhones
 
After threatening a ban on Chinese telecom equipment, Indian officials are now considering setting up a test center to ensure the security of all foreign networking gear. http://www.telecomasia.net/content/india-weighs-security-testing-imported-telecom-gear
 
eBay sold 65% of Skype for a healthy $2.1 billion, admitting it couldn’t find synergies with the VoIP outfit.
 
Nokia Siemens founding CEO Simon Beresford-Wylie stepped down. No reason was given, but this year sales and market share have fallen.
New CEO Rajeev Suri said the market had room for just three big vendors but promised to maintain NSN’s current strategy.
 
Google’s high-profile China chief Lee Kai-fu said he would leave his post after four years. ST-Ericsson, the chip JV formed early this year, announced a new CEO after the initial chief quit seven months into the job.
 
An outage at a Telstra gateway cut off the Australian internet from the world. Gmail users went offline when Google’s mail service went down
 
Australian broadcaster Seven Networks is set to build the country’s first commercial Wimax network in Perth. Hong Kong’s Trident became the latest virtual operator to throw in the towel
 
India's space agency abandoned its inaugural Moon mission after scientists lost communication with the orbiting spacecraft. Indosat’s Palapa-D, launched from China’s Xichang rocket base, was captured and ready to make orbit after missing an earlier orbit.
 
Alcatel-Lucent launched a bond issue of up to €1 billion as part of a debt refinancing. The EU competition commissioner announced a probe into Oracle’s acquisition of Sun because of the impact on open-source software for businesses.
 
German authorities are investigating the apparent illegal leaking of exit polls via Twitter before polling stations closed in regional elections.
 
Nokia put the US launch of “Comes With Music” on hold until 2010.
The first phones based on Windows Mobile 6.5 will hit the stores on October 6.
 
US authorities unveiled new rules for its controversial border inspections of laptops and other devices.
 
And a London council lost £500,000 ($307 million) 
in parking fines, overdue book fees and other charges after an employee plugged an infected memory stick into a PC.
Robert Clark

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