FASTTAKES: Airtel, NEC, U Mobile, Telstra, SingTel

Staff writer
24 Jan 2011

Bharti Airtel CEO Sanjay Kapoor has announced the operator plans to commence 3G services within a week, but would not disclose which circles will be covered at launch.

NEC has won a 30 billion yen ($363.1 million) contract to supply subsea cables for a consortium led by NTT, which is building a link between Japan and Southeast Asia, sources claim.

Malaysia's U Mobile has launched BlackBerry services, initially offering the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and BlackBerry Curve 3G.

Australia's Telstra has confirmed it is in talks with Ericsson over awarding it a network expansion project worth a reported $473 million ($467.7 million).

Subramanian Swamy, president of India's minority Janata Party, has said new telecom minister Kapil Sibal should stand down due to alleged conflicts of interest.

SingTel has revealed its philanthropy program, the SingTel Touching Lives Fund, raised S$2.48 million ($1.93 million) in 2010.

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