FASTTAKES: Amazon, Point Topic, Tower Vision, Reliance Com, LGE

Staff writer
04 Feb 2010

Amazon has acquired Touchco, a New York-based start-up specializing in touchscreen technology, New York Times reported. Amazon will merge Touchco’s technology into its Kindle reader to help it compete against the iPad.

Global DSL prices per megabit dropped by almost 30% in the 12 months to Q409, new research from Point Topic found. Cable prices per megabit fell by just over 23%, while the bandwidth cost of fiber increased by 2.1% in the same period.

Private Indian tower firm Tower Vision India has secured 1.5 billion rupees ($3.3m) from eight private equity investors, according to several reports. The new investors include Quadrangle Capital Partners.

China issued a record number of patents in 2009 – up 41% over 2008, but multinationals are concerned about hi-tech protectionism, the WSJ said.

Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices have launched SMS-based email services on both their GSM and CDMA platforms, says the Economic Times.

LG Electronics claims to be the first vendor to have an LTE-enabled modem certified by Japan’s Telecom Engineering Center. The modem in question is LGE’s LD100 unit.

Airvana will provide 1xRTT and EV-DO femtocells to KDDI as part of a solution delivered by its partner Hitachi.

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