FASTTAKES: Apple, MIIT, Yahoo, DiGi, DTAC, NTC, FarEasTone

Staff writer
21 Jul 2010

Apple's iPad will launch in nine more countries – Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore – on Friday.

China’s mobile operators spent 19.2b yuan ($2.8b) on 3G network construction in 1H10, down 88% on 2009, according to the MIIT. It predicts full-year investment will reach 120b yuan.

Yahoo’s stock fell 6% in after-hours trading after quarterly sales fell short of analysts’ estimates. Net income was $213m, up from $141m a year ago.

Malaysian operator DiGi boosted Q2 profit 19% year on year to MYR278.4 million ($86.7m), with revenue up 11%.

Thailand’s DTAC reported a 78% year on year surge in Q2 profit to 2.4b baht ($74.4m) on 8.9% higher sales.

Thailand’s finance ministry and the NTC have agreed that the regulator should push ahead with plans to conduct a 3G auction in September.

Mobile app store downloads are tipped to reach 25b by 2015, according toJuniper Research.

Alcatel-Lucent has signed a four-year Carrier Ethernet deal with Far EasTone Telecommunications in Taiwan.

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