FASTTAKES: Baidu, al-Shabab, Vodafone Essar, Sprint Nextel, M1, ZTE, Motorola

Staff writer
19 Oct 2010

Baidu has opened an online retail service in China with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten, WSJ reports.

Islamic fundamentalist group al-Shabab has ordered mobile operators to stop their money transfer services in Somalia, saying they are “unIslamic,” according to theBBC.

Indian operator Vodafone Essar is reportedly leading Bharti Airtel in the race to provide a closed user group mobile network for 375,000 government employees in Gujarat. The deal is said to be worth up to 3 billion rupees ($67.8m).

Sprint Nextel and Clearwire have will launch their first commercial Wimax service in New York on November 1. This will be followed by launches in Los Angeles on December 1 and San Francisco in late December.

Singapore's M1 has reported a 5.7% increase in net profit to S$119.6 million ($92m) for the first nine months of 2010, on higher service revenue and handset sales.

ZTE has released the first multi-mode Wimax/TD-LTE RRU, which supports the 2.3-2.5GHz and 3.5GHz spectrum band.

Motorola has announced an LTE managed services solution, a Wimax device validation program, and released the fifth generation of its Wimax software.

Telstra International has appointed Phil Mottram as executive director, global sales, effective November 15. He was previously head of sales for BT’s Openreach.

Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblower site Wikileaks, has been denied residency in Sweden, amid investigations by Swedish prosecutors over allegations of rape and molestation.

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