FASTTAKES: Broadband Forum, Vodacom, MTNL, Alca-Lu, Baidu, Zain

Telecom Asia Staff
19 May 2009

Two technical standards groups, the Broadband Forum (formerly the DSL Forum) and the IP-MPLS Forum, have merged. The new 220-member group will retain the Broadband Forum name.

A South African court has given mobile operator Vodacompermission to list on the local stock market, in a move which may finally allow Vodafone to acquire the company.

Indian operator MTNL has launched its IP-based mobile next generation network. The 3G and IMS-ready network was provide by Alcatel-Lucent.

China Telecom has contracted Chinese search engine Baidu to provide search services for the operator\'s 3G mobile subscribers.

NSN has appointed former Latin American sales boss Krittika Mahattanakul to head up the company\'s operations in the Asia North Sub region.

Kuwaiti operator Zain has arranged to trade its Jordanian subsidiary in exchange for a 56% stake in Palestinian Telecommunications Company (Paltel).

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