20 Aug 2009

More than 200,000 BSNL employees, including 10,000 engineers, have gone on indefinite strike over a bitter wage dispute, according to the employee union. BSNL disputed the figure.

A second youth has been seriously beaten at a Chinese “internet addiction” camp. A 14-year-old boy is in a Chengdu hospital with injuries to his eye, chest and kidney. Ten days ago another boy was beaten to death at a camp in Guangxi.

Alcatel-Lucent and Bharti Airtel have appointed Arnaud Soubelet as CEO of their managed services joint venture ALNMSI. Soubelet is the former head of Alca-Lu's managed services business.

Alcatel-Lucent has won a $26 million contract to install a communications infrastructure along the 500km Uzbekistan-China gas pipeline for owners JV Asia TransGas.

Malaysian operator P1 Wimax said it had signed up 80,000 subscribers in its first year. In April, P1 said it hopes to sign up 250,000 subscribers by the end of 2009.

Australian regulator ACMA said it had won Australia's first SMS spam court case, earning injunctions and declarations against premium service providers Mobilegate and Winning Bid.

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) said it would open an LTE “center of competence” in Dallas, which will employ 500 people.

NSN has appointed the leader of its North American business, Sue Spradley, to its executive board.

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