FASTTAKES: BSNL, Ericsson, AT&T, Viettel, Intel Capital, KT

Staff writer
29 Mar 2010

BSNL has finalized a $3.1b war chest to expand its 2G and 3G networks as well as fixed broadband network, reports the Business Standard.Half of the funds will be spent this financial year.

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg has ruled any acquisitions of rival wireless vendors, although he anticipates consolidation in the sector, WSJ reported.

AT&T will take a $1 billion charge as a result of the US health care reform law, which was enacted last week.

Military-run Vietnamese operator Viettel has launched its 3G service, becoming the country’s third 3G operator after VinaPhone and MobiFone. Viettel already has 1m 3G trial users.

Intel Capital will invest $23m in three Indian companies, including mobile internet firm July systems.

Intel and KT have agreed to make a chipset with a built-in WiBro module starting October. The collaboration is part of KT’s efforts to expand WiBro outside South Korea.

Videocon Telecommunications is to become India’s 13th mobile operator, revealing plans to launch its GSM service in Punjab on April 10.

India’s telecom tribunal TDSAT has stayed the government’s plans to increase mobile operators’ spectrum usage fees.

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications could force operators to unlock their handsets by the end of this year, reportsYomiuri.

The Philippines Court of Appeals has issued a 60-day stay order preventing the regulator from issuing the country’s fifth 3G spectrum block. The case was brought to the courts by failed 3G bidder Multimedia Telephony Inc. (MTI). Last week, the appellate court issued a permanent injunction on the same matter in a case filed by BayanTel.

Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar both started selling Apple's iPhone 3GS smartphones in India on Friday.

Thailand’s House of Representatives has approved the Frequency Allocation Bill, paving the way for the establishment unified regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

Axiata Bangladesh has changed its branding from Aktel to Robi.

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