FASTTAKES: China Mobile, China Unicom, Vodafone NZ, Maxis, Softbank Mobile

Nicole McCormick
21 May 2010
00:00

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India plans to issue a consultation paper on 4G licensing in two or three months, TRAI chairman J.S. Sarma told Business Standard.

A government committee reviewing TRAI’s controversial 2G spectrum plans will give its verdict in one week, reports Business Standard.

China’s mobile net additions in April reached 9.77 million, according to operators. China Mobile added 5.33 million net adds, followed by China Telecom and China Unicom with 3.03 million and 1.4 million net adds respectively.

Vodafone New Zealand has pulled the plug on its controversial Talk Add-On promotion, just days after the Commerce Commission said the country’s mobile termination rates should be regulated, reports theNZ Herald.

Malaysia’s leading cellco Maxis plans to spend $440 million expanding the reach of its 2G/3G network to 80% of the country by December, said The Star.

Japanese carrier SoftBank Mobile and Chinese vendor ZTE unveiled a 3G handset tailored for older users yesterday. The SoftBank 840Z is the first device jointly developed by the pair, and features a dedicated SOS button, AGPS, and a button that blinks when the phone rings. It is due to launch in August.

Alcatel-Lucent is using a 4.5km LTE network to stream live video feeds of a major sailing event in Germany, replacing more regular satellite-based set-ups. Live images are sent from the boats to spectator areas, the Internet, and a TV production center in a nearby town with a separate LTE setup.

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