FASTTAKES: China Mobile, Softbank, MTNL, IBM, DTAC

Staff writer
30 Mar 2010

China now has more than 16m 3G users. China Mobile added 790,000 TD-SCDMA users in February, bringing its total to 6.86m, according to MIIT stats.China Unicom’s numbers increased 410,000 to 4.06m, while China Telecom took on 320,000 new subs to take its total to 5.14m.

Softbank Mobile said it plans to double its base stations to 120,000 in FY3/11 because of anticipated smartphone traffic growth. Capex is to be raised from 260 billion yen ($2.82b) in FY3/10 to 400 billion yen in FY3/11.

MTNL and BSNL, which were jointly bidding for a 75% stake in Zamtel, failed to submit a financial bid for the operator, reports the Economic Times.

TelstraClear has tapped IBM to provide critical maintenance and support services for TelstraClear's Next IP Network in multi-million dollar, three-year agreement.

Thai operator DTAC’s plans to upgrade 1,200 base stations to 3G have been delayed, after its concessionaire CAT Telecom failed to consider its request during a recent board meeting, said the Nation.

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