FASTTAKES: China Telecom, Intel Capital, RIM, iiNet, NBTC, Gartner

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telecomasia.net
China Telecom is in talks with three Indian carriers to establish a new direct cable between China and India, Deng Xiao Feng, head of China Telecom’s Hong Kong arm, told WSJ. 
 
Intel Capital has invested $20m in Wibro Infra, a joint venture with KT, Samsung and KBIC that builds and operates Wibro infrastructure in Korea.
 
RIM is considering using its tablet OS to run BlackBerry smartphones, Alan Brenner, senior vice president, BlackBerry Platform, told Bloomberg.
 
Australian ISP iiNet will today acquire the consumer division of AAPT from Telecom NZ for A$60 million ($58.2m), after shareholders yesterday approved the deal.  
 
The Thai bill that would create regulator NBTC has been sent back by the house of reps. Existing regulator NTC is now pressing state-owned firms TOT and CAT Telecom to allow private operators to use the 3G spectrum allocated to them.
 
The world's richest man, telecom tycoon Carlos Slim, has criticized Australia's NBN project as being too costly.
 
Energy-related costs are the fastest-rising cost in the data center, accounting for roughly 12% of spending, said Gartner. Energy and cooling costs are likely to grow during the next few years as organizations expand after the recession.

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