FASTTAKES: China Unicom, HTIL, Google, Alcatel-Lucent, Softbank Mobile

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telecomasia.net
China Unicom plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on iPhone subsidies this year, following poor sales of the device, WSJ reports.
 
Hutchison Telecom International (HTIL) shareholders have approved Hutchison Whampoa’s HK$4.23 billion ($543.6m) privatization plan.
 
Privacy groups in Australia have accused Google of collecting personal Wi-Fi network data from homes with its Street View cameras.
 
Trans-Atlantic subsea operator Apollo has transmitted almost 3 Tbps of data, based on 40 Gbps channels per fiber pair using equipment from Alcatel-Lucent
 
SoftBank Mobile topped April’s net adds battle in Japan for the first time in three months after strong iPhone sales.  NTT DoCoMo came in second, reportedly selling 100,000 Xperia smartphones. 
 
The European Union has called on the Thai government to create clear regulations for licensees and allocate more spectrum, as part of free trade talks with Thailand, reports, the Nation.
 
Alcatel-Lucent and CanaLink will deploy a new 2,000 km submarine cable linking southern Spain with the Canary Islands in multi-million Euro contract due for completion 1H11. The cable will offer up to 5.12 Tbps of capacity.

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