FASTTAKES: Digitel, RIM, MMTI, NZ, Sprint Nextel, Verizon, HTC

25 Nov 2008

Digitel's net loss has reached 2.7 billion pesos ($54.3 million) for the first nine months of the year, in a result the Filipino operator has blamed on a weak peso.

RIM's new Blackberry Storm has been selling so well in the US that the influx of traffic has crashed provider Verizon's online ordering system, NetworkWorld reports.

MMTI's appeal against a National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) decision to deny the Filipino operator's application for a 3G license has been dismissed on a technicality. MMTI apparently failed to fully list the respondents in the case.

New Zealand's Commerce Commission has estimated the cost of the country's Telecommunications Service Obligation (TSO) to be NZ$62.9 million ($33.8 million), up from $31.6 million the year before. Telecom NZ will pay around two thirds of the total, with Vodafone and TelstraClear to pay the remainder.

Sprint Nextel has completed what the US operator says is the first successful trial of 40Gbps transmissions over a submarine cable using DWDM systems.

Verizon has fired the workers caught accessing president-elect Barack Obama's phone records, CNN has reported.

HTC expects to have shipped more than one million G1 phones by the end of 2008, Pocket-Lint reports. The Taiwanese manufacturer has dramatically raised its forecast from the previous estimate of 600,000 units.

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