FASTTAKES: FarEasTone, PCCW, China Mobile, Viettel, Maxis

Staff writer
28 Jun 2010

Taiwan mobile operator Far EasTone has announced plans to buy the remaining 73.26% stake it doesn’t own in fixed-line affiliate New Century InfoComm for TWD20.81b ($647m).

The number of Chinese phone subscribers reached 1.1b at the end of May, comprising 796m mobile and 306m fixed-line customers, according to the MIIT. The total broke through the 1b mark 14 months ago.

The Hong Kong government will today begin selling mobile TV spectrum in the 678 - 686 MHz band. PCCW, China Mobile HK and broadband operator City Telecom have qualified as bidders, Oftasaid.

China Mobile chief Wang Jianzhou says the carrier has had not discussions with Apple over selling the iPhone 4. Rival China Unicom says it expects to start selling the new iPhone and the iPad in September, Sina reported.

Vietnam operator Viettel plans to invest $300m on mobile and fixed-line networks in Haiti, said Vietnam News.

Maxis, in collaboration with its LTE trial vendors Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei,said it successfully demonstrated an LTE connection with a peak download speed of 60-104Mbps.

The Economic Times reports that the Prime Minister’s Office has asked the DoT to refer the plan to make Indian GSM operators extra pay for spectrum they already own to a group of ministers.

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