FASTTAKES: FCC, PCCW, FarEasTone, KT, Ericsson

Staff writer
11 Mar 2010


US regulator FCC is considering assigning a portion of the nation's airwaves for the provision of free wireless internet services.


Alex Arena, PCCW’s group managing director, told the SCMP that the group’s controversial privatization plans were “dead.”


Far EasTone and Taiwan Mobile are both due to begin selling iPhone smartphones in Taiwan on Saturday, ending Chunghwa Telecom’s exclusivity period.


KT is offering LG’s Android-enabled handset Andro-1 free of charge to customers that pay 45,000 won ($40) per month over 24 months, said the Korea Times. The device, LG’s first Android smartphone, uses the older 1.5 version of Android.


Ericsson shareholders will vote on whether to keep the current board of directors, and add CEO Hans Vestberg and Mike Volpi to the board, at an AGM to be held next month.


Telefonica is considering teaming up with a consortium of small Mexican telephone and cable operators to submit a bid for the state electricity monopoly’s fiber network. The government is selling the network to create a competitor to tycoon Carlos Slim's Telmex.


BT has signed a $3m global deal with Cochlear, an Australian-based firm that provides hearing loss solutions.

Smart Communications has launched unlimited text messaging for postpaid users, according to the Manila Times.


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