FASTTAKES: Gartner, Bharti Airtel, KT, Verizon

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Gartner has cut its global PC forecast for the second half to 15.2% growth, two percentage points below its earlier projection. It expects worldwide PC shipments to grow 19.2% over the full year 2010 to 368m units.
 
Bharti Airtel has launched IPL, managed MPLS and Ethernet services in Thailand and Malaysia, through True International Gateway and Telekom Malaysia respectively.
 
KT has launched a touch-screen tablet PC, Identity Tab, for the South Korean market, at a price point at about half of the upcoming competitor the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
 
Carrier-generated premium mobile content earned US operators $2.82 billion in revenues in 2009, according to Frost & Sullivan. Carriers have been encouraged to offer their own apps stores by increasing smartphone penetration, the research firm said.
 
Thailand's securities and exchange commission will examine the share price movements of some listed telecom operators for evidence of share trading speculation ahead of the recent 3G auction.
 
Verizon and VMware have joined forces to develop a computing-as-a-service offering to help customers migrate portions of their IT resources to Verizon's cloud. The service is expected to launch in early 2011.
 
European standards agency ETSI will continue to collaborate with South Korean counterpart the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) under an extended deal signed yesterday. The groups have worked together since 1992 to promote common ICT standards.

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