FASTTAKES: Google, Qualcomm, Bellsystem24, MS, KDDI

Staff writer
16 Nov 2009

Google has confirmed its purchase of VOIP startup Gizmo5, stating that Gizmo5’s engineers would join the Google Voice team to “continue improving the Google Voice and Gizmo5 experience.”

Japan's telecom ministry has selectedQualcomm's MediaFLO technology, and ISDB-Tmm - an evolution of the nation's digital TV standard - as the official mobile TV technologies.

Private investment firm Bain Capital has boughtCitigroup's controlling stake in Japan's largest call center operator, Bellsystem24, for 100 billion yen ($1.11 billion).

Microsoft is offering a free trial of the cloud-based Microsoft Online Services in 36 countries, in advance of the suite's commercial launch in 1H10.

KDDI will acquire a 50% stake in Bangladeshi ISP BRAC BD Mail Networks for 800 million yen ($8.92 million).

Vietnamese operator VMS MobiFone has contractedNSN to upgrade its network to 3G, and to implement an IP backbone.

India's 3G auction process will begin today with a pre-bid conference to be held by the DoT. The department is expected to provide clarification as to just how much 3G spectrum is available for allocation.

Spanish operator Jazztel and has signed a framework agreement with Huawei for expansion of its data and transmission networks.

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