The NZ government has short-listed three bids for the national Rural Broadband Initiative project, including a joint proposal from Telecom NZ and Vodafone NZ, and the OpenGate consortium of Kordia and Woosh Wireless.
Foxconn will start shipping the Apple iPad 2 by the end of February 2011, according to Taiwan component-makers.
Visa has launched a mobile contactless payment service using microSD cards in BlackBerry, iOS and Android smartphones. The service – developed over 18 months with DeviceFidelity – is initially available in the US.
NTT DoCoMo and Dai Nippon Printing will set up an e-publishing joint venture. A third partner, CHI Group, will join the pair in establishing 2Dfacto on December 21, which will have combined start-up capital of 980m yen ($11.6m).
Australia has fallen one spot in the OECD's latest broadband penetration by population ratings, slipping behind New Zealand to 18th place.
SingTel has added four new sports channels to its mio TV IPTV service.