FASTTAKES: i-Cable, Ericsson, Telkomsel, BSNL, F-Secure

Telecom Asia Staff
17 Mar 2009

Hong Kong operator i-Cable swung to a HK$111 million ($14.3 million) net loss in 2008, as its broadband subscriber base decreased 13% to 267,000. The company posted a HK$183 million profit in 2007.

Ericsson has performed the world's first demonstration of a VDSL2-based network achieving data rates of over 500Mbps, using vectorized VDSL2 technology.

Indonesian operator Telkomsel has contracted NSN to expand its WCDMA/HSPA network. Telkomsel has committed $1.5 billion towards deploying 4000 new base stations this year.

Indian state-owned operator BSNL will expand its broadband services into rural areas in an attempt to gain more fixed-line subscribers. In January, BSNL's landline subscriber base declined to 29.29 million from 29.5 million.

Nearly half Hong Kong mobile users feel that carriers are responsible for mobile phone security, and 25% feel mobile phone manufacturers should be held responsible, a survey from F-Secure has revealed.

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