FASTTAKES: KDDI, Garmin-Asus, Indochina Telecom, ZTE, C&W, Palm

21 Aug 2009

KDDI has awarded contracts to build its LTE network to Motorola and NEC. KDDI intends to spend ¥500 billion ($5.3 billion) on its LTE network, and expects the build to be complete by 2012.

Garmin-Asus will launch dual-brand handsets for the China market by the end of the year, initially targeting retail sales before seeking carrier partners.

Vietnam's communications ministry has grantedIndochina Telecom the nation's first MVNO license. Indochina Telecom will operate on Viettel's network.

ZTE will be one of the top three global GSM vendors in 2009, according to Frost & Sullivan research. ZTE finished 2008 in fourth place with 15% market share.

Cable&Wireless Worldwide has signed an agreement with the Singapore Stock Exchange which will allow the operator's financial services customers access to SGX's securities market data.

A Malaysian government-funded research lab has developed what it calls the first dual-mode Wimax/Wi-Fi hybrid solution, to help support the nation's drive for 50% broadband penetration by 2010.

Palm reportedly rejected an Applerequest that the two companies refrain from hiring each others' employees, calling the proposal “not only wrong, [but] likely illegal.”

China's ministry of defense has launched a website in an attempt to improve transparency.

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