FASTTAKES: KWI, Baraka, UMTS Forum, Orascom NK, Nortel, Apple, Ofta

Telecom Asia Staff
25 May 2009

Konsorsium Wimax Indonesia (KWI) - a consortium made up of 30 small and medium ISPs - will invest $300 million in Wimax if it wins an operating license in July.

Baraka Telecom will become an MVNO in Malaysia, using DiGi Berhad\'s network. Under the three-year agreement Baraka is entitled to offer voice, short messaging and data services.

The UMTS Forum has called on the EU to speed up the adoption of new rules that allow operators to use GSM spectrum for 3G..

North Korea is offering an internet service for subscribers of Orascom - the nation\'s only mobile network - but will currently only allow browsers to visit the government-run Korean Central News Agency website.

A bankruptcy court gavethe US operations of Nortel a four-month bankruptcy protection extension.

China Mobile, SmarTone and Hongkong Telecommunications have applied to bid for 1800MHz frequencies in next month\'s spectrum auction in Hong Kong, Ofta said.

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