FASTTAKES: M1, AIS, Tata, Far EasTone, Unicom

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MobileOne (M1) claims to have successfully completed a 100 Mbps data call on its trial LTE network. “This makes it [M1] the first South Asian operator to achieve this milestone on commercial LTE hardware and software,” said the firm.
 
Tata Teleservices has inked a franchise deal with Indian retail giant Future Group which will sell GSM services under the T24 brand. 
 
Far EasTone has agreed with Apple to sell its iPhone devices in Taiwan, a FET spokesperson told China Post. Chunghwa Telecom also sells the iPhone in Taiwan.
 
Huawei said it will upgrade China Unicom’s China169 backbone network starting March. Huawei’s NE5000E cluster router system will provide four new backbone nodes in Chengdu, Xi'an, Chongqing and Wuhan. This will ease network traffic pressure in Southwest China and Northwest China.
 
KDDI said it will scale back its purchase plans for Jupiter Telecommunications (JCom) and acquire only a 31.1% stake in the firm. A further 6.7% stake will be bought by a trust bank, the firm said.
 
KDDI’s original plans to buy a 37.8% stake in JCom, meant it would have had to make a tender offer for the entire firm.
 
Vietnam added 4.3 million mobile net adds in January, taking total mobile users to 115.7 million, said the General Statistics Office. Discounting is rife in the Vietnam, with mobile penetration reaching 134.5%.
 
 
AIS plans to ask the CAT Telecom if it can roll out 3G services using the 1800MHz spectrum of its subsidiary DPC, says an article in the Bangkok Post, quoting AIS CEO Wichian Mektrakarn.
 
Motorola has signed a contract with Zain Saudi Arabia to deploy the first LTE network in the Kingdom starting in the second quarter. Motorola will deploy a LTE network for Zain in the capital city, Riyadh. It will also provide an end-to-end LTE solution including radio access network (RAN), evolved packet core (EPC), devices and optimization and integration services.
 

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