FASTTAKES: Microsoft, Apple, Telstra, Uninor, Galileo, O2 Germany

Staff writer
11 Oct 2010

Microsoft will today officially unveil the first devices to use Windows Phone 7 and its first WP7 carrier partners.

Apple is reconsidering introducing a subscription music service for iTunes, and is now in talks with record labels over content arrangements, sources claimed.

Following consultation with competition watchdog ACCC, Telstrais offering two-year warranties on all its mobile phones sold with a two-year contract. ACCC said it had already won a commitment from VHA and was in talks with Optus.

India's new telecom secretary, R. Chandrashekhar, has ruled out the prospect of a bailout package for new telecom entrants – including Uninor, Loop and Etisalat – struggling from price-wars and rising customer acquisition costs.

Europe’s Galileo satellite project needs up to €1.7b ($2.4b) in extra funds and will run at a loss of around €750m per year, a European Commission report says.

O2 Germany is set to slash its workforce by a fifth to remove duplicate roles created by integrating Hansenet into the business, local press reports state.

ACMA has proposed new rules preventing airwave intrusion into the radio quiet zone in remote Western Australia to help a national bid to host the A$2.5b ($2.5b) Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project.

Customer additions for Indian mobile operators in Assam and the North East have fallen by two thirds since new rules were introduced requiring operators to confirm the identity of customers.

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