FASTTAKES: Microsoft, Huawei, Visa, 2degrees, Softbank, Telstra

Staff writer
20 Sep 2010

Microsoft has published app developer guidelines which ban pornographic or excessively violent content from Windows Phone 7.

India's SistemaShyam has pickedZTE, Huawei and Ericsson to manage its mobile network in India. Terms were not disclosed.

Visa has been barred from starting any new business in China for almost one year after a dispute with local monopoly China Unionpay, FT.comreported. The move, and other issues facing foreign payment companies, prompted the US to file a complaint to the WTO last week.

New Zealand mobile operator 2degrees has launched the nation's first monthly plan allowing users to carry over unused minutes for up to 12 months.

Japan's Softbank is rumored to be planning to invest in NTT DoCoMo's mobile broadcasting venture. The new company is expected to launch in 2012.

Telstra has signed Deutsche Bank Securities and Goldman Sachs - joint bookrunners of the IPO of its Chinese web property SouFun - as underwriters to the scheme in a deal valuing the operator's 50.6% stake at $433 million.

The Thai government is stepping up efforts to push through a bill enabling the creation of super-regulator NBTC.

China Unicom has launched a new Singapore unit – its first subsidiary in Southeast Asia - which will offer global data, voice wholesale and ICT products and services to customers in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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