FASTTAKES: Mobile Alliance, Softbank, GSMA, Chunghwa, Alca-Lu

Telecom Asia Staff
09 Jun 2009

Global internet ad revenues fell 5% in Q1 2009 - the first significant slump in over six years of nearly uninterrupted growth - according to the BBC.

Ten application developers have joined forces to form Mobile Alliance, Singapore\'s first mobile software association.

Japanese wireless operator Softbank added 105,000 subscribers in May, doubling growth at KDDI, which had 51,000 adds, the TCAsaid. But Softbank still trails by total subscribers, with 20.8 million, compared to DoCoMo\'s 54.7 million and KDDI\'s 30.9 million.

Mobile banking customers generate 74% higher ARPU than their non-using counterparts, according to CGAP and the GSMA. In the Philippines, mobile banking users spent $9.40 per month, compared to $5.40 per month for non-users.

India\'s defense ministry has finally agreed to vacate 45MHz of radio spectrum, paving the way for the country\'s much-delayed 3G auctions.

Chunghwa has contractedAlvarion to deploy a Wimax network in the Taiwanese county of Yilan.



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