FASTTAKES: NSN, PCCW, BTRC, Telecom NZ, HP, Google, Yahoo, Telstra

Staff writer
20 Oct 2010

NSN has successfully trialed TD-LTE technology using BWA spectrum in India, achieving a peak throughput of 110Mpbs.

Separately,NSN and Qualcomm have conducted the first interoperability test of a new 3GPP standard designed to cut data connections promptly to maximize battery life on smartphones.

Hutchison Telecom and PCCW have confirmed they will offer LTE services under the Genius brand in Hong Kong. The two companies, controlled respectively by tycoon Li Kashing and his son Richard Li, will share the network but will run separate commercial operations, Hutchison said.

Bangladeshi mobile users have surpassed 65 million, according to regulator BTRC. Grameenphone has the lion's share of subscribers with 28.6 million, followed by Orascom Bangladesh with 18.1 million.

IDC has raised its semiconductor revenue forecasts by two percentage points, to account for changing macro economic conditions. The firm predicts revenues will grow by 22% to 24% in 2010, and by 8% to 9% in 2011.

Fiji's ministry of communications has extended the deadline for compulsory registration of all telephones for a second time, until November 8.

Some calls in Christchurch, New Zealand were disrupted following a magnitude 5 earthquake yesterday, but emergency calls were not affected and normal service has been resumed, Telecom NZ said.

Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday announced the Palm Pre 2 and WebOS 2.0, the first Palm smartphone and software to appear under the HP banner and brand.

Google has set as October 27 the date in which it will terminate seven of its contracts with large Chinese advertising resellers, without giving a reason.

Yahoo has disappointed analysts by reporting a mere 2% increase in Q3 revenue to $1.6 billion, and its projection of $1.12-$1.22 billion in revenue in Q4.

Chinese customs officials have started slapping an import duty on people carrying iPhones or iPads into China, even if they can prove the devices are for personal use.

Australian government-owned investment organization Future Fund has sold 113.6m shares in Telstra at an average price of $2.66 per share.

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