FASTTAKES: RIM, Mena Telecom, Sony, Smart, NTT DoCoMo

Telecom Asia Staff
08 Jul 2009

RIM said it will set up a local repair center in Indonesia "in the near-term". The government had threatened to ban it from selling BlackBerrys if it does not provide local post-sales support.

Mena Telecom has installeda Wimax base station camouflaged as a palm tree in Bahrain.

Sony has unveiled its first netbook, ending a long period of shunning the technology. With a $500 price tag it will be twice as expensive as the cheapest netbooks on the US market.

Philippine operator Smart has contractedEricsson to upgrade its GSM network to HSPA. It will be the first to deploy on the 850MHz band in southeast Asia.

NTT DoCoMo has developed a new compact femtocell base station compatible with HSPA technology. The BTS will be sold commercially from Q3, DoCoMo said.

Global broadband subs will top 640 million by 2013, with just under half of these coming from Asia-Pacific, researchers Parks Associates said.

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