FASTTAKES: Telecom NZ, CSL, Aircel, BBC, Optus, Smart

Staff writer
19 Feb 2010

Telecom New Zealand’s troubled 3G XT network experienced “service issues” in several areas yesterday, the day the firm revealed that a serious hardware failure was the cause of last month’s prolonged network outage. Analysys Mason Group (AMG) has been called in to conduct an eight-week review.

Hong Kong cellco CSL says its LTE trial has yielded download speeds of 105 Mbps in the lab and around 75 Mbps on the streets of Kowloon Bay.

Maxis-controlled Aircel has partnered with Nokia Siemens Networks in a $300 million, four-year deal to roll out and manage its GSM network and services in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan.

The BBC has promised its first three iPhone apps – a news app that will debut in April, a sports app and the mobile version of the iPlayer that provides TV content for UK residents.

China’s mobile entertainment revenues could reach $18 billion by 2013, driven by the increasing adoption of 3G, 4G, mobile app stores and smartphones, forecasts US market research firm,JBB Research.

Australian operator Optus has launched what it claims is the first dedicated app store for businesses.

It says its business app store sports “hundreds of built for business applications.”

Philippines mobile incumbents - Smart Communications, Globe Telecom and Digitel – have urged the government to overturn a draft plan that excludes them from bidding for a fourth 3G spectrum block.

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