FASTTAKES: Telenor, China Mobile, Alcatel-Lucent, Equinix, NTC

Staff writer
23 Mar 2010

Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for the Economy Hatta Rajasa believes local investors have “no problems” financing the country’s tower deployments, according to the Jakarta Globe. The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) however believes the industry should be opened to foreign investment.

China’s three mobile operators signed net additions of 9.73m in February. China Mobile led with net adds of 5.52m, while China Telecom and China Unicom reported 3.01m and 1.21m respectively.

Telenor expects revenue growth in Asia of 5-6% this year, compared with 2% last year, executive vice president Sigve Brekke told the Bangkok Post.

Telecoms regulators in from South Korea and Japan have agreed to resume regular minister-level telecoms summits and want China to rejoin the meetings too, said the Korea Herald.

Alcatel-Lucent will run an LTE trial for Saudi Telecom in the second half of 2010, it announced yesterday.

Equinix has struck a deal with Shanghai Data Solution (SDS) for the provision of data center and colocation services in Shanghai. Equinix will open a support function office in Shanghai in Q2.

Philippines regulator the NTC could revoke the 3G license of PLDT unit CURE, which has failed to roll out its own 3G network. CURE leases the 3G network of another PLDT unit Smart Communications.

Ovum forecasts that 68% of mobile connections in Australia will be 3G by end-2010 and that 94% of connections will be 3G/LTE by the end of 2014.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority,

regulatory framework for m-banking

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