FASTTAKES: TOT, IDA Singapore, MTNL, Nokia, MTN, Clearwire

Staff Writer
02 Dec 2009

Thai operator TOT has selectedLoxley, Samart I-Mobile and 365 Communications to operate its 3G wireless broadband services as MVNOs.

IDA Singapore has appointed seven new members to two-year terms on its board: Yahoo Mobile Asia managing director Matthias Kunze; EMC APEJ president Robert Leonard; Temasek Holdings senior managing director, strategy, Jimmy Phoon; Singapore Exchange COO Muthukrishnan Ramaswami; National University of Singapore provost Tan Eng Chye; Korvac Holdings founder Jeremy Tan; and Hewlett-Packard Singapore vice-president Tan Yen Yen.

ZTE has announced it will collaborate with SingTel to carry out LTE trials in the Philippines. The two companies have also agree to work on long-term planning for LTE network planning, ZTE said.

Indian operator MTNL has shortlisted UK-based Virgin Mobile to take over the management of its 3G network. The Spice Group, the sole other bidder, was dropped due to a lack of 3G experience.

Nokia has sold its stake in NFC provider VenyonOy to Giesecke & Devrient for an undisclosed sum. G&D is now the sole owner of Venyon.

Belgacom and MTN have completed the merger of their international carrier services subsidiaries, announced June 29.

Clearwire, which is launching a Wimax network in the US, expects to begin offering Wimax-compatible phones before Christmas next year.

Cisco has extended the offer period to Tandberg investors for its $3.4 billion takeover offer of the Norwegian videoconferencing firm until 5:30 pm CET on Thursday, December 3, 2009.

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