FASTTAKES: Viettel, Bharti, Vodafone Essar, Globe, M2

Staff writer
01 Feb 2011

Vietnam's Viettel has won Peru's fourth mobile operating license. The operator plans to invest $27 million in rolling out a mobile network in the nation, which should launch in 1H11.

Indian carrier Bharti Airtel says it has launched the nation’s first mobile wallet service. Airtel money allows users to top up their airtime, pay utility bills and purchase goods in shops.

GTL Infrastructure and Viom Networks are rumored to have submitted initial bids to buy Vodafone Essar's 7,000 telecom towers in India.

The Philippines' Globe Telecom has expanded the coverage of its DUO bundled mobile and landline service to eight more provinces.

Australia's M2 Telecom is thought to be preparing to announce the multi-million dollar takeover of rival Clear Communications.

Indonesian rock star Nazril ''Ariel'' Irham has been sentenced to three and a half years' jail under the nation's anti-pornography laws, after videos of him having sex were stolen from his laptop and then leaked to the internet.

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