FASTTAKES: Zain, Greenpeace, Chunghwa, Google, Ofta

Staff writer
31 Mar 2010

Zain has announced the sale of its Zain Africa unit, excluding operations in Morocco and Sudan, to Bharti Airtel for $10.7b, including $1.7b in debt. Bharti boss Sunil Bharti Mittal called the deal a “game changer.”

A new report from Greenpeace has warned that the largest cloud service providers could soon consume more energy than France, Germany, Canada and Brazil combined.

Chunghwa Telecom’s Q4 net profit grew 25% year on year to NT$10.6 billon ($333.66m), on 3% higher revenues of NT$51 billion.

Google, Microsoft and others have called for an overhaul of digital privacy laws in the US, warning that existing legislation does not cover the rising use of the cloud to store personal data.

Because of the limited availability of UWB devices, there is no “imminent need” to license spectrum at 3.4-4.2 Ghz for UWB, according to regulator Ofta.

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