Webwire: Banglalink gets license renewal; US neutrality laws clear review

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
After a year of negotiations, Egypt's Orascom has secured a 15 year operating license extension for Bangladeshi subsidiary Banglalink. Orascom will pay $263 million in spectrum and license renewal fees.
 
After clearing a review process, the US FCC's new net neutrality rules will now take effect on November 20 - but may still be challenged by opponents including Republican lawmakers and Verizon, as well as public interest groups which feel the rules don't go far enough.
 
Microsoft has filed a group of patents for handsets with a slide-out slot holding exchangeable modules including a gaming pad, a keyboard, a second screen and a secondary battery. The company also plans to make Xbox 360 games available on smartphones, an unsourced report claims.
 
US authorities are investigating radio system developer Motorola Solutions over allegations it paid bribes to win contracts in Europe, according to sources.
 
Amazon is more than doubling the number of videos available to subscribers of its premium Prime service, through a deal with Twentieth Century Fox
 
Google is rumored to be close to launching a series of YouTube content “channels” on themes including fashion and sports, in a bid to lure viewers to the site and away from TV programming.
 
Organizers of the 2012 Olympic Games are missing a chance to boost the city’s IPv6 credentials by refusing to commit to the technology, the head of European Web registry Ripe NCC claims.
 
Taking a queue from the father of their nation, employees at India's BSNL are staging a “mass fast” in protest of planned workforce reductions and alleged mismanagement at the top level. Workers are also planning a nationwide strike.

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