Webwire: Bharti courts Qualcomm spectrum; Vod may pay India tax

Webwire: Bharti courts Qualcomm spectrum; Vod may pay India tax

Dylan Bushell-Embling  |   March 18, 2011
Bharti may pay $1.3b for Qualcomm's BWA spectrum
India's Bharti Airtel is in advanced talks to buy Qualcomm's BWA spectrum, and may end up paying between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion for the airwaves, sources say. As expected, a condition of the sale will be using the spectrum for TD-LTE.
Vodafone might be willing to pay $2 billion to settle its tax case over its 2007 acquisition of what is now Vodafone Essar, but warned that foreign governments may retaliate by taxing Indian companies seeking foreign acquisitions.
Blaze Software has published a report claiming that Android's web browser is 52% faster than the iPhone's – but Apple and some analysts have questioned the methodology of the tests.
Wikileaks added fuel to allegations of corruption in India’s government yesterday, releasing a US diplomatic memo that hints at vote rigging to secure a nuclear agreement.
Australian government scientific research body CSIRO will next week demonstrate its new 12Mbps symmetrical wireless technology, which has been designed specifically to connect small towns to the NBN.
ACS:Law, the controversial UK body accused of extorting alleged file sharers by threatening to take them to court unless they pay £500 (806.75), will be fined after losing a piracy court case it had tried hard not to fight.  
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