Webwire: BSNL loss grows 50%, Softbank wins in sub gains

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Indian state-owned operator BSNL is expecting to post a loss of about 27.25 billion rupees ($618.2 million) for the year ending in March, a 50% increase from the year before. The government is already mulling merging BSNL with sister MTNL due to the run of losses at both.
 
Japan's Softbank took the top spot in terms of mobile subscriber gains for the year ending in March, dethroning the previous year's winner NTT DoCoMo.
 
Microsoft plans to spend $8.64 billion this year – 90% of its annual R&D budget – on cloud computing.
 
Shares in China Unicom grew to the highest point in over two years after financial services firm UBS raised its forecast for the company's share price, citing expectations of “explosive 3G growth.”
 
Australia's Optus has commenced a commercial trial of femtocell technology, and plans to use the products to try to lure more customers from Telstra's fixed line phone business.
 
Sony Ericsson has delayed the wide-scale launch of its Xperia Neo handset due to supply chain problems caused by the Japan earthquake, but has still introduced the device in “limited quantities.”
 
Russia's security service has moved to douse rumors it plans to ban services including Skype and Gmail, following a comment by one of its top officials that he was growing “increasingly concerned” about services using foreign encryption technology.
 
YouTube has launched a page full of live streaming links, in response to what it says is growing demand from its users for live feeds.

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