Webwire: China Tel fiber rollout; NBN Co buys spectrum

Dylan Bushell-Embling
18 Feb 2011

China Telecom kicks off fiber rollout

China Telecom has launched a project to deploy fiber between all of China's cities within three years, and all family, government and enterprise users in the cities of southern China by 2015.

People's Daily Online

Australia's NBN Co to purchase spectrum from AUSTAR
Australia's NBN Co will purchase spectrum in the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands currently held by TV broadcaster AUSTAR for $120m, for use in the fixed-wireless broadband component of the NBN.


Thaicom loss widens on mobile woes

Thai satellite service provider Thaicom widened its 2010 losses to 788.9 million baht ($25.7 million), from 471.2 million baht the year before, due to slumping revenue from its Cambodian and Laotian mobile businesses.

Bangkok Post

Vodafone AU hit with recharge fault

A fault in Vodafone Australia's prepaid credit recharge systems have left customers unable to top up since yesterday morning. Free national calls and SMS are available to affected customers, but mobile broadband users have complained of getting short shrift.

Vodafone Australia Blog

Chinese Facebook users set to double despite ban

Analysts predict that the number of Chinese citizens bypassing the nation's Great Firewall to join banned-in-China Facebook will double to around 1.4 million over the next six months.


Warner Bros trials in-app distribution

Warner Bros has come up with a novel way to digitally distribute its films – it is offering the first five minutes of Dark Knight and Inception free in an iPhone app, with the rest of the movie available through an in-app purchase.

Los Angeles Times

Huge solar flare may disrupt satellites

A massive solar flare has already disrupted shortwave radio transmissions in southern China, and may cause more disruptions to satellites and power grids over the next few days, scientist have warned.

Sydney Morning Herald

NTT Com trials cloud e-health app

NTT Com and partners including the University of Tokyo have started trials of a cloud-based mobile app designed to monitor calorie intake and offer adjustments to exercise routines based on the data.


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