Webwire: DoCoMo to spend $11b on LTE; Amazon to make phone: Citigroup

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Japan's NTT DoCoMo plans to spend around $11.4 billion rolling out its LTE network, and hopes to launch its first LTE smartphones by the country's winter.
 
Analysts from financial conglomerate Citigroup expect Amazon to follow its tablet foray with the launch of an Amazon smartphone in the last quarter of 2012.
 
Samsung is gearing up to launch a modified version of its Galaxy Tab in Germany to avoid a sales ban. A court put the stoppers on shipments after Apple claimed the 10.1-inch model infringes several of its patents.
 
AT&T is in negotiations with Nokia over carrying the vendor's Windows Phone handsets from next year.
 
Google has come out against a planned US antipiracy bill in a House of Representatives hearing, warning that the law goes too far, lacks sufficient oversight and would depress investment in the internet sector.
 
Investment firm JG Summit has arranged to sell 4.6 million shares in the Philippines' PLDT – which it had acquired following PLDT's purchase of Digitel - to Japan's NTT DoCoMo. .
 
Associated Press journalists faced a tough day yesterday, being told off by bosses for Tweeting news of their arrest at a protest in New York rather than posting on regular news wires.
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Adult film studio Vivid has sent a cease and desist notice to HTC, asking the handset maker to change the name of its HTC Vivid smartphone. The studio argues that the presence of Vivid adult content on mobiles could cause consumers to falsely believe the handset and studio are connected.

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