Webwire: Failed launch junks Telkom satellite; India seeks 2G auction delay

Staff writer
08 Aug 2012

PT Telkom satellite junked in failed launch

A failed launch by Russia's space agency has junked Indonesia’s Telkom-3 and Russia’s Express MD2 satellites, at an estimated cost of $100-$150 million.


India wants to delay 2G auction until Nov

The Indian government will petition the nation's Supreme Court to extend the deadline for the reallocation of spectrum attached to the 2G licenses revoked by the court. The government now plans to conduct the auction on November 12.

Press Trust of India

Assembler for Samsung accused of child labor

Activist group China Labor Watch has accused a Chinese company that assembles devices for Samsung of using child labor, as well as forcing employees to work excessive overtime.


Bangladesh cellcos get 2G license renewal

Bangladesh's mobile operators have finally had their 2G licenses renewed for a 15-year term, more than eight months behind schedule. The process had been held up by legal tussles between regulator BTRC, the carriers and tax officials.

The Daily Star

Telkom SA fined $55m for “bullying” rivals

South Africa's Telkom has been fined 449 million rand ($55 million) for allegedly using its upstream monopoly to “bully” the competition between 1999 and 2004.

BBC News

NZ's 2degrees reaches 1m customers

New Zealand mobile operator 2degrees has signed up its 1 millionth customer, three years after launching services. The company now has an estimated market share of 21%.


Google failed to delete some AU Wi-Fi data too

Google has admitted it has failed to delete some Street View Wi-Fi packet data collected in Australia. The company has previously disclosed a failure to scrub some data gathered from parts of Europe.

Sydney Morning Herald

Amazon fixes security flaw after reporter hack

Amazon has quietly patched a security hole exploited during the high-profile hacking of technology journalist Mat Honan's digital life, telling its customer service department not to allow a credit card number to be added to an account over the phone.


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