Webwire: France 4G auction nets $1.26b; DoT may demand network access

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23 Sep 2011


French 4G auction nets $1.26b in round 1

All four major French operators emerged holding 2.6GHz spectrum from the recent auctions, paying a combined €936 million ($1.26 billion) for their holdings. A second round of bidding, for more highly prized 800MHz spectrum, will commence in December.



Indian cellcos may need to open networks to DoT

India's department of telecom may soon require mobile operators to open their networks to continuous monitoring and surveillance by the ministry's “vigilance units” through intranet backbones, an internal memo states.

Economic Times 


KDDI will sell iPhone 5: report

Reports that Japan's KDDI may hammer out a deal to sell the iPhone 5, breaking rival Softbank's monopoly on the device, sent Softbank stock falling 12.3% on Thursday.



Schmidt denies search fixing

Google chairman Eric Schmidt refutes claims the company rigs its search results to favor its own sites, but admits the firm borders on being a monopoly.



Alibaba gets investment at $32b valuation

China's Alibaba will receive a $1.6 billion investment - from a group of buyers including Silver Lake Partners - that will value the e-commerce giant at $32 billion

New York Times 


AIS to double 3G network capacity

Thailand's AIS plans to double capacity on its blossoming 3G network to allow it accommodate up to 6 million customers, in response to “surprising” demand for mobile data among users.

Bangkok Post 


Nokia appoints research chief as CTO

Nokia has appointed former Nokia Research chief Henry Tirri as its new CTO, replacing Richard Green, who took a leave of absense in June.



German researchers trial self-driving cars

Google isn't the only group testing self-driving cars – researchers from Berlin's Free University have been testing their own vehicle on the roads for the last few months.

Associated Press 



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