Webwire: India may halve license length; Ghana launches Glo 1

Dylan Bushell-Embling
12 Apr 2011

India may halve license length, ease M&A rules

Indian telecom minister Kapil Sibal may halve the length of spectrum licenses to 10 years, and ease restrictions on mergers in the telecom market so long as at least six players remain in any specific service areas.

Wall Street Journal

Ghana launches new subsea cable

Ghana's government has launched Glo 1, a new subsea cable linking the nation with other African countries and with Europe.

GBC Ghana

LG will manufacture smartphones in India

LG Electronics plans to start manufacturing smartphones at its Pune facility to help keep down costs and help meet its target of selling 450,000 of the devices in India this year.

Business Standard

Amazon sells cheaper ad-funded Kindle

Amazon has started selling a version of its Kindle e-reader that costs $25 less but will come bundled with advertising including sponsored screensavers.


Kakao to set up US, Japan units

South Korean mobile messaging service developer Kakao Corp will create subsidiaries in the US and Japan as it gears up efforts to compete with Facebook and Twitter.

Yonhap News

Samsung targets strong growth in Africa

Samsung won't be satisfied with double digit sales growth from its African operations, as it pushes to sell more consumer electronics devices including smartphones and tablets in the growing market.

Korea Times

Unconfirmed rumors of Facebook-Baidu deal

Facebook is rumored to be close to finalizing a deal with Chinese search engine Baidu to create a social network in China, but sources say there is no such agreement in place.

SF Gate


Tajikistan to ban SMS divorce

Tajikistan's clerical council will issue a fatwa prohibiting men from divorcing women via SMS messages or phone calls, stating that the practice is against local laws and is un-Islamic.

Spero Forum

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