Webwire: KDDI Q3 net grows 4.8%; AIS 3G roaming from this month

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Japan's KDDI has reported a 4.8% increase in Q3 profit to 68.19 billion yen ($896.6 million), but has maintained its forecast of a 2% decrease in profit for the full year.
 
Thailand's AIS plans to commence its deal to allow its customers to roam on state-owned TOT's 3G network by the end of the month.
 
Chipmaker Texas Instruments has provided a lower than anticipated forecast for fourth quarter sales, stating that economic uncertainty is affecting nearly all of the company's operating segments.
 
The rumor mill surrounding a potential buyout of Yahoo is ramping up, with the latest buzz having Google now considering pursuing a joint bid with private equity firms.
 
The Indian government is likely to ask at least two operators to roll out mobile infrastructure in around 78 locations with a sizeable presence of Maoist insurgents, as state-owned operator BSNL is unwilling to do so without a full subsidy due to the propensity of the insurgents to target telecom sites.
 
Air Chief Marshal Thares Punsri, chairman of new Thai regulator NBTC, hopes to be able to resolve the myriad of issues facing the nation's telecom sector within his six-year term.
 
Nokia has added offline mode functionality to the HTML5-based mobile web version of its Nokia Maps service, compatible with Android and iOS devices.
 
Wikileaks has revealed it will be forced to shut down by the end of the year unless PayPal, Visa and the major financial services companies which are refusing to process donations from supporters withdraw their “financial blockade.”

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