Webwire: Mexican telcos in "total war"; Digicel to buy Claro

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Mexico's top three operators are in a state of “total war,” according to one telecom consultancy, as the convergence of voice, data and video services brings them into further competition with each other.
 
Saudi Telecom plans to increase its stake in Axis Indonesia to 80% from 51%, in return for providing a $370 million loan to the operator.
 
Jamaica's Digicel plans to buy rival Claro from owner America Movil, while selling its El Salvador and Honduras businesses to the same company.
 
Analyst firm Piper Jaffray estimate that Apple beat the weekend launch figures of the original iPad in just one day with its successor the iPad 2, with 70% of sales going to new iPad buyers.
 
Intel has acquired most of Egyptian mobile technology software developer SySDSoft for an undisclosed sum, as part of its LTE ambitions.
 
Amazon has nabbed an exclusive deal to exclusively distribute Rovio's new Angry Birds sequel on its new online app store, as it seeks to build up the service as a rival to the Android Market.
 
Nokia is testing servers in India that would enable lawful interception of encrypted corporate emails sent through its phones, in order to comply with government demands.
 
India's Bharti Airtel has launched a broadband TV service, offering unlimited access to 28 live and 19 video on demand channels, as well as other content, for 99 rupees ($2.20) per month.

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