Webwire: MTN Uganda blocking calls to rival?; Telecom NZ on credit watch

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
MTN Uganda blocking calls to Uganda Telecom?
Uganda Telecom's mobile customers have been left unable to place calls to MTN Uganda subscribers. Uganda Telecom blamed a technical issue, but some uses are speculating that MTN has followed through with threats to block connections in retribution over an interconnect fee dispute.
 
Fitch Ratings has followed Standards and Poors in putting Telecom NZ's credit rating under review for a possible downgrade once the company separates networks arm Chorus into a standalone company.
 
ViewSonic has unveiled a dual-mode Windows 7-Android tablet at Computex in Taiwan. The 10.1-inch ViewPad 10pro will boot Windows 7 and run Android through virtualization software.
 
Nepal's telecom regulator has recommended the government start revoking spectrum if left unused for more than two years, in a bid to discourage spectrum hoarding and address the “inefficient” use of allocations by the nation's major operators. 
 
Samsung, which was forced to hand over the next-generation models of its Galaxy line to Apple earlier this month, has now asked a court for access to iPhone and iPad models Apple has in development. The duelling patent lawsuits continue.
 
India'a Tata Comm plans to cut costs, pursue productivity gains and move to turn around the performance at 49%-owned subsidiary Neotel in South Africa, in a bid to recover from its 8.54 billion rupee ($189.44 million) loss last financial year.  
 
Standoff in lebanon over telecom building
A Lebanese politician has warned of attempts to overstep the authority of the Prime Minister, after forces from the Information Branch last week refused the telecom minister access to a building thought to house equipment from a private mobile phone network, and then took over the facility.
 
Twitter has released data including IP and email addresses to the UK's South Tyneside Council, which is attempting to use US courts to identify a user that posted allegedly libellous statements about Council members.

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