Webwire: N Korea mobile block? Alibaba CEO quits

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Reports out of North Korea indicate the government has suspended the rental of mobile phones to foreign visitors, in a possible attempt to cut off information about the pro-democracy protests in the middle East.
 
Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba.com has replaced its CEO and COO, after disclosing that senior management knew about a series of fraudulent transactions by one company using its service but had failed to adequately address the problem.
 
China's mobile subscriber base grew to 853 million in January, with China Mobile hitting 589.3 million, China Unicom 169.7 million, and China Telecom 94.1 million.
 
After Zain rejected all bids for the sale of its 25% stake in Zain Saudi, the Saudi operator has announced a shareholder meeting to vote on reducing its capital by 55% in response to accumulated losses.
 
State-owned BSNL has slashed its fixed broadband tariffs by 75%, in a move expected to stir a price war in the market segment.
 
The New Zealand government has quietly inserted wording into proposed telecom legislation that would allow it to buy back part of Telecom NZ, the formerly state-owned operator that was privatized in 1990.
 
Altair Semiconductor has completed interoperability testing of its TD-LTE chipsets with Alcatel-Lucent's LTE infrastructure, clearing the way for several TD-LTE field trials in India and China to start in coming weeks.

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