Webwire: NBTC postpones 3G process; Lasting comm worries from Sandy

Webwire: NBTC postpones 3G process; Lasting comm worries from Sandy

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Thai regulator NBTC has been forced to indefinitely delay the allocation of 3G licenses to the nation's private mobile operators, due to the ongoing controversy over the allocation process.
 
US regulators are concerned many mobile towers and data centers that switched to generator power after electricity supplies failed during hurricane Sandy, could run out of fuel before power grids are back up and running.
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Search giant Google is one of three firms being pressed by politicians for details on the way it handles tax payments in the UK. Fellow tech firm Amazon is also being probed, along with global coffee retailer Starbucks.
 
Google denies reports by French newspaper Canard Enchaine that tax authorities in the country are demanding €1 billion ($1.29 billion) from the firm.
 
The CEO of India's Bharti Airtel, Sanjay KapoorKapoor, has warned that current telecom tariffs in the nation are unsustainably low. But he doesn't expect an increase in prices until after the upcoming 1,800-MHz spectrum allocation is complete.
 
Facebook shares fell 5% in early trading in the US yesterday – the first trading since a restriction on the sale of 229 million additional shares was lifted.
 
The Philippines' Globe Telecom has deployed a 40Gbps fiber cable to the island of Boracay as part of its network modernization project. Boracay was the site of Globe unit Smart's debut public LTE trial in late 2011 and early 2012.
 
The US Department of Defense has launched a tender for a system to secure Android and iOS devices, with a plan to break the long-time restrictions on the military using smartphones other than BlackBerrys.