Webwire: Pakistan cellcos to block obscene SMS; Alca-Lu boss faces revolt

Staff writer
21 Nov 2011

Pakistan cellcos told to block “obscene” SMS terms

Pakistani mobile operators have been ordered to block a list of terms deemed by telecom regulators to be “obscene.” The list contains nearly 1,700 words and phrases, including “idiot,” “damn” and “quickie.”

Herald Sun

Alca-Lu boss said to face shareholder revolt

Some Alcatel-Lucent shareholders are believed to be calling on the vendor to replace CEO Ben Verwaayen, in reaction to discontent over Verwaayen's turnaround efforts.

Wall Street Journal

Apple may lose $2.7b in iCloud patent case

Apple fears losing up to $2.7 billion if a German court sides with Motorola Mobility in the latter's patent violation claim against iCloud. Apple demonstrated this with the size of the bond its has asked Motorola to put up, to cover compensation payments if Motorola wins the case but loses an appeal.


Indosat allocates $720m in capex for 2012

Indonesia's PT Indosat has maintained its capex allocation for 2012 at 6.5 trillion rupiah ($721.5 million) – the same as this year's budget – but is likely to ramp up spending in future years.

The Jakarta Post

Clearwire debt warning may be 'ploy'

A financial pundit has accused US operator Clearwire of issuing a warning that it may skip a debt payment as a “near-term ploy” to win financial support from Sprint Nextel or another potential backer.


Amazon's Kindle Fire costs $201.70 to make

Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet costs around $201.70 in parts and manufacturing costs, just a shade more than the $199 retail price, according to an IHS iSuppli teardown analysis.

Boy Genius Reports

NZ's Chorus commences trading on ASX

Chorus, the New Zealand wholesale network company recently separated from Telecom NZ, commenced public trading on the Australian exchange today. The company will start trading on the New Zealand exchange on Wednesday.


Thailand, HK, Taiwan priority markets for Huawei

Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan are the three highest-priority markets for Huawei in Asia outside of China, a company executive said in an interview.

Bangkok Post

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