Webwire: RIM swings axe again; India may halve license terms

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
RIM is preparing a fresh round of layoffs in early June, involving between 2,000 and 6,000 staff.
 
India's telecom ministry has proposed halving the length of new spectrum license allocations to 10 years. This could cut down on the high prices the government plans to charge for the spectrum, but add to service providers' operating uncertainties.
 
Freshly discovered data malware may have been embedded in Middle East computers for up to five years. Security firms say it is the most sophisticated software of its kind to date.
 
Sony will cease selling feature phones in the Indian market by September, instead concentrating on the smartphone segment.
 
The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office is considering its options regarding privacy breaches by Google’s StreetView cars, after reviewing the results of a US investigation.
 
YouView, a troubled UK freeview scheme backed by the BBC and telecoms firms, is set to launch in the summer, Dido Harding, chief executive of stakeholder TalkTalk claims.
 
Nepal has a teledensity of 62%, with mobile services accounting for the vast majority of subscriptions, according to the latest statistics from regulator NTA.
 
France Telecom has increased its stake in Egyptian operator Mobinil to 94%, through a tender offer following the €1.5 billion ($1.88 billion) purchase of most of Mobinil in April.

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