Webwire: ZTE in $2b JV, Telecom NZ open to foreign owners, True defends DTAC suit

Melissa Chua
telecomasia.net
Russia-based Sistema’s high tech unit has partnered ZTE to make a range of products including components for navigation systems.
 
Foreign companies will be able to purchase Telecom New Zealand’s retail business after the company breaks up later this year.
 
True has defended its decision to file a criminal case against rival DTAC, saying fighting back at the Norwegian controlled company was its only option.
 
PLDT and Globe Telecom have kept silent on a new directive that allows the Department of Justice to investigate cases of competition violation.
 
Axiata has slashed roaming rates by up to 90% for texts, calls and data.
 
Huawei plans to invest around $500 million in a new manufacturing plant near Chennai.
 
Bangladesh’s finance ministry will announce its decision on proposed license renewal and spectrum renewal fees cuts in 2 weeks.
 
Telenor’s Asia Pacific chief Sigve Brekke is pushing Indian regulators to issue clear guidance on the issuance of mobile licenses, to prevent a repeat of a scandal over the sale of 2G licenses and promote consolidation among the country’s operators.
 
iPhone users face being prevented from shooting video at music gigs as part of a patent application filed by Apple. The patent covers an infra-red technology designed to offer additional information in venues including museums, but that could also be used to block images being shot.
 
China Telecom claims a new content server established in Australia will boost its services across Asia Pacific.

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