THE WRAP: Asia's LTE race, as MS loses one

Robert Clark
20 Nov 2009

This week Asian carriers raced to announce LTE trials, while Microsoft lost a patent case in Beijing.

CSL and SingTel unveiled what they said were Asia’s first LTE trials, set to rollout around the region in coming months.

A Beijing court ordered Microsoft to stop selling pre-Vista versions of Windows after losing a patent battle over Chinese fonts. President Obama’s call for a freer internet in China was buried by censors.

The green theme dominated the GSM Association’s Asian trade show. The association unveiled a green manifesto and cut a deal with the IFC to support green base stations.

GSMA chief Conway said Google was the biggest threat to the mobile sector.

DoCoMo foreshadowed mobile cloud services over its LTE network, while China Mobile said it had won backing from vendors for single-chip TD and FD LTE products.

Cisco raised its bid for vidcon firm Tandberg by 11%. Vivendi outmuscled Telefónica to grab control of Brazilian carrier GVT.

Dell is ready to deliver its first smartphone, the Android-based Mini3, to China Mobile.

Telenor’s Indian startup Uninor scaled back its 2G rollout. India held a pre-bid conference for 3G bidders, with foreign operators conspicuously absent.

China Mobile and China Tietong, the Ministry of Railways-owned telecom arm, agreed a merger timetable.

Ericsson won a big managed services contract from a European broadcaster – its first in the media sector.

Huawei overtook Nokia Siemens as the no. 2 telecom vendor in Q3. Sony Ericsson cut loose 1600 staff as it closed six research and office sites worldwide.

Google offered a preview of its Chrome operating system – to be released by the end of 2010. AT&T and IBM launched cloud services.

T-Mobile UK staff were accused of selling tens of thousands of customer records to rival operators. The EU cracked down on mobile ringtone and wallpaper scams.

China’s new Ministry of Defense website has been hit by 2.3 million attempted hacks since its launch a month ago. The Call of Duty video game notched up $550 million in sales in its first five days.

And a 34-year-old scientist outed herself as Belle de Jour, the UK callgirl blogger and bestselling author.

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