THE WRAP: BlackBerry bans and a neutrality deal

Robert Clark
06 Aug 2010

This week governments wrung their hands over RIM, as Google and Verizon neared a ground-breaking net neutrality deal.

Citing its strong encryption, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states banned the BlackBerry, Lebanon considered it, while in India RIM sought a deal with authorities to allow it to stay in the market.

Google and Verizon were close to a net neutrality deal, setting ground rules on how networks deal with different kinds of traffic.

Google chief Eric Schmidt said 200,000 Android-based phones were being sold daily, as surveys showed it had become the most popular smartphone platform in the US.

RIM unveiled its new flagship phone, the BlackBerry Torch, and a new OS, as Nokia and LG lost more market share to Samsung and OEM handset-makers, according to IDC.

Motorola is building a tablet device for watching TV.

India’s Department of Telecommunications agreed to build a 4G network for the military as part of their latest spectrum deal.

Hutchison Whampoa’s 3G group narrowed its loss and said it would turn its first profit this year. Its Hong Kong group increased earnings 41% while its Australian arm posted a rare profit thanks to its joint venture with Vodafone.

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