THE WRAP: Foxconn lifts workers' pay, India lifts China ban

THE WRAP: Foxconn lifts workers' pay, India lifts China ban

Robert Clark  |   June 04, 2010
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This week Foxconn workers won a pay rise and Chinese vendors won a victory in India.
 
Foxconn announced first a 20% pay rise for its 800,000 Chinese workers and then hiked that to 33%, denying that the increases were connected to the recent spate of suicides.
 
Bowing to the inevitable, the Indian government lifted its ban on Chinese telecom gear, but ordered strict security checks on all equipment before deployment.
 
Cash-strapped Reliance Communications is in talks with UAE-based Etisalat and South Africa’s MTN over the possible sale of a stake.
 
Reliance and other Indian cellcos handed over 677 billion rupees ($14.4b) for 3G spectrum.
 
Apple shipped 2 million iPads in the first two months after launch, while Asus and others launched tablets at the Computex show. 
 
China Mobile’s parent company established its first board of directors, appointing Wang Jianzhou as chairman and party secretary and Li Yue as president.
 
AT&T sold its Japan outsourcing unit to IIJ for $100 million.
 
Iridium Communications raised $2.9 billion for its next-gen sats, tapping French-Italian JV Thales Alenia Space to deliver 72 satellites in orbit from 2015.
 
Online video will drive a fourfold increase in global IP traffic over the next four years, Cisco’s Visual Networking Index forecast.
 
Tata Communications improved its underlying performance but its stake in South African ISP Neotel took it to a full-year loss of $129 million.
 
Banglalink said it would consider an IPO if the government eased its SIM card tax. XL overtook Celcom as the biggest contributor to Axiata’s bottom line.
 
Google faced lawsuits over the collection of private data by its Street View vehicles.
 
Australian research agency CSIRO, which has already won one settlement over its Wi-Fi patent, filed suit against AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile.
 
Sony Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks appointed new CTOs.
 
Google is phasing out the internal use of the Windows operating system because of security concerns.
 
Quit Facebook Day came and went and George W. Bush opened his Facebook account, while an Australian zoo made a Facebook plea for the return of eight tiny stolen monkeys.
 
The US internet defense force, Cybercom, officially began operations.
 
And a Los Angeles woman is suing Google for giving her “unsafe” directions after being hit by a car on a highway in Utah.
Robert Clark
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