THE WRAP: Google's fiber plan, Motorola's split

Robert Clark
12 Feb 2010
00:00
This week a sigh of relief from telcos after Google its fiber network was for test purposes only.
The ever-expanding Google said it would build an optical fiber test network to trial new technologies and apps. It said it would wholesale to retail providers and had no plans to become a commercial ISP.

Motorola said by 2011 it would split into two, with its mobile and home networking assets in one publicly-traded company and its enterprise and networks operation in another.
Axiata Bangladesh and MobiFone in Vietnam prepped for IPOs.

The GSMA forecast that cellcos would invest $72 billion in mobile broadband in 2010, while Cisco said demand for mobile video would send wireless network traffic skywards over the next four years.

ChinaTel won $640 million in backing to build Wimax networks across China for CECT-Chinacomm.

BT almost tripled its quarterly net but revealed authorities were concerned about a £6.8 billion ($10.7b) shortfall in its pension scheme.
Alcatel-Lucent narrowed its losses despite shrinking sales.

Higher subs takeup in Asia helped Telenor boost its net 25%, while SingTel’s rose thanks to a currency gain and better results from India and Indonesia.

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