THE WRAP: India goes after 2G licensees

Robert Clark
telecomasia.net
This week the Indian government threatened to cancel 2G licenses, while the EC began a probe into Google’s dominance of search.
 
India’s new telecom minister Kapil Sibal sent show-cause letters to 85 2G licensees suspected of being illegally awarded spectrum in 2008. 
 
As leaked State Department cables continued to publish daily, pressure from a key senator forced Amazon to unplug Wikileaks from its EC2 cloud service.
 
The European Commission launched an investigation into Google’s dominance of the search market following complaints that it had given favorable treatment to its own products and downgraded rivals.
 
Top EC telecom regulator Neelie Kroes threatened action against EU governments for approving steep wholesale price rises.
 
The FCC unveiled new rules for net neutrality, barring ISPs from blocking or downgrading traffic but allowing them to use tiered pricing and data caps.
 
The bill to split Telstra became law, but the Australian government faces a fresh political battle over legislation setting the commercial terms for Telstra’s involvement in the NBN.
 
Hong Kong ISP HKBN offers the world’s best value broadband at less than 3 cents a megabit, a survey found.
 
The Hong Kong government proposed spectrum charges for wireless backhaul and some fixed satellite services.
 
Acer cellphone boss Aymar de Lencquesaing warned that a components shortage could hit the industry in the Christmas sale season.
 

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