News In Brief: Hutchison, Sony, Aepona, NTT, Parks Associates


Hutchison Telecommunications has confirmed that it is engaged in talks with “various interested parties” over a divestment in its stake in Israeli carrier Partner Communications. Hutchison has a 51% in Israel’s second-biggest mobile-phone carrier which is worth about $1.3 billion, according to Bloomberg.
Sony has unveiled its first netbook, ending a long period of shunning the technology. With a US$500 price tag it will be twice as expensive as the cheapest netbooks on the US market.
Irish provider of telecoms software products and services Aepona has acquired fellow Irish company Valista, a provider of payment, settlement solutions for mobile and broadband operators. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum will operate under the Aepona brand, with a complete solution for the “Network as a Service” (NaaS) business model.
NTT DoCoMo has developed a new compact femtocell base station compatible with HSPA technology. The BTS will be sold commercially from Q3, DoCoMo said
Global broadband subs will top 640 million by 2013, with just under half of these coming from Asia-Pacific, researchers Parks Associates said