News In Brief: Nokia, Digitel, BT Japan, XL, TelstraClear, TT&T

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang met with  Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo in Beijing Monday and called on the Finnish firm to play an active role in developing TD-SCDMA. 
 
Philippines operator Digitel swung to a 1.98 billion peso ($40.8 million) loss in Q4 due to currency fluctuations.
BT Japan has signed an agreement which will see Hitachi's communications division become the OEM for BT's trading systems equipment in Japan.
 
Indonesian cellco XL says  it lost 1 million subscribers after hiking the price of its SIM cards. It was previously cheaper to but a new SIM card than recharge existing ones, the company said.
 
TelstraClear has installed  a 40Gbps link between the NZ cities of Wellington and Christchurch as part of its Next IP network upgrade.
 
Thai telco TT&T will cut 10% of its staff in a move to weather the economic crisis, an anonymous company employee said. But some laid-off employees allege 400 staff were fired for disagreeing with TT&T's debt rehabilitation process.
 
Mongolian operator MobiCom has launched  the first high-speed mobile broadband network in the country. The network uses HSPA technology from Ericsson

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