News In Brief: Pay-TV, Microsoft, Apple, Blinx, Reliance, NSN
The Asia Pacific region has 326 million pay-TV subscribers according to industry group CASBAA. Subscription TV in the region now reaches more homes than the rest of the world combined with digital pay-TV subscription households now accounting for over 115 million homes. China and India account for 90% of all Asian pay-TV subs.
Microsoft and Chungwa Telecom have signed an MoU to collaborate on cloud services and applications for devices. Both parties will work with Windows 7 and collaborate on enabling the 3 screens PCs, smart phones, and TVs with cloud based applications..
Apple has sold just 5,000 iPhones in China since launching the handset last week through China Unicom. Chinese consumers are expected to purchase as many as 1 million iPhones this year from unofficial distributors importing Wi-Fi-capable handsets from overseas, according to BDA.
Video search company Blinkx has reported revenues of £13.1m (€14.6m) for the six months to September, up from £6.4m for the same period in 2008. Losses more than doubled, from £3.3m to £7m.
China's gray market mobile phone trade is set to ship nearly 145 million units – nearly 13% of the size of the global legitimate handset business – by the end of this year, researchers iSuppli said.
Reliance Communications has become India's fourth mobile operator to announce a one-second billing plan, joining Vodafone Essar, Bharti Airtel and Loop Mobile.
Nokia Siemens Networks is considering a bid against Ciena for Nortel's optical networking business, according to two anonymous sources.