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India's Reliance Communications has agreed to fold its tower business into Manoj Tirodkar’s GTL Infrastructure in a deal with an enterprise value of almost $11 billion (€8.8 billion), including debt.
Joe Naccio, disgraced former CEO of US operator Qwest Communications, will have to serve at least 70 months of his six-year sentence for insider trading, after losing an appeal to have this time reduced.
Pakistan’s government intends to monitor Google
for “anti-Islamic content,” and is already blocking 17 YouTube videos deemed blasphemous.
is in negotiations to expand the number of carriers selling its iPhone 4
in Germany, ending Deutsche Telekom’s
exclusive deal in the country, according to a MarketWatch
report citing local press.
The Abu Dhabi government has hired Cisco
to modernize its ICT infrastructure, to help boost the country’s economy. A frame agreement
with the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Center will see Cisco upgrade the country’s education and healthcare networks, among other government sectors.
Canadian carrier Public Mobile has secured a loan from the Export Import Bank of China to fund rollout of its nationwide CDMA network. ZTE is deploying 1,000 base stations for the operator, and will also supply the core network, service platforms, and IP architecture.