Webwire: Ace cable still set for SA; Shell turns to MS, DT

The consortium behind the Africa Coast to Europe (Ace) cable is in talks with two potential South African landing partners after ditching original firm Sentech, but says the cable will definitely reach the country.
Microsoft and Deutsche Telekom will supply a customized version of their SharePoint collaboration software to Shell in April in a five year deal covering document and content management in Shell’s global offices.
Shares in Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba.com slumped when its CEO quit after fraudulent transactions involving nearly 2,500 online retailers were uncovered.
China's mobile subscriber base grew to 853 million in January, with China Mobile hitting 589.3 million, China Unicom 169.7 million, and China Telecom 94.1 million.
Zain Saudi has called a shareholder meeting to vote on reducing its capital by 55% in response to accumulated losses, after parent Zain rejected all bids for the sale of its 25% stake in the carrier.
State-owned BSNL has slashed its fixed broadband tariffs by 75%, in a move expected to stir a price war in India.
The New Zealand government has quietly amended proposed telecom legislation to allow it to buy back part of Telecom NZ, the formerly state-owned operator that was privatized in 1990.
Altair Semiconductor has completed interoperability testing of its TD-LTE chipsets with Alcatel-Lucent's LTE infrastructure, clearing the way for several TD-LTE field trials in India and China to start in coming weeks.