Webwire: Apple may debut iPhone 5 Oct 4; MTS, Vimpelcom 4G tie-up
Apple has revealed it will make an iPhone-related announcement on October 4, leading to speculation that the company will unveil the iPhone 5 at that date.
A source claims Russian cellcos MTS and Vimpelcom will team up to deploy joint 4G infrastructure - including 4,500km of fiber backhaul - in a deal expected to save the operators hundreds of millions of dollars.
Thailand's CAT plans to offer prepaid HSPA services early next year, once it completes the upgrade to a real-time billing system and receives approval from new regulator NBTC. Postpaid 3G services launched earlier this month.
Indonesian tower companies Sarana Menara Nusantara and Tower Basama Infrastructure have emerged as the front-runners in the bidding to buy around 4,000 telecom towers from operator Indosat, sources say. The sale could fetch around $500 million.
NSA mobility chief Troy Lange is developing a smartphone that can be used by US spooks to securely access classified databases and information, but is facing resistance to his plan among security officials.
China's Renren has agreed to acquire online video side 56.com for $80 million in cash, but plans to take a cautious approach to further acquisitions due to high web stock prices.
Insiders say Dish Networks has made the highest bid for OTT video site Hulu, at least at the media company sellers' terms. Google is thought to have made a $4 billion offer (compares to Dish's $1.9 billion) but only if the sellers agreed to offer more media content for more time.
Childcare centres in Finland are using vests with GPS transmitters to track children during outings in case they go missing. Some privacy advocates are concerned that the devices could condition children from a young age to accept constant surveillance.