Webwire: Brazil telcos may owe $12b; DoCoMo blames iPhone 5 for sub loss
A Brazilian government report estimates that operators owe regulator Anatel 25 billion reais ($12.05 billion) in fines and unpaid taxes, but that bureaucratic red tape and court challenges have prevented the agency from collecting, Brazilian media said.
Japan's NTT DoCoMo has blamed the absence of the iPhone 5 from its handset portfolio for the net loss of nearly 41,000 mobile customers to its rivals during November.
After 25 years, Alcatel-Lucent will soon knocked out of the CAC 40 index, the benchmark-setting list of the 100 most valuable companies by market cap on the Euronext Paris exchange. The vendor will be replaced by smartcard provider Gemalto from December 24.
Telkom Indonesia has contracted Cisco for an ambitious project to deploy 100,000 Wi-Fi nodes nationwide. The Wi-Fi infrastructure will provide offload for its mobile network.
Taiwanese component markers have started developing manufacturing techniques for LTE-Advanced and Wimax 2 chips and equipment, in anticipation of the demand that will emerge once the wireless technologies supersede their predecessors.
Huawei has won a five-year, £120 million ($192.3 million) deal to manage Hutchison unit Three UK's core network - a contract that had previously been held by Ericsson.
The head of Intel Indonesia has urged the country to start investing in digital infrastructure, to help the nation catch up to its neighbors in terms of e-commerce and digital business.
Sources say Arris and Pace have made the best offers for Motorola's Home business, the set top box unit parent Google is seeking to sell for a reported $2 billion.