THE WRAP: Google's fiber plan, Motorola's split
This week a sigh of relief from telcos after Google its fiber network was for test purposes only.
The ever-expanding Google said it would build an optical fiber test network to trial new technologies and apps. It said it would wholesale to retail providers and had no plans to become a commercial ISP.
Motorola said by 2011 it would split into two, with its mobile and home networking assets in one publicly-traded company and its enterprise and networks operation in another.
Axiata Bangladesh and MobiFone in Vietnam prepped for IPOs.
The GSMA forecast that cellcos would invest $72 billion in mobile broadband in 2010, while Cisco said demand for mobile video would send wireless network traffic skywards over the next four years.
ChinaTel won $640 million in backing to build Wimax networks across China for CECT-Chinacomm.
BT almost tripled its quarterly net but revealed authorities were concerned about a £6.8 billion ($10.7b) shortfall in its pension scheme.
Higher subs takeup in Asia helped Telenor boost its net 25%, while SingTel’s rose thanks to a currency gain and better results from India and Indonesia.
Optus doubled its 3G spectrum by buying Qualcomm’s 2100MHz frequencies in eight cities.
Indian operators went to court to force local authorities in Noida to lift a ban on the operation of mobile towers.
KDDI expanded its US footprint by acquiring two more MVNOs.
US web video firm Veoh closed after burning through $70 million.
Qatar’s Qtel signed a framework agreement with Nokia Siemens covering seven markets.
Palm suspended smartphone production for the Chinese New Year break and will resume at the end of the month.
Taiwan eased rules on mainland investment for flat-panel TVs and chipmakers.
Nokia said it would not announce any new devices at the annual mobile trade fair in Barcelona next week.
Symbian went fully open source.
Microsoft patched a 17-year-old software bug that first appeared in Windows 3.1.
The US Department of Justice said it still had antitrust and copyright concerns over a deal between the publishing industry and Google.
And UK MP Derek Wyatt launched a free iPhone app so his constituents can know what he is doing and when he is available.