This week Google continued its march into fresh digital turf, while India set a new date for its 3G auction.
Google stretched its restless tentacles further into telecom as it adapted its free Google Voice product to work with existing mobile numbers.
Reportedly, it is also mulling a bid for Indian Wimax spectrum now that the Department of Telecom has set a new auction date.
Indian comms minister A. Raja, under siege from a scandal about the issue of 2G spectrum, has trimmed the number of licenses because the military is still using 3G frequencies in sensitive border areas.
Motorola’s stock rose 10% after it unveiled its much-awaited Droid phone, based on the new Android 2.0 platform.
Nokia’s CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo flew to Beijing to launch the company’s first TD-SCDMA phone. HTC launched its first ever global ad campaign.
France Telecom set aside €1 billion ($1.5b) to ease employee stress in the wake of the 25th suicide by a staffer in the last 20 months.
The Australian communications minister revealed the value of Telstra’s network – some $30 billion - when he accidentally tabled confidential information into parliament.
SingTel weighed an IPO of a minority stake in its Australian carrier Optus, with a plan to use the proceeds to expand abroad. Malaysian operator Maxis priced its IPO next month at RM5.20 per share, valuing it at RM11.7 billion ($3.4b), making it southeast Asia’s largest ever public debut.
Opera widened its lead over iPhone as the most popular mobile browser worldwide, said StatCounter. AdMob said the iPhone accounted for 48% of smartphone browsing in the US.
The App Store broke the 100,000 applications mark.
China’s 3G rollouts boosted ZTE’s net 58% as the vendor promised to focus its attention and huge credit lines on foreign markets.
Verizon’s wireless business helped it to a 10% rise in income as the fixed-line continued to slide. Tata Comm’s profit dived 68% as the wholesale voice market fell off a cliff.
A Beijing lawyer won a 1,000-yuan settlement out of China Mobile in the first case against the carrier under the new anti-monopoly law.
ICANN expects to introduce non-Latin domain names next year in what it calls the biggest-ever change in the workings of the net.
Hitachi bought Nortel’s packet core assets for $10 million. Cisco said it would acquire SaaS security firm ScanSafe for $183 million.
Nokia, SAP and Giesecke & Devrient formed an anti-counterfeiting JV. The EC mulled a pan-European mobile broadband network using freed-up analog TV spectrum.
NASA successfully launched a prototype of the Ares I-X, designed to replace the ageing space shuttle.
And Nordic carrier Tele2 faced a hefty bill after it faked a meteorite landing as a publicity stunt.