This week Google continued its march into fresh digital turf, while India set a new date for its 3G auction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.