THE WRAP: Huawei's US gains and the triumph of Skype

This week Huawei Technologies broke through in the US and Skype was revealed to be the world's largest international voice carrier.

After years of trying, Huawei landed a major contract in the US. It won a 3G deal with Cox Cable and has been shortlisted for Clearwire's Wimax project. ZTE secured a $15 billion credit line  to fund 3G projects at home and expansion abroad.

Skype is now the world's largest IDD carrier, delivering 8% of all international traffic last year, according to Telegeography.

The Chinese government blocked access to YouTube apparently because of a video showing police beating Tibetan protestors. State mapping officials warned that foreigners using GPS in China would be arrested.

IBM said it would cut 5,000 North American staff mostly from the global services group. North American courts approved $7.3 million in bonuses  for senior Nortel executives, drawing protests from laid-off staff.

Vodafone and Telefonica confirmed they would share mobile networks  in four European markets.

iiNet, Australia's third-largest ISP, pulled out  of the contentious filtering trial claiming that it was fundamentally flawed. New Zealand scrapped its "three-strikes" anti-piracy law  after rights holders and ISPs failed to agree a code of conduct.

NZ's competition watchdog warned Telecom and Vodafone to cut their planned mobile termination rates or be regulated.

Telstra's NZ subsidiary hired AKILL, a 19-year-old hacker who had been involved in a $20 million global banking scam

Sony Ericsson warned of a huge first quarter loss after handset sales plummeted 40%

China Telecom's net profit shrank 96% after a $3.5 billion impairment charge on its Xiaolingtong business.

Ericsson sold its TEMS radio planning business  for $169 million. Nokia bought mobile banking firm Obopay  for $70 million.

Sales of Nintendo's Wii hit 50 million, making it the fastest-selling games console in history.

The iPod touch is generating more mobile data traffic  than any other device but the iPhone. In-Stat predicted app store users would quadruple to 100 million  by 2013.

Twitter plans to offer paid services  to business customers.

Optical firm Infinera made a photonics breakthrough  that it said would double the capacity of next-gen fiber networks.

Online music service Last.fm said it would charge listeners outside the US, the UK or Germany  €3.00 per month.

UK education experts proposed teaching schoolchildren how to use wikis and Twitter instead of history.

And a toilet paper company has sponsored a mobile app  that identifies the world's cleanest bathrooms.

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