THE WRAP: Net neutrality, and Koreans get the iPhone
This week FCC promised new neutrality rules, while the good news rolled in for Huawei.
FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said he aimed to widen net neutrality rules to guarantee non-discriminatory treatment of content and to cover wireless networks.
After much pressure from consumer groups, the Korean regulator decided to let the iPhone into the market.
In a good week for Huawei, the Chinese vendor lined up $30 billion in credit from a government bank to help it win foreign business and it won the bulk of the first Singapore NBN tender, contracting to supply optical and IP gear to StarHub-owned Nucleus.
Alcatel-Lucent got the OSS and systems integrator job.
Reliance Communications revived plans to list its tower group which it expects will cash in on India’s coming 3G buildout.
SK Telecom said it would spin off its IT services arm, SKC&C, part of a plan to turn the parent into a holding company.
China Mobile became the world’s first operator to pass the half-billion subscriber mark.
But only 1.3 million of those are 3G subs.
NTT DoCoMo is the world’s biggest mobile data carrier and the US is the biggest and fastest-growing market, a survey found.
Hong Kong operators won the right to sell SIM and long-distance calling cards in the much larger neighboring market of Guangdong province. SmarTone was confirmed as Macau’s fourth 3G licensee and said it would spend $23 million on expanding its network.
An industry body dismissed Palm’s complaint against Apple over the blocking of Pre synching on iTunes. Rapper Eminem threatened Apple with a lawsuit for allegedly selling his songs on iTunes without authorization.
AT&T Wireless offered free Wi-Fi access to users with Windows Mobile phones who couldn’t get online via its much-derided 3G network. AT&T also joined the femtocell push, with a small trial of a device that costs $150.
Twitter is set to close a $100 million funding round that values it at $1 billion. Nokia reportedly paid as much as €15 million for UK-based travel social network Dopplr.
Nortel kicked off the auction for its packet core business.
After a three-year contest, Netflix handed out a $1 million prize to research team that had come up with the best new design for its movie recommendation engine.
Pictures of Microsoft’s planned Pink phone series leaked online.
And a group of university students sent a camera into space to take photos of the Earth using off-the-shelf materials costing just $150.