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Sony Ericsson moves closer to Android launch

Cellular News, citing a Digitimes report, notes that Sony Ericsson is closer to launching a smartphone running the Google-backed Android operating system.

North Korea enables mobile Internet services

Reports today claim that users of Koryolink, the fledgling North Korean mobile operator, are able to access limited Internet services via mobile devices

NSN fails in protest against Indian GSM tender

An Indian court has reportedly rejected a filing by Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) protesting against its exclusion in an equipment tender being floated by state-owned mobile operator, BSNL.

Sun targets Java app store at 1B users

Sun has unveiled plans to launch an application store based on its Java technology that it says will allow developers to target an estimated 1 billion PC and mobile phone users.

Turkcell bids for mobile/fixed license in Tunisia

Turkcell, Turkey’s largest mobile operator, has made a bid for a combined mobile and fixed-line license in Tunisia. According to a Reuters report, Turkcell confirmed its bid in a statement to the Istanbul Stock Exchange this week.

Huawei, ZTE enjoy major market share growth

China’s Huawei and ZTE experienced the greatest rate of vendor growth in the mobile network equipment market during the first quarter of 2009 according to research firm Dell’Oro Group, almost doubling their combined share of the total infrastructure market to over 20 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

Russian court adjourns Telenor hearing to June 10

A Siberian court adjourned today a hearing in Telenor’s appeal against US$1.7 billion in damages it had been ordered to pay Russia’s VimpelCom.

France Telecom bids for Tunisian fixed/mobile license

France Telecom has joined Turkcell in bidding for a license to provide fixed and 2G/3G mobile services in Tunisia, notes Telecompaper.

China Unicom sees 2H09 mobile ARPU down

China Unicom expects ARPU for its mobile and broadband services to drop in 2H09, but hopes income from its 3G data services will offset part of the decline, reports Reuters.

Ericsson, TeliaSonera tout LTE first

Ericsson and TeliaSonera have unveiled what they claim is the world’s first commercial LTE site in Stockholm, Sweden. The site will be part of a commercial network scheduled to go live in 2010.