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Nokia linked again to Microsoft smartphone sale; to move APAC HQ; mulls new chairman

Nokia is to move its Asia Pacific headquarters from Singapore to Beijing and is reportedly favouring the founder of mobile security software maker F-Secure, Risto Siilasmaa, to succeed current chairman Jorma Ollila later this year.

China to fuel Asia Pacific connected device domination

LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE ASIA CONGRESS 2011: China will fuel Asia Pacific’s growth to become …

Indian state-owned operators hit by MNP defections

New figures released by the Indian government reveal that the recent introduction of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in the country is contributing to subscriber losses at state-owned operators, BSNL and MTNL.

Smartphone costs impact KT results

Reuters reports that South Korean operator KT recorded a net profit of KRW420.6 billion (US$394.1 million) for the quarter to end-June 2011, compared with KRW419.5 billion in the prior year, on revenue of KRW5.3 trillion, up from KRW4.9 trillion.

Airtel launches 3G in Kolkata

India’s Economic Times said that Bharti Airtel has launched 3G services in Kolkata.

SK on track for 10M smartphone users

SK Telecom said it expects to exceed its target of 10 million smartphone subscribers by the end of 2011, having signed up 7.5 million by the end of the second quarter.

Mobifone picks Ericsson for network optimisation

Vietnam operator Mobifone has picked Ericsson to supply a bandwidth and mobile broadband traffic optimisation system, which will enable it to “efficiently manage and optimize video content delivery over its nationwide mobile network.”

Vodafone NZ sets out 700MHz stall

Computerworld New Zealand said that Tom Chignell, Vodafone’s head of corporate affairs in the country, has called for operators to be able to bid for up to 20MHz of spectrum in the 700MHz band, which is set to become available after the digital TV switchover in 2013.

NTT Docomo revamps satcomms business

NTT Docomo said it will phase-out its Widestar satellite phone service on 31 March 2014, as it focuses its resources on the replacement Widestar II operations.

Report: China Telecom inks iPhone deal

Marbridge Daily reports that China Telecom has reached an “initial agreement” with Apple, which will enable the operator to sell the CDMA version of the iPhone in the country.