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Indian PM in call on Bharti-MTN talks

The Financial Times reports that Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, has urged fair treatment for Bharti Airtel in its negotiations with South Africa’s MTN over a US$23 billion cash and shares merger as the deadline to conclude the deal approaches.

South Korean mobile firms slash tariffs

Reuters notes that the South Korean telecom regulator said yesterday that the country’s three mobile operators agreed to lower mobile tariffs and other charges under a government initiative aimed at supporting households.

Thailand to auction 3G licenses mid-December

Thailand’s long-awaited auction of 3G licenses could happen in December, according to reports.

Unicom buys back SK stake, lands iPhone deal

SK Telecom has sold back its 3.8 percent stake in China Unicom for US$1.3 billion as part of a significant shift in strategy for the South Korean firm in China.

Baidu launches mobile search in Japan

Chinese search engine Baidu has launched a beta version of its mobile search service in Japan, reports Telecompaper.

Japan to establish task force for reform, overhaul of NTT

Telecompaper, citing a report in The Nikkei, notes that the Japanese government will establish a task force for a possible overhaul of the NTT group.

 

India to allocate 2G spectrum to 3G operators

India is planning to allocate 2G airwaves to successful bidders in its forthcoming 3G spectrum auctions in a move seemingly designed to encourage bids from foreign operators.

Report: China Mobile preps 2010 TD-LTE trials

China Mobile – the world’s largest operator by subscribers – will begin large-scale outdoor TD-LTE trials next year, according to Marbridge Consulting.

Report: Malaysia’s Maxis plans November IPO

Maxis – Malaysia’s largest mobile operator – could return to the stock market as early as mid-November, reports Reuters today.

eMobile gains, Docomo slips in September

Japan’s smallest operator eMobile overtook market leader NTT Docomo in net subscriber additions for the month of September, as the country’s largest mobile operator slipped to fourth place in terms of growth.