Microsoft has unveiled its Connected Services Accelerator programme at this week’s GSMA Mobile Innovation Marketplace in Atlanta. The programme is a series of projects designed to commercialise new types of mobile services through collaboration with independent software vendors, developers and operators. Microsoft will team with mobile operator SingTel to launch the programme’s first project.
SingTel is to pay up to US$654 million to boost its stake in Indian operator Bharti Airtel to 31.95 percent. “The amount payable by [its wholly-owned subsidiary] Pastel for the Sale Shares will be between approximately INR18,073 million to INR30,084 million,” SingTel said in a statement.
Singapore’s three mobile operators – M1, SingTel and StarHub – together with the national broadcaster MediaCorp, are to jointly conduct a consumer mobile TV trial using DVB-H technology next month, reports Cellular News. Some 300 customers of the three operators are expected to participate in the trial, which will last for three months.
Telecompaper notes that SingTel has registered more than 170,000 iPhone 3G activations across the group since launching the device in July in Australia (Optus), and in Singapore (SingTel), India (Bharti Airtel) and the Philippines (Globe Telecom) in August.