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Asia Briefs: SoftBank to merge 4 units, Singapore’s IDA plans TDD hetnet trials & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup …

S&P bullish on Softbank/eAccess deal

Softbank’s acquisition of rival Japanese operator eAccess will not affect its credit rating, Standard & …

Softbank acquires EMOBILE; aims to become number-two player

Japan’s Softbank is to acquire smaller rival EMOBILE in a deal set to establish it …

Japan to align NFC with local m-payments platform

Japan’s three main mobile operators are to join forces on NFC technology in a bid …

SoftBank to pilot NFC in early 2011

Japanese operator SoftBank Mobile announced plans to trial NFC m-payment services from mid-January 2011, which it said will “pave the way for increasingly convenient and satisfactory global-standard NFC services and solutions in Japan.”

Ericsson upgrades SoftBank Mobile

Swedish vendor Ericsson today said it is upgrading the HSPA network of Japan’s SoftBank Mobile, supplying it with HSPA Evolved technology

KT debuts commercial NFC services

South Korean operator KT is launching the country’s first commercial NFC m-commerce handset and services, offering Samsung’s A-170K device imminently.

Ubiquisys secures 5M funding to ramp-up femtocell activities

3G femtocell company Ubiquisys secured US$5 million of funding.

Strong international growth drives ZTE in H1

Ambitious Chinese equipment supplier ZTE announced robust results for the six months to 30 June 2010, with a strong international performance offsetting tough conditions in its home market.

China Unicom names Chongqing as NFC centre

China Unicom has signed a deal with the Chongqing Municipal Government which NFC World said is intended to “turn the region into a US$7 billion-a-year world leader in NFC manufacturing by 2015.”