Indonesia's Telkomsel appeals bankruptcy ruling

Telkomsel (Jakarta, Indonesia) has lodged an appeal against its bankruptcy ruling earlier this month, according to the Jakarta Globe newspaper, in a case that highlights the shortcomings of the country’s legal framework and the risks to businesses operating within it.

The state-backed operator was declared bankrupt on September 14 after being found guilty of failing to pay a debt of 5.3 billion rupiahs ($555,000) to Prima Jaya Informatika, a former business partner.

Consumer groups to fight AT&T FaceTime restrictions


Three public interest groups plan to file a formal complaint accusing AT&T Inc (Dallas, USA) of violating U.S. Internet rules if the wireless service provider goes ahead with a plan to limit use of Apple Inc's (Cupertino, USA) FaceTime application to certain customers.

The groups -- Free Press, Public Knowledge and the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute -- gave AT&T notice in a letter on Tuesday that they plan to file a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission, unless the No. 2 U.S. mobile provider changes its policy.

Emerging Asia-Pac telecoms revenues to grow by $94 billion to 2016

Telecoms retail revenues in emerging Asia-Pacific markets are forecast to increase from $229.7 billion in 2011 to $323.7 billion by 2016, according to a new report from Analysys Mason.

Growth will be driven by the adoption of data services on smartphones and other mobile devices, with 3G and 4G connections accounting for 46% of the total by 2016.

The study looks at Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Thailand, noting that China and India account for 68% of the region’s population, 64% of active SIMs and 75% of retail revenues.

Time Warner to sell Clearwire stake

Time Warner Cable (New York, USA) intends to sell its 7.8% stake in mobile broadband provider Clearwire (Kirkland, USA), according to Dow Jones Newswires.

The cable operator has made clear its plans in a regulatory filing and also notified other Clearwire investors, which have the option of purchasing all or part of the stake.

Time Warner paid around $550 million for its interest in Clearwire back in 2008, but the shares would fetch only about $73.3 million at current prices.

Deutsche Telekom submits bid for Croatian 4G license

T-Hrvatski Telekom (Zagreb, Croatia), the Croatian operator controlled by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany), has already applied for a new 4G license just days after the country’s regulator invited bids.

Hakom is to award three blocks of 2x10MHz spectrum in the 800MHz band for use with new 4G services, although no operator will be allowed to own more than one spectrum block.

Bidders will have until October 15 to submit their applications for a 12-year license, making T-Hrvatski look very eager indeed.

Telenor in talks with potential Indian partners: Reuters

Telenor’s chief executive says he is in talks with several potential new partners in India, according to Reuters.

“There are talks in many directions, I can assure you, and many who wish to speak to us as well,” Jon Fredrik Baksaas told Reuters at the operator’s capital markets event.

“There is not really anything concrete to say about this yet, but … we wish to go further in India provided that the framework at last will be in place, and that we also can see a profitability developing on a new investment in India,” he is reported to have said.

Elop running out of time to turn Nokia around


Stephen Elop only has a few months to show he can turn Nokia (Espoo, Finland) around if he is to survive but the new smartphone is unlikely to woo customers back from Apple (Cupertino, USA) and Samsung (Seoul, South Korea).

Investors and analysts say the chief executive has until early 2013 to prove he made the right choice by partnering with Microsoft (Seattle, USA) Windows or his future at the loss-making company will be called into question.

Telekom Austria claims most widespread LTE coverage

Telekom Austria (Vienna, Austria) has claimed that its LTE service offers the most widespread coverage of the all networks that have been launched in Austria.

The operator has seized on independent research by Poland-based Systemics-PAB showing that its LTE network trumps those of T-Mobile, owned by Deutsche Telekom (Berlin, Germany) and 3, owned by Hutchison Whampoa (Hong Kong), in terms of coverage.

Operating under its A1 brand, Telekom Austria says its LTE services are now available in all of Austria’s main cities and to more than 80% of the population in Vienna.

AT&T says iPhone 5 fastest-selling iPhone ever


AT&T (Dallas, USA), the No. 2 U.S. mobile service provider, said it set a sales record with Apple's iPhone 5 over the weekend, making it the fastest-selling iPhone the company has ever offered.

AT&T did not disclose how many iPhones it sold, but said the iPhone 5 was still available for preorder and would go on sale from September 21 at AT&T retail stores.

Vodafone considers provision for India tax bill of $2.2 billion: Bloomberg

Vodafone (Newbury, UK) is considering whether to set aside money to cover the legal risks of investing in India, according to a story published on Bloomberg.

Until now, the operator has resisted making any such provision, but a change to India’s laws could make it liable for a tax payment of around $2.2 billion.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Andy Halford, Vodafone’s chief financial officer, said the new ruling had forced the company to reconsider its financial arrangements.

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