Chinese equipment maker Huawei continues to make inroads into territory previously held by its western rivals, having just signed an important managed-services deal with 3UK, the small UK operator owned by Hutchison Whampoa (Hong Kong).
The arrangement will see Huawei (Shenzhen, China) handling service management and operations for 3UK’s core network, transport network and ICT applications.
It has chosen India’s Tech Mahindra (Pune, India) as a partner for the work on ICT applications.
China’s ZTE has received a substantial funding boost from the China Development Bank (CDB) in a deal the equipment maker claims will drive overseas investment and business development.
The agreement increases ZTE’s financing facility with the CDB to $20 billion from the $15 billion arranged in 2009 – itself an extension of the original facility of $8 billion set up in 2005.
New Zealand’s Chorus has issued a stark warning that new pricing regulation could slash NZD180 million ($148 million) off its annual earnings in future and hinder the take-up of new fibre-based broadband services.
The operator, which was carved out of Telecom Corp of New Zealand (Wellington, New Zealand) last December, owns most of New Zealand’s copper-line networks and provides wholesale fixed-line and broadband services over this infrastructure.
Thai legal authorities have rejected calls for an inquiry into the recent auction of 3G licenses that would have further delayed the rollout of the technology in a country already seen as the region’s outstanding mobile telecoms laggard.
In a filing last month, the Office of the Ombudsman reflected the views of various critics that the auction process was flawed, with bidders receiving the maximum number of licenses allowed despite making offers that only just met reserve pricing.
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Weaker sales and the rising cost of device subsidies triggered declines in third-quarter revenues and net income at Maxis, Malaysia’s biggest telecoms operator.
While revenues dropped 1.2%, to 2.21 billion ringgits ($723 million), compared with the same period of 2011, net profit was down an alarming 17.7%, to 443 million ringgits.
Maxis (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) faces particularly aggressive competition in the mobile-phone sector and has been forced to cut prices and increase device discounts to attract and retain customers.
Authorities in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) should not force utility companies to roll out smart meters, according to a task force commissioned by the NSW government.
The recommendation could rule out any likelihood that NSW will copy the state of Victoria, which has made the deployment of smart meters mandatory.
The NSW Smart Grid Task Force was critical of the Victoria scheme and said that a similar government-driven rollout would lead to higher costs for the state and its consumers.
Smart-grid specialist Itron has appointed Philip Mezey as its new chief executive while it continues its push into Asian energy markets.
Mezey will take over on January 1 2013 from LeRoy Nosbaum, who is set to retire at the end of the year.
Mezey was previously the president and chief operating officer of Itron’s global energy segment, with responsibility for electricity and gas businesses around the world, and served Itron in a number of roles before that.
Asian energy supplier Meralco and Orga Systems have teamed up on a smart-grid pilot in the Philippines they claim is the country’s first experience of the technology.
The companies say that 40,000 customers will be connected to the smart grid during the initial pilot scheme, which will make use of Orga’s OS.Energy billing system.
India’s government plans to hold another auction of spectrum before March 2013 following the disappointment of last week’s awards process.
Hyped for months in advance, the auction of second-hand 2G spectrum netted just 94.07 billion rupees ($1.7 billion) for government coffers, falling well short of the 400 billion rupees authorities had hoped for.
Some 144 blocks of spectrum were put up for sale, but 43 of them attracted no interest whatsoever.