KT Corp reported healthy gains in net income and revenues for the third quarter thanks to the strong performance of its non-telecoms interests.
The operator, which runs South Korea’s biggest fixed-line network and its second-largest mobile-phone operation, reported a 45.6% year-on-year increase in net income, to 372.3 billion won ($341 million), while revenues grew 30.6% to 6,519.4 billion won.
Vodafone New Zealand has completed its NZ$840 million ($690 million) takeover of TelstraClear, giving it a fixed-line business to complement its mobile-phone operation and allowing it to better compete with market leader Telecom New Zealand.
The transaction received regulatory approval earlier this week after authorities judged there would be no lessening of competition in fixed-line and broadband markets as a result of the acquisition.
Power outages and flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy disrupted telecommunications services in Northeastern states on Tuesday, resulting in spotty coverage for cellphones, television, home telephones and Internet services.
While all the region's telecom service providers were having problems, Verizon Communications (New York, USA), which serves many of the states in the hurricane's path, may have suffered some of the worst damage from the storm to its wireline network.
Japan's Softbank said on Wednesday it plans 700 billion yen ($8.8 billion) in capital expenditure in the year to next March 31.
Softbank (Tokyo, Japan), which announced this month it would buy a 70 percent stake in Sprint Nextel Corp, the third-largest U.S. carrier, said it plans capex of 550 billion yen ($6.9 billion) in following year to March 2014.
(Reporting by Mari Saito; Editing by Michael Watson)
China Telecom reported declining profits for the first nine months of the year as higher costs associated with its launch of the iPhone ate into revenues.
The smallest of China’s three network operators, China Telecom (Beijing, China) boasted a 15.1% increase in operating revenues for the first nine months, to 210 billion yuan ($33.6 billion), compared with the corresponding period of 2011, with take-up of smartphone services fuelling top-line growth.
Wireless service provider Clearwire Corp
Clearwire (Bellevue, USA) said it reviewed its plans "with the technical arms of multiple federal agencies" and that it has "great respect for the U.S. government and their oversight role over the nation's infrastructure."
AT&T Inc posted third-quarter revenue below Wall Street estimates as it added fewer customers than expected, citing a shortage of the latest Apple Inc iPhone.
The No. 2 U.S. mobile service provider said it had 151,000 net new subscribers in the quarter, compared with the average expectation for 358,000, according to five analysts contacted by Reuters.
Its bigger rival, Verizon Wireless (New York, USA), added 1.5 million subscribers in the quarter.
Mobile operator EE said Britain's first 4G service will cost from 36 pounds ($57.72) a month under a pricing strategy designed to lure smartphone customers to its superfast network before rivals are able to launch competing products.
Chief Executive Olaf Swantee said the company's tariffs, which range from 36 pounds for 500MB of data to 56 pounds for 8GB, were about 10-20 percent more than for equivalent 3G plans. He said it was a small premium to pay for up to five times faster connections.
Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor
Telenor (Fornebu, Norway), which has over 150 million subscribers across Europe and Asia, said earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose 6.1 percent to 8.796 billion crowns ($1.53 billion), beating the average of forecasts for 8.54 billion crowns.
T-Mobile USA has insisted that a merger with MetroPCS would make it a stronger rival to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint without upsetting the competitive balance of the US market.
In a regulatory filing published by the Federal Communications Commission this week, the operator sought approval for its proposed tie-up with MetroPCS (Richardson, USA), the country’s fifth-biggest operator, announced earlier this month.