Aloha! INSIDE THIS ISSUE: China’s telecommunications industry is set to undergo a massive shake-up following reports that the central government has given the green-light to a series of mega-mergers between fixed and mobile players.
Pacnet-the newly rebranded entity formed by the merger of Asia Netcom with Pacific Internet-plans to transplant experience learned in developed markets over the last five years to bolster its enterprise internet businesses in India, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Alcatel Lucent has signed a 72.2 million Euro contract to build a new Tahiti-Hawaii undersea cable in what could be the forerunner of a new trans-Pacific link. Thailand’s TOT selected Advanced Info Service as its strategic partner to develop services, lower operating costs and improve fixed and mobile networks with the ultimate goal of developing a 3G business, reported the Bangkok Post.
Verizon Business said it has obtained final approval from the Federal Communications Commission to activate and operate the Trans-Pacific Express submarine cable system in the US.
Icelandic telecommunications provider E-Farice and Tyco Telecommunications signed a contract to construct the DANICE undersea fiber optic system between Landeyjar, Iceland and Blaabjerg, Denmark.
Vietnam’s HT Mobile reportedly keen on switching its network from CDMA to a GSM-based technology, local newspaper VietNamNet Bridge quoted an unnamed source as saying.
Sea Launch said its operational team has arrived at its launch site on the Equator and initiated a new 72-hour countdown in preparation for the launch of the Thuraya-3 mobile communications satellite on Tuesday.
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