The Brazilian government supports the merger between Oi and Brazil Telecom, as a strong challenger to Telefonica and America Movil.
India: two state owned telcos (BSNL and MTNL) may get 3G spectrum before the private companies if they agree to pay the price paid by the private companies in the later spectrum auction. 3G spectrum is expected to start coming available towards the end of this year.
China: 3G license tender may be delayed for a couple of years, according to Ernst & Young. The China' s telecom industry restructuring, however, is expected to be announced in 1H08, with implementation in early 2H08.
Singapore' s IDA will launch full mobile number portability from 13 June.
Australia: the bidding process for right to build a nationwide fiber optic high speed network has started, with the government agreeing to fund 50% of the expected $9bn cost. Final bids are due by June 25, and final decision in Oct.
Pakistan expects to auction 3G spectrum in the next few months.
EU: the Commission is mulling the end of regulating interconnection fees, in order to relax regulators from the burden of regulating interconnection rates, and would propose mutual arrangements. Another hot topic in coming months!!!
France: Vivendi/ SFR has received approval for buying 28.5% LDG stake into Neuf Cegetel (France). SFR has now over 68% stake into Neuf Cegetel, and will launch a "public withdrawal offer" to get full control of Neuf Cegetel.
Slovenia' s telecoms regulator, APEK, has granted a 3G license to Tusmobil, the sole bidder, for free.
Latvia : the Latvian government has given its approval to Teliasonera for swapping its stake in fixed operator Lattelecom (49%) and taking control of the mobile services provider LMT.
US: despite recent EU approval for allowing calls on in-flight airplanes, US key House members have introduced a bill to ban cellphone voice use in flight.