China Mobile confirms it is interested in the African mobile market, but has not bid for MTN (S. Africa.
China's SARFT will debut mobile TV trial on May 10, using CMMB-based standard. It plans to deploy CMMB networks in 37 cities in China before August.
StarHub (Singapore) will use femtocells to test its home zone services.
Optus (Australia) plans to spend $315m for extending its mobile network to 98% of the Australian population.
The city of Sydney (Australia) has canceled a plan to provide free WiFi for the city.
Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan) has set up a $30 million Internet data JV with Viettel (Vietnam). Viettel will control the JV via a 70% stake.
CAT (Thailand) has offered to pay $76m for the TOT' s 42% holding in Thai Mobile.
M2 New Zealand has launched mobile services using Vodafone' s network.
Bharti Airtel (India) confirms that it is in preliminary talks with MTN (S. Africa) for a possible stake acquisition.
BSNL (India) has invited bids for 93m GSM lines for a value of about $6.5bn.
Maxis (Malaysia) is planning to invest some $5bn in Aircel, its Indian subsidiary, to expand coverage and capacity over the next four years.
17 service providers are teaming building a next generation submarine optical cable system (called EIG) connecting Europe, the Middle East and India. The 15,000-kilometer cable network system is expected to be completed in 2010. The 17 investors are Verizon Business, AT&T, Bharti Airtel, BT, C&W, Djibouti Telecom; du; GibTelecom; IAM; Libyan Post, TIT; MTN; Omantel; PT Comunicacoes, Saudi Telecom; Telecom Egypt; and Telkom SA.