South African carrier Vodacom has closed its $700 million purchase of Gateway, a terrestrial-network and satellite-services outfit, as the telecom repositions itself throughout Africa beyond just providing mobile-phone service. Vodacom, which did not purchase Gateway's broadcasting division, will retain the brand and operate the company as an independent business.
The Chinese government today set off a mad scramble among equipment makers when it awarded 3G licenses for three standards: the government-backed TD-SCDMA, WCDMA and CDMA 2000, which were expected to go to China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, respectively. But close industry observers say some foreign equipment companies hungry for a piece of the estimated $41 billion market could wind up disappointed because the government will likely insist that carriers award much of their work to China's Huawei Technologies and ZTE.
Motorola has added 400 job cuts to the 1,500 spots it had previously cut, the company said in an SEC document filed Tuesday. The new round of cuts will encompass all of the "company's business segments, as well as various corporate functions," Motorola said, adding that it will take pretax charges of $189 million in its fourth quarter.
Google is on track to add paid applications to its Android Market in the U.S. and U.K. early next year, according to a developer who said the company has begun sending e-mails to app writers aimed at reassuring them of its time frame. Apple's App Store has attracted about 10,000 developers whose software -- free and paid -- has sparked about 300 million downloads, but unlike the iPhone builder, Google will not retain any of the download revenue.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has withdrawn a provision in his proposed free wireless broadband plan that would have required license holders to block porn, a stipulation that had drawn the ire of some consumer and civil liberty groups. The FCC will likely hold off on considering the controversial proposal until after its Jan. 15 meeting to focus on the digital-TV transition.