Asia Briefs: India won’t privatise BSNL, MTNL; LG to boost R&D spend 7% & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: India won’t privatise BSNL, MTNL — minister India’s telecoms minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said recently there will be no attempt to privatise …

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Thailand’s TOT shortlists three potential partners

Thailand’s state-owned TOT has shortlisted three potential partners to help turn around the organisation, which lost THB1.3 billion ($39.5 million) in the first half of last year and was expecting a THB4.57 billion loss for the full year. The three …

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Axiata eyes stake in Vietnam’s MobiFone

Asian mobile operator Axiata has reportedly expressed interest in taking a stake in Vietnam’s state-owned MobiFone, which is scheduled to be privatised soon. Vietnam’s deputy minister of information and communications met with Axiata’s head of corporate development in Hanoi recently to …

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Vietnam’s Viettel plans $800M investment in Myanmar

Vietnam’s Viettel Global plans to invest $800 million to set up operations in Myanmar, which has just opened to foreign competition with the entry of Ooredoo and Telenor this year. State-owned Viettel, which participated in Myanmar’s auction last year along …

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Thailand urged to cut stakes in TOT and CAT

The Thai government should reduce its stakes in the country’s two state-owned telecoms operators from 100 per cent to no more than 51 per cent, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) has recommended. TDRI’s chairman Somkiat Tangkitvanich told the Bangkok …

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