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India taxes Vodafone over $2 billion
15 Dec 2010

Three years after Vodafone’s $11 billion purchase of a 67% stake in Hutchison Essar, an Indian court has ordered the UK-based operator to pay tax arrears of over $2 billion.

New Zealand telecoms giants unite for rural initiative
15 Dec 2010

Telecom New Zealand and Vodafone have made a late joint bid for the New Zealand government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), which aims to expand broadband access using a combination of fibre and mobile broadband.

Bangladesh telecoms market
15 Dec 2010

Similar to India, Bangladesh has shown promising signs of economic growth and development in the last decade.

China dominates broadband subscriptions
15 Dec 2010

China maintains its global dominance in the uptake of broadband technologies, with 34.85 million more subscribers than the US, according to Point Topic.

High in the foothills
15 Dec 2010

One of the conversational innovations of the mobile phone era has been that now, when you answer the phone, your friend at the other end can ask: “Where are you?” In a move that will provide ever more outlandish answers to this question, Nepal’s Ncell has just built the world’s highest 3G base station in the Khumbu valley, 5,200m high in the foothills of Mount Everest.