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Friday, August 20, 2010

Wall Street Journal
Japan is at a mobile-TV crossroads, as its two leading mobile operators, KDDI and NTT DoCoMo, are currently fighting over the right to invest several hundred million dollars in mobile TV. The dilemma for Japan’s Telecommunications Ministry is which technology to choose: Qualcomm’s MediaFlo or Japan’s own ISDB-Tmm. KDDI favors MediaFlo while NTT wants to use ISDB-Tmm. Although it remains unclear whether either operator stands to generate any real profits from the venture, it is clear that Qualcomm would benefit if the Japanese authorities would choose MediaFlo. The decision is expected to be made some time in August.

In its continued efforts to grow, rural telecom operator Windstream has agreed to buy Q-Comm, a fiber-optic network company, for USD515 million.

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