Finnish technology giants Nokia have disclosed the details of the signing of a distributor agreement with Energia Communications (EneCom) to sell its G.fast fixed ultra-broadband access technology in Japan. EneCom, Nokia’s first customer for next-generation broadband access technology in the country, will now become the reseller for the fixed access technology, making it available nationwide across Japan.

Read more: Nokia signs distributor agreement for G.fast fixed ultra-broadband access technology in Japan

Yahoo Japan Corp., formed as a joint venture between the American internet company Yahoo! and the Japanese company SoftBank, saw its latest quarterly earnings jump the most since 2013. The company attributed the earnings to growth in advertising and online shopping via smartphones.

Read more: Yahoo Japan reports strong earnings; attributes smartphone advertising

Japanese conglomerate Toshiba has received a number of healthy bids for a 19.9% stake in its lucrative flash memory business. It has received offers ranging from $1.8 billion to as high as $3.6 according to sources close to the organization.

Read more: Toshiba receives bids of up to $3.6 billion for 19.9% stake in its flash memory business

Thaicom Public Company Limited announced the appointment of satellite veteran Dr. Supoj Chiveeraphan as its Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)

Leading Asian satellite operator Thaicom Public Company Limited announced the appointment of satellite veteran Dr. Supoj Chiveeraphan as its Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) on February 6. Among Dr. Chinveeraphan’s responsibilities will be leading the growth of Thaicom as an Asian brand, inclusive of marketplace strategy, market positioning, partnerships, and operations.

Read more: Satellite operator Thaicom announces new Chief Strategy Officer

British telecoms giant Vodafone reported that its annual earnings would probably be low in India due to high competition and difficulties, but it remains confident about its performance in both Europe and Africa.

Read more: Vodafone forecasts strong earnings in Europe and Africa; struggles in India

South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix has submitted a bid for a stake in Toshiba Corp’s memory chip business. Management identified an opportunity to gain an advantage on rivals in what is a booming NAND market and that is the reason behind the attempted acquisition according to sources close to the organization.

Read more: South Korean chipmaker submits bid for stake in Toshiba memory business

Founder and executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Jack Ma. AFP PHOTO

Alibaba Group is extending its operations Down Under by launching a new base in Australia – as the company continues to expand its footprint overseas. The group opened a new office in Melbourne and that will serve to headquarters for its operations in both Australia and New Zealand.

Read more: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group launches new base in Australia

New Zealand telecommunications provider Spark said it’s planning to fully acquire small carrier TeamTalk in an effort to expand its provision of internet services across the nation, ZDNet reported. The small provider offers mobile radio services and metro fiber services under its brand CityLink and also rural internet services under its brand Farmside.

Read more: New Zealand’s Spark in talks to acquire small carrier to expand internet services

Government officials in India have announced that US tech giants Apple will start building iPhones in the country later this year. It is believed the company’s decision to do so is in order to tap into a booming middle class while sales in China slow. The IT minister for Karnataka confirmed that Apple agreed to assemble its hugely popular iPhones in the southern state, whose capital Bangalore is recognized as India’s technology hub.    

Read more: Apple to begin building iPhones in India later this year

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