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.    

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Toshiba Corp. President Satoshi Tsunakawa (R) and Vice President Yasuo Naruke (L) arrive at a press conference to announce the spinning off its micro chip business at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on January 27, 2017. Toshiba said on January 27 it will spin off its memory chip business, following reports that the vast conglomerate is planning to sell a stake in the unit to repair its battered balance sheet. KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP

A major Japanese multinational conglomerate has been forced to sell a minority stake in its memory chip business in order to raise capital amidst an impending legal lawsuit from a financial institution. Toshiba are being sued by Japanese Trust Banks over its 2015 accounting scandal.

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Chinese government policy makers are set to test private funding models in an attempt to find new ways of generating finance and liquidity for its tightly-controlled telecom sector. Traditionally, China’s state-owned operators attracted billions through public listings in New York and Hong Kong while preserving the management and rights of the parents. The policy has been labelled as ‘mixed ownership’ as a means of raising capital.

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Huawei announced that it has become an executive corporate member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). The CSA is committed to ensuring the security of cloud services. Today, with the addition of Huawei, the CSA has nine executive corporate members. Executive members receive special access to the leadership team and board of directors of the CSA via an advisory group, the Executive Membership Council.

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Californian iPhone maker Apple has pushed South Korea’s Samsung from its position as the world’s leading smartphone vendor in Q4 2016, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Apple has a successful fourth quarter, selling an estimated 800,000 units more than Samsung, achieving a total of 78.3 million for Q4, and giving it a 17.8 percent market share compared with Samsung’s 17.7 percent.

Read more: Apple has replaced Samsung as world’s top smartphone vendor, say analysts

NorthTelecom CTO / Managing Director Asia & Pacific, Mahdi Mehrabi

NorthTelecom has recently entered into an agreement with a Philippine-based Public Telecommunications Entity (PTE) to supply satellite ground hardware, space segment capacity, and internet bandwidth for the Philippine rural market, especially the unserved and underserved areas.

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President of Japan's mobile carrier Soft Bank Group Masayoshi Son. KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP

A leading Japanese telecommunications company is believed to be weighing up an investment of more than $1 billion in office-space start-up ‘WeWork’ – according to speculation circulating from the region.

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Taiwan’s economy has significantly grown due to a strong demand for electronics in the region – the country is traditionally recognized as an export-driven technology hub – and it has recorded its best economic performance since emerging from recession in April last year.

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Vodafone confirmed that it has entered into merger negotiations with Idea Cellular in a move that could result in the creation of the largest telecoms company in India. The announcement has ended months of speculation in relation to the two operators entering a partnership agreement in an effort to fend off Reliance Jio.

Read more: Vodafone in merger talks in effort to become India’s largest telecom operator

Qualcomm has fired back at Apple after it sued the company on Friday, 20 January, over allegations of monopoly abuse. Some analysts suspect Apple is taking advantage of the monopoly abuse lawsuit filed against Qualcomm by the US Federal Trade Commission, to pave the way for other mobile chipset makers, in order to forge more deals. Analyst Patrick Moorhead said he believes Apple “is not comfortable in feeling that they have only one [chipset] source and are taking this opportunity to go after Qualcomm.”

Read more: Qualcomm fires back at Apple’s monopoly abuse accusations

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