That's the lead item in this roundup of news from Asia/Pacific, which includes acquisition updates, social networking in China, and spending plans in Indonesia.
Reliance described the claims, reportedly included in an audit report that's set to be examined by India's Department of Telecommunications , as "a vicious and mala fide campaign of falsehoods and disinformation."
And that's just the beginning. Reliance says its rivals have been using false email addresses and unmarked envelopes to unleash "a campaign of calumny and disinformation." How invidious!
Reliance, along with other privately owned operators in India, has been audited during the past few months, and some of the alleged results have been leaked. (See IndiaWatch: Probes, Profits & Payments.) And Reliance, obviously, isn't happy. "Whatever alleged remarks the special auditor has arrived at are completely unilateral, biased and prejudiced," claims the Indian conglomerate.
Now, of course, everyone wants to know what's in the report.
While Telenor has waited for the decision, Unitech has been busy picking vendors and preparing for its initial GSM launch in six services circles before the end of 2009. (See NSN Wins GPRS Deal in India, Unitech Picks AlcaLu, Unitech Wireless Outsources IT to Wipro, and A Guide to India's Telecom Market.)
And it doesn't look as if Etisalat will stop there: The company, which today announced revenues of 22.1 billion UAE Dirhams (US$6 billion) for the first nine months of this year, says it's "studying the opportunities of growth in some markets across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the wider Arab world," but is "unlikely to look at European countries due to the lack of growth opportunities and limited openings there."
Like Telenor, Etisalat has acquired a stake in an Indian mobile services startup (formerly Swan Telecom, now Etisalat DB) and has been investing heavily. (See Etisalat Reports Q3 and Etisalat, Reliance Strike Mega Network Share Deal.)
Other news from Asia/Pacific includes:
- AlcaLu, SK Telecom Team Up
- Bharti Airtel Offers Tweeting
- UCell Upgrades With NSN
- Tata Hooks Into Oz Pipe
- P1 to Roll out in East Malaysia
- DoCoMo Picks AlcaLu
- Huawei, Aircom Team for OSS
- NSN Wins Unitech Deal
- IBM Wins at IDEA