* Indiasecured 535.31 billionIndian rupees, or just more than US$8 billion, in bids on the first day of itsspectrum auction. Data from the country's Department of Telecommunicationsshowed that participating operators in the auction placed higher bids for 1,800 MHz frequencies,which are cheaper than 700 MHz airwaves. The agency will not release biddingdata per telco until the auction's end.
* Indonesian authoritiesraided Google Inc.'s office in Jakarta afterthe Alphabet Inc. unitrefused a tax audit. Muhammad Haniv, head of special taxpayers at the FinanceMinistry, reportedly said in an interview that the government issued Google awarning for refusing the audit before proceeding to visit the search giant'soffice "many times" to retrieve data.
* Theventure capital arm of Australian telco giant invested in fintechfirm Compare88 in its Series B funding round, ZDNet reports.C88 owns and runs e-commerce sites CekAja.com in Indonesia andeCompareMo.com in the Philippines. The investment will reportedly createbusiness collaboration opportunities with Telstra's Indonesian joint ventureTelkomtelstra.
*SoftBank Group Corp.said it will invest ¥450billion in South Korea's technology sector over the next decade to boost theInternet of Things, smart robots and artificial intelligence markets, The Nikkei reports.The Japanese tech giant will also cooperate with the South Korean semiconductorfund led by the Korean government. It is reportedly the largest-ever one-offinvestment in South Korea by a Japanese company.
*Apple Inc. isreportedly in talkswith Japanese electronics giant to buy organic LEDdisplays for Apple's future devices. The iPhone maker wants to increase thenumber of suppliers for OLED screens, and a deal reportedly will depend onSharp's output capacity.
* Japanesetest solutions company Anritsu Corp. announcedthat it acquired U.S.-based RF performance test solutions provider AzimuthSystems Inc. Anritsu aims to use the takeover to expand in the IoT and 5Gmarkets. Financial details of the transaction were not provided. Azimuth willbecome a subsidiary of Anritsu.
* Nintendo is relaunchingits Famicom gaming console, to be called Nintendo Classic Mini: FamilyComputer. It will launch in Japan on Nov. 10 at a price of ¥5,980, and comepreloaded with 30 games such as "Super Mario Bros,""Pac-Man" and "Donkey Kong." The original device was releasedin 1983 and sold more than 60 million units worldwide.
* SouthKorean internet giant Naver Corp. and its Japanese subsidiary are investing a total of€100 million, €50 million respectively, in French investment company KorelyaCapital's venture fund K-Fund 1, DigitalTimes reports.The companies plan to back European tech startups with an aim to lay groundworkfor entering the European market.
* KakaoCorp., a South Korean internet company, was released from the Korean Fair TradeCommission's conglomerate watch list from Sept. 30 and thus will be lessregulated, The Seoul Economic Daily reports. The company cannow receive investments from external venture capital firms and is expected touse this opportunity to expand its online-to-offline services.
* SouthKorea's Netmarble Games Corp. applied to the Korea Exchange for a preliminaryreview of its initial public offering forecasted for January 2017, FinancialNews reports. Withthe IPO, the mobile game developer is expected to collect around 2 trillionKorean won, which will be used to go global and pursue aggressiveacquisitions. China's Tencent Holdings Ltd. owns 25% of Netmarble Games.
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*Viacom Inc.'sParamount PicturesCorp. entered into a joint venture with Chinese firms Huahua Mediaand Shanghai Film Group for Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher: Never GoBack" film, Variety reports.The Chinese joint venture will see Huahua and SFG become lead marketing partnerin China along with Paramount China.
* Apple issetting up its first research and development center in China with registeredcapital of 100 million Chinese yuan and total investment to triple in thefuture, Science and Technology Daily reports.Located in Beijing's Zhongguancun Science Park, the planned center willaccommodate 500 employees focusing on product development and communications.
* Chinesemobile internet service company Hangzhou Lianluo Information Technology plansto purchase a 55.7% stake from U.S.-based Newegg for US$265 million, DigiTimes reports.Established in 2001, Newegg operates online shopping services worldwide.
* LongAmple, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based FIH Mobile Ltd., boosted its investment in HongKong-based mobile service company Mango International by US$56.25 million,raising its stake to 12.19%, DigiTimes reports. Togetherwith the purchase of US$70 million worth of convertible bonds, FIH Mobile iseyeing Mango's subsidiary, Tink Labs, which launched a system to provideintegrated hotel services through smartphones.
* Chinesesmartphone maker HuaweiTechnologies Co. Ltd. released VideoSense, a video managementplatform using experience visualization and network optimization, AdvancedTelevision reports.The platform is currently being deployed through service operator 's Shandongbranch.
* TheIndonesian Directorate General of Taxation confirmed that Google Indonesia willhave to bear a 25% corporate tax rate as it is already a commercial legalentity in the country, Majalah ICT reports.The tax authority previously accused Google Indonesia of paying only 0.1% ofits tax liabilities so far.
* Philippine telco Globe Telecom secured a 7 billion Philippine peso loanfrom a local bank to finance capital expenditures, the Manila Standard reports.With a budgeted CapEx of 35.4 billion pesos for 2016 — 17 billion of thatalready spent on growing the telco's subscriber base — the remaining funds willreportedly be invested in LTE, 3G and HSPA+, as well as upgrading fixed-lineinfrastructure.
* PTPenjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia, a state-owned infrastructure guarantorcompany, has given a guarantee for Palapa Ring East Package, a nationalfiber-optic project, Berita Satu reports.Palapa Ring East Package, which is valued at 5.1 trillion Indonesian rupiah,aims to improve connectivity in eastern provinces of Indonesia.
*Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commissionannounced that it will begin distributing coupons worth 690 Thai baht to over4.7 million households around the end of November, Prachachat reports.The coupons can be redeemed for a digital terrestrial TV set-top box or usedtoward the purchase of a digital terrestrial TV-compatible television.
* In anotherNBTC business, the Thai telecoms regulator will auction off 16 mobile numberswith repeating digits on Nov. 27, accordingto Prachachat. By selling phonenumbers such as 099-999-9999 and 088-888-8888, the NBTC expects to bring in atleast 100 million Thai baht in revenue.
*Red Hat Inc., aU.S.-based open-source software company, has opened an office inThailand, Krungthep Turakij reports. Thecompany reportedly seeks to support the Thai government in its move to digitizethe nation.
*Singapore's Ministry for Communication and Informationappointed the chairman and board members for the Infocommunications MediaDevelopment Authority (IMDA) and Government Technology Agency, MarketingInteractive reports.Chan Yeng Kit, permanent secretary for defense and former CEO of the InfocommDevelopment Authority of Singapore, will now serve as chairman of the IMDA.
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*Vodafone Group Plc'sAustralian unit is shutting down its 2G network next year, ZDNet reports.The telco will switch off the 2G network on Sept. 30, 2017, and use thefreed-up spectrum to extend its 4G network and roll out new services.
* Australia'sNine EntertainmentCo. sold its 9.99% stake in Southern Cross Austereo after thetwo broadcasters struck a five-year affiliation deal, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.The sell-down delivered a gross profit of about A$30 million.
* Telstraconfirmed that 300 back-of-house roles in its retail business will becomeredundant, CRN Australia reports. Themove by the Australian telco is reportedly a result of consolidation withoperations to focus on customer service.
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* Indiantelco Reliance Jio Infocomm started discussions with telecoms gear vendorsincluding EricssonAB, Huawei and NokiaCorp., as well as its existing supplier , for thenext phase of its 4G cellular site expansions, The Economic Times of India reports.Jio reportedly may award the contract in early 2017 and begin work a few monthsafter.
: The battle over theU.S. government's continued stewardship over key internet functions nearly wentdown to the wire.
: Media andcommunications markets saw a mostly bullish week on the back of somesubstantial swings in the television and digital spaces.
: TV's goldenage has upped the ante for marketers looking to create awareness for series.
: S&P Global Market Intelligence presents aroundup of recent programming announcements from various international networksand online video platforms.
: This year looks to be a banner year for politics inentertainment (and entertainment in politics).
: The future ofcable broadband networks will largely be software-driven, as operators look forways to address the ongoing bandwidth explosion seen among their residentialand enterprise subscribers.
: The year 2016 is turning out to be one of the most exciting —and frightening — years in the cable network industry since the GreatRecession.
: Tennis Channelhad a tough slog as an independently owned network. Now under the ownership ofSinclair, which has significant retransmission leverage, the channel isbecoming more mainstream and profitable.
: Although many cableprogramming industry veterans have been concerned about affiliate fee prospectsin light of ratings slides, long-term carriage deals leave most major mediacompanies well-positioned.
: With the Summer Olympic Gameshighlighting its lineup for 17 days in August, NBC beat out all other domesticbroadcast networks with an average prime-time C3 rating of 9.03 for the month.
Nozomi Ibayashi, Myungran Ha, Emily Lai, WilHathaway and Ed Eduard contributed to this report. The Daily Dose has aneditorial deadline of 7 a.m. Hong Kong time. Some external links may require asubscription.