China sentences geologist to eight years in prison despite US appeal

Despite a personal plea from US president Barack Obama, a court in China sentenced American geologist Xue Feng to eight years in prison and a US$30,000 fine for trafficking state secrets and buying an advanced commercial database that, according to China, contains confidential information about the country’s oil industry.

The sentence was carried out even though both Xue, 45, and his employer, the engineering consultancy IHS, have stated that during the time of purchase, the database was in the public domain. Also, San Francisco-based non-profit Dui Hua Foundation has said that China declared the database a state secret only after Xue had purchased it.

Chinese state security agents arrested Xue, a naturalized US citizen, in November 2007 after he purchased the database. Diplomats have visited the geologist over thirty times since he was detained.

Joshua Rosenzweig of Dui Hua has stated to the Agence France-Presse, a news agency, that he suspects that “some of Xue Feng’s statements to the police might have been obtained under coercion including torture.” Also, during meetings with consular officials, it appeared that Xue was not being treated well in prison, as Xue had scars on his arm that he said came from interrogators’ cigarette stubs.

However, while pronouncing Xue’s sentence, Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court declared that the geologist’s actions “endangered our country’s national security.”

After the sentence was pronounced, Xue’s wife, Nan Kang, tearfully said via telephone to the Associated Press that “I can’t describe how I feel. It’s definitely unacceptable.” Xue’s family lives in a suburb of Houston, Texas, where Xue and Nan have two children.

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Alcatel-Lucent Foundation donates US$110,000 to support Off Road Kids Foundation in Germany, a relief organization for homeless children and run-aways

Stuttgart, July 6, 2010 – The Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)is supporting the street-worker initiative Off Road Kids in Germany this year with a donation of US$110,000. This is the largest charitable project carried out by the Foundation in Germany to date. In addition to the funds, the team at Alcatel-Lucent has committed to collecting used mobile phones for recycling to earn additional funds for the Off Road Kids Foundation.

Off Road Kids is dedicated to give new perspectives to street children in Germany. It is the only relief organization in this field which is operating country-wide. Existing entirely on donations, without any state subsidies, the organisation runs street-work stations in Berlin, Hamburg, Dortmund and Cologne. It also operates an advice hotline for parents and two children’s homes. Since 1994, the organisation has been able to get more than 1,800 young people off the streets, providing them with educational and career opportunities that had been unavailable to them.

The commitment to Off Road Kids is part of Alcatel-Lucent’s worldwide Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. The company and its employees are committed to being responsible and active citizens and as part of that commitment strive to improve the living conditions of people in the countries where Alcatel-Lucent is active. The focal point of the foundation’s activities is around supporting educational program for young people.

“I am delighted that we have been able to gain Alcatel-Lucent as a sponsor for Off Road Kids. Our street work activities can only be possible if we have generous support. The aid we provide helps those children and young people living on the edge of our society. We are working to get them off the streets and give them a future so they can become contributing members of German society. This means that our work does not only have a social aspect but makes sense economically,” says Markus Seidel, Chairman of the Board at the Off Road Kids Foundation.

Alongside the financial commitment of the company, the German Alcatel-Lucent team is also making a contribution by collecting old mobile phones that will then be recycled. Off Road Kids will receive a donation of 2.00 Euro from Vodafone for each phone collected. In June collection points were set up at all Alcatel-Lucent locations in Germany, and so far some 1,100 mobile phones have been collected, earning an additional 2,200 Euro in donations for the organization.

“With the aid we give to Off Road Kids and other social projects, we underline the core values of our company – social responsibility for the communities in which we and our customers live and work. We are very aware of the responsibility we have to be a responsible corporate citizen, and our goal is to make our society a bit more socially aware of the plight of some of its disadvantaged citizens and more liveable for all of us,” says Alf Henryk Wulf, Chairman of the Board at Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG. “By realising private initiatives and being involved in projects which promote the company, our staff also make a personal and direct contribution towards a better society. I think this is outstanding and I am proud of this commitment.”

Alongside the aid organisation Off Road Kids, Alcatel-Lucent in Germany also supports other CSR projects by means of voluntary activities carried out by the team, as well as private and corporate donations including the Star Care Truck in Stuttgart, the kindergarten ”Schatzkiste“, in direct proximity to the company campus in Stuttgart, the national ”Girls’ Day“ in numerous locations and the “International Day of Caring“ taking place at schools and kindergartens in Stuttgart and Nuremberg.

“The Alcatel-Lucent Foundation applauds the work Off the Road Kids is doing to help these children and young people who have too few people to turn to for help and we are pleased that we will be able to provide funding to help them continue this important work. Their work aligns perfectly with one of the focus areas of the Foundation to support programs aimed at helping disadvantage youth find educational and career opportunities,” said Beatrice Tassot, Executive Director, Alcatel-Lucent Foundation.

About Off Road Kids
Since 1994 Off Road Kids is the only aid organisation working for street children in throughout Germany. Without any state funds, the Off Road Kids Foundation runs its own Streetwork stations in Berlin, Hamburg, Dortmund and Cologne as well as a hotline for parents, two children’s homes and the Institut für Pädagogikmanagement (IfPM). In the past 16 years, the organisation has got over 1,800 young people off the streets and given them new perspectives. external linkwww.offroadkids.de.

Hong Kong Broadband Network leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON solution to offer 1 Gbps broadband services to residential customers

Paris, July 6, 2010 – Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (HKBN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of City Telecom (H.K.) Limited (SEHK: 1137 and NASDAQ: CTEL), has launched a symmetric 1 Gbps broadband services offering – powered by Alcatel-Lucent’s gigabit passive optical network (GPON) solution. At US$26/month, the offer, which targets Hong Kong’s residential market, is amongst the world’s best “value for money” broadband deals.

The demand for bandwidth in Hong Kong is growing at an exponential rate – driven by the popularity of cloud computing applications and high-definition, interactive multimedia services such as HD IPTV and online gaming.According to the latest figures from the Office of the Telecommunications Authority in Hong Kong, residential broadband penetration in Hong Kong has reached 81.4%, amongst the highest in the world.

“In response to the growing need for bandwidth, we have been working with Alcatel-Lucent for years now, leveraging their fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) expertise to deploy a world-class broadband network,” said Ivan Tam, Chief Technology Officer of HKBN. “Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON solution enables us to offer affordable broadband services on a mass-market scale, while readying our network for future demands – driven by super high-definition and 3D interactive multimedia applications.”

HKBN is the fastest growing broadband service provider in Hong Kong and is first to provide symmetric 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps broadband services to Hong Kong’s residential broadband users. A pioneer in fiber solutions deployment, HKBN’s commitment has been instrumental in making Hong Kong a global fiber oasis.

“Alcatel-Lucent has been working closely with HKBN since 2007 to deploy our gigabit passive optical network (GPON) solution, to make their broadband network ‘smarter’ – delivering more services, more flexibly, and at dramatically faster speeds,” said Rajeev Singh-Molares, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Asia Pacific. “We remain committed to providing our customer with Alcatel-Lucent’s best-of-breed solutions and global expertise, enabling HKBN to maintain its leadership position in offering advanced broadband services.”

Alcatel-Lucent has deployed its 7342 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-User (ISAM FTTU) solution. Leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage NetworkTM (HLN) architecture, the scalable platform enables the seamless delivery of high-speed broadband multimedia services to mass markets – such as high-speed data, IPTV, VoIP and content on demand in a cost-effective manner.

Alcatel-Lucent is the worldwide leader in the fixed broadband access market, supporting the largest mass deployments of video, voice and data services.Today, one out of three fixed broadband subscribers around the world is served through an access network provided by Alcatel-Lucent. Alcatel-Lucent is currently involved in more than 100 FTTH projects worldwide, over 85 of which are based on GPON technology. Alcatel-Lucent recently received the FTTH Council Europe’s Innovation Award in the “Technological and Technical Innovation” category with its 10 Gbps GPON prototype, demonstrating its leadership in developing innovative technologies, and foreshadowing the company’s ability to provide virtually unlimited bandwidth to the citizens of Hong Kong.

About City Telecom / Hong Kong Broadband Network
Established in 1992, City Telecom (H.K.) Limited (SEHK : 1137, NASDAQ : CTEL) provides integrated telecommunications services in Hong Kong via its own self-built fibre network. City Telecom’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (HKBN), is the fastest growing broadband service provider in Hong Kong. HKBN offers a diversified portfolio of innovative products that service over 1,027,000 subscriptions for broadband, local telephony and IP-TV services. The company has built a solid market position with top-of-the-line applications and practices enabling it substantial growth. The company takes great pride in developing its 3,000 Talent force into a competitive advantage. Additional information on City Telecom can be found at external linkwww.ctigroup.com.hk.

Renesas Electronics to acquire Nokia’s wireless modem business; companies to form strategic business alliance for modem technology development

Espoo, Finland and Tokyo, Japan – Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Nokia Corporation, the world leader in mobile communications, today announced that they are deepening their collaboration by forming a strategic business alliance to develop modem technologies for HSPA+/LTE (Evolved High-Speed Packet Access / Long-Term Evolution) and its evolution.

As part of this alliance, the companies have entered into an agreement whereby Renesas Electronics is to acquire Nokia’s wireless modem business for approximately USD 200 million. The alliance is planned to be enhanced by long-term joint research cooperation on future radio technologies.

The planned transfer of Nokia’s wireless modem business enables Renesas Electronics to maximize the value of Nokia’s technology assets and engineering expertise in delivering advanced mobile platform solutions to the market by combining them with Renesas Electronics’ market-proven multimedia processing and RF technologies. Together with Renesas Electronics’ robust line-up of application processors, RF transceiver ICs, high power amplifiers, and power management devices, the wireless modem technologies enable Renesas Electronics to deliver a complete mobile platform solution to the market.

The wireless modem business to be transferred to Renesas Electronics includes Nokia’s wireless modem technologies for LTE, HSPA and GSM standards, which have been used for billions of handsets in the global market over the years. Further, Nokia transfers Renesas Electronics certain patents related to the transferred technology asset. The planned transfer would also include approximately 1,100 Nokia R&D professionals, the vast majority of whom are located in Finland, India, the UK and Denmark.

The planned transfer is expected to further strengthen Renesas Electronics’ position as one of the leading chipset vendors in the 3G and LTE market that is capable of providing one-stop mobile platform solutions, supporting an extensive range of modem protocols from GSM to LTE, and integrating advanced multimedia and computer processing capabilities.

“The agreement with Nokia demonstrates our long-standing commitment to shape the future of advanced mobile platforms and will serve as an important step for us to become a leading mobile platform vendor in the global market. Our collaboration with Nokia will enable consumers to enjoy true mobile cloud computing experiences through our advanced high-speed mobile devices,” said Yasushi Akao, President of Renesas Electronics Corporation. “In line with our ongoing efforts to strengthen our business structure, the transferring wireless modem technology and the innovation power and expertise of Nokia’s employees will perfectly complement our core competences and serve as the key driving forces in growing our mobile business in the global market.”

“Wireless modems are an integral part of today’s chipset solutions, and we believe that Renesas Electronics, as one of the key chipset vendors in the market, is in an ideal position to further develop this offering. The alliance enables us to continue to focus on our own core businesses, connecting people to what matters to them with our mobile products and solutions,” says Kai Oistamo, Executive Vice President, Nokia.

Renesas Electronics has licensed the Nokia modem since 2009 and the two companies have been working together to develop an industry-leading HSPA+/LTE platform. “I believe that the integration of the world class Nokia wireless modem into Renesas Electronics’ strong multimedia processing and RF capabilities, places Renesas Electronics in a strong position in HSPA+/LTE chipsets,” says Oistamo.

In order to implement the planned business transfer, Nokia will start the appropriate personnel consultation process with its personnel representatives according to each applicable jurisdiction’s labor law requirements. The transfer is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, and is estimated to take place during the fourth quarter 2010.

About Renesas Electronics Corporation
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world’s number one supplier of microcontrollers, is a premiere supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions and a broad-range of analog and power devices. Business operations began as Renesas Electronics in April 2010 through the integration of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723) and Renesas Technology Corp., with operations spanning research, development, design and manufacturing for a wide range of applications. Headquartered in Japan, Renesas Electronics has subsidiaries in 20 countries worldwide. More information can be found at http://www.renesas.com.

About Nokia
At Nokia, we are committed to connecting people. We combine advanced technology with personalized services that enable people to stay close to what matters to them. Every day, more than 1.2 billion people connect to one another with a Nokia device – from mobile phones to advanced smartphones and high-performance mobile computers. Today, Nokia is integrating its devices with innovative services through Ovi (www.ovi.com), including music, maps, apps, email and more. Nokia’s NAVTEQ is a leader in comprehensive digital mapping and navigation services, while Nokia Siemens Networks provides equipment, services and solutions for communications networks globally.

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Iran claims airliners were denied fuel

Iran said today that passenger airliners operated by Iranian airlines Iran Air and Mahan Air were being denied fuel at airports in Europe and the Middle East.

According to an official at the Iranian Airlines Union, Mehdi Aliyari, “[Iranian] planes have been refused fuel at airports in Britain, Germany and UAE because of the sanctions imposed by America. Refusing to provide fuel to Iranian passenger planes by these countries is a violation of international conventions.”

The sanctions referenced by Aliyari were introduced by the United States, and penalize companies which supply Iran with petroleum products. It’s not known whether or not the sanctions affect the fueling of airliners outside of Iran, and US officials haven’t clarified.

According to the Financial Times, BP was responsible for the refusal to refuel Iranian aircraft. An unnamed source involved in the UAE’s airline industry said that “[a] servicing company which provides fuelling at several airports around the world has refused to provide Iranian planes with fuel, including at UAE terminals.”

British authorities said that the government had no control over refueling operations at airports, and the German transport ministry said that the refusal to do so was not illegal under European law.

Iran said that it planned to “do the same to ships and planes of those countries that cause problems for us” in retaliation.

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