Daily Cuppa: Outages galore, 3G spectrum auction delays, IBM opens Polish sec centre

BlackBerry fixed an outage, SingTel got fined for outages that occurred last year, Indonesia delayed its 3G spectrum auction, and IBM opened a security operations centre in Wroclaw, Poland.

Aloha, fellow tech heads! Yes, it is Monday again, but the long weekend is approaching (for NSW, the ACT, and South Australia, anyway), so just grin and bear it while we ease you into the working week with the latest tech news.

BlackBerry users on the Vodafone network in parts of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa had their services restored after an outrage took out email, web browsing, and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) functionalities on the handsets.

About 6 percent of customers could have been affected in those regions. Research In Motion (RIM) chief Thorstein Heins made a public apology, but the cause of the outage is still unknown.

Another company that is in trouble for outages is SingTel. The Singapore-based telco has been fined US$310,000 for fixed-line voice and pay-TV service outages last year by the country's IT and media regulators.

The outages occurred between October and November last year, and affected telephone service users in parts of Changi, Pasir Ris, Tampines, Bukit Panjang, Bukit Timah, and Woodlands.

In more telco news, Indonesia has delayed its 3G spectrum auction as a result of one of the country's telcos, Telkomsel, declaring bankruptcy.

IBM has opened a new Security Operations Center in Wroclaw, Poland. It is one of 10 of such centres in the world, and by the end of the year IBM expects to employ 70 IT specialists there to monitor client systems.

Lenovo has revealed the price of its ThinkPad Tablet 2 running Windows 8 Pro. At US$799, the device isn't cheap . The 10.1-inch tablet will be released in October.

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