ALSO NOTED: Italian operator buys Japanese wireless solution; GPS handset market set for growth

> Japanese vendors NEC and Sumitomo have signed a framework contract with Italian mobile phone operator Wind for the supply of NEC's advanced point-to-point wireless access systems, Pasolink Neo. The NEC solution was chosen for its ability to handle different transmission speeds and interfaces on the same platform. Article

> Global shipments of GPS-enabled handsets will reach 560 million units by 2012 according to the latest forecast from Berg Insight. With shipments in 2007 reaching 175 million units, this represents a compound annual growth rate of 26.2 per cent. The analyst firm believes that the increasing penetration of GPS in GSM and 3G handsets will create a wave of exciting new innovations in the field of location-based services. Article