MWC WRAP: Cisco gets Barca deal; Huawei takes WAC east

The third day saw Cisco escape the halls and team right up with the city of Barcelona itself, to develop a pilot network to meet city hall’s sustainable urban development goals.
A physical network enabling secure connections with monitoring equipment and mobile phones will be set up as part of the Barcelona 2020 vision Cisco stated.
Huawei kept the WAC ball rolling, announcing that Philippines carrier Smart Communications has launched the first app store and handset based on version 1.0 of the Community’s specifications, following a partnership between the two
US carrier Sprint teamed with Good Technology to deliver security and device management functionality to business users running Android smartphones.
Western Union continued its march into mobile money transfers through an 18-country deal with Etisalat. The finance firm cleared MoreMagic Solutions to offer the service on its m:Wallet service earlier this month.
Thailand's TOT revealed it would replace its billing and CRM system with the Microsoft-powered Convergys Smart Communications Suite. The upgrade has been planned to allow the operator to launch bundled offers or print a single bill for subscribers of both wireline and wireless services.
Samsung Electronics struck close to the heart of the event with a good old fashioned component deal. Its using an ST-Ericsson HSPA+ modem in the Galaxy S 4G, which offers theoretical peak data rates of 21 Mbps in the downlink and 5.76Mbps up.
Deals in Ghana and Togo boosted Alcatel-Lucent’s African presence.
O2 subscribers in Germany will have access to 4G services within months, network provider Nokia Siemens Networks states. Rollout will begin in rural areas first.
Germany was the focus again, this time with Belgium, as ZTE and KPN revealed joint field trials are planned for later this year.
And Telekom Austria launched a tariff offering data roamers a €0.59 per MB rate in any one of 50 countries.