News In Brief: 3 Italia, Telefonica, BBC, AT&T, NEC, Western Union

Italy's 3 Italia has contracted F-Secure to provide the security tools for a multi-function security suite, which will be offered to all the operator's customers using its mobile broadband internet dongle to access the web.
 
Telefonica has partnered with HTC to sell the handset vendor's Smart smartphones in Germany, Ireland and the UK.
 
The BBC has promised its first three iPhone apps – a news app that will debut in April, a sports app and the mobile version of the iPlayer that provides TV content for UK residents.
 
US operator AT&T has announced it will launch its first Android device, the Motorola Backflip, on March 7.
 
Ericsson has predicted that its handset JV Sony Ericsson will return to profitability by the end of 2010, aided by the momentum from new product launches throughout the year.
 
NEC is supplying equipment for Telefonica O2's LTE trial in the UK, the company has revealed. The operator has already deployed NEC's microwave backhaul solution, PASOLINK.
 
Western Union has certified the first two partners in its Mobile Vendor Program, a mobile money initiative unveiled in June 2009. The firm will use technology from mChek and Fundamo to offer m-wallet and –banking in Latin America, Asia, and Africa and the Middle East.

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