News In Brief: Alca-Lu, DT, Vivendi, Telenor, Orange, Skype

Alcatel-Lucent yesterday announced it will run an LTE trial for Saudi Telecom Company, beginning 2H10. It also unveiled a contract with Norway’s National Rail Administration to deploy an IP/MPLS network along 4,114 km of track to provide all business communications for the railway.
 
Deutsche Telecom reportedly plans to launch an iTunes rival by the end of the year, offering content ranging from music and video to newspaper articles.
 
Vivendiis considering using the $5.8 billion (€4.2 billion) in funds it acquired from the sale of its NBC Universal stake to acquire 100% stakes in French mobile operator SFR and broadcaster Canal Plus. Vivendi would have to buy out Vodafone and Lagardere SCA, respectively, to do so.
 
Telenor expects revenue growth in Asia of 5-6% this year, compared with 2% last year, executive vice president Sigve Brekke told the Bangkok Post.
 
Orange Healthcare has entered into a partnership with CompuGroup Medical France to offer a packaged solution consisting of a computer, internet access, online patient management software and other services to doctors.
 
Skype has launched a new service allowing users to pay for Wi-Fi access - in areas where providers charge - with existing Skype credit.
 
UK telecoms firm Aastra has will provide managed services to brewer Carlsberg throughout Europe for the next five years, unifying 8,500 extensions, ITWeb reports.

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