News In Brief: Alcatel-Lucent, Telefonica; Safaricom, Intel, GBI

Mediterranean Shipping Company has renewed a business VPN contract with Alcatel-Lucent, signing up to use the firm’s MPLS-based network for a further five years. The firm is also trialling Alca-Lu’s satellite service, which offers real-time broadband services, on one of its ships.
Telefonica will launch its first Android-powered smartphone from Chinese vendor Huawei on June 1. The Movistar IVY will be available for free to post-pay contract customers.
Alcatel-Lucent will handle maintenance of a new open-access submarine cable network on the west coast of Africa for Main One Cable Company. Phase 1 of the network rollout has already been completed, linking Portugal with Nigeria.
Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile carrier, has deployed roaming products from Syniverse Technologies covering data and financial clearing services.
Intel investment arm Intel Capital has invested $10 million (€8.2 million) in media planning and analytics software company TRA. The investment forms part of an $18.2 million Series-C funding round for the start-up.
Qatar-based GBI and Pacnet have partnered to combine the connectivity of their subsea cable networks.

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