News In Brief: Apple, HP, Intec, Microsoft, Telefonica

Speculation is mounting that Apple will unveil its next iPhone on June 7, Brighthand.com reports, after the firm announced Steve Jobs would make his keynote address to its annual developer conference that day.
 
Telefonica will ramp up the pressure on Portugal Telecom to accept its €5.7 billion bid for a controlling stake in Brazilian carrier Vivo this week, by lobbying the Portuguese incumbent’s major shareholders to call an extraordinary general meeting to discuss the deal, WSJ.com reports.
 
Microsoft yesterday launched two open-source projects to boost the interoperability of its Outlook Personal Folders (.pst). The firm says the projects will make it easier for developers to read and write data out of .pst files on any platform.
 
HP and Alcatel-Lucent will deploy new products designed to simplify adoption and rollout of unified communications and collaboration, as part of a ten-year deal announced yesterday.
 
BSS firm Intec has upgraded its optimized routing product with a suite of quality measurement tools that allow operators to improve the reliability of call termination.
 
UK mobile carriers reportedly want to cut 40% from the rents they pay farmers to site mobile masts on their land, claiming consolidation and network-sharing agreements means they need fewer sites. Carriers currently fork out £5,000-6,000 (€5,822-6,986) per site, Agrimoney.com reports.
 
Mobile operators risk losing billions of Euros in revenue unless they can compete effectively with fixed providers providing triple or quad play packages, Strategy Analytics said. One possible strategy is offering mobile broadband triple play (MBTP) services – mobile broadband bundled with home internet and phone services.

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