News In Brief: AT&T, ITV, TDC, Motorola, IBM, British Telecom, Elisa, Qtel Group

AT&T will offer iPhone 3GS buyers a free upgrade to the iPhone 4 or a refund if they bought the old model between May 7 and June 7. The carrier dropped the price of the 3GS after the new device was unveiled, and will pay the difference to eligible customers, Brighthand.com reports.
 
UK broadcaster ITV endured a painful start to the World Cup soccer tournament, as first its online streaming service failed during the opening match of the tournament, and then 1.5 million High Definition TV customers missed England’s first goal a day later, The Guardian reports.
 
Dutch telco TDC is unlikely to be listed in an IPO before Q4, according to its private equity investment firm owners.
 
Motorola and Research in Motion have agreed to end all IP disputes.
 
IBM is negotiating to acquire US-Israeli data storage company Storwize for $140 million.
 
British Telecom is one of 15 companies shortlisted by the Indian government to select an official telecoms equipment certification agency for imported kit, The Times of India reports.
 
Nordic telco Elisa has become the first to deploy Nokia Siemens Networks’ Quality of Service (QoS) differentiation product, to prioritize critical traffic on congested networks.
 
Qtel Group has deployed Ericsson’s Service Delivery Platform to offer multimedia services to customers in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.
 
Three-quarters of APAC organizations intend to increase investement in Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings this year, however the role of SaaS in future global IT deployments won't be as large as forecast, research firm Gartner predicts.

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