News In Brief: AT&T, Telstra, Vodafone AU, Motorola, Ericsson, NSN, Intelsat

AT&T has been named the most admired company in the telecom industry by Fortune magazine. Meanwhile, Consultancy agency Interbrand named Telstra the most valuable brand in Australia, with an estimated net worth of A$9.7 billion ($6.3 billion).

Vodafone Australia's 3G network upgrade is back on track, with the company nearing a schedule agreement with Ericsson, The Australian said. Vodafone wished to complete the upgrade, extending 3G overage to 95% of the country, by Christmas, but Ericsson was unable to comply.  

President Barack Obama has nominated former Harvard classmate Julius Genachowski as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Former Motorola CFO Paul Liska was fired for due cause -a "willful and continued failure to substantially perform duties," FierceWireless said. Liska will have to repay a $400,000 cash signing bonus as a result.

Ericsson has been contracted to rollout GSM/EDGE and WCDMA/HSPA RANs for Telkomsel in Indonesia.

NSN has expanded its team at the Hangzhou research center in preparation for the launch of TD-LTE technology in China.

Intelsat will provide Ku-band capacity on its new satellite - the IS-15 - for Saudi operator Detecon Al Saudia (Detasad). Detasad will use the capacity to provide VSAT services to Middle Eastern enterprise customers.