News In Brief: Bharti Infratel, Sony Ericsson, Verizon Wireless, Vodafone, Eircom, LG Electronics

Latin America and Africa are ripe for network leasing deals with firms including Bharti Infratel and American Tower eyeing the markets, ABI Research analysts say. The firm predicts 25% of global towers will be leased by 2015, up from 17% currently.
 
Sony Ericsson is tipped to name its PlayStation phone the Xperia Play, after leaked photos of a prototype unit showed the Xperia brand on the casing, Brighthand.com reports.
 
Verizon Wireless will launch an LTE-compatible version of Cisco’s Cius tablet PC this spring, and claims to have developed the first 4G WAN interface using Cisco’s Integrated Services Router.
 
A Vodafone customer retention manager who raked in over £25,000 (€29,414) selling stolen handsets on eBay has been handed a suspended 12 month prison sentence by a UK court, local press reports.
 
Irish incumbent Eircom has appointed Mark Wilson as temporary CFO while it searches for a suitable external candidate. Wilson has held similar roles within large multinationals in a career spanning 30 years.
 
LG Electronics will demonstrate a hot-spot free Wi-Fi connection service at the Consumer Electronics Show in the US this week. The vendor will show the service on the Optimus Black, a new Android smartphone being unveiled at the event, and demo a glasses-free 3D display.

 

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