News In Brief: BT, Apple, Bharti-Airtel, Alca-lu, China Telecom

The Irish Competition Authority has cleared BT Ireland’s sale of fixed-line customers and assets to Vodafone Ireland. Under the deal the two companies will enter a number of agreements covering the supply of wholesale services by BT Ireland to Vodafone Ireland.

A second French user has reported receiving injuries from an exploding Apple iPhone. French consumer watchdog DGCCRF said it had opened an investigation.
Bharti Airtel has secured a €3.49 billion credit line from a group of international and local banks to help fund its acquisition of South Africa's MTN, the FT reports. 
Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded FCC certification for LTE base stations within the 700MHz band – a crucial requirement for sales in the US market. 
VeriSign has sold its messaging business to Syniverse Holdings for €122 million. Syniverse will add 300 Verisign employees in the US and Asia Pacific.
China Telecom has reportedly ordered 4 million 3G handsets from dozens of domestic phone vendors – its biggest ever order. The “multi-billion yuan” deal spans 63 different customized handset models, from 31 manufacturers, most of which are domestic, China Daily reported