News In Brief: BT, Apple, Vodafone, CVC Capital Partners, HP, Alcatel Lucent

BT has hung onto lucrative UK government contracts but only after pledging to boost efficiency and seek economies of scale. The government is set to announce widespread cuts in funding this week.
 
Apple’s iPad will fuel a 181% surge in media tablet sales to 208 million units over the next four years, Gartner predicts. While the growth will hurt sales of e-readers, gaming devices and media players, mini-notebooks will be hardest hit.
 
Vodafone has signed up a million users to its hosted One Net service in Europe.
 
CVC Capital Partners’ 3.3 billion Swiss Franc (€2.4 billion) acquisition of TDC subsidiary Sunrise has been cleared by competition regulators, WSJ.com reported.
 
HP has hired Ari Jaaksi, who previously ran Nokia’s Meego software development, as a senior vice president of its new mobile operating system webOS, Reuters reports.
 
Alcatel-Lucent has launched a new router aggregator that allows it to evolve any cellular network to LTE, in a bid to maintain its leading position in the global Ethernet router market by sales.

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