News In Brief: BT, Nokia, Google

BT launched its new intelligent Virtual Private Network (iVPN) service in 172 countries, 18 of which are in APAC. The service allows customers to manage and prioritize network traffic.

Worldwide IT spending on cloud services is set to grow nearly 300% by 2012, reaching $42 billion, IDC Asia/Pacific said.

The global mobile industry surpassed 4 billion connections over the new year, and is on par to reach 5 billion by Q3 2010, said Wireless Intelligence.

Some 26 network operators have committed to deploy 3GPP LTE systems, according to the GSA.

Nokia has affirmed its commitment to LTE, but dismissed the Wimax standard. Nokia will launch LTE-compatible devices in 2010.

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo's pay shrunk by 45% last year due to a smaller bonus.

Google has added a feature to Google Health that will allow users to share their medical records with doctors and family members.

Google-owned YouTube and Universal Music Group are reportedly in talks to create an online music video service, insiders have said.