News In Brief: China Unicom, Erickson, MS, Arced, Lavation, Howe

China Unicom has denied the company is involved in a bid to buy Nigerian operator Nitel, Bloomberg reports.
 
Ericsson lifted its share of the wireless equipment market three percentage points to 35% - partly due to its acquisition of Nortel's CDMA and LTE assets - according to Dell'Oro.
 
Microsoft has entered into a partnership with QTel to deliver cloud-based services, applications and devices over the Qatari operator's converged network.
 
French telcos earned combined retail revenues of €11.1 billion in Q309, and an additional €1.9 billion from interconnection services and wholesale sales, telecom regulator Arcep said
 
Alvarion has deployed its 1,000th Wimax base station in Spain for rurally-focused Wimax operator Iberbanda.
 
Huawei has unveiled the first HSPA+ smartphone – the U8800 - powered by Android, featuring a 3.8-inch screen and supporting a downlink speed of up to 14Mbps. It will be commercially released in the third quarter.
 
ZTE will supply a multi-service metro bearer solution to Westlink, part of the Finish telecom group Finnet.
 
Google gave away an estimated 2,000 Nexus One devices to delegates at the Mobile World Congress on Wednesday. The handsets were handed out at the end of briefings about the Android ecosystem, which ran throughout the day.
 
Belgian carrier Mobistar has increased usage of a contacts backup service by ten times over four months after deploying a traffic boosting service from Gemalto. The ContactSave SIM backup service automatically prompts users to save their data.
 
Telefónica Internacional is preparing a push of Cloud Computing services in Latin America using a platform and applications from NEC. The pair has extended an existing partnership to offer consumers software, a virtual desktop PC, and on-demand services.

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