News In Brief: Cisco, Youku, Sony, Avaya, Nokia, NSN

Cisco has completed its $2.9 billion (€2.02b) acquisition of IP mobile data specialist Starent Networks, the company announced Friday.

US legislators are pushing to force cell phone manufacturers to carry warnings that they can cause brain cancer, although there is no consensus among scientists that they do and industry leaders dispute the claim. The states if Maine and San Francisco are leading the charge. The CTIA have claimed that “scientific evidence has overwhelmingly indicated that wireless devices do not pose a public health risk."
 
Chinese video website Youku has raised $40 million(€27m)  in funds from existing investors, including Chengwei Ventures, Maverick Capital and Bain affiliate Brookside Capital, the WSJ reported. The new funds will go toward expanding its offerings of licensed content offerings and mobile video.
 
Sony has signed 19 new newspaper and magazine partners for its Reader devices, FT.com reports
 
Avaya has completed its acquisition of Nortel’s enterprise business, taking on board approximately 6,000 Nortel staff. Joel Hackney, previously president of the Nortel enterprise group, has been appointed senior vice president and president, Avaya government solutions and data.
 
Nokia and ST-Ericsson have announced a long-term partnership in the area of TD-SCDMA technology and solutions. As part of the partnership, Nokia will be using ST-Ericsson as a key supplier of chipset platforms in its Symbian based TD-SCDMA devices and solutions portfolio.
 
Nokia Siemens Networks has signed up close to 80 telcos for its automatic network optimization service, NetAct Optimizer. Shanghai Unicom is one of the latest to select NetAct Optimizer to improve its multi-vendor GSM radio network performance by 50% and to automate the network optimization.

 

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