News In Brief: Comverse, SKIDATA, Ofcom, Ericsson, Rogers, Capgemini, Google

Value added services firm Comverse says its hosted IP communications facility in France is now fully up and running, and unveiled Belgium-based mobile voice services provider Cherry as its first customer at the site.
 
Kudelski Group subsidiary SKIDATA has acquired online solutions and services provider c-oncept software for an undisclosed sum from Alturos Software, to boost its position in the Internet-based solutions and services market.
 
UK adults have become more security conscious, with 80% of 1,824 users quizzed in a regular Ofcom survey only letting family and friends access their social networking profiles compared to 48% in 2007.
 
Ericsson has won a three-year managed services deal with Telefonica in Brazil, covering the operator's core, transmission and ADSL networks.
 
Australian teens are being encouraged to send text messages rather than make calls, after a decade-long cancer study failed to rule out a link between heavy phone use and brain tumours.
 
A Canadian woman is suing her wireless provider, Rogers Wireless, after a change in phone billing practices led to her now ex-husband discovering her affair.
 
The mobile applications market will be worth $8.6 billion (€6.9 billion) in 2013 compared to $3.8 billion in 2009, according to research released today by Capgemini’s TME Strategy Lab. However, ASP’s will fall from $3.83 to $1.72.
 
Google has agreed to purchase IP voice- and video-processing firm Global IP Solutions for $68.2 million (€54.9 million).

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