News In Brief: Deutsche Telekom, Colt, Synchronica, AAPT, Bharti Airtel, VimpelCom, AAPT, Bharti Airtel, VimpelCom

Deutsche Telekom has teamed with satellite broadcaster Sky Deutschland to bid for rights to show football matches from Germany’s Bundesliga – the country’s top soccer league, Focus.de reports citing senior officials.
 
Business operator and managed services provider Colt claims to have achieved latency of 4.22 milliseconds on its London to Frankfurt line and 2.65 milliseconds between Paris and Brussels, after deploying low-latency optical systems from Infinera.
 
Messaging services provider Synchronica has launched a toolkit for device vendors running MediaTek silicon, providing technical and commercial resources covering advanced messaging services. MediaTek is one of the biggest chipset suppliers to Chinese handset manufacturers.
 
Australian ISP AAPT is upgrading its fiber network to cover eight major inland and eastern cities by Christmas, ITNews reported.
 
Indian operators Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications (RCom) are ready to commence 3G services as soon as the government issues the required spectrum next month, according to the Economic Times.
 
Rumors of a VimpelCom-Orascom merger refuse to die, despite repeated denials. Sources told Bloomberg that negotiations are underway regarding a merger between the pair and Italy's Wind to create a $25 million (€19.6 million) company.

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