News In Brief: Elisa, Ericsson, Gartner, BlackBelt, ABI Research, Google, Infonetics

Finnish carrier Elisa has contracted Nokia Siemens to construct the first phase of its LTE network and upgrade its current GSM and 3G infrastructure with single RAN.
Ericsson has won a seven-year managed services contract covering data center consolidation and IT infrastructure modernization from 3 Italia. The vendor will also upgrade 3’s OSS and BSS systems and software application domains.
Global spending on semiconductor capital equipment is on-track to grow 131.2% to $38.4 billion in 2010, but will remain flat in 2011, Gartner forecasts.
UK mobile security firm BlackBelt has invited hackers to try to crack its latest smartphone anti-theft product. Anyone who retrieves designated information from four virtual handsets by December 24 will win a HTC Desire HD.
Shipments of ultra-low cost handsets will grow at a CAGR of 22% to hit 360 million units in 2015, ABI Research forecasts. Prices will fall from around $25 (€18.67) currently, to $16 or less, it states.
Google will abandon its Chrome OS or merge it with Android next year, former employee and Gmail creator Paul Buchheit claims.
Service provider capex will fall 3% to $289 billion (€217 billion) in 2010, but a fresh wave of growth from 2011 will drive expenditure to $321 billion in 2014, Infonetics predicts.
China will raise export taxes on rare earths in 2011, citing environmental concerns. Some mineral producers have already flagged that they will reduce exports next year in response.