News In Brief: Ericsson, BT, SmarTone, M1, Orange

Ericsson and Brazilian incumbent mobile operator Vivo have joined a group that plans to bring mobile broadband connectivity to 175 villages within the Amazon.

BT is hiking up  charges for business customers by up to 15 percent from 1 December. Charges for  calls to mobile phones will be increased by 8 %, with daytime local calls rising by 15%. T
Hong Kong mobile operator SmarTone has awarded NSN an exclusive five year-contract to provide a turnkey 3G network upgrade in Macau.
Singapore's M1 will launch the iPhone 3G S on December 9, offering the handset free on monthly plans starting at S$36 ($25).
Orange Business Services is doubling to 32 the number of countries connected on its VPLS-based International Ethernet Link service.
Chinese regulators have closed down hundreds of video sharing websites in a new push to control Internet content, according to reports. Officials have shut down 414 video and audio websites so far this year. 
BTChina said on its website that the State Administration of Video Film and Television ordered it to shut down because it has no licence to provide audio and video content., said in a notice it would delete all links for downloading TV series and films by mid-February "to firmly support and comply with the state's laws and regulations".