News In Brief: FTTH Council Europe, Agilent, Mobinil, Yahoo Japan, BT, VimpelCom

The United Arab Emirates is the first state in the Middle East to feature on the FTTH Council Europe’s global rankings. Its penetration rate of 30.8% by end-September places the country fourth behind Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.
 
David Knights has jumped ship from Agilent to become director of asset management at test equipment rental firm Microlease, covering EMEA, Asia Pacific and US markets.
 
Egyptian carrier Mobinil has launched an opt-in mobile advertising service to its 30 million subscribers, using an Alcatel-Lucent platform.
 
Yahoo Japan and Google have won approval from Japanese competition regulators for a search tie-up announced in July, WSJ.com reports
 
BT has reshuffled management at its global services unit, appointing Andy Nicholson as head of the finance vertical, Neil Rogers to government & health, Kim McMann to consumer goods and Bas Burger to manufacturing and logistics.
 
Russia's VimpelCom grew its September quarter profit 14.1% year-on-year to $495.9 million (€374 million), on the back of strong growth in mobile and broadband customers.

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