News In Brief: Giesecke & Devrient, NTT DoCoMo, NSN, China Mobile, Motorola Ventures, Cisco, Berg Insight

Smartcard firm Giesecke & Devrient has teamed with Secusmart to develop a solution that prevents wireless calls being tapped for the German government. The wiretap blocker also covers SMS, and comes embedded in a microSD card.
 
NTT DoCoMo will launch a version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tailored for the Japanese market on Friday.
 
A new all IP base station controller from Nokia Siemens Networks cuts energy consumption by 80% while boosting capacity 40% compared to existing controllers, the firm claims.
 
Chinese operators added 5.3 million 3G subs in October, taking the total to 114.5m. China Mobile increased net 3G subs by 1.7 million and now has 16.98 million 3G customers in total. The three operators altogether have 812.66 million subscribers.
 
Motorola Ventures will lead a $31.4 million (€22.8 million) investment round in cloud storage company Clearsafe.
 
Cisco’s board has authorized the buyback of up to $10 billion in extra shares, taking the total clearance to up to $82 billion.
 
Europe’s eCall safety project for cars will grow the number of “connected” vehicles  in the region from 4.3 million in 2010 to 28.7 million in 2015, research firm Berg Insight predicts.

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