News In Brief: Google, NSN, Alca-Lu, LG, Gartner, NEC, Informa Telecoms & Media, Motorola Mobility
Google’s Voice has finally been approved as an iPhone app. Apple’s rejection of the calling app last year sparked a US federal probe into possible abuse of its market power.
Nokia Siemens Networks is working with Smart Wheels, a German electric car project, to boost the number of recharging points available by leveraging its knowledge of roaming, billing and authentication across multiple service providers.
Alcatel-Lucent has launched an SMS broadcast solution that allows governments and emergency services agencies to broadcast details of national emergencies via SMS.
LG sold a million Optimus One Android-based smartphones in the first 40 days on sale.
Enterprise IT spending in Asia Pacific will recover from a stagnant 2009 to grow 10.6% this year as budget freezes end, Gartner predicts. The growth will continue in 2011, with spend up 7.6% to $313.3 billion (€232 billion), the bulk of which will go on software.
NEC has begun sales of 3G femtocells in India, and is trialing the technology with an unnamed local mobile operator.
Large scale LTE deployments in the UK won’t make financial sense until 2015, as HSDPA networks will be able to meet most demand for bandwidth, research firm Informa Telecoms & Media predicts.
Motorola Mobility has invested in mobile TV and VoD advertising technology developer BlackArrow.