News In Brief: HOL, Transmode, BT, Sprint, Google, Xobni

Greek telcos Hellas Online (HOL) and Forthnet are discussing a merger, reports citing domestic business daily Kathimerini state. HOL yesterday announced it had signed up 300,000 unbundled local loop subscribers, on the back of improved distribution gained when it partnered with Vodafone last year.

Sprint will next week unveil its first Wimax phone, the Supersonic, built by Taiwan manufacturer HTC, the WSJ reported.
 
The Swedish Internet Exchange says an optical networking solution from domestic specialist Transmode has enabled it to cut costs by reducing the number of fibres it connects to, while also boosting network capacity.
 
BT has won a contract worth an estimated €31.9 million to connect Spanish embassies and consulates worldwide.
 
Google's Android Market app store now has almost 35,000 apps, a figure which has more than doubled in two months. But it still has a way to go to catch up with the Apple App store, which had over 140,000 apps as of January.
 
Outlook add-on Xobni has been ported to the BlackBerry, as the more full-service mail and contact organisation suite Xobni Mobile.
 
Vodafone has donated $1 million (€728,000) to the non-profit World Wide Web Foundation, which aims to advance the adoption of internet services in developing countries.
 
ZTE has lost out to Nokia Siemens Networks, Huawei and Ericsson in the race to supply equipment for Australian carrier Telstra’s domestic LTE trial, despite being considered a front-runner after supplying a trial network to Telstra’s Hong Kong subsidiary CSL. Telstra’s domestic trial is due to begin in the state of Victoria in May, and run for three-to-six months.
 
European satellite TV subscriptions have overtaken cable users for the first time, figures from satellite operator SES Astra show. The operator is supplying 77 million homes in Europe, beating the 71 million cable subscribers, Rapid TV News reports.
 
Facebook bosses are due to meet with the UK’s home secretary Alan Johnson today to discuss installing a panic button for younger users, the firm told Telecoms Europe.

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