News In Brief: Huawei, NEC, Motorola, MS, Cisco, Ericsson

Huawei Technologies has confirmed it has won a cdma2000 contract from US cable firm Cox Communications.

NEC has been contracted by Indonesian operator PT Fangbian Iskan (FIC) and Telemedia Pacific (TPI) to supply the new intra-Asia Submarine Cable Asia Network (SCAN) system. SCAN will span 4,300 km, and include three branching units to support further expansion into APAC.

Motorola has won  a contract worth SA435 million ($116 million) to expand Saudi Arabian operator Etihad Etisalat's GSM network. 

Microsoft and TomTom has settled the car navigation and file management patent infringement cases the companies had brought against each other. The financial details were not disclosed, but Microsoft said  the settlement does not require it to pay any money to TomTom.

Microsoft has will discontinue its Encarta product line by October, and is pulling out of the encyclopedia business, citing a change in the way people seek and consume information.

Cisco has opened an office and internet data center in Bahrain. Nortel opened doors on an executive briefing center in Dubai.

Tata Comm, Cisco and PLDT yesterday opened APAC's first telepresence public room in Manila. Tata said it would open more Cisco telepresence rooms in APAC and worldwide this year. 

Ericsson will demonstrate data rates of 56Mbps via HSPA technology at the CITA Wireless exhibition this week.

US-based wholesale provider Columbus Networks has upgraded its network with NSN's 40Gbps solution, adding capacity to its Florida Transport Network connecting subsea cables ARCOS-1 and CFX.

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