News In Brief: KPN, Masergy, Apple, MS, Nortel, Orange

KPN is replacing all current IP networks with an IP NGN core based on Cisco’s Routing System. The firm says the Cisco product will provide 12-times more capacity than its existing network, along with 100GB backbone capacity.
 
Network service provider Masergy has achieved Cisco designations for its MPLS and Telepresence services. The approval allows the firm to use Cisco resources for building, marketing, and selling the services.
 
Apple and Microsoft have been accused of employing child labour, and of hostile working conditions at their respective Chinese factories. For Apple, it may become the second time in two months the company will have to cop to allegations of child labour.
 
Nortel has been given a stay of court proceedings in its bankruptcy case to give it time to continue selling off assets and restructuring its operations.
 
France Telecom has settled its dispute with the Egyptian government over ownership issues relating to their joint investment in Egyptian operator Mobinil.
 
PC shipments worldwide grew 27% in the first quarter, Gartner said. HP remains the market leader while Acer boosted sales 54% to become the second biggest ahead of Dell.
 
The Moscow offices of HP have been raided by Russian police investigating allegations of bribery surrounding sale of equipment to a government agency.

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