News In Brief: Logica, TeliaSonera, Synchronica, Netmania, ABI Research, Cisco, Huawei
Logica predicts a 10% spike in cloud revenues in 2011, after agreeing to bundle its services on Microsoft kit in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Norwegian carrier TeliaSonera has extended a network upgrade deal with Ericsson to cover the northern end of its domestic network. The vendor will upgrade the network to LTE over the next three years.
Synchronica has promised to deliver BlackBerry-style messaging to mass market handsets through a $500 million (€385 million) deal with an African device manufacturer. The vendor will bundle the messaging software in devices running silicon from Taiwanese component maker MediaTek.
Netmania, a provider of IT services to ISPs and cable operators, has hired Carol Naude to head up its recently-formed field trials division. Naude has 14 years experience of testing with BT.
ABI Research is confident the global market for enterprise and network security products will break the $10 billion (€7.7 billion) mark by 2016, after a recovery in 2010 saw the market grow 11% to $6 billion.
Retailers must blend the physical and virtual worlds to meet consumer demand, a Cisco study finds. A survey of 1,000 shoppers in the UK and US found 54% want the convenience of web comparisons while in stores.
Huawei has signed a five-year network operations and maintenance managed services deal with Vodafone Ghana.