News In Brief: Marvell, Astellia, Orange, SFR, ZTE

Chipmaker Marvell says it is bringing PC-quality graphics to smartphones with the launch of an HD processor. The ARMADA 618 features a CPU core, 1080-pixel full-HD encoding, and 3D-quality graphics, and will be demonstrated at MWC next week.

Astellia will unveil Trending & Aggregation Corporate, an OSS/PMS application that combines OMC and probe-based data, at the Mobile World Congress next week.
Orange will resume investment in a high-speed fibre network in France, after regulations covering how deployment should be handled were clarified.
French operator SFR has selected Alcatel-Lucent to expand and upgrade its 2G/3G wireless network, and to supply equipment for an upcoming LTE trial.
Chinese vendor ZTE announced it had applied for 1,700 LTE/SAE patents, and 6,000 patents overall, in 2009. The company said it planned to set up more LTE networks and laboratories in Europe and North America this year.
Irish domain name company Afilias has purchased the .mobi top-level domain for an undisclosed sum.
New French mobile carrier Iliad has the potential to shake-up the market by offering low prices and advanced technology, but is unlikely to spark a full-blown price war with rivals, according to research by Wireless Intelligence. The carrier won a 3G license last year, and is due to launch services in 2011.
Swisscom has contracted Nokia Siemens Networks to upgrade the mobile broadband infrastructure in its 2G and 3G networks, to keep pace with growing demand for mobile Internet access. The carrier claims its mobile broadband throughput doubles every eight months, and says it is looking to future-proof its network.