News In Brief: Metaswitch Networks, Virgin Media Business, MasterCard, ZTE

Packet software provider Metaswitch Networks is expanding into messaging by acquiring instant message firm Colibria.
Virgin Media Business is the first firm cleared to operate as a direct network service provider and Government conveyance network service provider in the UK, after meeting NGN 2-2-4 security standards.
MasterCard has deployed convergent billing, customer management and mediation from Intec to cover its billing lifecycle management processes.
Europe is proving a successful hunting ground for ZTE’s managed services, with a 300% rise in business in the region in 2010 contributing to an overall 60% hike in global contract values.