News In Brief: Microsoft, Voda Portugal, Telenor, ZTE, ITU, Nokia, Huawei

The head of Microsoft’s infrastructure business, Debra Chrapaty, is leaving to join Cisco after seven years with the software giant. Chrapaty will run the collaboration software group at Cisco, replacing Doug Dennerline who has moved to Salesforce.com.

Vodafone Portugal has launched a new IPTVservice, developed with Alcatel-Lucent and branded Vodafone Casa TV. The service delivers 100 TV channels, including 8 high definition channels and hundreds of movies available via video on demand (VoD ).
 
Telenor’s CFO Trond Westlie will leave the carrier at year end after five years. He will join A. P. Moeller-Maersk as CFO.
 
Telenor's Montenegro subsidiary, Promonte, has contracted Chinese vendor ZTE to upgrade its 2G and 3G mobile network. The upgraded network will support GSM, UMTS, HSPA+ and LTE.
 
The ITU and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have held their first joint seminar on the use of radio spectrum for meteorology. Discussions focused on the use of radio spectrum, space orbits and radio-based meteorological tools. They said that between 1980 and 2005 natural disasters took the lives of more than 2m people and produced economic losses of more than $1.2tr.
 
Nokia is the world's most sustainable technology company, according to the 2009-10 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.
 
Huawei will launch a 56Mb/s HSPA+ commercial solution in 2010. The 56Mb/s HSPA+ solution, featuring multi-carrier and MIMO technologies, was demonstrated in Beijing last week at P&T/Wireless & Networks Comm China.
 

Antenna manufacturer SkyCross  has announced that its iMAT solution is available for LTE, 4G and global Wimax networks.

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