News In Brief: News Corp., Nokia Siemens Networks, Asiacell, FTC, Berg Insight

A gaff by the UK’s business secretary has as good as sealed News Corp’s acquisition of BSkyB, reports. Vince Cable was replaced as judge of an Ofcom review of the deal after revealing he was gunning for News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch.
Nokia Siemens Networks said it is a step closer to commercializing TD-LTE technology after completing interoperability tests with chip firm Sequans. The pair tested performance in 2.3GHz, 2.5GHz and 2.6GHz frequencies at an NSN R&D center in Hangzhou, China.
The CTO of Asiacell, Iraq’s largest telco, yesterday revealed it has signed network upgrade deals with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens as part of a drive to extend its GSM coverage to rural areas planned for 2011.
The US Federal Trade Commission has approved Intel’s $7.68 billion (€5.8 billion) acquisition of security company McAfee, but the deal still faces hurdles from anti-trust regulators in the EU.
Wireless machine-to-machine communications now take up 2% of mobile network connections with subscribers up 46% on 2009 at 81.4 million, figures from Berg Insight show. Connections will grow at a CAGR of 32% to hit 294.1 million in 2015, it predicts.