News In Brief: Nokia, Qualcomm, Ofcom, LG Electronics, MTN, Telecom New Zealand

Nokia has boosted its in-app tracking capabilities by purchasing US mobile analytics firm Motally. The Finnish vendor will adapt Motally’s service for the Qt, Symbian, Meego, and Java platforms, and expects the deal to close this quarter.
 
Qualcomm will invest $2 billion (€1.5 billion) constructing a production plant for its Mirasol displays in Taiwan, Digitimes.com reports. The plant will be up and running by early 2012.
 
UK consumers spend a quarter of their waking hours on social networking sites, and send four-times as many texts as in 2004, according to figures from Ofcom. The regulator said the amount each household spends on communications has fallen 9.4% over the past five years to £92 (€112).
 
LG Electronics plans to launch a smartphone based on an Nvidia dual-core processor later this year. The device is one of ten new smartphones the firm plans to launch in 2H.
 
South Africa’s MTN has issued its first interim dividend after growing profits 21% in 1H10.
 
Telecom New Zealand CEO Paul Reynolds blamed a “year of further recessionary and regulatory impacts,” for a 20% fall in full-year profits to NZ$382 million (€210 million).

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