News In Brief: Nokia, Telenor, BT, NSN, DragonWave, HP, Telstra, EVN, Millicom, Yahoo

Nokia is to acquire UK-based travel-based social network Dopplr for between €10 million and €15 million, sources told  TechCrunch

Telenor’s new Indian mobile operations will launch under the brand Uninor, an amalgam of the names of the Norweigian operator and its Indian subsidiary Unitech Wireless.
 
India's space agency has announced the successful launch of seven satellites – including six from foreign countries – as the country seeks to carve out a share of the commercial launch market.
 
Nokia Siemens Networks has appointed Paul Tyler as head of sales, Asia Pacific. He previously headed the Nokia Siemens business in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and will be replaced by Kalevi Kostiainen who will assume his new role on October 1. Kostiainen was previously NSN head of sales, converged core for APAC.
 
IT services outfit EDS will be rebranded HP Enterprise Services. The rebranding marks the next major step in a year-long integration of EDS into HP. EDS’s technology solutions group will also be renamed the HP Enterprise Business.
 
Australian wireless operator Unwired has contracted Canada's DragonWave to install the wireless backhaul for Australia's first Wimax network. The infrastructure will provide initial backhaul connectivity of up to 200 Mbps. Unwired announced this month it will help install and operate a Wimax network in Perth for Vividwireless, a fellow subsidiary of parent company Seven Network.
 
Telstra has been awarded an exclusive, business-wide telecom contract by drinks maker Coca-Cola Amatil, covering IP telephony, mobile, call center and managed computing services. Telstra said it was its largest exclusive enterprise deal, but did not disclose the financial terms.
 
Vietnam’s EVN Telecom will invest €112 million to install 2,500 Node B base transceiver stations (BTS) nationwide, expected to serve 46% of the country’s population. EVN Telecom has been granted a 3G carrier licence that is valid until 2024.
 
More than 30 smartphones running on Windows Mobile 6.5, produced by 15 handset vendors, will be launched by the end of 2009, DigiTimes reported, quoting Benjamin Tan, the head of Microsoft’s greater China mobile group.
 
Millicom will launch its Tigo branded mobile phone network in Rwanda by the end of this year. The company was granted a license a 15 years licence last November.

Yahoo has launched a €110 million marketing campaign covering the US, UK , Hong Kong, France and Korea as well as emerging markets in Brazil and Indonesia. Following the launch of the campaign CEO Carol Bartz said "I just want to transplant all you guys out of this sort of cynicism you're in. Why are you cynical about us? Be cynical about frickin Google. Leave us alone."

 
 

 

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