News In Brief: Optus, Vodafone, Telefonica Europe

Australian carrier Optus achieved peak downlink data rates of 50Mbps during a trial of Nokia Siemens Networks LTE equipment in Sydney. Uplink rates hit 20Mbps during the test, which used USB dongles and ran in the 2100MHz frequency.
 
Vodafone hopes to stimulate the navigation market by making its location-based services software open source.
 
Telefonica Europe has launched a mobile VoIP service in Germany, using technology from JAJAH, which it acquired in December. The service will be expanded to the telco’s other European markets in the coming months.
 
3UK has launched its first sub-£100 (€119) Android handset. The HSDPA-compatible ZTE Racer runs v2.1 of the platform and features a 2.8” QVGA touchscreen.
 
UK broadband comparison site Broadband Genie says it receives at least one complaint every day from users threatened with a piracy lawsuit if they don’t cough up £295 (€352).
 
The UK's new government has officially pushed the target date for offering a minimum 2MB broadband connection to every home from 2012 to 2015.

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