News In Brief: Orange, Clearwire, Facebook, Nokia, HTC, AOL

Orange will start selling the iPhone in the UK on 10 November, just days after O2’s exclusive deal with Apple expires. Orange has yet to reveal the pricing for the handset which will be retailed through its own stores and Carphone Warehouse.

US operator Clearwire has appointed Alvarion and ZTE to support its launch of services in Spain under the CLEAR brand name. Alvarion will support CLEAR’s launch in Malaga, while ZTE will support the launch in Seville.
 
Facebook’s user base in China, where it remains blocked, has fallen to 14,000
 
Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has announced the company’s first TD-SCDMA phone, the 6788, at a ceremony in Beijing. The device will be sold by China Mobile, which runs the world’s only TD-SCDMA network, from the end of 2009.
 
Taiwan smartphone firm HTC has launched its first global advertising campaign,  to be shown in 20 countries.
 
AOL has announced the composition of its board following its spin-off from Time-Warner. Chaired by CEO Tim Armstrong, directors will include former FCC chairman Michael Powell and ex-Amazon CIO Richard Dalzell. According to SEC filings, Time Warner will retain AOL India and 11 internet-related patents.
 
Huawei has successfully completed the world’s first test of an LTE self-organizing network (SON) with T-Mobile in Innsbruck, Austria.
 
Malaysian mobile operator Maxis has appointed Raja Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad Bin Raja Tun Uda as chairman. He is also the chairman of Ekuiti Nasional Berhad and has served as a member of the telecoms regulator, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.
 
Motorola has expanded its cable access portfolio with the development of a series of Fiber Deep and Cable Passive Optical Networks (CablePON) solutions.
 
Ericsson has appointed Johan Wibergh, currently the head of the networks business unit, as executive vice president from January 1, 2010.  

 

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