NEWS IN BRIEF: Qualcomm, NSN, Telstra, Sprint, Zenith

Qualcomm aims to develop a sample LTE/HSPA+ modem by Q2 2009, according to FierceBroadbandWireless. But the company has been quick to caution that the timeline for a commercial launch depends on a number of market factors beyond the vendor's control.

NSN has won a large portion of the contracts to build and manage Indian operator Tata Teleservices' GSM network, the company has announced. Tata Tele is planning a nationwide rollout. The contract has a term of five years.

Telstra has made the first successful HSPA+ call on a commercial network, in a trial of the Australian operator's Next G network, ITWire reports. A full commercial launch of the upgraded network is expected in early 2009.

Sprint Nextel will offer dual-mode CDMA/Wimax modems as early as the end of the year, FierceWireless reports. Wimax services will be launched under the brand "Sprint 4G."

Advertising spending will drop 0.2% worldwide, and a staggering 6.2% in the US, according to  media company ZenithOptimedia.