News in brief: Sony Ericsson, ABI Research, Cable & Wireless, Orange

Sony Ericsson will debut a new Facebook app on its latest Xperia smartphones. The feature offers access to the social network from any area of the phone’s user interface, and will launch on the forthcoming Xperia mini and mini pro. 

Carriers will spend $3 billion (€2 billion) on 4G base stations in 2011, upgrading 32,000 existing sites and deploying 19.000 fresh facilities, ABI Research predicts.
Cable & Wireless is deploying a 1,017 km submarine cable in the Maldives, to boost broadband access and help its local business Dhiraagu offer e-health, telemedicine and e-government services. NEC will install the cable, which is due to be lit by mid-2012.
Orange is backing mobile healthcare services in Africa partnering with alert service Text to Change and mPedigree, a SMS-based drug checking facility.