News In Brief: T-Systems; picoChip, NSN, Cisco, Orange, Deutsche Telekom; iPass; Motorola

T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom's corporate customer arm, has linked the data centers of two German universities with Alcatel-Lucent’s recently-launched 100Gbps connectivity technology. Researchers will use the 60km link to evaluate bandwidth-intensive applications and services under realistic conditions.
 
Femtocell semiconductor and software supplier picoChip has sold its one-millionth chip, and secured $20 million (€16.2 million) in equity funding from existing investors. The funds will be used to expand development centers in the UK and China, open a new corporate headquarters in the UK, and accelerate development of LTE, HSPA+ and self-organizing network products.
 
Nokia Siemens Networks has unveiled a 400G optical transport network it says will ease the migration path from 10 and 40Gpbs networks straight to 400Gbps. The firm’s hiT 7300 DWDM platform and TransNet for 400G networks will be available 1Q11. The firm has also launched a Self Organizing Networks offering for LTE.
 
Cisco has launched a mobile voice, video and social networking platform for enterprise collaboration. The Cisco Quad will be available for the iPad and iPhone later this year. 
 
Orange has joined the VMWare vCloud initiative to develop a common platform to enable cloud interoperability and portability.
 
BT will upgrade 114 London exchanges to offer fiber access to 87% of homes and small businesses in the city by spring 2011, as part of a plan to offer super-fast broadband coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games. Remaining addresses will be covered by a 20MB copper service, which is already available to 90% of the city.
 
German prosecutors have closed a probe into the involvement of Deutsche Telekom’s former chairman Klaus Zumwinkel, and ex-CEO Kai-Uwe Ricke, in a spy operation targeting the telco’s board and journalists conducted in 2005 and 2006, FT.com reports.
 
WiFi operator iPass will add 200 hotspots in Norway through a partnership with Telenor Norway. The deal cuts out roaming charges for corporate customers visiting Norway, and for Telenor customers roaming in other iPass territories.
 
Motorola has expanded its range of Wimax customer premises equipment with the launch of two new 4G products. The CPE800 is a data-only modem due to launch in August, while the CPEi 885 is a Wimax and WiFi b/g/n-compatible product for home networking due out Q4.

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