News In Brief: TDC, TF1, XO, Alca-Lu, Qualcomm, ZTE

TDC will re-sell Vodafone devices and services in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark under a co-branding model from April 1. The deal extends an existing Nordic Partnership agreement covering Denmark, which was signed in 2001.

XO Communications is deploying Nokia Siemens Network’s 40Gbps DWDM products to meet demand for high-bandwidth applications. The firm, which supplies broadband services to half the companies on the Fortune 500, said the multi-year deal would also ease migration to 100Gbps services.
 
Alcatel-Lucent has appointed telecom veteran Pacal Homsy to head up the company's activities in France. Homsy will also take charge of the France Telecom/Orange Global account.
 
Chinese vendor ZTE has appointed a new chairman, Hou Weigui, vice chairmen, Lei Fanpei and Xie Weiliang, and president, Shi Lirong.
 
PC modems and routers will generate 8,000 petabytes of mobile data traffic in 2014, a fourfold increase on the 2,000 petabytes forecast to be sent this year, according to ABI Research.
 
Ericsson has won a $1.3 billion (€966 million) network expansion contract from Bharti Airtel, covering 15 of the 22 telecom circles in India. Ericsson will supply 2G and 2.5G base stations, circuit and packet core, microwave transmission and Intelligent Network equipment.
 
The number of smartphone users in the UK grew 70% to 11 million in 2009, beating France (up 48% to 7.1 million); Germany (34% rise to 8.4 million), Spain (up 27% to 9.9 million), and Italy (11% growth to 15 million), according to ComScore figures
 
The Femto Forum has verified the 3GPP’s Release 8 femtocell standards with the completion of interoperability tests yesterday. The tests were the culmination of several months work conducted with ETSI and femtocell equipment vendors. 

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