News In Brief: Telecom Italia, Verizon, ZTE, Roamware, ABI Research, MEF, OTE

Italy’s deputy industry Minister will today meet with operators to discuss the roll-out of high-speed broadband networks. Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Tiscali, Wind, FastWeb and BT are due to attend, according to Bloomberg.
Verizon has completed a field trial carrying 100Gbps Ethernet traffic over 12.7 kilometers of field fiber in the company’s metropolitan Dallas network, using equipment from Alcatel-Lucent. The telco also competed trials of a second XG-PON fiber-optic distribution system delivering 10Gbps in the downstream to a FiOS customer.
ZTE has completed lab and field tests on Etisalat’s LTE trial network at the telco’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
Roamware will provide traffic steering services for Vodafone Roaming Services, under a deal announced yesterday. The Network Traffic Redirection service forms part of a broader traffic management solution deployed on Vodafone’s roaming hub.
Smartphone shipments totaled 55 million during 1Q10, down one million on 4Q09, according to ABI Research.
The mobile entertainment market will grow 23% in 2010, to be worth $36 billion (€29.3 billion), the Mobile Entertainment Forum predicts. MEF regularly surveys its members to analyze revenue and business trends for its Business Confidence Index.
Panagis Vourloumis, CEO of Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE), won’t be sacked over allegations of fraud. Vourloumis faces prosecution for corruption relating to the award of network maintenance contracts reports.

France Telecom has created a global employee council to give workers more say in how the company is run. CEO Stephane Richard will chair annual meetings of the 33-member Global Works Council, with the first meeting due 2H.