News In Brief: Telefonica O2 Germany, Vodafone, ZTE, M-Tel

Telefonica O2 Germany has contracted Nokia Siemens Networks to expand its network capacity in the country. The deal covers network rollout, project management, and logistics in areas where NSN has already supplied 2G and 3G equipment.
 
Vodafone will unveil dedicated price plans for Apple’s iPad in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, by end May, which is in-line with Apple’s revised international launch schedule for the device.
 
ZTE claims to have displaced Alcatel-Lucent as the world’s fourth-largest supplier of base stations in 4Q09. It says figures from Infonetics also show it also held a 9.6% share of the world’s macro base station market at that point.
 
Bulgarian mobile operator M-Tel has given up on its Wimax network in favour of focusing on its UMTS network. M-Tel will transfer its Wimax license to Max Telecom for a currently undisclosed sum.
 
There are now more mobile phones in India than toilets, according to a recent UN study, which states 45% of the population have access to mobiles, while just 31% have access to proper sanitation.
 
O2 is testing a Skype-rivalling tariff that allows users unlimited international calls for a fixed price. The International Families and Friends bolt on is at the beta testing phase, and costs £5-15 (€5.69-17) per month, ITPro reports

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