News In Brief: Telenor, France Telecom, Cable&Wireless Worldwide, DNA, Google, Apple, Gartner, Samsung Electronics, Tata Teleser

Telenor has paved the way to launch 4G services by contracting Ericsson to upgrade its fixed network to an IP-based converged platform. Ericsson will supply the core network and systems for consolidating user data.
 
France Telecom will launch mobile banking services in Kenya by the year end, through a partnership between a major domestic bank and its Telkom Kenya joint venture, Bloomberg reports.
 
Cable&Wireless Worldwide has won an £82 million (€98.3 million), five-year, contract to provide a communications network and advanced IP services to the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The deal covers 200 embassies, high commissions and consulates in 160 countries.
 
Finland’s largest cable TV operator DNA has hired Ericsson to roll out an HDTV network to cover 60% of the country’s homes by end 2011. The first services will be available in major cities by the year-end.
 
Google has resubmitted Google Voice for approval on Apple's App Store, following the relaxation of restrictions on developers, and expects it to be approved within a week.
 
Apple has ended its iPhone 4 case giveaway, claiming that the antenna signal issue was “even smaller than we originally thought.”
 
Global semiconductor CAPEX will hit $36.9 billion (€28.6 billion) in 2010, a 122.1% increase on 2009, Gartner predicts. The research firm forecasts 4.9% growth in 2011.
 
Samsung Electronics’ Italian division has installed barcode scanning technology from NeoMedia Technologies in its Omnia II devices.
 
India's Tata Teleservices has overtaken state-owned BSNL as the nation's fourth largest mobile operator by subscribers, after Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and Vodafone Essar.

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