News In Brief: Telkomsel; Orange; Telecom Italia, Clear Mobitel, Apple, BT

Indonesian carrier Telkomsel has deployed an Ericsson data traffic management solution that enables it to prioritize higher-paying subscribers.
 
Orange is set to replace the UK’s Channel Five as a member of the BBC’s Project Canvass video-on-demand service, The Guardian reports citing industry sources. BT and TalkTalk are already part of the scheme, which offers VoD services to freeview customers.
 
Telecom Italia has delayed a redundancy program for 15 days to allow for negotiations with the Italian government. The telco plans to shed 3,700 jobs by next June, with a further 3,100 to go by 2012, Reuters reports.
 
The UK's Clear Mobitel has launched an LTE trial in the digital dividend 800MHz band.
 
Apple has called a last-minute press conference for Friday afternoon, fuelling speculation it could recall the iPhone 4 to sort the device’s antenna problems, Reuters reports. Bernstein Research estimates a recall would cost Apple $1.5 billion (€1.1 billion)
 
 
BT has been awarded a €173 million extension on its ICT outsourcing contract with Unilever. Under the arrangement, BT provides services including unified communications, messaging and wireless technology to Unilever in over 100 countries.
 
Tata Communications has teamed up with Google India to develop cloud-based business connectivity tools. The portfolio of services will be based on Google Apps and offer e-mail, instant messaging, calendars, video and office presentation capabilities.
 
Telefónica O2 has contracted Nokia Siemens Networks to upgrade its Czech Republic mobile network in Brno and Prague to 2.5G EDGE, to satisfy growing demand for mobile data services caused by increased use of smartphones.

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