News In Brief: Unity Cable, Google, Facebook, Nortel, BT
Unity, the Google-invested trans-Pacific cable, has landed its at Chikura, Japan. The cable will provide increased capacity between the US and Japan and is planned to be ready for service in Q1 2010. Aside from Google, investors include Bharti Airtel, Global Transit, KDDI, Pacnet and SingTel. NEC Corporation and Tyco Telecom are the main suppliers.
Google vice president of engineering for Android, Andy Rubin, has denied that the search and software firm plans to make its own phone. Google is “not making hardware” and won’t “compete with customers,” he said.
A US federal court has awarded €482 m in damages to Facebook in a spam case against internet marketer Sanford Wallace, Reuters said.
Nortel has pushed back the deadline for closure of the sale of its CDMA and LTE assets to Ericsson to November 30. The parties agreed to the extension “to allow more time for the satisfaction of closing conditions, including regulatory approvals,” Nortel said.
Hundreds of BT customers in Sussex were left without their landline phone service for two days after thieves stole 1 km of copper cabling.