News In Brief: Vodacom, ZTE, Clarity, HTIL, Alcatel-Lucent, FCC

South African carrier Vodacom has launched the nation’s first visual voicemail service, running software from billing systems provider Comverse and available on Apple’s iPhone.
 
ZTE and Innofidei, China's largest mobile TV chip maker, claim to have completed the first successful TD-LTE interoperability test of multiple USB dongles in a single mobile network cell. Tests took place in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
 
Unified OSS provider Clarity hopes to strengthen its presence in Europe by merging the operations of its UK-based sister company Omnix Software under its brand. Clarity says the deal will allow it to deliver network planning, and infrastructure and estates management.
 
Trading in Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited (HTIL) has been suspended on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange pending the release of an announcement on the plan by parent Hutchison Whampoa to privatize the firm.
 
The FCC is mulling EU-style rules requiring carriers to let consumers know when they exceed monthly data limits, to prevent mobile bill shock, WSJ.com reports.
 
Alcatel-Lucent is upgrading Russian CDMA carrier Sky Link’s network to 1xEV-DO Rev B specification.

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