News In Brief: Vodafone Germany, Alca-Lu, QR Codes, VuNow, C&W

Vodafone Germany has ceased to market its ADSL based IPTV platform as it prepares to launch a new service by June 2010.  Vodafone’s fixed line subsidiary Arcor, launched the IPTV offer in May 2007.

Alcatel-Lucent has secured a contract with Etisalat to deploy IP-based telephony solutions throughout its offices in the UAE. The project, will be implemented via the vendor’s partner in the UAE, Al-Futtaim Technologies.

UK retailer Marks & Spenser's is trialing QR codes on a small range of items. The mobile phone activated code directs users to access the Food To Go mobile website, which offer voucher codes to claim against future purchases.

Global Digital Broadcast
(GDB) has partnered with Verismo Networks to launch web-to-TV service VuNow into the UK this September.
Cable & Wireless said it would extend its suite of Ethernet services across 31 sites in Asia, India, Europe and the US, beginning with an international Ethernet private line (IEPL) offering.