News In Brief: Vodafone, NBN Co, Alca-Lu, Telecom Egypt, Southern Cross

Vodafone UK is offering €150,000 to the top three mobile internet startups in its annual Vodafone Mobile Clicks competition. Six finalists from the UK and the Netherlands are in the running.
The head of Australia’s National Broadband Network company, ex Alcatel US COO Mike Quigley is receiving an annual salary of €1.14 million.  
Alcatel-Lucent has appointed Ken Wirth as the President of Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G/LTE Wireless Networks division, starting August 31. He replaces Mary Chan who is leaving the vendor to pursue opportunities outside of the telco market.
Telecom Egypt has promoted CFO Tarek Tantawy to CEO replacing chairman Akil Beshir. Beshir will remain as non-executive chairman. Tantawy has been chief financial officer and vice president of the carrier since 2007.
Bankrupt vendor Nortel has successfully trialed 40G optical technology on the Southern Cross Network which provides the internet link from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji to the US, as well as linking Hawaii to the US mainland.