News In Brief: Zain, Ericsson, GCF, Samsung, M1, Google

Motorola has signed a contract with Zain Saudi Arabia to deploy the country’s first TE network in the second quarter. Motorola will provide an end-to-end LTE solution including radio access network (RAN), evolved packet core (EPC), devices and optimization and integration services.
 
Ericsson has announced that it will open the doors to Ericsson Academy – a networking equipment learning center initially designed for internal use – to external audiences from June.
 
The Global Certification Forum (GCF) announced that it has validated and approved the first ten test cases required for an LTE device certification scheme.
 
Samsung plans to launch a tablet computer of its own, to take on Apple's iPad. The vendor has declined to give further details. 
 
Singapore's M1 has successfully completed a 100 Mbps data call on its trial LTE network. “This makes it [M1] the first South Asian operator to achieve this milestone on commercial LTE hardware and software,” said the firm.
 
Google is considering launching a standalone version of its Buzz social networking service, but does not intend to also separate it from Gmail - despite requests from privacy advocates.

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