News In Brief: Zain, SATRC, Gartner, NEC, Intec,Virgin Media, ZTE
EMEA operator Zain will outsource its mobile network operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to Nokia Siemens, which will also modernize the 3,000 network sites covered.
NEC has been contracted to deploy France's first commercial femtocell solution - and the second in Europe - for local carrier SFR.
OSS/BSS provider Intec Telecom has posted a record £24.7 million ($40.6 million) FY09 profit, on 23.6% higher revenue of £167.9 million,
UK’s Virgin Media will trial software to measure the extent of illegal file-sharing among its customers, as part of its music subscription JV with Universal. Virgin is the first company to use new technology from UK firm Detica, which claims to anonymously track copyright infringement.
ZTE is partnering with the Javeriana University of Colombia to build a telecom lab, set to open in early 2010. ZTE has invested $4 million on the lab, which will provide training for students at the University and to ZTE´s customers around Latin America.
APAC IPTV subscribers are on pace to hit 9.4 million – or 37.6% of worldwide subscriptions – by the end of the year, research firm Frost & Sullivan said.
South African carrier Telkom SA is cutting around 4,000 temporary and contract workers, but has come under fire from local unions over claims that it didn't follow correct procedures. Many of the workers contracts were due to expire in March and April next year, but staff were dismissed immediately.