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Fiberlink signs deal with O2 to offer MDM platform to customers
Software-as-a-service provider Fiberlink, specialists in secure mobile device and application management, have announced that O2 Business is using MaaS360 for its “Joined Up People” mobile management service. MaaS360 allows O2 customers to leverage a comprehensive, cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) platform without having to deploy and support server hardware and software.
Everything Everywhere signs MVNO deal with China Telecom
Everything Everywhere has announced that China Telecom (Europe), China Telecom’s wholly-owned subsidiary for the EMEA region, will launch an Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) on its network. The partnership marks the first time that a Chinese telecom operator has launched MVNO services outside China. The strategic partnership, secured via Everything Everywhere’s mobile virtual network aggregator (MVNA) Transatel, takes the company’s portfolio of MVNO partnerships to 24, and demonstrates Everything Everywhere’s commitment to expanding opportunities for mobile management and new MVNOs across the UK.
Gartner warns IT sectors expected to experience slower spending growth in 2012
Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total $3.8tn (£2.4tn) in 2012, a 3.7% increase from 2011, according to the latest outlook by Gartner, Inc. In 2011, worldwide IT spending totalled $3.7tn (£2.38tn), up 6.9% from 2010 levels. Gartner has revised downward its outlook for 2012 global IT spending from its previous forecast of 4.6% growth. All four major technology sectors computing hardware, enterprise software, IT services and telecommunications equipment and services are expected to experience slower spending growth in 2012 than previously forecast.
Cisco axes umi videoconferencing system
Cisco has pulled the plug on umi, a home videoconferencing system it once touted as a high-quality alternative to popular video chat service Skype. The move is part of ongoing restructuring plans, which has also included cutting staff and selling assets.
Cavium collaborates with Intel on WiDi technology
Networking chipmaker Cavium has announced a technology and marketing collaboration with Intel to offer Intel WiDi-based products designed to enable superior wireless display consumer experience. The resulting platform will combine Intel WiDi's ease-of-use and innovation with Cavium's super low latency technology and advanced video processing techniques to further enhance Intel WiDi's interactivity and broaden its target applications.
Avnet promotes Bruce Hockin to key UK role
Avnet Technology Solutions has promoted Bruce Hockin to run its solutions strategy in the UK, helping resellers tap into specialised growing markets promoting technology in the security, networking and unified communications arenas. Hockin, who joined Avnet in 2008 after the distributor acquired Horizon Technology Group, has recently been head of business strategy in the UK but now takes the role as head of solutions strategy spearheading the development of the channel player's SolutionsPath practices, which were launched back in September.
Alcatel Lucent wins Orange deal for Paris-London links
Alcatel-Lucent has been chosen by France Telecom-Orange to considerably increase the capacity of its optical fibre network linking Paris and London and therefore meet increasing demand by its customers in bandwidth. After a field trial carried out in the autumn, a first 100 Gigabit per second (100G) connection was put into operation at the end of last November and a second connection will be available by the end of December.