FASTTAKES: Huawei, Hitachi, Opera, BT, NSN, Convergys

Dylan Bushell-Embling
08 Mar 2011

Huawei Marine Networks will construct the final section of a cable system linking Malaysia with Indonesia, deploying submarine cable connecting Batam, Dumai and Malaka. Work is due to be complete by 4Q.

Hitachi has revealed it will sell its hard drive business to Western Digital for $4.3 billion in cash and stock.

Browser developer Opera has opened a mobile app store, the Opera Mobile Store, which has been built on Appia's white-label app marketplace technology.

BT is showcasing its video conferencing kit and networked IT applications in Singapore, as it continues its bid to expand in Asia Pacific.

NSN has upgraded Caribbean operator UTS' network to 40G, bringing total capacity to over 3Tbps, in a bid to fulfill the nation's growing appetite for data services.

Revenues from mobile data tariffs will grow at a CAGR of 9% to hit $102 billion (€72.7 billion) by 2016, ABI Research forecasts. Smartphones will generate 50% of the revenues by that point.

Relationship management firm Convergys has appointed Aaron Payne as vice president of its EMEA technology sales division. Payne cut his teeth at firms including Polycom, Avaya, and Siemens.

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