Euronews: April 26

BlackBerry , InfoVista SA and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) are given the once-over in today's roundup of Euro telecom news headlines.

  • The co-CEO of Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM), Jim Balsillie, has been doing his bit to overcome security issues and push his device in Eastern Europe by meeting up with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, reports Reuters. Unfortunately for RIM, perhaps, it seems the Prez is an iPad aficionado. (See Mobile Broadband Booms in Algeria & Russia.)

  • Smartphone sales are soaring in Poland, according to Pyramid Research. Smartphones will account for more than 60 percent of all handset sales by 2015, the research firm predicts.

  • Third-quarter results at InfoVista, the France-based Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) vendor, make for largely happy reading: Operating income is up 83 percent year-on-year, to €1 million (US$1.4 million), though revenue in the Americas region fell by 8 percent over the same period. (See InfoVista Reports Q3 and Euronews: Jan. 27.)

  • New research from mobile giant Vodafone has found, perhaps not altogether surprisingly, that small enterprises in Europe are missing out on lots of lucrative business by their failure to respond quickly enough to customer phone calls. Two-fifths of the small businesses surveyed are planning to invest in managed communications to make themselves more nimble, says the "Working Smarter" report. (See Vodafone Surveys SMEs for Speed .)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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