Nokia is working on a tablet of its own, according to a Reuters report which cites an interview given by the vendor's design chief, Marko Ahtisaari, to a Finnish magazine. Not much detail at this stage, but apparently the Nokia offering will stand out from the iPad-challenging crowd, says Ahtisaari (but then he would say that). Last year the head of Nokia France, Paul Amsellem, told a French newspaper that the company would have a tablet running on Windows 8 by June 2012. Better get a move on, Marko... (See Nokia Tablet Due in June 2012? )
Enterprise communications systems vendor Avaya is to buy Israeli videoconferencing specialist Radvision Ltd. (Nasdaq: RVSN) for about US$230 million. Avaya says it will integrate Radvision's technology into its Aura Unified Communications system to provide businesses with an "integrated and interoperable suite of cost-effective, easy to use, high-definition video collaboration products, with the ability to plug and play multiple mobile devices including Apple iPad and Google Android." (See Avaya to Buy Radvision.)
Vodafone UK is predictably not best pleased about the news that U.K. mobile rival EE may be granted a "head start" on the introduction of Long Term Evolution (LTE) services by regulator Ofcom . In a statement, a Vodafone spokesperson said: "We share the regulator's desire to see the next generation of mobile internet services rolled out quickly and placed within the reach of many more people in rural areas. But we seriously doubt that consumers' best interests will be served by giving one company a significant head start before any of its competitors have a clear path to 4G." Ding, ding, round three... (See Britain's Bloomin' LTE .)
Vello Systems , one of the growing number of companies extolling the virtues of software-defined networking (SDN) and the associated OpenFlow protocol, is establishing a division in the U.K. to promote its transport switches and network management platforms. The company, which emerged from the shell of optical transport specialist OpVista, is targeting enterprises primarily but is also engaging with telcos in the U.K. and across Europe. (See Vello Sets Up in UK and OpVista Gets Another Go.)
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has clinched a five-year, €47 million ($61.3 million) managed services deal with NATO’s Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A). As part of the contract, BT will migrate NC3A’s existing backbone to BT Ethernet Connect, and provide a network that connects more than 70 locations across NATO countries and the Balkans.
Commuters on London's underground train network will be in each other's sweaty armpits again this summer but at least they'll have access to Wi-Fi at up to 120 stations, thanks to a deal struck between London Underground and U.K. cable operator Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED). Full Internet access will be free initially but, after a brief honeymoon period, will revert to a pay-as-you-go model. (See Virgin Takes Wi-Fi Down the Tube.)