Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL) is to upgrade its African IP backbone with gear from Alcatel-Lucent (specifically the 7750 router, 7705 aggregation router and 5620 network management system). The new network will serve the mobile broadband needs of Airtel's 17 affiliates across the continent, which in turn serve around 60 million subscribers. (See Airtel Builds African IP Backbone.)
Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA) looks like it's going to get a "Nooo!" from the country's competition watchdog over its proposed takeover of budget brand Yesss, according to a report on Reuters. Separately, the Austrian incumbent, which last year launched an investigation into alleged irregularities surrounding contracts awarded to Huawei, has set up what it calls a "whistle-blowing platform" that allows employees and others to anonymously submit information about potential corporate wrongdoing to the company’s management. (See Telekom Austria Probes Huawei Deals.)
Mobile phones in force-for-good shocker: Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has announced two partnerships, one with the GAVI Alliance vaccinations charity and the other with pharmaceuticals giant GSK, that will look at ways of using mobile technology to improve immunization programs in sub-Saharan Africa. More than 1 million children die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases, according to the World Health Organization.