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Despite the rising importance of advanced mobile applications like mobile social networking, SMS messaging and voice calls will continue to be among the most commonly used forms of communications by the mobile consumer of the future, according to an independent survey of 31 leading global operators commissioned by Airwide Solutions.

AboveNet, a provider of high bandwidth connectivity solutions, today announced its expanded Metro Ethernet and dynamic Core Wave services in the London metro market.  The new solutions will help meet customer demand for dedicated, high performance and high bandwidth solutions and facilitate seamless connectivity between London’s business and data hubs.

ZTE, a global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has signed a €30 million contract to supply 3G and 4G equipment and services to ZAPP.PT in Portugal, including WiMAX and CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev.B network equipment, core network equipment, and services, which will provide high-speed broadband wireless services across Portugal.

Research from Avaya, a global specialist in enterprise communications systems, software and services, suggests that nearly 43% of channel partners across EMEA expect Unified Communications (UC) to offer the most opportunity for sales growth in the coming year. 2011 may also be the year that virtualisation starts making a strong play in EMEA businesses, as nearly 15% expect to see sales rise in that area.

Roamware, a provider of mobile solutions to over 480 mobile operators across 154 countries, has introduced Home Zone, a service that allows network operators to offer mobile users lower calling rates in certain pre-selected zones.

TeliaSonera International Carrier has renewed and expanded its multicountry Managed Services contract with Ericsson, building on a deal signed in 2003 and expanded in 2005. Ericsson will now perform field operation services for the operator's voice and data networks, built on multivendor equipment. Among the larger countries covered are Austria, France, Germany, the UK and the US; the expanded deal also involves taking over field maintenance in Russia.

Fortinet - a network security provider and a worldwide specialist in unified threat management (UTM) solutions – today announced that it has become new contractual partner of Telekom Deutschland GmbH, a fixed-network and mobile communications provider, part of Deutsche Telekom. Fortinet will provide its FortiGate UTM solution for the “Business Network Protect” offering of Telekom Deutschland, which addresses the network requirements of small and medium-sized enterprises with up to 1,000 employees, and delivers security solutions that were previously available for large enterprises with complex IT infrastructures only.

According to a new report from Frost & Sullivan, Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries lead the European ranks in terms of fibre to the home/building (FTTH/B) subscriber growth. The fastest adoption of these technologies can be observed in countries where local loop unbundling (LLU) has either not been implemented or not gained much popularity, says F&S. In the long term, investment in FTTH/B technology will become one of the major competitive weapons for all fixed broadband operators in the ongoing battle against mobile broadband providers, it says.

While the concept of a mobile hotspot, a device that connects to a mobile broadband connection and provides a bridge to a Wi-Fi LAN, is relatively new, with the first standalone mobile hotspot devices only appearing in the last two years, new research from In-Stat forecasts that revenue from standalone mobile hotspot devices will approach $500 million by the end of 2010. Mobile hotspot service revenue is projected to reach into the tens of billions of dollars annually, it says.

Empirix, a specialist in service quality assurance solutions for new IP communications, today announced the availability of Hammer Edge 2.0, a next-generation test solution that measures the effects of varied network traffic on real-time voice and video quality.

Recent updates to the HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) series of reports published by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) is said to show its phenomenal and continuing success as the catalyst and key foundation for mobile broadband services, which has been achieved in only five years since the first commercial network introduction.

3Roam, a specialist in advanced networking for high-capacity wireless IP transport, today introduced the WLS502 platform, its microwave Gigabit-class switch targeting ISPs, triple-play operators and private networks.