Vodafone India awards Nokia $210m managed services contract 

Nokia has bagged a multi-year managed services contract with Vodafone India worth around around $210 million, according to reports from the country. Vodafone India has awarded a Rs 1,420 crore contract to the Finnish infrastructure firm to provide managed services in 14 circles, while it has also given a contract for field operations in the remaining eight circles to Nokia as well.The contract win marks an extension of an existing deal between the two companies, the ET claims. The deal will cover not just base stations, but also the core network.The agreement means Nokia will provide managed services, maintenance, system integration and other services for Vodafone’s Indian arm.

***Caricel, the Jamaican mobile operator, has applied for an injunction to block the government from cancelling its spectrum license in fears over Chinese 'influence' on the company. The spectrum license was to allow Symbiote Investments Limited, which trades as Caricel, to provide telecoms services. The license was granted last year amid concerns from the Office of the Contractor General and the US government. The Supreme Court is to rule on the matter.The move by the Andrew Holness administration to revoke the license comes amid pressure from the US, which appears to take the view that Symbiote Investments Limited is not 'a fit and proper entity' to operate a spectrum license.As a part of the pressure, the US has revoked the visitors’ visa of persons associated with Caricel, including some of its lawyers.

***TIM Brasil has opened a testing facility for new technologies in Rio de Janeiro.The TIM Lab replicates the operator's commercial network infrastructure and features new equipment and virtualized solutions.The lab will be used to test radio equipment, from base stations to mobile devices.It also features a demonstration room connected to the laboratory, to display products, services and results to employees, partners and customers.

***Bosnian operator BH Telecom has teamed up with Microsoft to offer the Microsoft Office 365 service, enabling business customers work with the latest productivity tools and access their data wherever they are, on their smartphone or tablet. This software will enable business users to work and collaborate on projects in real-time, without worrying about the security of their data. Two service packages are available: Business (Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Premium and Office 365 Enterprise E1) and Enterprise (Office 365 Enterprise ProPlus and Office 365 Enterprise E3).

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