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Etisalat on track with NGN move

Etisalat has announced that it expects 10% of its migration to the Next Generation Network (NGN) to be ready by the end of the year. The telecom operator said it is on track to migrate 50% of the network by the end of 2007, and 90% by the end of 2009 as it moves to a network that will provide customers with voice, data and entertainment from a single source. “Considering the competitive atmosphere in the telecom sector, we see the need to differentiate ourselves by providing value-added services to our customers,” Etisalat chief corporate affairs officer Nasser Bin Obood said in a keynote speech at the recent Telecommunications Middle East Summit.

HP executive steps down

The head of HP’s services business Steve Smith has resigned, becoming the second top executive to go from the IT giant’s technology services group in the last month.

An HP spokesperson said Smith had resigned for personal reasons and that Ann Livermore, head of the technology solutions group, would take over Smith’s role on a temporary basis. Smith had previously been head of services at telecom systems manufacture Lucent and head of sales at EDS before taking on the role at HP in January last year.

Todd DeLaughter, the former head of HP’s OpenView software business, also resigned to become the CEO of Canadian business software firm Opalis.

Cisco buys US software firm

Networking firm Cisco has acquired US firm Orative for US$31million in cash. Founded in 2002, Orative develops mobile software solutions.

The firm has 33 employees and is based in San Jose, California.

“The Orative acquisition will allow Cisco to further deliver on its promise of extending the Unified Communications experience from the network services to mobile devices,” Don Proctor, senior vice president of Cisco's Voice Technology Group stated.

The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2007.

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