Major U.S. telcos, cable operators provide free access to Japanese TV; NEC to debut 100 Gbps system

Wireline news from across the Web:

> AT&T, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Verizon and Comcast are all providing their users with free access to Japanese TV to get ongoing reports about the recent earthquake. Article

> UK's telecom regulator Ofcom plans to reduce the price that wireless operators such as 3UK and O2 can charge wireline operators to connect calls to their respective networks. Article

> The Nigerian government has asked the British Virgin Islands-based Omen International Consortium to submit a new bid on former state-run telecom provider Nitel because the preferred bidder missed several payment deadlines. Article

> Asia-Pacific's cloud computing market for SMBs will reach US$11.4B in 2011, according to a new report from AMI-Partners. Release

> GENBAND's C20 Converged Softswitch has achieved interoperability qualification with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. Release

And finally ... NEC Corp. may have not been a front runner in the 100 Gbps contest, but according to a research note from Heavy Reading, the vendor is waiting for a customer announcement featuring their already developed product. Article