Sprint to reveal wireless backhaul winners Friday; Avaya acquires Sipera to beef up UC suite

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> Sprint said during this week's COMPTEL show that it will announce the winners of its second round of wireless backhaul contracts. Article

> Avaya beefs up its SIP-based security capabilities for its expanding Unified Communications suite by acquiring Sipera. Article

> France Telecom's CFO believes it will raise €2 billion by selling its Swiss-based business, Orange Switzerland, with a deal set to be completed by the end of Q1 2012. Article

> Telefonica is leveraging JDSU's Home Performance Management (Home PM) system to monitor its Imagenio IPTV service. Article

> LGS Innovations, the government arm of Alcatel-Lucent, is going to support 400 Gbps transmission speeds in U.S. federal government networks via its new FP3 processor. Release

> Convergys named Marife Zamora as its new Managing Director for Asia Pacific, EMEA. In her new position she will oversee the vendor's Customer Management business. Release

And finally ... Wikipedia turned off its Italian website to protest Berlusconi's new Wiretapping Act, which they think is nothing more than a way for the government to censor bloggers. Article