Monday, December 16, 2013

The technology business week: Vodafone expands 4G coverage, Accelrys acquires Qumas

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A digest of the top business technology news stories from the past week, beginning with mobile operator Vodafone expanding 4G coverage across Ireland.

Vodafone expands 4G coverage to six cities and 31 towns across Ireland

Vodafone has switched on 4G for smartphone users in six cities and 31 towns across Ireland, the mobile operator said this past week.
4G delivers data speeds of up to 10 times faster than 3G. At the same time, Vodafone is bringing 3G coverage to anywhere in Ireland that currently has voice coverage.
The six cities include Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Kilkenny. The towns include Bagnelstown, Ballincollig, Bunclody, Carlow, Carrigaline, Carrigtohill, Cloyne, Cobh, Dungarvan, Dunmanway, Enniscorthy, Fermoy, Gorey, Kanturk, Kenmare, Killarney, Killorglin, Kinsale, Lismore, Listowel, Mallow, Midleton, Millstreet, New Ross, Newmarket, Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Strand, Thomastown, Tralee, Tullow, and Wexford.

Accelrys acquires Qumas in US$50m deal

Life sciences software player Accelrys Inc has acquired cloud-based quality management software firm Qumas in a deal understood to be valued at around US$50m.
The acquisition of the Cork company will enable Accelrys to help its customers manage the scientific innovation lifecycle by reducing regulatory risks and improving compliance effectiveness.
Qumas integrates content, processes, people and systems into enterprise compliance programmes that eliminate the cost and complexity of managing paper-based as well as disparate or legacy document management applications.

IBM wins US$115m server contract with European Commission

IBM and business partner Bechtle AG have won a US$115m contract with the European Commission to provide servers to European Union institutions and agencies in the 27 member states. 
The contract is the largest and most comprehensive awarded by the European Commission for office and application servers.
IBM and Bechtle AG have already provided more than US$2.6m in systems and services to date and expect to deliver more than 6,100 System x and Flex System servers and supporting services over the course of the contract.

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