Ericsson CEO and President Carl-Henric Svanberg put a mostly positive spin on the future of telecom by pointing out the relative youth – roughly 10 years – of the Internet and need for billions of people to get connected, most likely via mobile broadband.

• Mobile Internet solutions provider Bytemobile announced a group supply agreement with TeliaSonera in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Bytemobile also announced its 100th customer network deployment at TeliaSonera Sweden. Under the terms of the group supply agreement, TeliaSonera operating companies, beginning with Sweden, will deploy Bytemobile’s integrated content adaptation solutions to enhance the mobile Web browsing and multimedia experience of users of the TeliaSonera SurfOpen service.

Bsquare announced the availability of its jointly developed, optimized Windows Mobile 6.5 board support package (BSP) for the Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP 3 platform.

Skyhook Wireless announced that Texas Instruments (TI) will integrate Skyhook’s XPS hybrid positioning system into TI’s mobile connectivity solutions.  Skyhook’s XPS software solution will enable hybrid location positioning capabilities on TI’s NaviLink 6.0 and WiLink 6.0 solutions, available now, and on select future platforms.

mBlox announced the launch in the United Kingdom of its mobile cross-operator “sender-pays data” trial. The trial is testing a business model for the mobile industry that allows content providers and service providers to bundle together the associated data costs for the purchase of mobile content, on behalf of the consumer.  It will enable consumers to purchase data-rich content with the data cost included at the point of purchase.

GetJar announced support for Adobe’s new over-the-air mobile runtime solution that includes the Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable Player. GetJar says it will be a major direct distributor for new games and applications that the developer community creates for the new Flash Lite runtime.

More FirstNews 02/16/09:
•  Microsoft Reinvents Itself in Mobile
•  Nokia Comes with (More) Services
•  Sony Ericsson Sets Focus on Entertainment
•  Memoir Pricing Released
•  Report: Manufacturers Want Carriers, Users to Pay for Security
•  FirstNews Briefs for Feb. 16, 2009