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Thu, 8 Feb 2007 11:55:34 EST

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The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For February 08, 2007

Competition to Big Three in Russia's 3G Beauty Contest

Russia's Federal Communications Agency has revealed that, to date,
it has received five requests for the documentation necessary to
participate in the beauty contest for the country's 3G licences,
reports Prime-Tass. As expected, the three largest mobile
operators-Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), VimpelCom, and MegaFon-have
submitted ...

Vodafone and Orange Merge 3G Networks in United Kingdom in Cost-Saving Efforts

The United Kingdom's mobile operators, Vodafone and Orange,
propose to combine their 3G networks in an effort to cut costs. The
companies have signed a non-binding deal, outlining the terms and
conditions of sharing their respective 3G networks, while retaining
control of their backbone networks, which connect mobile-phone masts
with ...

So Long, Jack

The AT&T phase-out of 6-year-old Cingular Wireless' brand began
last month as AT&T started transitioning the Cingular brand to
its own with a massive advertising and customer communications
campaign targeting Cingular's Websites, retail stores, company
buildings and vehicles. The announcement came swiftly, just a ...

Gmail Becomes More Widely Available

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc.'s e-mail service is almost ready to
accept all comers, nearly three years after the online search
leader shook up the Internet by offering users an unprecedented
amount of free storage and displaying ads based on the content of
the correspondence. Effective Wednesday, the Mountain View-based

Femtocells Gear Up for 3GSM

Femtocells, the micro mobile base stations that can provide
in-building 3G coverage, are creating quite a buzz ahead of next
week's 3GSM jamboree. NEC Corp. got serious about the technology
this week, announcing partnership agreements with two femtocell
specialists, UbiquiSys Ltd. and Tatara Systems Inc. ...

Netherlands Picks Nokia Managed Services

In a first for the Finnish company, Nokia has won a managed
services deal with T-Mobile Netherlands to cover its WCDMA 3G and
GSM networks. Nokia will provide T-Mobile Netherlands with field
operations and spare part management. Specifically, field
operations will include preventive maintenance and incident
management, while the ...

Polycom Acquires SpectraLink

Creating a formidable competitor in the emerging market for
unified communications, VOIP system provider Polycom Inc. said
today it is acquiring SpectraLink Corp., the Boulder, Colo.-
based manufacturer of wireless handsets for vertical markets,
for $220 million. The $11.75-per-share price represents a 33
percent premium ...

Egyptian Telecom Mogul Grabs A Greek Treat

Egyptian telecom mogul Naguib Sawiris and his Weather Investments
is buying Greece's third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers,
TIM Hellas and Q-Telecom, from Apax Partners and Texas Pacific
Group (TPG) for a total of $4.4 billion. The acquisition is said
to be part of a move by Weather to become a major European
telecom ...

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