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CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - February 09, 2007

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents
The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For February 09, 2007

Virgin Media's Launch Invigorates U.K. Broadband Market

The merged NTL Telewest and Virgin Mobile group rebranded its
operations as Virgin Media and launched an aggressive promotional
campaign unveiled by the owner of the Virgin empire, Richard
Branson, with the new advertising campaign featuring Hollywood
actress Uma Thurman. The rebranding strategy will enable Virgin
Media to capitalise on ...

Qwest Back in Black for 2006

Qwest Communications has continued the return to profitability in
the release of the latest results for the fourth quarter, giving
the first full year of net profits since 2003, although the
results have missed expectations. Full-year revenues totalled
US$13.9 billion, barely up by 0.1% on the previous year, while
the cost-cutting ...

Contemplating the Next Move

Operators around the globe are taking on major modernization
programs that will mean a fundamental change to their networks
and systems architectures. Before spending vast amounts on new
technology, operators need to ask themselves some pretty
fundamental questions about why they are embarking on these
ventures. Despite all the ...

Samsung Unveils Mobile Phone With Features Similar to Apple's iPhone

SEOUL, South Korea -- Samsung Electronics Co. has unveiled a new
mobile phone that features some of the sleek design and functions of
Apple Inc.'s much-hyped iPhone. Samsung's Ultra Smart F700 will
be exhibited at next week's 3GSM World Congress, a telecommunications
exhibition in Barcelona, Samsung spokeswoman ...

Alcatel-Lucent Job Cull Hits 12,500

Alcatel-Lucent fleshed out its additional cost-cutting plans
Friday morning by announcing that its post-merger headcount reduction
would total 12,500 staff, up more than 3,500 from the initial 8,800
to 9,000 it had signaled last year. When Alcatel and Lucent
first announced their merger plan in April 2006, they said that
about ...

Yet Another Study Dismisses Mobile WiMAX

Yet another major analytical study has concluded that, despite
all the hype, the technology being marketed as WiMAX is going to
be just a niche player in the mobile wireless market over the
next half decade. The latest study, by Arthur D. Little,
compares High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and WiMAX, and concludes
WiMax will capture ...

Today's Funding Roundup

Fixed/mobile convergence and WiMax startups gather the big bucks in
this week's funding roundup. Tango Networks: Stealthy
Richardson, Texas-based fixed/mobile convergence startup Tango
Networks Inc. completed its first funding round, totaling $25
million, this week. Investors include Motorola Ventures , Nortel
Networks Ltd. ...

IP Set Top Box Market Spurs New Players and Some Consolidation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Driven by increasing Telco TV deployments,
demand for IP set top boxes is growing, and will reach 19 million
units in 2010, up from 4.3 million in 2006, reports In-Stat. New
box vendors have entered the market within the past year, the
high-tech market research firm says, but the important box
features-HD, DVR, ...

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