The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For February 27, 2007
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France Telecom Mulls Sale of Orange Netherlands
France Telecom is reportedly planning to sell off its mobile and
broadband businesses in the Netherlands in a deal that could
fetch the French giant between 1 and 1.5 billion euro (US$1.3-2
billion). According to the financial daily Het Financieele
Dagblad, five parties have already indicated an interest in
snapping up the assets of the ...
KPN Confirms E-Plus' Outsourcing Deal With Alcatel-Lucent
The Dutch telecoms group, KPN, has confirmed that it signed an
outsourcing deal for construction, operation and maintenance of
the network of its German unit, E-Plus, with the global equipment
maker, Alcatel-Lucent. The network integrator will be managing
several network business divisions of E-Plus. Under the terms of
the agreement, ...
M2M Picks Up Steam
From fleet management and point-of-sales terminals to
telemedicine and vending machines, the upside of remotely
controlling networks and devices via integrated cellular radios
that exchange data with other machines is driving a wide array of
companies into the M2M space. And why not? FocalPoint Group
predicts that by 2008, M2M will ...
Nokia Announces Delay in U.S. Infringement Case Initiated by Chipmaker
HELSINKI, Finland -- Nokia Corp. said Tuesday that a judge
overseeing an investigation into alleged infringement of patents
initiated by Qualcomm against Nokia has ordered a stay of the
proceedings until further notice. The trial was scheduled to
begin on March 5 at the United States International Trade
Commission after the ITC ...
Vonage Says Verizon Suit Won't Kill It
Vonage Holdings Corp. CEO Mike Snyder Monday released a statement
saying that it isn't necessarily true that a patent fight with
Verizon will spell the end of Vonage. Verizon filed suit against
Vonage last June, claiming the VOIP provider has violated five
patents covering technology that converts packet-based voice ...
Mobile Matters: 3GSM Snippets
Hundreds of companies made thousands of news announcements, most
of them dull, at this year's 3GSM wireless jamboree in
Barcelona. There were, though, some things worth reporting,
including news from some of the big names in mobile: Ericsson
Buys Entrisphere Nokia Siemens Reveals Product Picks 3GSM:
The Five-Year Cellular-Modem Sales Plan
Although shipments of cellular modems in 2006 were slightly below
expectations, the momentum is building for this market to reach sales
of 68 million units worth nearly $10 billion by 2012, a 47-percent
compound annual growth rate. Says ABI Research principal analyst
Dan Shey, The fundamental drivers for sales of modems are ...
Mobile Gaming Communities on the Rise
Two new announcements, one from T-Mobile UK and another from
Hovr, highlight the market power of mobile gaming. T-Mobile
recently signed an agreement with Terraplay to run a new
connected gaming community that provides T-Mobile with an
operator-branded portal for access to games and billing. The
service will use new, ...
Adoption of Managed Services Among Global Enterprises Set to Increase;
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Managed Network Services (MNS) adoption will
increase over the next two years among large, globally focused
businesses, reports In-Stat. A survey by the high-tech market
research firm of IT and network managers in companies of more than
1,000 employees shows that most globally focused firms currently
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