The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For March 14, 2007
Deutsche Telekom Begins Negotiations with Trade Union on T-Service Unit
The German incumbent telco, Deutsche Telekom, has begun talks
with the German trade union, Verdi, regarding the planned service
division, T-Service. The negotiations are aimed at discussing
Deutsche Telekom's plans to extend working hours to 38 hours per
week, from the current 34 hours -- without increasing
remuneration --and working out ...
FCC Looks to Affirm 30% Cap on Cable Market Share
It has been widely reported that FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is
looking to formalise the 30% cap on cable companies' market share
of the pay-TV market. The FCC saw this rule struck down by a
federal appeals court in March 2001, but appears to have
maintained it informally when examining merger cases.
Significance: Comcast is the ...
Whisher Wishes for Social WiFi Networks
Can the social networking concept be used to expand the number of
free WiFi connections? Whisher sure hopes so. Believing that WiFi
should be both pervasive and grass roots, the Barcelona-based
startup is taking a community approach to the technology by
offering the world's first wireless social network. Whisher
is designed to ...
Iliad Updates on FTTH, 3G
French triple-play specialist Iliad provided greater insight into
its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and 3G plans as it announced its
2006 financial results. The company, which had nearly 2.3 million
broadband subscribers (19 percent market share) at the end of
2006, reported record profits of 124 million (US$163 ...
Hasta La Vista, Cingular
AT&T is taking the wraps off its conversion and remodeling of the
first of 2,000 company-owned Cingular stores to the new AT&T
brand. As the prototype of the company's new AT&T Experience, the
San Antonio, Texas-based company renovated a 5,000-square-foot
store in Houston. It is the first of many planned conversions of
Vonage Attempts Penny Power Play
Vonage, in what looks to be another shot at proving to consumers
that the company is alive and kicking, has slashed its
long-distance rates to all or parts of eight countries to just
one penny per minute. The rate undercuts arch rival Skype's
charge to landline phones in most of those locations by more than
50 percent. ...
Spectrum up for Grabs in Europe
Europe's wireless spectrum scene is set for a significant shakeup
as new mobile licenses become available and regulators become
more relaxed about which technologies license-holders can use.
In France, regulator ARCEP has launched the tender process for
the fourth and last remaining 3G license in France. The fourth
Cable Set Top Box Market Hits New Highs in 2006
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Cable TV set top box manufacturers enjoyed a
record year in 2006 as cable operators around the world signed up
millions of new digital cable subscribers, reports
In-Stat. Fueled by a sharp rise in demand for cable set top boxes
in China, worldwide digital cable set top box unit shipments
increased to 27.5 ...
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