The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For March 23, 2007
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Alcatel-Lucent in Pole Position to Take Over Nortel's GSM Unit
Alcatel-Lucent is in pole position to buy Nortel's GSM business,
Les Echos reports. According to the newspaper, the companies signed
an agreement granting Alcatel-Lucent a call option giving it the
right of first refusal if Nortel was to put its GSM unit up for sale.
Alcatel had acquired Nortel's UMTS RAN business in September ...
EU Lawmakers Divided over Mobile Roaming Charges
European Union (EU) lawmakers have failed to reach a consensus on
how the proposed reduction in mobile roaming charges will be
enforced. While the centre-left deputies in the consumer
protection committee and the EU's executive commission want a
mandatory price cap with consumers opting out at will,
centre-right parliamentarians, ...
Tutorial: Building Carrier Grade Applications Using a Highly Available
Data base Management System
In many areas, including the network infrastructure, developers are
challenged with the task of building applications that run for very
long periods without appreciable downtime. These are called highly
available applications. Because they often manage large amounts of
data, such applications are well-served by a high-availability ...
FMC Picks Up Steam
Worldwide, the number of dual-mode, Wi-Fi/cellular phones has
accelerated quickly, and most telecom operators -- both fixed and
mobile -- are expected to have some kind of dual-mode strategy
this decade. But this one-phone-fits-all scenario presents
opportunities as well as challenges. The Wi-Fi Alliance said
recently it has ...
BT Stares Down 21CN 'Complexity'
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Spring VON -- BT Group plc is already feeling
deadline pressure from its ambitious plan to go all-IP and unplug
from the PSTN in 2011. BT's Silicon Valley-based VP of
technology and innovation, Jean-Marc Frangos, who spoke here
yesterday, says his company is already facing a mountain of
Cellular South, Kyocera Trial Wireless Wallet
Cellular South, a privately held wireless network provider, and
handset maker Kyocera will launch what they're calling a Wireless
Wallet trial in two markets starting in May. The trial makes use
of near-field communications (NFC) technology and will be
available to Cellular South subscribers in Jackson, Miss., and
Oh No, Moto: Shock & Awe In Schaumburg
Admitting that its January estimates of the disaster in its cell
phone business were at least a billion bucks too low and that
it's operating in the red, Motorola has named a new president and
COO, replaced its CFO, hinted at more layoffs to come and
announced what amounts to a $2 billion attempt to side-track
corporate raider Carl ...
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