The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For April 10, 2007
Golden Telecom Announces US$7.4-mil. Regional Consolidation in Russia
Golden Telecom has reported that it has spent a total of US$7.4
million on the acquisition of a number of regional telecoms
operators in Russia. The group has acquired Urals-based
fixed-line operator Atel for US$4.5 million. Atel commands 7% of
the fixed-line market of Perm, the country's 13th largest
city, with a population of ...
Cablevision to Appeal DVR Ruling
Cablevision Systems Corp., a New York-area cable TV provider, said
Tuesday that it will appeal a federal court ruling that blocked the
company's rollout of a next-generation digital video recorder
service. Cablevision told The Associated Press that it will
appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday and also
Expiration of Nokia-Qualcomm Licensing Pact May Bring More Lawsuits
A licensing agreement between Nokia Corp. and Qualcomm
Inc. expires Tuesday, potentially heralding a new wave of
lawsuits between the wireless industry heavyweights. The
agreement was to expire in each time zone at 12:01 a.m. local
time, said Bertha Agia, a Qualcomm spokeswoman. The high-stakes
dispute centers on royalties for ...
Alcatel-Lucent Wins French 3G Contract
Alcatel-Lucent has won a contract to deploy UMTS/HSPA equipment
beginning in September for the SFR network in France, becoming
the second 3G supplier for the operator. SFR and Alcatel-Lucent
also will form a strategic technology partnership, allowing SFR
VIP access to the Alcatel-Lucent 3G competence center based in
France. SFR ...
Cablecos Could Make Hay From Vonage's Slow Death
The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
granted Vonage a temporary stay of last week's injunction
stopping it from signing new customers unless it can find a way
to do so without violating Verizon patents. This could bode well
for cablecos looking to add new phone subs. The stay could keep
Vonage alive for ...
NextWave Buys IPWireless
NextWave Telecom Inc. said today that it will buy IPWireless Inc.
in an initial $100 million payout of cash and stock for the
firm's wireless broadband technology portfolio. San Bruno,
Calif.-based IPWireless raised over $200 million in VC and
strategic funding during eight years of operation. The terms of
the deal are ...
Qwest's Quest for Video
Qwest Communications International Inc. was one of the first
names in telco TV, but lately it's not the first name that comes
to mind when the subject comes up. While other big telcos are
mounting scare campaigns against cable TV and attempting to woo
Wall Street with their vision of the future, Qwest has taken a
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