The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For May 23, 2007
Convergence Triggers Consumer-Focused Reorganisation for Europe's
Ongoing trends in telecoms services convergence have begun to
influence the structural make-up of Europe's incumbent telcos.
Faced with an increasingly converged service platform, telcos are
having to realign their structure, departing from their traditional
Local Government Body Sells Stake in U.K.'s Regional Fixed Telco, Kingston
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council has announced that it is to exit the
telecoms industry and sell its 30.1% share in Kingston
Communications, a provider of telecoms services to businesses and the
public sector in the United Kingdom mainly under the Affiniti brand,
and to consumer markets in East Yorkshire.
Significance: Kingston ...
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) have developed a super-stable fiber-optic network that can be
tuned across a variety of visible and near-infrared frequencies while
synchronizing light wave oscillations from different sources. The
network design promises applications in remote sensing and secure
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BOSTON -- Telecom 2.0: The Collision of Content & Communications
Video service providers, telco and cable alike, are always bragging
about which has the better network. But it could come down to
more advanced applications and content to decide who survives
the battle for the living room. One potential application that
Clearwire Tests Mobile WiMAX, Says 'It Works!'
Clearwire held its first field trials of mobile equipment based on
IEEE 802.16e standards -- what's being called Mobile WiMAX and the
stuff apparently works. Considering the company is gambling its
entire existence on the technology, it would have been a bit
disappointing if the technology had failed, especially to ...
On2 Acquires Hantro for $58M
Video compression software company, On2 Technologies , announced
the acquisition of Hantro Products Oy , which makes video
technology for mobile phones, for $58.4 million in cash and
shares. The deal represents a big step toward bringing
higher-quality video to mobile handsets and other consumer
devices. The acquisition will ...
New Rules May Ease SOX Audits
New guidelines for auditors of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance could take
effect later this week, lowering the cost of SOX initiatives and
reducing companies dependence on auditors to interpret SOX
requirements. The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
(PCAOB) -- a private, nonprofit entity that gives guidance to the
Alltel Deal Sparks Buyout Talks
Merger and acquisition news traditionally spark industry talk
regarding other vulnerable targets. Just a day after Alltel's
buyout announcement by TPG and GSW Capital Partners, T-Mobile USA and
Sprint headline the analysts' list of potential targets.
However, according to Thomson Financial, Deutsche Telekom AG is
Wi-Fi RFID Tag Market to Grow More Than 100% Per Year Through 2010
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Despite some hurdles to overcome, Wi-Fi RFID
tag shipments will grow at over 100% annually through 2010, reports
In-Stat. The technology is attractive because Wi-Fi RFID allows
businesses to leverage their existing Wi-Fi investments for asset
tracking, the high-tech market research firm says. ...
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