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TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Monday, February 13, 2006

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents
The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For February 13, 2006

Microsoft Mobile E-mail Drive Adds to Blackberry's Woes

BARCELONA, -- Microsoft Corp. has won backing from major cellular
networks for a new generation of phones designed to transform
mobile e-mail from executive accessory to standard issue for the
corporate rank-and-file. The partnerships with operators
including Vodafone and Cingular, due to be announced Monday at a
mobile industry...

Russian No. 2 Mobile Operator Makes US$5 Billion Bid for Ukraine's Kyivstar

MOSCOW -- Russia's second-largest mobile phone operator OAO Vimpel
Communications has made a US$5 billion offer to purchase Ukraine's
Kyivstar, the company's management said Monday. Kyivstar is the
largest mobile operator in Ukraine. "We believe the acquisition of
Kyivstar will create significant value for all our shareholders

Transistor Laser Works as Switch and Processor

Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign say
they have created a transistor laser that can be used as a
high-speed dual-input, dual-output signal processor. "We have at
once a new form of transistor and a new form of laser," says Nick
Holonyak Jr., a professor of physics and electrical and computer
engineering. "We...

Time Warner's Cable VoIP Users Reach 1.1 mil. in 2005

Time Warner Cable has announced that it added 880,000 VoIP
subscribers in 2005, an increase of 400% year-on-year (y/y),
according to company president Jeffrey Bewkes. Time Warner Cable
reached 1.1 million VoIP users in 2005, slightly lower than
leading U.S. cable operator Comcast, which ended the year with
1.3 million VoIP users, while...

Hutchison Whampoa Scraps H3G IPO, Sells 10% Stake to Major Investment

Citing unsatisfactory valuation, Hutchison Whampoa has shelved
plans for the initial public offer (IPO) of its Italian 3G mobile
unit on the Milan Stock Exchange. A company statement noted that
the planned IPO could be revived, but failed to provide a
timeline for such a...

Profiles of Business and Personal Mobile Voice Users

Wireless carriers, handset vendors, and application developers
have built large businesses around several assumptions: Voice
revenues will steadily deteriorate as voice becomes a commodity
among wireless carriers Mobile applications such as music, video,
and picture messaging will shore up those sagging revenues 3G

Mobile Email Monoculture Fades

At this point, it seems, a workaround won't cut it. With
yesterday's lawyer-vetted, IT-friendly alternative software for
running Blackberry devices, Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)
(Nasdaq: RIMM - message board; Toronto: RIM) hopes to reassure
restless customers and hold on to its dominant position in the
North American enterprise mobile...

VoiceSignal Gets Win with Motorola

Letting your fingers do the walking is so 2005. VoiceSignal, a
provider of speech recognition solutions for mobile devices,
announced select Motorola GSM, CDMA and UMTS handsets will come
equipped with technology that allows users to navigate contact
lists and make calls, create text messages, check voice mail or
use the phone's camera...

CLECs Announce 'Merger Of Equals'

In what is being described as the creation of one of the largest
competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) in the United States
and the largest privately held CLEC in the Northeast, CTC
Communications of Waltham, Mass., and Choice One Communications
of Rochester, N.Y., are merging. Shareholders of each carrier
will own 50 percent of...

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