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TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Wednesday, March 1, 2006

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents
The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For March 1, 2006

T-Online reports plunge in fourth-quarter profit amid sharp competition

BERLIN -- T-Online International AG, Europe's largest Internet service
provider, said Wednesday that its net profit plunged 82 percent in the
fourth quarter amid stiff competition and higher costs. The German
firm posted net profit for the last quarter of 2005 of  11.4
million (US$13.5 million), down from 63.1 million (US$74.9...

Versatel Posts 13% Y/Y Increase in End-2005 Sales

Dutch alternative telco Versatel posted a 13% year-on-year (y/y)
increase in end-2005 revenue to 681 million euro (US$813 million)
(compared to 601 million euro in 2004). Net profit stood at 199
million euro, compared to a loss of 23 million euro in 2004. The
sale of Versatel's German operations to Germany's Apax for an
equity value of...

U.S. Residential VoIP Subscribers Reach 4.2 mil. in 2005

The U.S. Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has
announced that at the end of 2005 there were 4.2 million
residential VoIP subscribers, up from 1.2 million at the end of
2004 and 150,000 at the end of 2004. Revenues from VoIP reached
US$1.1 billion in 2005, up from US$200 million in 2004 and US$25
million in 2004. In its 2006...

Sprint's Enterprise Challenge

Customers can be forgiven if they view formation of Sprint's new
Enterprise Mobility division as a good-news/bad-news
proposition. (See Sprint Opens Mobile Services.) Sprint Nextel
Corp. (NYSE: S - message board) launched the unit in December to
help large businesses and government users design, implement, and
manage custom wireless...

EU Probe Endangers $1.6B Austria Sale

Alltel says its subsidiary Western Wireless International Austria
Corp. and Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile Austria GmbH are
negotiating to extend their agreement for the $1.6 billion cash
sale of tele.ring, Alltel's Austrian business, to T-Mobile. This
deal was signed more than six months ago but it never closed
because of...

Enhanced Enterprise VoIP Security System

Enterprises, financial institutions and other organizations using
Internet telephony need to sure that their voice communications
are secure as well as inexpensive. That's not easy, however, when
an organization uses low-cost VoIP services that fling voice data
out over the public Internet.   Patton Electronics, a

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