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TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Tuesday, March 14, 2006

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents
The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For March 14, 2006

A Pricing Analysis of Broadband Take-up in Europe

Europe is increasingly becoming a "network society"  Our lives
are defined to an extent by the social networks (real or
virtual), which we participate in. We can all be perceived as
nodes of information in those networks, as we convey information
to people by liasing with other nodes in the same or different
networks. To illustrate...

Service Integration Puts OSS at Center Stage

OSS is finally coming into its own, thrust into the spotlight by
a confluence of technological advancement and market
opportunity. Never before has the value proposition behind OSS
been so central to the future of service providers'
businesses. Where it was once stuck in the back office and
typically focused on process improvement and...

IDT completes Net2Phone Acquisition

NEW YORK -- Communications company IDT Corp. completed its
acquisition of the Internet telephone provider Net2Phone Inc.,
now a wholly owned subsidiary. Newark, New Jersey-based IDT said
its NTOP Acquisition Inc. unit merged with and into Net2Phone,
which offers Voice-over Internet Protocol services. Net2Phone
stockholders ...

Government Rules Out OTE Sale in 2006

Greek Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis has ruled out any sale
of the government's 36% stake in OTE in 2006. While debunking
unconfirmed reports in the financial daily Imerisia about three
foreign private-equity funds' interest in the company, he
insisted that his government had not been approached by anyone,
and added that even if it...

Telekom Austria 2005 Net Income Up 84%

Telekom Austria has announced an 83.5% rise in consolidated net
income to 417.1 million euro (US$498.1 million) for the 2005
financial year. The group's income growth was driven by higher
operating income and lower expenses on debt repayment. In
addition, lower income tax expenses, resulting mainly from a
lower tax rate in Austria...

Verizon: All Together Now?

The time could be right for Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ
- message board)'s reported $40 billion dollar bid to buy its
erstwhile partner Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD - message board) out
of their Verizon Wireless joint venture, according to analysts. In
the past, Verizon has made no secret of its interest in buying out...

Consumers Need Compelling Reason to Switch TV Service to Telcos

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As telecom companies enter the market for TV
services, they face a somewhat skeptical customer base, reports
In-Stat. Only 5% of satellite or cable TV subscribers that
responded to an In-Stat consumer survey said they would
definitely switch to a telco TV provider, the high-tech market
research firm says....

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