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TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents
The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For March 21, 2006

Getting Value in Tax Risk Management From Sox 404

The passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act--which resulted in major
changes to the compliance practices of many U.S. companies--has
fundamentally changed the way in which business organisations are
required to report their financial data. However, since the Act
was passed, the general view has been that the process required
for compliance is...

Will Bluetooth Pick UWB Sides?

After years of hearing from Doubting Thomases, Bluetooth
technology has really started taking off. Bluetooth shipments
globally grew by more than 200 percent annually from 2004 to 2005
and are expected to reach 10 million units shipped weekly
sometime in 2006. As Bluetooth's evolution continues into a
broadband future, however, there...

Deutsche Telekom Links with Microsoft To Deliver Internet TV Services
in Germany

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Deutsche Telekom AG said Tuesday it has
formed an alliance with Microsoft Corp. to offer Internet
television services to subscribers in Germany this year. The
announcement comes as Deutsche Telekom, Europe's biggest
telecommunications company, expands its national network of
high-speed digital subscriber...

Ofcom Frees BT, Others to Set Call Prices

After 22 years of price controls in the liberalised British
telecoms market, Ofcom has proposed to deregulate retail price
controls on fixed lines. From 1 August 2006, all phone companies
will be free to set their own prices and compete for
customers. In a statement released today, the regulator said:
'Ofcom believes that it is now...

Vodafone Portugal Objects to Sonae Bid for Portugal Telecom

Vodafone Portugal has signalled its opposition to Sonae's
takeover of Portugal Telecom, citing an unfavourable competitive
scenario if Sonae's mobile unit Optimus merges with Portugal
Telecom's TMN. In a statement, Vodafone said: 'The bid for PT by
Sonae could create or reinforce a dominant position from which
significant barriers to...

RBOCs to Vendors: More Nines, Please

LAS VEGAS -- TelecomNEXT -- Four of the biggest U.S. incumbent
carriers sent a message to telecom equipment vendors in a CTO
panel here. Life is going to get a lot tougher, and it's not just
because consolidation is concentrating capital expenditure among
fewer and fewer players. (See Verizon Closes MCI Buy, SBC Becomes


With IPTV barreling down the track like an express train, mPhase
Technologies and a group of its partners have put together a sort
of "starter kit" for bewildered telcos -- particularly smaller
ones not ready to take on the daunting task of integrating a
solution on their own. The offering, called "IPTV in a Box," is
said to include...

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