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TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Thursday, March 30, 2006

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The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For March 30, 2006

CEO Demands Immediate Privatisation of OTE

OTE chief executive Panagis Vourloumis has demanded the immediate
privatisation of his company, according to Dow Jones reports
yesterday. Vourloumis is calling on the government to privatise
its remaining 36% stake in OTE soon, in order to enable the
company to adapt. 'The need to complete the privatisation of OTE
is immediate,' he said....

Nokia Ups Global Mobile Growth Estimate, Launches New Handsets For
Asian Markets

HELSINKI, Finland -- The world's largest cell phone maker, Nokia
Corp., on Thursday upped a growth estimate of worldwide mobile
device sales this year to 15 percent, saying most of the increase
will be in the emerging markets of Asia and Africa. Separately,
it announced the launch of three low-priced handsets in China, in

EU Clears Virgin and Carphone Warehouse To Start New French Mobile
Phone Service

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- EU regulators on Thursday cleared Virgin
Mobile Holdings PLC and Carphone Warehouse Group PLC to launch a
new mobile phon eservice in France. The two companies said last
October they would jointly create and own a mobile virtual
network operator that would rent access from France Telecom's
Orange network and...

Telcos Vs. Cablecos: 'A-Feudin' Over Franchising

And you thought the fabled Hatfield-McCoy feud was
nasty. U.S. telcos and cablecos are escalating a nasty war of
words over media advertisements and other propaganda messages
that are posing "fer or agin" positions on the nationwide
video-franchise issue. The public-relations fight has been
building steam for weeks but it picked up...

Qualcomm Extends Feud with Broadcom

Qualcomm is once again crying foul, filing its third intellectual
property infringement case against rival Broadcom. This latest
legal battle covers alleged infringement of Qualcomm's patents
relating to WCDMA and wireless local area network chipsets. The
suit, which was filed in a San Diego court, claims Broadcom's

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