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TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Thursday, April 6, 2006

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents
The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For April 6, 2006

Vodafone Unveils New Organizational Structure, Targets Key Converged
Telecoms Services

LONDON -- Vodafone Group PLC unveiled a new organizational
structure Thursday that included plans for the struggling British
mobile phone operator to break into key converged telecoms
services. Vodafone, the world's largest mobile phone company by
revenues, is facing slowing growth in mature markets, and the
shuffle is also...

EU Takes Action Against 11 Member States for Failing To Implement
Emergency Call System

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Commission said Thursday it
was taking legal action against 11 EU governments for failing to
implement a 14-year-old EU-wide emergency telephone number system
for travelers. EU Commissioner Viviane Reding said that failure
to implement the emergency 112 number could cost lives. ''The
ability to...

Samsung Unveils Thinnest Mobile Phone for U.S. Market

LAS VEGAS -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. unveiled the thinnest
mobile phone in the U.S. market, aiming to take a wider slice out
of sales of Motorola Inc.'s popular Slvr. The t509, which hits
the market in May, is a candy-bar shaped phone that is thinner
than a deck of cards at 9.8 mm thick and is a tad skinnier than
Slvr, which...

Verizon Revs It Up

SIN CITY -- Verizon Wireless says it plans to deploy faster 3G
cellular technology -- with the unwieldy moniker of "CDMA EV-DO
Rev A" -- as soon as the 3-Mbit/s kit is available from
suppliers. "As soon as it is available we'll start putting it
in," says Richard Lynch, executive vice president and CTO of
Verizon Wireless. "Rev A...

Sprint Nextel Hunts for 2.5GHz Service

LAS VEGAS -- CTIA -- As a condition of approving the recent
merger between Sprint and Nextel, the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) has required the merged company to begin
offering service in the 2.5GHz band to at least 15 million
Americans by 2009 and to 15 million more by 2011. So is the
2.5GHz band ready to deploy...

3G Market Entering Refinement Period

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Cellular operators continued to steadily
roll out new 3G systems in 2005, though the rate of new
deployments has slowed, reports In-Stat. In 2005, 35 new WCDMA
systems were deployed, as well as 7 new CDMA2000 1X EV-DO
systems, the high-tech market research firm says. "Most carriers
have deployed at least their...

Lucatel' Satellite Deal Keeps Everyone In The Dark

More pieces of the proposed Lucent-Alcatel merger fell into place
as Alcatel released details of the sale of its satellite unit to
Thales, a move designed to keep French military secrets away from
prying American eyes. Even as Alcatel was finalizing its Thales
deal -- which reportedly and somewhat conveniently had been

Action Engine Powers Mobile Initiatives

Action Engine unveiled two new wireless partnerships at the CTIA
Wireless 2006 trade show in Las Vegas this morning. The mobile
application platform company will power an ad-supported mobile
news service from as well as the new TiVo Mobile
service. Action Engine is working with and Microsoft
to support a beta launch...

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