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TelecomDirect News Daily Update - June 29, 2006

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The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For June 29, 2006

KPN Sues Government over Telecoms Rules

Dutch telecoms group KPN has launched legal proceedings against
the government, accusing it of bias in the enforcement of
telecoms rules. KPN argues that unlike cable operators, which
face very little regulation, it is subject to a plethora of
rules carried over from the era when telecoms and cable were
different and independent ...

Telefonnica to Wrap Up Cesky Telecom, EuroTel Merger by 1 July

Spanish telecoms group Telefonica is planning to complete the
merger of its Czech fixed-line unit Cesky Telecom with its mobile
business EuroTel by 1 July this year. The merged company will be
rebranded as Telefonica O2 Czech Republic by the year-end. The
operational integration of the two companies should be

KT, SK to Launch Commercial WiBro in South Korea

KT Corp. (KT) and SK Telecom (SKT), South Korea's two largest
telecoms operators, said today that they would each launch a
commercial wireless broadband WiBro service, available from
tomorrow. The two companies said that they would initially
operate the services in the Seoul metropolitan area and gradually
expand the service coverage...

Cingular CTO Downplays Displacement, Touts IMS

NEW YORK -- Upstart players such as Google and Skype may be
disruptive to traditional telecom business models, but Cingular
Wireless CTO Kris Rinne downplayed the threat of these newcomers
and instead focused on the benefits of IP multimedia subsystem
(IMS) technology and how it will enable Cingular to offer
cross-network applications. ...

Senate Net-Neutrality Vote Promises A Continued Battle

After three days of haggling over language and a slew of
amendments, the sweeping Communications, Consumers' Choice, and
Broadband Deployment Act of 2006 (S.2686) now goes to the full
Senate floor after a 15-7 vote at the committee level. However,
efforts to codify and enforce network-neutrality rules over
Internet-access and...

Verizon Wireless to Ease Up on Fees

NEW YORK -- Targeting a top gripe by cell phone users and
breaking ranks again with its industry, Verizon Wireless plans to
prorate the fee it charges subscribers who break a contract so they
only pay an amount proportional to the time left on their agreements.
The change in the early termination fee will be implemented

V-Phone Simplifies Net Calling

NEW YORK -- It is a top feature of Internet phone service that
few bother with: the ability to use it anywhere, making and
taking calls from the same number at the same low price, even if
you're halfway around the world. The buzz kill to this
dreamy capability is that you usually need either to haul along
an adapter to...

EU Explores Tighter Broadband Regulation

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Commission unveiled plans
Thursday that would force telecommunications providers to share
broadband infrastructure with rivals and unify regulations in the
sector. Viviane Reding, the European Union commissioner in
charge of the EU's telecommunications policy, said the rules
would encourage...

iAnywhere Bundles Up

Need proof that the mobile software market is in a state of flux?
Consider that major players like Microsoft Corp., Nokia Corp.,
Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), and Sybase Inc. are trying to
expand beyond their mobile email or management roots and offer
more integrated packages to corporate users. Often, however, this
can be a complex...

Sprint Hints at Spectrum Plans

WASHINGTON -- Sprint Nextel Corp. plans to acquire additional
spectrum in the 2.5GHz band in order to give the company a nationwide
footprint, according to company officials attending the Wireless
Communications Association International (WCA) conference here this
week. But the company remains mysterious on its service plans for

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