The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For August 02, 2006
Latin America: Telefonica Plans to Invest US$177 Mil. in Broadband
Expansion for SMEs
Spanish telecoms group Telefonica is planning to invest 139
million euro (US$177 million) in expanding its broadband service
for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Latin
America. Telefonica will make the investment through its
Telefonica Negocios unit, which serves the SME
segment. The company also ...
France: Sale of Tele2 French Units Imminent, MVNO Reaches 300,000 Customers
A buyer for Tele2's French units may emerge at the end of the
month, La Tribune reports. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said
that front-runner Neuf Cegetel may not make it to the second round,
as it only bid 300 million euro (US$384 million) for the stake.
However, Tele2's MVNO operations would probably not be included
Russia: SMARTS Plans Alternative to Interconnection Fees
Regional mobile operator SMARTS has announced that it plans to offset
projected losses incurred by the country's new Calling Party Pays
(CPP) system by adding new subscribers, reports Prime-Tass. SMARTS
estimates that an increase of around 500,000 customers would be
sufficient to compensate revenue losses brought about by ...
Leading Search Engines Agree to Team Up to Fight Click Fraud
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Internet's leading search engines are
teaming up with an advertising trade group to find a better way to
identify and measure 'click fraud' a scam that has
raised doubts about the Web's trustworthiness as a marketing
vehicle. The initiative, to be announced Wednesday morning by
Spain's Telefonica Wins Slovakia's 3rd Mobile License
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - Telefonica SA won a tender for
Slovakia's third mobile operators license, the Slovak
Telecommunications Office said Wednesday. The office said in a
statement that it will allot cellular frequencies to Telefonica 02
Slovakia SRO, a unit of Spain's Telefonica SA, in four weeks'
time. The ...
Despite Naysayers, IMS Has Real Potential in Enterprise Market
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Despite widespread views to the contrary,
enterprise businesses will likely become a hot market for IP
Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) services, reports In-Stat. IMS has the
potential to generate over US$15 billion annually by 2010 for US
carriers, the high-tech market research firm says. IMS provides ...
Court: FCC Overstepped Billing Authority
A federal court of appeals in Atlanta ruled the FCC overstepped
its authority by telling state regulators they couldn't
require or prohibit the use of line items on consumers'
wireless bills. The issue is close to a larger effort by
wireless carriers to keep states from regulating wireless
services. States are allowed to ...
Boston Wi-Fi Plan Eyes Nonprofit Muni Net Operator
A special wireless task force for the City of Boston has proposed
a nonprofit organization be formed to build and run a wholesale
municipal Wi-Fi network that would recruit service-provider
partners to offer low-cost Internet broadband access. The
three-member task force formed by the city in mid-February issued
a 56-page report to ...
Vodafone Hangs On to Verizon Stake
Defying months of intense rumor and speculation, Vodafone Group
plc will not flog its 45 percent stake in massive U.S. cellular
operator Verizon Wireless , according to the man who may have
most wished for such a sell-off -- the CEO of Verizon
Communications Inc., Ivan Seidenberg. The Verizon big cheese
said on Verizon's ...
India's Carriers Report Major Growth
Phenomenal growth in mobile uptake is giving India's leading
operators a financial boost, according to the latest earnings
reports. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
(TRAI) , the country added 12.91 million mobile subscribers
during the quarter ended June 30, bringing the country's
total number of...
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