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TelecomDirect News Daily Update - August 18, 2006

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents
The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For August 18, 2006

U.K. Regulator Proposes New Broadband Switching Rules

Ofcom has unveiled new proposals aimed at making it easier for
customers to switch broadband providers. It proposes to formalise
the switching process, by making it mandatory for broadband
providers to supply customers with a Migration Authorisation Code
(MAC) required for switching. In addition, the regulator plans to
create a ...

Training Cable's Front Line

The secret to keeping customers is keeping customers satisfied.
That's especially true of the ones who are unhappy, the ones who
call with a problem. That means your first line of defense is
manned by customer service reps, installers and repair
technicians. And that historically has been one suspect front
line. Among U.S. ...

Auction 66 Tops $10 Billion in Bidding

WASHINGTON -- Bidders with established wireless or wireline
networks are emerging as the dominant players in the FCC's
Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) auction. After 20 rounds, total
bidding for the spectrum topped $10 billion. T-Mobile USA and
Verizon Wireless were at the top, followed by Sprint's
partnership with cable ...

Bidders Line Up For Verizon's Leavings

Reports surfacing this week say several telephone holding
companies are interested in purchasing Verizon Communications'
landline network assets in some New England and Midwest states,
assets the incumbent carrier said in May would be on the block.
FairPoint Communications, CenturyTel and Citizens Communications
are among ...

WiMax's Small Steps to Security

Sprint Nextel Corp.'s decision last week to spend $3 billion on a
new high-speed wireless network gear catapulted WiMax right into
the public eye. But what Sprint didn't talk about -- and is less
well understood -- is what security measures will protect users
who move over to the broadband wireless network. Analysts, ...

Wireless Pause Pesters Ericsson, Lucent

Wireless equipment sales are reaching a pause for Ericsson AB,
but it's no cause for long-term concern, analysts say. Ericsson
is troubled by GSM and UMTS spending, which in North America
'may be below plan due to some near-term digestion of
capacity,' analyst Mark Sue of RBC Capital Markets writes in
a report issued ...

Draft n Products Debut in 2Q06: WLAN End-Product and Chipset Vendors
Off and Running in the Midst of IEEE 802.11n Standard Drama

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Although the much-heralded IEEE 802.11n WLAN
standard is probably a good year away from formal ratification,
end-products based on Draft 1.0 of the standard were released from a
handful of vendors in 2Q06. Approximately 300 thousand total Draft n
routers, clients and access points shipped out from home and SMB ...

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