The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For August 24, 2006
Broadband Surges to 72.6% of all British Internet Connections,
Regulator Calls for New Rules on VoIP
Barely a year after displacing dial-up access as the most popular
way to connect to the internet in the United Kingdom, broadband
now accounts for 72.6% of all connections, thanks to an
impressive local loop unbundling (LLU) program and intense
competition among providers. According to a report from the
United Kingdom's Office of ...
Regulator Grants 29 WiMAX Licences in 2006, TeliaSonera Launches 100
Finland's telecoms regulator, FICORA, has granted wireless
broadband licences to 29 companies in Finland over 2006. FICORA said
the licences, which would enable the companies to roll out WiMAX
networks, were strongly competed for, although the regulator paid
particular attention to promoting the efficiency of the
Motorola Files Defamation Case Against RussGPS and Biznes
U.S. equipment manufacturer Motorola has filed a lawsuit against
a Russian satellite navigation technology company and Moscow
business newspaper Biznes, reports Prime-Tass. Motorola is
seeking 291 million roubles (US$10.88 million) for defamation,
following RussGPS's allegations that the American group used
its technology in the ...
Ericsson Signs Billion-dollar Deal to Expand Mobile Network in India
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson said
Thursday it has signed a US$1 billion (euro 780 million) deal
with Indian mobile operator Bharti Airtel to expand its wireless
networks. The three-year contract, which also includes upgrades
and technical support, will help Bharti Airtel improve its mobile
Greece May Sell More of OTE Telecom
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's conservative government may sell
another stake of telecoms provider OTE next year as part of an
ongoing privatization drive, Finance Minister Giorgos
Alogoskoufis said. The sale would cut the state's stake in the
former monopoly from the 38.7 percent it currently controls.
Movida Turns to the Web, Expands Retail Reach
Pay-as-you-go wireless MVNO Movida Communications aims for
ubiquity by now offering its customers the ability to top-up
option cards on the Web. The company also is aggressively
pursuing new retailer agreements that go beyond its partnership
with Wal-Mart Stores. Movida targets Hispanic customers by
offering voice and data services ...
Russia Eyes Cellular Price Controls
Russian cellular operators are facing the possibility of more
regulation by the government in a backlash against an attempt by
three of the largest wireless carriers in the country to raise
their rates. Rate regulation would result from a bill just
dropped in the hopper in the State Duma, the lower house of the
Russian parliament, ...
Hopeful Satellite Signs
It hasn't been a good week for the satellite industry. Both
DirecTV and EchoStar have dropped out of the bidding in the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spectrum auction for
Advanced Wireless Services. But a little-noticed news item out of
Colombia, of all places, might provide a glimmer of hope for the
beleaguered industry. ...
Analyst: Cisco Sees VOIP Sales Bump in Q2
Increased sales of media gateways to carriers helped Cisco
Systems Inc. report a big quarter in VOIP equipment, according to
Synergy Research Group Inc. Synergy says Cisco's
second-quarter VOIP gear revenues grew 72.3 percent over the
first quarter. Cisco sold $67.5 million in VOIP gear, compared
with $39.2 million the ...
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