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TelecomDirect News Daily Update - October 03, 2006

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The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For October 03, 2006

SFR Wades into French Fixed Market with US$451.6 mil. Takeover of Tele2 France

Pan-European alternative telecoms operator Tele2 has opted to
quit the French fixed-line market, offloading its entire
fixed-line operations in France to mobile operator SFR for 3.3
billion Sweden kronor (US$451.6 million). Under the deal, SFR
would take over Tele2's fixed-line operations including its
broadband unit, and would have ...

France Telecom Plans US$1.91 bil. Push into Convergence in Spain

France Telecom plans to invest 1.5 billion euro (US$1.91 billion)
in Spain over the next three years. The telco seeks to develop a
new convergence strategy for its Spanish operations. These
include fixed-line and internet operations Wanadoo Espana and the
mobile business Auna, which is currently being rebranded as
Orange. ...

FCC Approves Alltel Acquisition of Midwest Wireless

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the
US$1.1-billion acquisition of Midwest Wireless by Alltel, adding
conditions that assets in four cellular market areas would need
to be divested. The acquisition adds spectrum covering a
footprint of 2 million potential customers in southern Minnesota,
northern and eastern Iowa,...

Telecom Italia Workers Strike Against Reorganization Plan

MILAN, Italy -- Telecom Italia SpA workers went on strike Tuesday
to protest against plans to reorganize Italy's largest
telecommunications company. Thousands of workers blew whistles
and waved red union flags as they demonstrated outside Telecom
that 80 percent ...

Telephone Company Eircom Shuts Down Rival's 40,000 Lines Over Unpaid Bills

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Ireland's dominant telephone company, Eircom
PLC, shut down services Tuesday to smaller rival Smart Telecom in
a dispute over unpaid bills, leaving 40,000 households and
businesses unable to make calls. Eircom, which has been
threatening to cut off Smart Telecom since May 2005, said it
withdrew Smart ...

Taiwan's BenQ Blames Poor Product Management for Demise in German Unit

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's BenQ Corp. on Tuesday blamed poor
product management for the demise of its mobile unit in Germany.
BenQ, the world's No. 6 mobile phone vendor by market share,
filed for insolvency last week for the German operations it took over
from Siemens AG in October 2005, endangering 3,000 jobs.

Cingular Wireless Files Pretexter Suit

Cingular Wireless joins Verizon Wireless as the latest carrier to
take legal action with regards to the pretexting scandal
involving Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP). Cingular's lawsuit focuses on
private investigators involved in the pretexting efforts. HP is
under scrutiny by Congress for using pretexting tactics to
uncover the source ...

New Research: Telecom Manufacturers Shift Focus To Growing SMBs

A number of leading telephone system manufacturers are addressing
the capacity and migration needs of growing businesses by adding
newer and larger platforms to existing families of business
telephony systems. Distributed work environments with branch
offices and remote workers continue to be the workplace trend,
and leading ...

Intel/Nokia Deal Gets Mixed Reactions

Responses to last week's news that Nokia Corp. will partner with
Intel Corp. on HSDPA modules have ranged from 'this changes
everything' to 'Intel is in retreat.' Briefly, Nokia said on
Thursday that it will supply an HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet
access) module that Intel will include as part ...

Cisco Tunes in With Cognio

Cisco Systems Inc. has teamed up with startup Cognio Inc. to
provide users with tools to enable them to get more information
on what could be causing radio problems on their wireless LAN
networks. Cisco will use the Natick, Mass.-based company's
Spectrum Expert, a WiFi spectrum analysis and monitoring tool,
alongside its ...

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