The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For November 07, 2006
Telecom Italia Q3 Revenue Up 4.6%, Thanks to European Broadband, Brazilian
Telecom Italia has posted a 4.6% year-on-year (y/y) rise in
third-quarter revenue thanks to strong growth in its European
broadband operations and continued strong sales at its Brazilian
mobile unit. Revenues for the quarter rose to 7.77 billion euro
(US$9.92 billion) from 7.43 billion for the same period in 2005.
Telecom Italia said its ...
Deutsche Telekom Offers Loyalty Bonus for Triple-Play Customers
Germany's fixed-line incumbent, Deutsche Telekom, has launched a
loyalty bonus system, which is expected to save its customers
between 50-150 euro (US$64-191) per month. The bonus system is
targeted at customers of both its fixed-line and mobile units,
T-Com and T-Mobile, opting to combine fixed-network telephony,
mobile and ...
FCC Classifies BPL as Information Service
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has clarified
the regulatory situation with broadband over powerline (BPL) with
the declaration that it is to be regulated as an information
service, on an equal footing with other broadband services. The
regulatory order finds that "the transmission component
underlying BPL-enabled ...
Take Action: New Gear From Actiontec Gets VoIP Down to Business
About 98 percent of businesses in the United States are SMBs, and
less than 10 percent of those businesses today use VoIP. But a
little company called Actiontec Electronics Inc. is trying to
change that by educating the SMB set on the benefits of VoIP and
by offering some neat new PBX gateways designed for small-scale
applications based ...
Samsung Electronics Unveils New Communication Device Tailored for Wireless =
SEOUL, South Korea -- Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday showed
off a new three-way foldable combination of phone, personal
computer and music player tailored for an emerging wireless
broadband technology the company is pushing as a global standard.
The gadget was unveiled at a Samsung-sponsored industry
conference on Mobile ...
EU Commission Tells Tourists to Switch Off Mobiles to Avoid "Excessive" Fees
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union executive commission on
Tuesday urged EU tourists to switch off their mobile phones on
foreign trips, saying the operators were still charging
'excessively high' prices for calling from abroad.
EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding said current
Vodafone Turns to Microsoft Platform
Looking to cut costs while still enhancing the consumer mobile
experience, Vodafone has inked a deal with Microsoft to develop
software that will enable the introduction of new mobile
services. The agreement will bring together Microsoft Windows
Mobile and Vodafone live! The Windows Mobile platform marks the
third mobile platform ...
Verizon Intensifies European VoIP Push
Verizon Business, in a major expansion of its VoIP offerings
overseas, has released its entire VoIP portfolio to the
international market. Verizon Business is the operating unit
Verizon Communications created when it bought MCI earlier this
year. Verizon VoIP is aimed primarily at Europe right now plus
Canada and South Africa, ...
Cingular Speeds Up
3G PDAs, WiFi location boxes, and convergence from a food
retailer (!) make up the menu for this week's new-product
roundup. Cingular Claims 3G First: No. 1 U.S. mobile carrier
Cingular Wireless LLC says that it is the first operator in the
U.S. to ship a wireless PDA that runs over a 3G HSDPA/UMTS
network. The $400 ...
Tektronix Buys VOIP Test Firm
Test vendor Tektronix Inc. has opened its purse again to snap up
VOIP service monitoring specialist Minacom for $27 million in
cash. Montreal-based Minacom, which has about 35 on staff, 60
customers, and revenues of $5 million a year, is 100 percent
owned by its founder and CEO Michel Nadeau, who is now good for a
Wireless Users Regularly Carry Redundant Devices
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Conventional wireless industry wisdom is
that consumers seek a single wireless device with multiple
capabilities built into the handset, however, studies show that
most users carry redundant devices, reports In-Stat. For
instance, more than 15% of people carry two wireless phones, the
high-tech market research ...
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