The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For March 07, 2007
Neuf Cegetel Swings into Profit, Outlines FTTx Offer
The French alternative fixed-line telco, Neuf Cegetel, has swung
back into profit for the 2006 financial year. Net profits rose to
213 million euro (US$279.4 million), up by 407 million euro.
Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation
(EBITDA) more than doubled to 544 million euro. Revenues
increased by 5.3% to 2.9 ...
Regulator Set to Drop Plan to Splinter KPN's Network
The Netherlands' telecoms regulator, OPTA, looks set to abandon
plans to mandate KPN to spin off its network into a separate
business. OPTA had considering compelling KPN to spin off its
network assets into a new business, in a manner akin to the
United Kingdom's Openreach approach. However, OPTA's new position
follows on ...
Phoning in Your Performance
Thanks to the Internet, and sophisticated new software, it's now
possible for a garage band to hold a jam session with members
located in garages scattered around the world. Boca Raton,
Fla.-based startup eJamming is offering a music-oriented
peer-to-peer-based service that even the RIAA might approve
of. The company's ...
AlcaLu Tunes Up Redundancy
Alcatel-Lucent is beefing up high-availability features on its
switches and routers, playing up one of the features that's
helped it gain ground against Cisco Systems Inc. and Juniper
Networks Inc. High availability generally involves having backups
available -- a second switch fabric that can take over after
AT&T Homezone Taps Wireless
AT&T's Homezone now makes it possible for customers to manage
their TV recordings via their wireless handsets. The Homezone
service, which was introduced last fall, integrates AT&T Yahoo!
High Speed Internet, AT&T DISH Network satellite television and
AT&T Home Networking services via a single set-top device. A ...
FCC's Video-Franchise Order Garners Mixed Reception
The Federal Communications Commission adopted and released its
Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
regarding video franchising, and the fur has begun to fly. In
the Order, the commission concludes that the current operation of
the franchising process constitutes an "unreasonable barrier
to entry that ...
Google Spy: Big Team Picking Up Phone
A Silicon Valley insider claims that 100 people are working on a
new mobile device at Google. Speculation about Google launching a
device has been rife particularly since Apple Inc. unveiled
the iPhone this January. Now, Polaris Venture Partners general
partner Simeon Simeonov, claiming to have insider knowledge, has
added a ...
Government, Healthcare Take Lead in Mobile Data Use
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The use of wireless data in commercial
applications has grown dramatically in the past decade, from $600
million in 1996 to $7.2 billion in 2006, reports
In-Stat. Government and Healthcare verticals have the highest
adoption rates of wireless data, the high-tech market research
firm says. Financial Services, ...
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