The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For April 05, 2007
Canadian Government Acts to Speed Up Deregulation
Following the announcement last December that the Canadian
government would act to vary the CRTC framework on forbearance,
decision 2006-15, Forbearance from the regulation of retail
local exchange services, issued in April 2006, it has
announced, through Industry Minister Maxime Bernier, that the
rules will be implemented ...
Swedish Regulator Orders TeliaSonera Price Cuts
Sweden's telecom regulator, the PTS, has ruled that TeliaSonera
must immediately cut its local loop unbundling (LLU) charges. Dow
Jones reports that PTS has asked TeliaSonera to slash its price for
full LLU to 244 Swedish kronor (US$35.1) per quarter from the 315
kronor it charged previously. PTS wants prices for partial LLU to
Getting local ... and personal
The value of our cable networks and services is increasingly
judged by the degree to which they are localized and
personalized. Subsequently, a critical component of any
full-scale video service is the local channels. Although cable
operators have known this for some time, satellite providers have
only recently realized the importance of ...
Compelling content and graphics, mixed with a sense of community
that crosses multiple platforms, are key attributes driving the
mobile gaming industry into the mainstream gaming world. In doing
so, it is revving up an appealing new revenue stream for wireless
carriers. Although mobile gaming over a variety of handheld
devices lags ...
Pipex Picks Nokia Siemens for WiMax Pilot
Nokia Siemens Networks has announced its first European mobile
WiMax engagement, a planned broadband wireless pilot with
alternative U.K. operator Pipex Communications plc, the
broadband ISP that is currently up for sale. Nokia has
already been named as one of three infrastructure suppliers for
Sprint Nextel Corp.'s WiMax ...
FCC Scolded for Dragging its Feet
The Democratic Congress has recently been credited with holding
the FCC's feet to the fire on its mishandling of cable TV
franchising, its backlog of unanswered consumer complaints and
its stalling on various disputes between industry rivals. Since
the slap on the wrist, the FCC has accelerated efforts to
complete action on ...
MetroPCS Eyes $1B IPO
Local wireless operator MetroPCS Inc. is -- as expected --
gunning for a $1 billion initial public offering. The
Dallas-based operator says that it plans to sell 50 million
shares at between $19 and $21 per share when it starts trading on
the NYSE. The service provider's $1 billion float will be the
largest wireless-related IPO ...
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