CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - December 19, 2007

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For December 19, 2007

VSNL to Build Undersea Cable from India to Europe

     VSNL, a former state-run operator that is now controlled by
     India's Tata Group, has said the cable would be built in
     partnership with U.S.-based private equity venture SEACOM and
     Telecom Egypt by 2009. The cable will link Mumbai to Paris,
     London, and Madrid via Egypt, and will give VSNL 1.28 terabit of
     new capacity. The new...

TeliaSonera to Build Finnish-Russia Fibre Link

     Scandinavian telco TeliaSonera has announced that it has begun
     construction of an optical fibre link between the Finnish
     municipality of Kuhmo and the north-western Russian town of
     Kostomuksha. Construction of infrastructure links is almost
     complete in Russia and the entire project is scheduled for
     completion by mid-2008. The link...

Myxer Aims to Bridge the Mobile Content Gap

     With the mobile phone now pulling duty as a communications,
     information and entertainment delivery device, Myxer wants to
     help medium- and small-sized business, as well as individual
     users, to distribute audio and video content directly to mobile
     users easily and quickly.  Myxer's platform allows any Web site
     to deliver...

NetCracker Takes NExT Step at France Telecom

     France Telecom launched its New Experience in Telecom services
     (NExT) transformation initiative in the summer of 2005. That
     fall, NetCracker Technologies won the bid to provide resource
     management and other software solutions. However, that doesn't
     mean they won the business. Only recently did NetCracker become
     certified as the...

Sprint Gets New CEO; But Wherefore WiMAX?

     Sprint Nextel has lured industry veteran Daniel Hesse away from
     his post as chairman, president and CEO of Embarq, the erstwhile
     Sprint landline division, to take over the post of President and
     CEO left vacant when Gary Forsee was ousted in October, as Sprint
     reported net subscriber losses in the midst of a wireless market
     boom where...

Palm in a BlackBerry-Apple Jam

     Ailing smartphone maker Palm Inc.  has reported its second
     consecutive quarterly loss, suffering from increased competition
     from the BlackBerry and Apple Inc.'s iPhone.  The firm warned
     earlier this month that it would miss its second quarter forecast
     after failing to get a new phone certified for sale by the end

FCC Caps Cable

     As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted
     today in favor of an ownership cap that will have little
     near-term impact on cable operators other than the nation's
     largest, Comcast Corp.  In a 3-2 vote, the agency imposed a rule
     preventing U.S.  cable MSOs from owning 30 percent or more of the

The World's Biggest SANs: Part Two

     We at Byte and Switch are still on a quest to unearth the world's
     largest SAN.  With users across the globe wrestling with
     phenomenal rates of data growth, it makes sense to see how some
     of the world's largest storage deployments are meeting demand.
     Clearly, for the organizations on this list, size matters.  From

North American PC Users Increase Usage, Want More Mobility

     SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Consumers' usages of PCs and purchasing
     patterns continue to evolve, according a survey of North American
     PC users, reports In-Stat. Key findings in the In-Stat survey
     include a rise in the number of hours consumers use PCs and a
     desire for increased mobility, the high-tech market research


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