TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Thursday, January 19, 2006

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For January 19, 2006

Location Services Gain Curb Appeal

     The growing appeal of location-based services (LBS) as a revenue
     play, value-add and competitive tool is prompting a number of
     wireless carriers and their technology-developing partners to
     push LBS beyond the initial OnStar navigational stage.  Gaming,
     entertainment, new media, precise location and tracking services
     and more are becoming...

Romanian Regulator Sets Goals for 2006

     Romanian telecoms regulator ANRC has set out goals for the
     current year in its 2006 Action Plan, which is now available for
     consultation with the telecoms industry and the public. The ANRC
     intends to introduce cost-oriented tariffs for call termination
     on MobiFon and Orange Romania's mobile networks during the first
     half of 2006, as well...

Slovak Telecom Fined US$28 mil. for Obstructing Competition

     Slovakia's Competition Commission (PMU) has hit fixed-line
     incumbent Slovak Telecom with a fine of 885 million Slovak koruna
     (US$28.4 million) for abuse of its dominant market position in
     the provision of local access lines. Slovak Telecom has 30 days
     to pay the fine.  However, it expects to appeal the anti-monopoly
     office's decision.  ...

Calling Records Sales Face New Scrutiny

     Phone companies and federal lawmakers are demanding it be
     halted. The Federal Communications Commission is launching an
     investigation. The business of buying and selling private phone
     calling records is suddenly under considerable scrutiny.  The
     Internet, it turns out, has taken something old -- a tool for
     monitoring cheating...

Bidders Submit Plans To Wire NYC Subway Stations

     NEW YORK -- Some of the best-known companies in the world
     submitted bids Wednesday to wire 277 New York City subway
     stations for cell phone use, including one proposal that involves
     America's cellular carriers forming an alliance.  The bids mark a
     significant step in a long-running effort to make cell phone
     service available to the...

Music Sales Are Booming on Internet

     LONDON -- Sales of music via the Internet and mobile phones
     continued to boom in 2005, the recording industry reported
     Thursday, reaching 6 percent of global record company revenues.
     The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or
     IFPI, also called on Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, to join
     the fight against...

Sony Ericsson Reports Record Sales

     Largely on the strength of robust sales for its Walkman phones,
     Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB is reporting record sales
     and shipments.  Since the device was launched in August, 3
     million units have been shipped. Across the board, Sony says it
     has shipped 28 percent more units than last year. European sales
     rose 15 percent over...

BellSouth Predicts 2007 IPTV Launch

     Incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) BellSouth likely will
     introduce full IPTV services a year from now.  Don Granger,
     BellSouth's president of entertainment, told sister publication
     Inside Digital TV, "We will be expanding our current technical
     trial into a market trial in the middle of this year, where we
     will step it up to 1,000...

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