CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update

******************************** PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update For May 23, 2007 ********************************

Convergence Triggers Consumer-Focused Reorganisation for Europe's Incumbent Telcos

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Ongoing trends in telecoms services convergence have begun to influence the structural make-up of Europe's incumbent telcos. Faced with an increasingly converged service platform, telcos are having to realign their structure, departing from their traditional product-based ...

Local Government Body Sells Stake in U.K.'s Regional Fixed Telco, Kingston

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Kingston-upon-Hull City Council has announced that it is to exit the telecoms industry and sell its 30.1% share in Kingston Communications, a provider of telecoms services to businesses and the public sector in the United Kingdom mainly under the Affiniti brand, and to consumer markets in East Yorkshire. Significance: Kingston ...

Super-Stable Cable

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Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a super-stable fiber-optic network that can be tuned across a variety of visible and near-infrared frequencies while synchronizing light wave oscillations from different sources. The network design promises applications in remote sensing and secure ...

Targeted Ads, 2; Speeds & Feeds, 0

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BOSTON -- Telecom 2.0: The Collision of Content & Communications Video service providers, telco and cable alike, are always bragging about which has the better network. But it could come down to more advanced applications and content to decide who survives the battle for the living room. One potential application that ...

Clearwire Tests Mobile WiMAX, Says 'It Works!'

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Clearwire held its first field trials of mobile equipment based on IEEE 802.16e standards -- what's being called Mobile WiMAX and the stuff apparently works. Considering the company is gambling its entire existence on the technology, it would have been a bit disappointing if the technology had failed, especially to ...

On2 Acquires Hantro for $58M

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Video compression software company, On2 Technologies , announced the acquisition of Hantro Products Oy , which makes video technology for mobile phones, for $58.4 million in cash and shares. The deal represents a big step toward bringing higher-quality video to mobile handsets and other consumer devices. The acquisition will ...

New Rules May Ease SOX Audits

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New guidelines for auditors of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance could take effect later this week, lowering the cost of SOX initiatives and reducing companies dependence on auditors to interpret SOX requirements. The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) -- a private, nonprofit entity that gives guidance to the many ...

Alltel Deal Sparks Buyout Talks

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Merger and acquisition news traditionally spark industry talk regarding other vulnerable targets. Just a day after Alltel's buyout announcement by TPG and GSW Capital Partners, T-Mobile USA and Sprint headline the analysts' list of potential targets. However, according to Thomson Financial, Deutsche Telekom AG is not ...

Wi-Fi RFID Tag Market to Grow More Than 100% Per Year Through 2010

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Despite some hurdles to overcome, Wi-Fi RFID tag shipments will grow at over 100% annually through 2010, reports In-Stat. The technology is attractive because Wi-Fi RFID allows businesses to leverage their existing Wi-Fi investments for asset tracking, the high-tech market research firm says. ...

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