CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - February 09, 2007

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Virgin Media's Launch Invigorates U.K. Broadband Market

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The merged NTL Telewest and Virgin Mobile group rebranded its operations as Virgin Media and launched an aggressive promotional campaign unveiled by the owner of the Virgin empire, Richard Branson, with the new advertising campaign featuring Hollywood actress Uma Thurman. The rebranding strategy will enable Virgin Media to capitalise on ...

Qwest Back in Black for 2006

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Qwest Communications has continued the return to profitability in the release of the latest results for the fourth quarter, giving the first full year of net profits since 2003, although the results have missed expectations. Full-year revenues totalled US$13.9 billion, barely up by 0.1% on the previous year, while the cost-cutting ...

Contemplating the Next Move

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Operators around the globe are taking on major modernization programs that will mean a fundamental change to their networks and systems architectures. Before spending vast amounts on new technology, operators need to ask themselves some pretty fundamental questions about why they are embarking on these ventures. Despite all the ...

Samsung Unveils Mobile Phone With Features Similar to Apple's iPhone

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SEOUL, South Korea -- Samsung Electronics Co. has unveiled a new mobile phone that features some of the sleek design and functions of Apple Inc.'s much-hyped iPhone. Samsung's Ultra Smart F700 will be exhibited at next week's 3GSM World Congress, a telecommunications exhibition in Barcelona, Samsung spokeswoman ...

Alcatel-Lucent Job Cull Hits 12,500

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Alcatel-Lucent fleshed out its additional cost-cutting plans Friday morning by announcing that its post-merger headcount reduction would total 12,500 staff, up more than 3,500 from the initial 8,800 to 9,000 it had signaled last year. When Alcatel and Lucent first announced their merger plan in April 2006, they said that about ...

Yet Another Study Dismisses Mobile WiMAX

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Yet another major analytical study has concluded that, despite all the hype, the technology being marketed as WiMAX is going to be just a niche player in the mobile wireless market over the next half decade. The latest study, by Arthur D. Little, compares High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and WiMAX, and concludes WiMax will capture ...

Today's Funding Roundup

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Fixed/mobile convergence and WiMax startups gather the big bucks in this week's funding roundup. Tango Networks: Stealthy Richardson, Texas-based fixed/mobile convergence startup Tango Networks Inc. completed its first funding round, totaling $25 million, this week. Investors include Motorola Ventures , Nortel Networks Ltd. ...

IP Set Top Box Market Spurs New Players and Some Consolidation

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Driven by increasing Telco TV deployments, demand for IP set top boxes is growing, and will reach 19 million units in 2010, up from 4.3 million in 2006, reports In-Stat. New box vendors have entered the market within the past year, the high-tech market research firm says, but the important box features-HD, DVR, ...

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