CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - January 03, 2007

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AT&T Outlines Consolidated Strategy

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Following the completion of the AT&T-BellSouth merger at the close of 2006 after a number of concessions proposed by AT&T, AT&T CEO Edward Whitacre has been reported by the Wall Street Journal as outlining the company's strategy for the consolidated entity. Key to the strategy is ...

Mobile Managed Network Services Set For 5-Year Spike

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Managed network services provide continued opportunities for mobile communications service providers to offload network-operation tasks to third parties. Additionally, these services allow infrastructure vendors to secure new revenue streams, according to ABI Research, which forecasts double-digit compound annual growth rates ...

Alcatel-Lucent Closes Nortel UMTS Deal

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Nortel's UMTS business is now officially part of Alcatel-Lucent, which paid $320 million for the business and related assets. The deal was put to bed on Dec. 31. A tentative deal was originally announced in September, but Alcatel-Lucent forged a definitive agreement last month after closing its own merger involving the then ...

Essar Offers $11B for Hutch Buyout

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The race for Hutchison Essar has intensified as Vodafone Group plc and Reliance Communications Ltd. have officially entered the fray, while minority shareholder Essar Teleholdings has reportedly offered to buy out its joint venture partner. Essar has offered $11 billion for Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd.'s ...

AT&T Hits Lowered U-verse Goal

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AT%T Inc. says there are no technical problems to blame for its only launching U-verse IPTV service in 11 markets during 2006. The carrier had been saying it would launch U-verse in 15 to 20 markets during 2006. But it revised its goal downward in a December 21 press release: AT&T now expects to launch AT&T ...

Satellite TV Uplink Industry a Key Driver For Digital Video Program Services

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The worldwide Satellite TV uplink industry is emerging as an important growth driver for a wide and expanding range of digital video production equipment and video management products, reports In-Stat. This market will experience solid, sustained incremental revenue growth, and have a value of US$306 million ...

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