CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - January 10, 2007

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Apple iPhone Launches, Cingular Gets U.S. Exclusive

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At the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Apple yesterday unveiled the long-awaited and much-heralded iPhone (despite the name being trademarked by Cisco). The large but slim (114mm by 61mm by 11.6mm) 135 gram, OS X based device resembles a slab type PDA and comes in 4Gb and 8Gb variations priced at US$499 and US$599 ...

Vivendi Invincible in PTC Case

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The French media company, Vivendi, has demanded that the telecoms group, Deutsche Telekom, return either the cash or the shares that the German telco bought from the Polish power conglomerate, Elektrim, in Poland's number-one mobile operator, PTC. Vivendi bases its claim on the recent ruling by the Austrian Supreme Court, which ...

Radio Industry Tunes in Change

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The broadcast radio business is undergoing a rapid transformation, and most conventional AM/FM receivers will soon be heading to the landfill. The U.S. broadcast radio market, currently dominated by thousands of local stations transmitting analog signals, is being forced into radical change by the arrival of numerous listening ...

EarthLink's New Muni Wireless Broadband Reseller: Vonage

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VoIP mogul Vonage, in a move that surprised most observers, signed a three-year pact with ISP EarthLink under which it will resell EarthLink municipal Wi-Fi services under the Vonage brand name. In effect, to a least a limited extent geographically, this turns Vonage into an ISP. Official Vonage statements indicate the game ...

CES: Sprint Streams WiMax

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LAS VEGAS -- Consumer Electronics Show (CES) -- Sprint Nextel Corp. is continuing to push ahead with its ambitious mobile WiMax plans despite recent financial wobbles. The operator has been running live demos of the technology here at CES and now plans to initially launch in four cities -- rather than two -- in 2007. The cities are ...

CES: Cisco Preps Home Invasion

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LAS VEGAS -- Consumer Electronics Show (CES) -- In case there was any doubt, Cisco Systems Inc. very much wants to be the backbone of the next generation of networked homes. CEO John Chambers laid out a grandiose vision of his company's consumer-market ambitions in today's keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics ...

Layoffs on Tap at Sprint

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Sprint Nextel shares were down as much as 11% this morning on news that the wireless carrier served up a tepid outlook and announced plans to lay off about 5,000 workers. The carrier said it expects to report full-year 2006 consolidated operating revenues of roughly $41 billion. Looking ahead to full-year 2007, Sprint is forecasting ...

Small Businesses Continue to Fuel Hosted VoIP Market

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Hosted VoIP telephony has experienced another year of steady growth, as the small business market continues to be the sweet spot with most deployments in the 20-to-50 seat range, reports In-Stat. Hosted VoIP will continue to experience dynamic growth over the next few years, with projected revenues exceeding $2 ...

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