CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - January 15, 2007

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Deutsche Telekom Changes Its VDSL Roll-Out Strategy

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Europe's largest telecoms group, Deutsche Telekom, has shelved its 3.3 billion euro (US$4.3 billion) VDSL roll-out strategy and will not carry out its initial plan to connect 50 cities in Germany to its ultra-high-speed VDSL network, which is capable of delivering speeds of up to 50 Mbps and supports live streaming of high-definition...

Boomerang Effect

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The wall separating telecom services from broadcast and cable TV services has never been thinner. The ability of wireless customers to watch their home TV programming remotely via their wireless devices over a wireless network is raising flags - not only for regulators trying to monitor both content and telecommunications services, but ...

Three Companies on the Move

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A variety of startups introduced innovative and potentially revolutionary technologies last year, making it an exciting time for telecom innovation. As 2007 kicks into gear, several new telecom products and services are gaining momentum. Three companies in particular -- Firethorn, GrandCentral Communications and Innopath -- are offering ...

Italy's Fastweb Fixed-line Operator Posts 26 Percent Rise in Q4 Revenue

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MILAN, Italy -- Fastweb, Italy's second-largest telecommunications fixed-line operator, announced a 26 percent increase in fourth quarter revenue on Monday as it signed up a record number of customers. Revenue in the fourth quarter rose to E362 million (US$467 million) from E287.5 million a year, helped by a record 105,000 ...

AT&T Puts Cingular Out to Pasture

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The AT&T Inc. phase-out of 6-year-old Cingular Wireless' brand begins next week. AT&T says it will transition the Cingular brand to its own in a massive advertising and customer communications campaign targeting Cingular's Websites, retail stores, company buildings and vehicles. Just last week, AT&T gained full ...

Nortel, Siemens Win PBT Deals at BT

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BT Group plc has firmly committed to the controversial new Ethernet technology PBT (Provider Backbone Transport) by announcing multi-year supply deals with Nortel Networks Ltd. and Siemens Communications Group . Light Reading believes BT plans to invest several tens of millions of dollars in the Ethernet technology. ...

Sonae Gets Green Light To Launch PT Takeover Bid

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Portuguese stock-market regulator Comissao do Mercado de Valores Mobiliarios (CMVM) has given Sonae the go-ahead to move forward on its hostile takeover bid for Portugal Telecom (PT), just hours after PT this morning issued a statement that it thinks the bid is billions of dollars too low. The agency essentially accused Sonae and ...

Alvarion Heads Downmarket

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The news that Alvarion Ltd. has formed a joint venture with a Taiwanese partner to build end-user devices brings the development of WiMax networks to a new phase, according to executives on both sides of the deal. Tel Aviv-based Alvarion says it will partner with Accton Technology Corp. of Taipei to build high ...

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