CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - January 26, 2007

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Synchronizing for Results

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The sequence of steps from the arrival of a customer's order, up to and including the customer's cash reaching the operator's bank account, represents the financial lifeblood of any communications company's business. But the order-to-cash cycle also does more: It shapes many key touch points-installation, provisioning, ...

Spanish Government Keeps Close Eye on Telef=C3=B3nica's Tariffs

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The Spanish government has cautioned the country's fixed-line incumbent, Telefonica, that is still has the right to curb the telco's fixed-line tariffs, if they are deemed anti-competitive. As the dominant market player, Telefonica is obliged to inform the government of its tariff changes with a 21-day notice. ...

Ukrainian President Signs Legislation for Privatization of Telecom Giant Ukr telekom

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KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko signed legislation Friday to privatize telecom giant Ukrtelekom. The sale of Ukrtelekom, in which the government holds a 92.9 percent stake, has been repeatedly postponed. But both Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych now support holding an open, public auction ...

Motorola's WiMax Wait

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Motorola Inc. isn;t expected to see revenues from its early adventures in the mobile WiMax field for at least 12 months and possibly much longer. Motorola snagged a slice of what are arguably the two highest profile WiMax deals in the U.S. recently. The Schaumburg, Ill.-based company is one of the three major infrastructure ...

France Telecom: 'More IPTV, Please'

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PARIS -- France Telecom SA, one of the world's biggest IPTV service providers with 600,000 telco TV customers, has issued a plea to other carriers: Build more IPTV. Benjamin Schwarz, the carrier's international IPTV projects manager who has helped France Telecom roll out Orange TV services in five countries, said the...

T-Mobile Ranks Highest in Customer Service. Again.

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J.D. Power and Associates awarded T-Mobile with the highest ranking in wireless customer care for the fifth time in a row. T-Mobile held onto the top spot and ranked highest among the five largest U.S. wireless network operators by creating a positive experience among customers who contact the carrier for service or assistance. ...

Why Apple's iPhone Isn't 'Smart'

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Although the industry buzz continues regarding Apple's iPhone, analysts are just now beginning to talk about what the device is not, and the term 'smart' is surfacing. While the iPhone initially was given high marks regarding its user interface, its innovation and its seamless integration, two ABI Research analysts --...

Nokia Posts 19% Rise in 2006 Profits, ASP Falls

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The global mobile handset maker, Nokia, has posted a 19% rise in profits for the year ending December 2006, thanks to impressive results from its mobile phones and enterprises divisions. Net profits in 2006 rose to 4.31 billion euro (US$5.56 billion) from 3.62 billion euro a year...

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