CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - January 29, 2007

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Deutsche Telekom Issues Profit Warning on Fierce Competition and Weak Dollar

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The German fixed-line incumbent, Deutsche Telekom, has reduced its forecast for adjusted core operating profit, or EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) by 1.2 billion euro (US$1.6 billion) to 19.0 billion euro, compared with an earlier estimate of between 19.7-20.2 billion euro. Slower growth at its...

American Tower Mulling Investment in Reliance Tower Unit=E2=80=94Report

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American Tower Corp. may buy 20% of the tower unit of India's Reliance Communications for US$1 billion, theHindustan Times daily said today, citing sources close to the development. A spokesman for Reliance Communications, India's second-largest mobile services operator, declined to comment on the report. Significance: The ...

New Energy for Broadband Over Power Line

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Broadband over Power Line (BPL) can best be described as that 'other' fixed high-speed Internet access technology -- the one most consumers have never heard of. But BPL's days of obscurity may soon end, allowing the technology to join DSL and cable as a popular choice for wiring homes and businesses. Parks Associates, a ...

International Spotlight: Japan

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The big broadband trend in Japan these days, at least when it comes to Internet services, is pure speed -- on the order of 100 Mbps in some situations. FTTH is growing rapidly in Japan, with recent data suggesting that FTTH is adding 10 high-speed Internet subs for every one cable modem and DSL customer combined. Still, cable is ...

NEC 'SPITs' In The Face Of VoIP SPAM

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NEC Corporation claims to have developed technology that can potentially defend against so-called 'SPam over Internet Telephony (SPIT)', the latest growing annoyance of the broadband age. NEC says it's getting 99-percent accuracy in detecting SPIT by using a technology it's calling "VoIP SEAL." Detecting ...

Tech Roundup: MIMO Hits WiMax

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MIMO's on the menu in this week's new technology roundup, with the smart antenna technology being used not just to speed up WLAN but also WiMax. If that's not fast enough for you, we also check out new fashion phones and see how COWs can boost Super Bowl coverage. 4G for Real? Kyocera Corp. revealed this weekend ...

MSOs Switch Digital Gears

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Several leading North American cable operators, eager to save bandwidth and clear more space for advanced video and broadband services, are finally beginning to roll out switched digital broadcast technology. Indeed, four of the five largest MSOs in the U.S. -- Cablevision Systems Corp., Comcast Corp., Cox Communications Inc. ...

Symantec Shakes Up Archiving

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Symantec will overhaul its archiving story next week in an attempt to cash in on users growing email paranoia, and rival EMC, which acquired Legato in 2003, is planning its own upgrade for later this year. Both vendors are looking to widen the scope of their current offerings, with Symantec revamping its pricing and tying its ...

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