CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - January 31, 2007

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FastWeb Sues Telecom Italia for US$675.2 mil.

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The Italian alternative broadband provider, FastWeb, is suing Telecom Italia for 522 million euro (US$675.3 million) for restricting competition, according to reports from the daily Il Sole 24 Ore. The new legal proceedings, which will start in the coming weeks, follow a ruling yesterday by an arbitration panel, ordering Telecom ...

Belgacom to Bid for Luxembourg Operator Voxmobile

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The Belgian incumbent operator, Belgacom, has been reported by the local newspaper,De Tijd, as being on the cusp of making an offer for Luxembourg operator Voxmobile, which operates a GSM, EDGE and UMTS network, as well as offering fixed, WLAN and ADSL services in the Duchy. It is reported that Voxmobile has a 20% share of the local ...

Imminent Chokepoint

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As 3G and enterprise apps drive more traffic on networks, backhaul could get all choked up.  Classically known as the single most costly network operating expense, backhaul could become more expensive still. 3G services are rapidly driving bandwidth growth across all segments of the network. Growth causes more strain on the backhaul ...

Securing Software-Defined Radios

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Next-generation mobile phones and various other types of wireless communication devices will almost certainly be based on software-defined radios (SDRs) -- if the technology can be made safe enough for routine use. SDRs use software instead of dedicated hardware to define and modify transmission and reception signal processing. SDR ...

Icahn Eyeballs Motorola

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What do these diverse companies -- TWA, ImClone, Time Warner and Motorola -- have in common? Answer: Carl Icahn, in some way, shape or form. Yesterday, Motorola confirmed billionaire investor and pot-stirrer Icahn and/or his representative now wants a seat on Motorola's 13-member board, with the nomination to be forwarded ...

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