CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - November 06, 2007

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Our new poll: Is the iPhone a fad? Visit our web to vote. Motorola Begins 3G Femtocell Trials in Europe

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Motorola has announced that it has completed internal testing of its Femtocell solution and will begin a trial in conjunction with an unnamed "major European operator" from the low power mobile network base stations. Joe Cozzolino, corporate vice-president and general manager of Motorola Home & Networks Mobility EMEA,...

France Telecom Says EU Telecom Breakup Plan Could Hurt Investment

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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- France Telecom SA warned on Tuesday that an EU plan to separate telecomnetworks and access providers to foster competition could harm investment in next-generation networks. The plan to break up networks from service branches at incumbent operators 'goes in the wrong direction' and creates...

Nortel Networks Posts 3Q Profit, Reversing Year-Ago Loss as Margins Improve

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TORONTO -- Nortel Networks Corp. said Tuesday it swung to a profit in the third quarter despite lower revenue as the Canadian telecom equipment supplier reported its best operating margin since 2004. Net income totaled US$27 million (E?18.64 million), or 5 cents per share, versus a prior-year loss of US$63 million, or 14 cents...

Cisco Targets SMBs With UC Offers, Upgrades

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Cisco, targeting small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), has beefed up its Smart Business Communications System (SBCS) offering with new technical services, the tripling of unified communications (UC) capabilities to as many as 48 users, and the addition of four new Ethernet switches. It's also launched a "zero...

BlackBerry Upgrades SMB Product

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Research in Motion is trying to expand its growing influence beyond the large enterprise with a new server architecture focused specifically on the small to medium (SMB) business community. Companies that fall into the SMB category make up more than half of the total mobile workers in North America , and that's the market...

When Giants Stumble

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Last year, as the telecom industry's top equipment vendors moved toward consolidation, the rest of the vendor landscape was grimly warned: Join the consolidation trend or be trampled by the new breed of titans. A year later, some of the vendors having the hardest time navigating the market are those with the longest...

CableLabs Touts OpenCable Progress

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CableLabs has conducted what it called a "successful" OpenCable interop event in early October, a disclosure that comes as the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) continues to push an alternative proposal for digital, two-way televisions and set-tops called "DCR Plus." Both OpenCable and DCR Plus are...

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