CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - October 08, 2007

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Our new poll: What attributes are important to you when choosing a mobile service provider? Visit our site to vote.Vodafone Triumphs as Tele2 Sells Austrian, Italian and Spanish Operations

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Global mobile giant Vodafone emerged victorious over the weekend (6-7 October) as it won the bid to take over Tele2's Italian and Spanish broadband operations. In an announcement on Saturday (6 October), Vodafone said it would pay 775 million euro (US$1.09 billion) in cash for the assets, which "immediately deliver the...

Research Promises Better Mobile Displays

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Mobile devices, including cell phones, could someday feature brighter displays and consume less power, thanks to nanotechnology research conducted by University of California, Los Angeles chemists. The researchers claim they have developed a new and inexpensive way of forcing luminescent polymers to emit polarized light and then...

Vonage Settles Sprint Nextel Patent Suit; Shares Jump

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NEW YORK -- Sprint Nextel Corp. said Monday it has settled its patent suit against embattled Internet phone company Vonage Holdings Corp. On Sept. 25, a jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, found that Vonage infringed six Sprint patents, and ordered Vonage to pay Sprint $69.5 million in damages. Vonage said at...

Advertiser Claims Verizon Inflated FiOS Numbers

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Less than two weeks after Verizon Communications celebrated its two-year anniversary of FiOS TV, an advertiser is accusing the carrier of fudging subscriber data for the fiber-based service. New York-based Digital Arts Services filed a lawsuit against Verizon on Wednesday, claiming the service provider inflated the customer count of...

Carriers, Vendors Now Serious About WiMAX Decisions

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Wireless carriers are beginning to discover that the future is now. Thus, they are starting to make critical decisions about their 4G strategies as mobile WiMAX (802.16e) moves from trials and pilots to the first real-world network deployments. As described in a new study from ABI Research, mobile operators and other service...

Alcatel-Lucent Losing 3G Business to Ericsson

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Alcatel-Lucent shares fell by more than 2% in early trading this morning after a report in the Financial Times said the telecom networking company is losing business to rival Ericsson. The paper reported that AT&T was doing more business with Ericsson. In 2004, AT&T awarded a $2 billion infrastructure contract to ...

TiVo Rises on Patent Bets

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TiVo Inc. shares have surged more than 24 percent in recent weeks, driven by speculation that the digital video recording (DVR) pioneer could win its protracted patent row with EchoStar Communications Corp. TiVo stock wallowed after the firm reported a wider-than-expected second quarter loss of $17.7 million. It's risen ...

Siemens Fined, Unhappy With NSN

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German conglomerate Siemens AG has been fined EU201 million (US$284 million) by the Munich District Court over the bribery scandal at its former Communications group. The court began its investigation into bribes associated with telecom equipment contracts last year. The fine marks the end of the probe into Siemens'...

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