CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - October 12, 2007

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Our new poll: Do you currently receive advertising and marketing messages on your mobile device? Visit our web site to vote.EU Commissioner Outlines Plans for Super Regulator

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The European Union (EU) telecoms commissioner, Viviane Reding, has outlined her plans for a 'super' telecoms watchdog for the 27 member nations of the EU. In a statement, Reding said the new watchdog will work with - but not replace - national regulators in all the member states. "There is no 'one size fits...

Orange, Vodafone Joint Venture Rolls Out 1,000 Spanish Mobile Sites

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Mobile giants Orange and Vodafone have confirmed that their Spanish joint venture has installed more than 1,000 sites for joint masts in small communities with populations of less than 25,000 in 19 provinces in Spain. The Financial Times reports that the joint venture is on track to develop 1,500 sites by year-end and 5,000 sites by...

O2 Masters Personalization

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Competition for mobile subscribers in the United Kingdom is brutal. Roughly 60 million people live in the U.K., about 50 million of them in England, according to the British Office for National Statistics. Seven facilities-based mobile operators compete in Britain, as well as a huge range of resellers and MVNOs. The fact that O2 is...

Motorola Announces 9 New Cell Phones

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LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. -- Motorola Inc., badly in need of hit products to spark a turnaround, yesterday announced nine new cell phone handsets to be available this quarter. Among them is a luxury version of the Razr2, the latest successor to its once top-selling model. The Razr2 V8 is being touted as a potential holiday gift with...

KPN, iBasis, Pingo Jump Into SMB Hosted VoIP Business

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Pingo, the calling-card subsidiary of international long-distance carrier iBasis (which itself has just become a KPN subsidiary), is entering the SMB VoIP business with a hosted offering it's calling "Pingo Business." The move into business VoIP for Pingo, based in Burlington, Mass., is not trivial to the industry...

Verizon CTO on IMS, FMC and Web 2.0

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DALLAS -- Verizon Chief Technology Officer Mark Wegleitner offered roadmaps for several of the carrier's coming technology decisions in a keynote presentation here at the Telephony LIVE show this week, including its view of debates surrounding IP multimedia subsystem (IMS), fixed/mobile convergence (FMC) and Web 2.0. ...

AlcaLu: Pressure Is Still On

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BERLIN - Broadband World Forum Europe - The pricing pressure that's been squeezing margins at Alcatel-Lucent is still going on, though not intensifying, according to one of the vendor's senior executives, Michel Rahier. Speaking in Berlin at the launch of the company's META (Mobile Evolution Transport...

Email Archiving Services Trend Up

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Managed email archiving services are growing in popularity as rapidly as standalone email archiving products, indicating that a growing number of users are willing to forgo perceived control over email archiving and get somebody else to do it. According to analyst Laura DuBois of IDC, hosted services now comprise 40 percent of...

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