CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - October 31, 2007

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Alcatel-Lucent Plans Further 4,000 Job Cuts as Q3 Results Offer Hope

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Global telecoms equipment manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent has announced plans to cut another 4,000 jobs as part of efforts to revamp the fortunes of the company since the December 2006 merger. In a conference call following the company's board meeting, chief executive Patricia Russo said the job cuts - which will be completed by...

Government in India to Award Verizon Business ILD, NLD Licences

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Verizon Business announced today that India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued Verizon Business India a letter of intent for the award of licences for international long-distance (ILD) and national long-distance (NLD) services. Significance: Verizon Business already holds an internet service provider licence...

Shoutlet Integrates Marketing Technologies

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A new social communications service combines several telecom and Web 2.0 technologies into a sophisticated marketing tool. Shoutlet is a Web-based offering from Middleton, Wisc.-based Sway that aims to make it simple for any organization to manage its online promotion and marketing strategies. Unlike traditional Web-based...

AT&T Announces the Pantech Duo, Samsung a737

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AT&T has announced two new multimedia phones: the Pantech duo and the Samsung a737. Named for its dual slider design and keyboards, the Pantech duo features both a full Qwerty keyboard and a numeric keypad in one slim device. The handset is UMTS/HSDPA-enabled to run on AT&T's BroadbandConnect network. The duo is also...

Qwest Greenlights $300M FTTN Rollout

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Qwest Communications' directors have approved its management's fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) deployment plans, new chief executive officer Ed Mueller said during the company's quarterly earnings call today. But the company isn't yet saying what set of services will justify the strategy. The company will...

Vodafone Picks Femto Vendors

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Vodafone Group plc has chosen Alcatel-Lucent and ip.access Ltd. to supply femtocells integrated into a home gateway after issuing a request for proposal (RFP) earlier this year, according to an industry source. Vodafone, Alcatel-Lucent, and ip.access declined to comment. While the femtocell buzz has gone quiet, Vodafone's...

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