CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - September 06, 2007

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ECTA Q1 2007 Broadband Scorecard Shows Big EU Broadband Growth

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Europe has made a big jump in broadband penetration, according to the latest figures published by the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA). In its first-quarter 2007 broadband scorecard, ECTA reported that average broadband penetration in the European Union (EU) has risen to 18.1% from 14.1% from the same...

Vodafone Stunned by US$2 bil. Tax Bill

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Vodafone has landed a US$2 billion tax demand following its US$11 billion takeover of the Indian operator, Hutchison Essar, earlier this year. Significance: The Economic Times newspaper reported that India's Income Tax Department sent the tax demand for not paying capital gains tax, arguing that the company should have...

Up Front - Is History Repeating Itself?

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Craig McCaw always has been an enigma to me. Back in the late 1980s, he was the keynote speaker at an industry luncheon event and I had the opportunity to sit next to him and his then-wife Wendy. The billionaire telecom tycoon is anything but the brash entrepreneur you would expect him to be. Back in the 1980s when he was quietly...

HP Deepens Push Into Cell Phone Market

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SAN JOSE -- Hewlett-Packard Co. unveiled two new cell phones yesterday, pushing deeper into the lucrative mobile phone market and broadening the array of equipment it can sell to large companies. The phones were launched during a celebrity-studded gala in New York highlighted by one of the Palo Alto company's most ambitious...

Apple Cuts iPhone Price, Updates iPods

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple Inc.'s price cut of its iPhone and new lineup of iPod players are expected to ring in healthy holiday sales, but Wall Street investors accustomed to Apple's meaty profit margins appear a bit disappointed. Apple stock dropped more than 5 percent after the price cut was announced Wednesday,...

Survey Sez: Mobilized Enterprises Will Drive Modem Sales

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In a recent survey of mobile business users, employees of consulting, law, information-technology and field-engineering firms along with workers in companies of greater than 1,000 employees are the most interested in purchasing cellular modems for broadband Internet access over cellular networks. The percentage of respondents...

Microsoft Admits Zune Phone Possibility

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Microsoft said that it was "not unreasonable" to speculate that the company could introduce a smartphone based on its Zune digital music player, in direct competition with Apple's iPhone. Since Microsoft first announced its Zune digital music player, the idea of a converged Zune/smartphone product has been the...

CESR Sales Hit All-Time High

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Equipment sales in the carrier Ethernet switch/router (CESR) market hit an all-time high in the second quarter, as vendors benefited from strong demand for triple-play and video-on-demand (VOD) deployments, according to Heavy Reading's latest Carrier Ethernet Switch/Router Quarterly Market Tracker. Heavy Reading research...

Swedes Are Home Free With FMC

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TeliaSonera AB will launch its Home Free unlicensed mobile access (UMA)-based service in Sweden at the end of this month, marking the second European market for this fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) service. The Swedish operator already launched Home Free in Denmark in August last year. While TeliaSonera isn't revealing...

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