TelecomDirect News Daily Update - August 03, 2006

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Is That Your Final Answer?: Telco TV Says 'Yes' to Gaming

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As they move to conquer the world of TV, one of the prime areas of play for the big telcos like AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. appears to be game-related content. Verizon this fall expects to roll out interactive game network GSN on its FiOS networks, and another major incumbent telephone company was putting the final ...

Will Net Neutrality Stifle MVNOs?

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Washington - Exactly how network neutrality rules -- one of the biggest points of contention in a new national telecommunications bill -- would apply to wireless carriers is still something of a mystery, even as the legislation moves forward on Capitol Hill. Network neutrality boils down to whether wireline service providers who own big ...

Wireless Device Monitors Acid Reflux

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Wireless technology promises to make gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) monitoring more comfortable for patients, if not more effective. Bravo, a wireless monitor developed by Minneapolis-based Medtronic, is the latest advancement in gastric pH testing. The system allows physicians to monitor GERD symptoms without the discomfort ...

Russia: Amendments to Communications Law Being Considered by Russian Government

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Prime-Tass has reported that the Russian government is considering an amendment to its communications law concerning payments made by telecoms operators to the 'universal services fund'. The fund finances the government's programme of upgrading and installing telecoms networks and infrastructure, including public payphones ...

Slovakia: Telefonica Wins Slovak Mobile Licence

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The Slovak Telecommunications Office awarded the country's 20-year renewable mobile operator licence to Europe's third-largest telecoms group by revenue. Telefonica beat offers from Mobilkom and a consortium featuring Ceske Radiokomunikace and Slovak private-equity firm Penta Group. The latter confirmed that it offered 400 ...

Sprint Posts Lower 2Q Profit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sprint Nextel Corp. said Thursday that its second-quarter profit fell 38 percent as the nation's third-largest wireless carrier absorbed costs from its formative merger last year. Sprint Nextel, struggling to attract and retain higher-paying subscribers, also slightly lowered its earnings guidance. ...

Ericsson Sues Samsung

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Further roiling the legal waters surrounding mobile phone technology, Ericsson AB has filed a complaint in U.S. federal district court against Samsung Corp. , alleging that the Korean handset manufacturer has infringed 11 patents covering technology that includes CDMA and WCDMA. The new filing comes in the wake of a lawsuit ...

Cable to Hit 11M VOIP Subscribers in '07

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With the number of North American broadband homes approaching 50 million, U.S. and Canadian cable operators have now signed up more than 4 million VOIP subscribers and will likely add at least 7 million more subscribers by the end of next year. In a new Cable Industry Insider report from Light Reading that looks at the top 11 cable ...

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