TelecomDirect News Daily Update - August 15, 2006

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Ukraine: Kyivstar H1 Revenue Up 133%, ARPU Showing Signs of Stabilising

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Ukraine's leading mobile operator, Kyivstar, has released its financial figures for the first six months of 2006, calculated according to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The company recorded net revenue of US$757.27 million, a 67.9% year-on-year (y/y) increase from the US$450.9 million recorded at the end of first-half ...

Spain: Telefonica Contracts Movial for VoIP Services Aimed at SMEs

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Spain's incumbent operator, Telefonica, has signed a VoIP deal with Finland's IP communications software provider Movial. According to the terms of the contract, Movial will supply equipment for Telefonica's VoIP services. Movial will provide the telco with its Connect products, which consist of an IP multimedia ...

France: French Regulator Draws Up Rules for Fibre-Optic Network

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French telecoms regulator ARCEP has given its strongest indication yet of how new investments in fibre-optic networks should be handled, in a report to the French Ministry of Finance, La Tribune newspaper reports. Prompted by the ministry, ARCEP suggested in the report that it was difficult to appreciate the long-term return on ...

Dell Recalls Fire-Risk Laptop Batteries

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DALLAS -- In the largest electronics-related recall involving the Consumer Products Safety Commission, Dell Inc. agreed to replace 4.1 million notebook computer batteries made by Sony Corp. because they can burst into flames. A Dell spokesman said Monday that the Sony batteries were placed in notebooks that were shipped between ...

PalmSource, Access Team for Mobile Linux

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Access and its subsidiary PalmSource used the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo going on this week in San Francisco as a backdrop to announce their new Access Developer Network. The online resource is designed to speed the development, distribution and usage of mobile Linux applications, according to the companies. The network...

Universal Service Shakeup: 'Reverse Auction' Mooted

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In what could be one of the biggest policy shake-ups of the universal service fund (USF) in years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) formally unveiled the possibility of using so-called 'reverse auctions' to determine the eligibility of carriers and subsidy awards on the basis of bids by the lowest-cost providers. ...

Visualize WiFi & Other Cool Stuff

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When Is a Cellphone Not a Phone? When it's Novatel Wireless Inc.'s new Ovation MCD3000 3G console. The vendor says that this cellphone-sized device is intended to enable enterprise users to access multimedia services via high-speed cellular networks through their desktops or laptop computers as an alternative to wired networks. ...

Verizon Hones Home Networking

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Verizon Communications Inc. is hoping its new Home Media DVR will, among other things, shorten the distance between the bedroom or office PC and the entertainment center in the living room. The carrier says its DVR's Media Manager software will let customers of its FiOS service manage and enjoy their music and photo ...

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