TelecomDirect News Daily Update - August 22, 2006

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Comcast Denies Need for Major Upgrade

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Comcast chief financial officer John Alchin has disputed recent industry speculation that it needs to undertake a major network upgrade to keep up with the likes of AT&T and Verizon, both of which are investing billions of U.S. dollars in FTTx roll-out. Alchin said that technologies such as digital simulcast or switched video would ...

Billing for Bundles: The Once and Future King

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ONCE UPON A TIME, resellers were singleline businesses, rebilling long-distance, say, or local services. Customer service and price were the differentiators. Now, this market segment has branched out to take on new services, both to mitigate the risk of being a one-trick pony, but also to compete for customers who increasingly want ...

Nortel Continues 3G Push

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Nortel is moving full-speed ahead with its involvement in the push for 3G services in the wireless sector. Its most recent contract win is out of Paris with Bouygues Telecom. Bouygues has relied on Nortel through the years, starting with its GSM rollout and through its move to EDGE. The operator is now turning to Nortel to power ...

Communications Cops Investigate VoIP E911 Concerns

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Using the somewhat sexy moniker 'Project 41', the Association of Public-Safety Communications officials (APCO) International has launched a project to solve the public-safety problems created by Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology. The charter of Project 41, APCO says, is to 'address the impact upon ...

RIM's 'Stealth' to Uncloak?

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Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) could be gearing up to unveil its hotly anticipated 'prosumer' smartphone early in September, according to analysts. The Canadian company sent out a note this morning inviting journalists to an 'exclusive BlackBerry press event' in London on September 6 with a number of...

Achtung! Regulators Force DT to Share

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Deutsche Telekom AG will be forced to play nice and share its broadband network with competitors, after the European Commission upheld a ruling by German regulator BNetzA that the incumbent holds too dominant a position in the market. The Commission approved BNetzA's decision to require Deutsche Telekom to offer local ...

IPTV Will Drive Future of DSL IC Chipset Market

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- While data and VoIP continue to drive the DSL IC chipset market, and will account for the bulk of port shipments through 2010, the delivery of IPTV capability is the wave of the future, reports In-Stat. Carriers worldwide are using ADSL2+ and VDSL2 as they upgrade their networks to deliver television and video ...

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