TelecomDirect News Daily Update - August 24, 2006

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Broadband Surges to 72.6% of all British Internet Connections, Regulator Calls for New Rules on VoIP

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Barely a year after displacing dial-up access as the most popular way to connect to the internet in the United Kingdom, broadband now accounts for 72.6% of all connections, thanks to an impressive local loop unbundling (LLU) program and intense competition among providers. According to a report from the United Kingdom's Office of ...

Regulator Grants 29 WiMAX Licences in 2006, TeliaSonera Launches 100 Mbps Broadband

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Finland's telecoms regulator, FICORA, has granted wireless broadband licences to 29 companies in Finland over 2006. FICORA said the licences, which would enable the companies to roll out WiMAX networks, were strongly competed for, although the regulator paid particular attention to promoting the efficiency of the communications ...

Motorola Files Defamation Case Against RussGPS and Biznes

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U.S. equipment manufacturer Motorola has filed a lawsuit against a Russian satellite navigation technology company and Moscow business newspaper Biznes, reports Prime-Tass. Motorola is seeking 291 million roubles (US$10.88 million) for defamation, following RussGPS's allegations that the American group used its technology in the ...

Ericsson Signs Billion-dollar Deal to Expand Mobile Network in India

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson said Thursday it has signed a US$1 billion (euro 780 million) deal with Indian mobile operator Bharti Airtel to expand its wireless networks. The three-year contract, which also includes upgrades and technical support, will help Bharti Airtel improve its mobile coverage ...

Greece May Sell More of OTE Telecom

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ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's conservative government may sell another stake of telecoms provider OTE next year as part of an ongoing privatization drive, Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis said. The sale would cut the state's stake in the former monopoly from the 38.7 percent it currently controls. Alogoskoufis ...

Movida Turns to the Web, Expands Retail Reach

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Pay-as-you-go wireless MVNO Movida Communications aims for ubiquity by now offering its customers the ability to top-up option cards on the Web. The company also is aggressively pursuing new retailer agreements that go beyond its partnership with Wal-Mart Stores. Movida targets Hispanic customers by offering voice and data services ...

Russia Eyes Cellular Price Controls

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Russian cellular operators are facing the possibility of more regulation by the government in a backlash against an attempt by three of the largest wireless carriers in the country to raise their rates. Rate regulation would result from a bill just dropped in the hopper in the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, ...

Hopeful Satellite Signs

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It hasn't been a good week for the satellite industry. Both DirecTV and EchoStar have dropped out of the bidding in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spectrum auction for Advanced Wireless Services. But a little-noticed news item out of Colombia, of all places, might provide a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered industry. ...

Analyst: Cisco Sees VOIP Sales Bump in Q2

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Increased sales of media gateways to carriers helped Cisco Systems Inc. report a big quarter in VOIP equipment, according to Synergy Research Group Inc.  Synergy says Cisco's second-quarter VOIP gear revenues grew 72.3 percent over the first quarter. Cisco sold $67.5 million in VOIP gear, compared with $39.2 million the ...

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