TelecomDirect News Daily Update - August 31, 2006

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VimpelCom Raises Direct Number Tariffs, Urges Connection Fee Dialogue with Minor Operators

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VimpelCom has announced that tariffs for customers in Moscow with 'direct' numbers will rise by US$5 from 8 September 2006. They are seven-digit numbers that can be dialled from local fixed-line phones without the usual, national three-digit prefix. The cheapest direct number tariffs are currently priced at around US$20 per...

Private-Equity Firms Eye TeliaSonera

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Nordic telecoms group TeliaSonera is in the sights of private-equity fund Cevian, making it the latest big-name telecoms company in the sights of private-equity firms. Nordic paper Dagens Industri reports that Cevian and its allies have amassed substantial stakes in the company, and could be preparing a swoop. The report adds that Cevian ...

Telenor ASA Completes Acquisition of Serbia's Mobi 63

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BELGRADE, Serbia -- Telenor ASA on Thursday formally took over Serbian mobile phone operator Mobi 63 after making the euro 1.5 billion (U$1.9 billion) payment to the government. Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said that the arrival of Telenor to Serbia is a proof that we are a stable country for foreign ...

Telefonica to Re-brand Fixed Line, Mobile Operations in Czech Republic

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PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The country's largest telecommunications company Telefonica O2 Czech Republic said Thursday it would begin re-branding its fixed-line and mobile services. As of Friday, the company will begin using the O2 brand for its fixed-line and mobile units, previously known as Cesky Telecom and Eurotel ...

Yahoo! Go Arrives on Windows Smartphones

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Yahoo! is trying to up the ante against rival Google in the mobile space by making its Yahoo! Go for Mobile service available for smartphones operating on the Windows Mobile OS. The Yahoo! Go service encompasses several applications, such as Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! Photos, Yahoo! Address Book and Calendar and Yahoo! News, ...

FCC Prepares For Another Big Spectrum Auction

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Currently in the midst of an advanced wireless services (AWS) spectrum auction whose bids have already approached $13.6 billion, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is now gearing up for a 2007 contest on radio frequencies collectively known the 1.4 GHz bands for both fixed and mobile services. The FCC's Wireless...

Wireless Piggybackers Put on Notice

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We've all done it: You're using your laptop in a location without hotspot access. You want onto the Internet, so you start scanning for open wireless LANs. You find one and, regardless of who owns it, you piggyback a ride onto the Web. Yesterday, the California legislature passed a law (AB 2415) that takes the first steps ...

Alcatel Lucent Merger Under Fire

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As Alcatel and Lucent Technologies Inc. prepare to merger, any hopes of a quiet wedding ceremony have been dashed by opposition from both sides of the Atlantic. The two firms have moved fast since they formally announced their engagement in early April this year, appointing (and re-appointing) senior management, ...

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