TelecomDirect News Daily Update - December 05, 2006

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Versatel Selects Ericsson for IP Network Upgrade

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Germany's third-largest telecoms operator, Versatel, has selected Sweden's telecoms equipment vendor, Ericsson, for the nationwide deployment and integration of its all-IP next-generation access network. According to the terms of the two-year contract, Ericsson will provide a full-service broadband solution, beginning with all-IP ...

Nokia, Wind in 3G Radio Network Deal

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The Italian telecoms operator, Wind, has selected Nokia for a three-year frame agreement for the turnkey supply of the WCDMA 3G radio network solution. In a statement, Nokia said it will supply its latest Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station-Nokia NetAct. The deal also covers a range of other services and includes a managed services model for ...

Worries About Wireless

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Despite a parade of studies, potential health risks hardly register as a concern. Although wireless phones continue to raise health worries among scientists, those concerns don't seem to have much impact on consumers buying phones -- and have been replaced by a more prosaic set of concerns, even at some health agencies. ...

Innovating Through Design

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In 1985 the architect Michael Graves designed his first consumer product -- a now famous teakettle -- for Alessi, the northern Italian home-furnishings manufacturer. Although Graves later designed a knockoff for Target that goes for one-fifth the price, Alessi has sold more than 1.5 million of the original version, which grew out of a ...

Samsung, Microsoft Launch HSDPA Smartphone

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Samsung Electronics and Microsoft have joined forces to bring, what the companies say, is the first smartphone supporting high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) technology to the Asian and European markets. The Samsung Ultra Messaging i600, which is powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, supports Web applications such as ...

Alcatel-Lucent's First Acquisition: Nortel Finalizes UMTS Exit Plan

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Nortel yesterday said it has now inked a definitive agreement to sell its selling its money-losing UMTS access business to the newly merged Alcatel-Lucent combine, creating what suddenly becomes a major number three player in the market, ready to challenge Ericsson and Nokia/Siemens. The acquisition will most likely be the first ...

Colubris's Vertical Takeoff

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Colubris Networks Inc. looks for more enterprise action, the BlackBerry Pearl gets pushy, and one-touch assistance comes to phones in this week's tech-roundup. Colubris's niche itch: Colubris Networks Inc. has unveiled a bundle of new products that it says will help it break further into niche enterprise markets such as ...

Cisco Catches Integration Fever

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Repeating the mantra of 'more stuff in routers', Cisco Systems Inc. is packing more features into the 7600 router (giving it more of a broadband-services flavor) and into its integrated services routers (ISRs) for the enterprise. Specifically, Cisco is adding a session border controller and B-RAS to the 7600, giving ...

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