TelecomDirect News Daily Update - December 06, 2006

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Deutsche Telekom Reshuffles Top Management

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As Deutsche Telekom's new CEO (chief executive officer), René Obermann has started his reign as the boss of Europe's largest telecoms group with a top management reshuffle, which was approved on 5 December during the telco's supervisory board meeting. Obermann appointed the former head of European sales and service ...

Rogers Indicates National Ambitions Using VoIP

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Speaking during an investor conference held by UBS, Ted Rogers, CEO of Rogers Communications, the largest cable TV and wireless carrier in Canada, has indicated that VoIP will form part of a plan to expand both voice and broadband services beyond the company's existing footprint for cable infrastructure. Significance: Rogers ...

EU Calls for Consumer-Driven Telecoms Standards

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The European Union telecoms commissioner, Viviane Reding, has called for telecoms regulators to allow room for consumers to decide on successful telecoms standards by choosing the platform that offers the services they want. Speaking at the ITU Telecoms World conference in Hong Kong, Reding said that regulators should no longer be the ...

Cable Company NTL Says It Won't Make a Formal Bid for ITV

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LONDON -- Cable and telephone company NTL Inc. said Wednesday it has abandoned plans for a 4.7 billion pound (E 7 billion; US$9.3 billion) takeover bid for British broadcaster ITV PLC and will concentrate on integrating recently acquired businesses. NTL's interest in Britain's largest independent TV broadcaster ...

Samsung Blackjack: Playing the 3G Card

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Thinking of stepping up to 3G: Cingular is ready to deal you in with the Samsung Blackjack. The new UMTS/HSPDA-capable smart phone is targeted at busy professionals who need constant voice and data connectivity. Featuring a sleek, black case, the Blackjack sets a new size and weight standard. Measuring an ultra-trim 4.4 x 2.3 x 0.6 ...

McDowell May Vote on AT&T-BellSouth Merger

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas for AT&T Inc., as Washington sources say the FCC may approve the telco's merger with BellSouth Corp. with fewer concessions than even the carrier itself expected. (See Critics Consider AT&T Merger Conditions.) This new turn centers on a decision by Republican Federal ...

Nortel Pushes WiMAX

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Nortel announced WiMAX trials with Toshiba in Japan, which will be conducted in the northern Tohoku region. Separately, Nortel is working with Chunghwa Telecom to build Taiwan's first integrated local government WiMAX network, according to the company. In its partnership with Toshiba, Nortel will deliver base stations and ...

Report From Hong Kong: Convergence The Top Topic

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The hot word reaching TelecomWeb news break from the massive International Telecommunication Union (ITU) show being held in Hong Kong this week is 'convergence' of fixed a mobile, at least as far as voice and data go -- but the cold shoulder is apparently being given to mobile TV. There's a lot of discussion about ...

Device Lockdown

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Network Chemistry Inc. has extended its security system so that administrators can now protect Microsoft Corp. -- and Symbian Ltd. -- based smartphones against data loss and network infections. According to Brian De Haaff, vice president of product management and marketing at Network Chemistry, adding Symbian and Microsoft support to ...

Cellular Base Station Silicon Makers Face WiMAX, Other Challenges

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Just as 3G is deployed after years of delays, there is now a new potential fly-in-the-ointment, WiMAX, reports In-Stat. However, WiMAX is not the only threat to cellular base station semiconductor manufacturers. Not only has cellular subscriber growth started to slow, but also cheaper semiconductors from Asia ...

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