TelecomDirect News Daily Update - December 14, 2006

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Incumbent European Telcos Take Swipe at New EU Rules

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Europe's incumbent telcos have warned that new European Union (EU) rules on telecoms, slated for finalisation in 2008, would harm the industry. Speaking under the auspices of ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators Association), they said the rules are outdated, will scare off investment in the sector and will cripple ...

Skype to Charge for Unlimited Domestic Calls

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Following the provision of free Skype calling within the United States and Canada for the last six months, the VoIP market leader, Skype, has announced that it will be moving to convert this loss leader into paying customers, launching an unlimited calling package for Skype-Out calls to PSTN landlines within the United States and Canada ...

New Congress Unlikely to Push Telecom Agenda Forward

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With the Democrats in control of Congress after 12 years of Republican rule, lawmakers are tackling all manner of issues anew. But a rewrite of the Telecom Act, which Republicans took a stab at in 2006, is far down the list. This leads industry watchers to surmise that while some small-scale action could come out of the House or Senate, ...

Identity Management and Protection: A Key Differentiator?

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Convergence in an IP world means that carriers will compete and partner with entertainment companies, financial institutions, ISPs and a host of other players to monetize digital content.  Although carriers currently leverage the trust and branding they have established with customers through billing and customer care relationships, ...

Swedish Government to Sell Off Stakes in TeliaSonera, Nordea, OMX

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Sweden's center-right government said Thursday it will sell off stakes in six companies including telecom TeliaSonera AB, Nordic banking group Nordea AB and stock market operator OMX AB. It did not offer a timeline of when and in which order the assets would be sold. The other companies were real estate ...

Apple as Mobile Operator?

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If Apple Computer Inc. actually does launch an iPhone next year, as many expect, is a move to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) the next step? At least one financial analyst firm thinks so; UBS Research has issued a report suggesting that Apple could start an MVNO venture early next year. "We believe Apple ...

FCC Details Second 2007 'Modest' Spectrum Auction

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled the particulars of its 2007 auction of some 94 RF licenses in the 220 MHz-222 MHz band range, its second very- modest-dollar-volume bidding contest. Auction 72, targeted to start June 20, 2007, will permit a variety of fixed, mobile and paging services to be offered in 52 ...

Cisco Kills Initial IMS Platform

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Cisco Systems Inc. is killing off its first real products aimed at mobile and wireline operators that wanted to support IP-based services via IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem). The networking giant issued an 'End of Life' notice for its Call Session Control Platform (CSCP) product family on November 30. It will stop taking ...

Cingular Extends TruePosition Deal

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In an effort to expand its location technology capabilities, Cingular Wireless has decided to extend its partnership with TruePosition to make the company's wireless location system available across its network nationwide. As part of the newly signed deal, Cingular will extend the coverage of the TruePosition Finder wireless ...

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