TelecomDirect News Daily Update - December 15, 2006

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MTS Lays Out Strategy: Cut Costs, Expand and Buyback

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Following a year-long review of strategic options throughout 2006 by incoming CEO (chief executive officer) Pierre Blouin, Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.-through its subsidiary MTS Allstream, (which comprises local incumbent wireline and wireless carrier Manitoba Telecom Services and the national business services operator Allstream) ...

Iliad Selects Cisco for FTTx

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France's leading alternative broadband provider, Iliad, has selected Cisco's Ethernet fibre-to-the-home (E-FTTH) technology for its forthcoming roll-out of FTTx. The new network will be based on Cisco's Internet Protocol Next Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture. The first phase of the network will connect 2 million ...

Strategies to Fight Low-Cost Rivals

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Companies find it challenging and yet strangely reassuring to take on opponents whose strategies, strengths, and weaknesses resemble their own. Their obsession with familiar rivals, however, has blinded them to threats from disruptive, low-cost competitors. Successful price warriors, such as the German retailer Aldi, are changing the ...

EC Sets Common Spectrum For Short Range Unlicensed Wireless

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Yesterday, the European Commission (EC) said it will implement a series of spectrum set-aside allocations across European Union (EU) member states for a variety of unlicensed, short-range wireless devices, including radio frequency identification (RFID), medical implants, garage door openers, wireless alarms, baby monitors, ...

Nokia Siemens JV in Jeopardy

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A corruption scandal that includes charges of money-laundering via Greece and Lichtenstein has thrown a spanner into the works of the merger that would create the world's second-largest vendor of wireless infrastructure. In a terse, 219-word statement, Nokia Corp. and Siemens AG, whose combined networks divisions were ...

Email Gets More Outsourced Options

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A slew of newcomers are using promises of compliance to push email management services, in a trend that could mean growth in outsourced options. Recent announcements include MX Logic, a four-year-old firm based in Colo., which today unveiled MX Logic Message Archiving, a nationwide Web-based email service based on technology from ...

Visa Invests in Mobile Payment Facilitator

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Mobile payments continue to intrigue Visa International. In its latest move, the company is making a strategic investment in mFormation and has forged a strategic alliance with the mobile device management (MDM) solutions provider. The companies plan to work together to advance over-the-air (OTA) solutions for mobile payments ...

Public Hotspot Deployments Show No Sign of Abating

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. The popularity of public Wi-Fi hotspots continues to grow quickly, and the number of worldwide deployments will double over the next five years, reports In-Stat. This includes both stand alone sites and muni-wireless deployments. From 2005 to 2006, there has been significant public hotspot usage uptake within ...

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