TelecomDirect News Daily Update - December 19, 2006

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BREAKING NEWS: McDowell 'Disqualifies' Himself From AT&T/BellSouth Merger P= roceedings

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In a surprising move, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell -- bucking pressure from the agency's chairman -- cited the ethics agreement that got him vetted by the Senate last May along with his own personal convictions as the reasons for continuing to recuse himself from the proposed AT&T/BellSouth merger now deadlocked between two ...

First China-U.S. Undersea Optical Cable to Boost Trans-Pacific Capacity

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The new system, to be named Trans-Pacific Express (TPE), will use the latest optical technology to provide greater capacity and higher speeds to meet the significant increase in demand for IP, data and voice communications with the Asia-Pacific region. The new fibre-optic cable can support the equivalent of 62 million simultaneous phone ...

Verizon Launches 50 Mbps FiOS

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Verizon has upped the broadband speeds available for business and residential customers of its FiOS service in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to 50 Mbps downstream, or 5 Mbps upstream for consumers and 10 Mbps upstream for business users. For consumers, this increases the maximum speed available by 20 Mbps, and Verizon has also lowered ...

Hutchison Whampoa Launches HSDPA in Ireland

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Hutchison Whampoa's 3G Ireland has launched an HSDPA network upgrade in Dublin, with plans to commence offering high-speed mobile broadband services across the country by January 2007. Commenting on the launch, Robert Finnegan, 3 Ireland's managing director said: "Because of the slow roll-out of fixed-line broadband ...

The Comeback Kid: Unified Communications Comes Around

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Four years after find me/follow me failed to take off, unified communications is back, spearheaded by big initiatives from Microsoft Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. The companies say the market trajectory will be different this time, thanks to the rise of IP telephony and advanced networking. The new idea for UC goes beyond the ...

BellSouth Triples Up on $99 Bundle

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BellSouth has launched an introductory $99 'Triple Choice' bundle that ties together the telco's phone and DSL services, and the choice of digital video from DirecTV or a mobile phone offering from Cingular. BellSouth launched the new bundle in South Florida, and expects to fuel it with a TV, radio and print ...

Vodafone Sells Swiss Stake

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Vodafone Group plc has slimmed down its investment portfolio again by selling its 25 percent stake in Swisscom Mobile AG to partner Swisscom AG for 4.25 billion Swiss francs (US$3.5 billion). The move was not unexpected. Vodafone has been divesting minority stakes, and buying into new territories, during the past ...

Google in Phone Search?

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On a day when the long-awaited iPhone was finally announced -- only not that iPhone, the one expected from Apple Computer Inc. -- another big tech brand is reportedly in talks to produce its own branded mobile handset. Citing a source close to the talks, U.K. broadsheet the Observer reported over the weekend that ...

SEC Takes Formal Look at Broadcom

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Broadcom revealed that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has stepped up its inquiry to a formal investigation. The chipmaker also announced that its own internal review of its stock option practices revealed improper dating. The company said it has finished the internal review of its stock option practices. According ...

Finally, Wireless Data Adoption Accelerates - 75% of US Businesses Have at Least One Data App

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Organizations, primarily large ones, focus on more sophisticated and valuable applications of wireless data networks, reports In-Stat. In addition, the number of users in 2006 having at least one wireless data application in the field has increased significantly, the high-tech market research firm says. Most ...

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