TelecomDirect News Daily Update - December 21, 2006

******************************** PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents The TelecomDirect News Daily Update For December 21, 2006 ********************************

Starting tomorrow, 22 December, TelecommDirect will be on an editorial holiday.We will resume publishing on 2 January. In the new year we will relaunch our website under a new name, Communications Direct.

We hope you will enjoy the refreshed design of the new site and we look for ward to bringing you additional communications news and resources in 2007. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

Golden Telecom Closing In on Corbina, Acquires Digital TV Operator

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Moscow's burgeoning broadband market looks set for its first major piece of consolidation, as Golden Telecom prepares to acquire ...

Market Watchdog Clears France Telecom, Sonaecom of Collusion in Portugal Telecom Bid

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The Portuguese market regulator, CMVM, yesterday said that it has cleared Sonaecom and France Telecom of collusion in the ongoing takeover bid for Portugal Telecom. In a statement, the CMNM said that after a review of the documents filed by both companies, it has sufficient proof that France Telecom did not collude with Sonaecom in the ...

Telekom Austria Acquires eTel for US$118.7 million

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Telekom Austria yesterday said that it has agreed to buy 100% of the European integrated telephony operator, eTel, for 90 million euro (US$118.7 million). In a statement, Telekom Austria said it would fund the acquisition of eTel-which made 100 million euro in revenue in 2005-entirely from its cash-flow without taking on debt. eTel is ...

Not Your Father's Voice Mail

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Every day, workers are bombarded with a constant stream of instant messages, email, phone calls, faxes, scheduled and unscheduled conferences, and online input like blogs and video clips. Juggling all those communications can take up a large chunk of the working day. Gone are the days of message pads, departmental voice mail and ...

Telecom's Need for Speed

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In the telecommunications market, speed has two distinct but equally important meanings -- speed of service and speed in deployment. Triple-play services require some of the highest speeds the telecommunications industry has experienced. Many providers are moving from POTS services for voice and Internet access that average 1.5mbps to ...

Did You Leave the Light On? Check Online

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RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) - Imagine coming home and, with the push of a single button, turning on the lights, turning up the thermostat and flipping on the TV. Another button might shut off all the lights and turn down the thermostat when you leave. Starting next month, Best Buy Co. will sell a ...

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Signs Agreement with Google on Mobile Internet Search Services

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TAIPEI, Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom Co. signed an agreement with Google Inc. Thursday on mobile Internet search services, said the chairman of Taiwan's largest phone company by revenue. Under the agreement, search-engine giant Google will provide a Web search service on Chunghwa Telecom's mobile phones from January. ...

FCC Approves Telco-Friendly Video Rules

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new rules earlier today that will let phone companies gain local video franchise rights as soon as three months after they file an application. The new rules set a 90-day cap for local authorities to approve or deny video franchise applications made by incumbent telcos who already ...

China's IPTV Market Developing Slowly But Surely

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., December 20, 2006 - China's IPTV market will go through a gradual but solid increase from 2006 to 2010, reports In-Stat
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. The industry environment for IPTV has gotten better, but the outlook is still not completely positive, the high-tech market research firm says. Two more IPTV ...

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