TelecomDirect News Daily Update - February 17, 2006

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All in-One Wireless and Wired

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Wireless LANs and voice over those WLANs have seen explosive growth in the last year as more businesses find the technology provides multiple benefits in convenience, cost savings and increased productivity. According to a study by Infonetics Research, the number of organizations deploying VoWLANs will triple over the next two years,...

Nokia, Cable & Wireless in 3G Deal

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Nokia has announced an international frame agreement to supply GSM and W-CDMA 3G radio and core networks to Cable & Wireless (C&W). In a press release, Nokia remarked that C&W is a new mobile network customer. Under the deal, Nokia will supply radio networks, including its HSDPA solution; core networks, including the latest...

Portugal Telecoms Mulls Separate Fixed-Line Unit

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Portugal Telecom is considering creating a separate wholesale fixed-line company within its fixed line division, PT Comunicacoes, so that rivals can have access to its network, according to a company statement reported by Reuters. The operator, currently the subject of a takeover target by Portuguese conglomerate Sonae, admitted that the...

Deutsche Telekom Plans to Reorganise T-Com, Cuts 1,500 Jobs

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The T-Com job losses are part of Deutsche Telekom's three-year, 3.3 billion-euro (US$3.9 billion) cost-cutting programme announced in November last year. The telco said that it was planning to shed 32,000 jobs, or 13% of its workforce in Germany, by...

Five WiFi VOIP Security Issues

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As enterprise deployments of WiFi VOIP systems reach the staging point, security will be a key concern for enterprise users. Shawn Merdinger, an independent security consultant based in Austin, Texas, has worked with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO - message board) and 3Com Corp. (Nasdaq: COMS - message board)/Tipping Point. He's...

BT Group Invests US$21 million on Global Platform for Voice Over Internet Platform

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HONG KONG -- British telecommunications firm BT Group PLC announced Friday it is investing US$21 million on a global platform to provide voice calls service through an Internet network. About half of the investment will go into developing the platform for the Asia-Pacific region, said Allen Ma, president of BT Asia Pacific. The...

Report: Enterprise Market Ripe for Cable

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Instead of waging a costly war with the telcos over video subscribers, cable companies should go on the offensive in the $100 billion U.S. enterprise market. (See Telcos vs. Cable: The Wrong War?.) So says a new report from Heavy Reading titled "Cable vs. Telcos: The Battle for the Enterprise Market." (See Cable Crowd Seeks VOIP Peers.)...

Mobile Imaging Services -- Focusing on the User Experience

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The camera is considered by many users to be one of the most desirable features in a new wireless handset. Yet, anecdotal evidence suggests that, on a global basis, only a percentage of camera phones are used regularly to transmit, print, or store pictures on a web site or PC. -- Less than a third of camera phone owners surveyed by...

New York Bill Bans Call Records Sale

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In the latest wrinkle surrounding online brokers of user call data, legislation to ban the access and sale of telephone customer calling records and also hold carriers accountable has been introduced into the New York State Assembly. The proposed bill -- introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and Republican state...

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