TelecomDirect News Daily Update - February 21, 2006

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VC Funding: Wireless Leads the Way

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Although venture capital spending in the telecommunications industry category has languished in recent years, the wireless sub-category is still a hot spot. In 2005, 152 wireless-related companies received $1.3 billion, a 24-percent increase over 2004's $1.1 billion and representing a 4-year high for wireless. The increase pushed the...

Perspectives: An Interview with Jon Stretch

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Competition drives innovation, and it is often in smaller, discrete markets that innovation takes off at a rapid pace. In the Australian telecommunications market, the incumbents are being challenged more aggressively by companies like AAPT, a competitive carrier wholly owned by Telecom New Zealand, who are using innovative services and...

Fraud and Risk Management Considerations for MVNOs

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Most MVNOs rely on a lean operations structure in order to keep costs at a minimum. They maintain a core of highly skilled managers, but only a few full-time, trained resources dedicated to the control of operational risk. While prepaid MVNOs face some risk, it is the pricier postpaid service providers with their compelling content that...

Mobile Complaints Decrease by 27.9% Q/Q in U.S. - FCC

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Mobile complaints decreased by 27.9% quarter-on-quarter (q/q) to 6,873 complaints in the fourth quarter of 2005 in the United States -- in other words, 24 users complained out of 1 million, according to reports from the U.S. regulator, the FCC. The complaints were related to every category measured by the FCC, for instance billing and...

Cingular, Telenor Partner with Aicent to Expand MMS Delivery

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U.S. mobile operator Cingular Wireless and Norwegian mobile operator Telenor last week partnered with mobile data network provider Aicent to expand MMS coverage, according to Aicent's chief executive officer, Lynn Liu. Significance: Cingular Wireless will become the first U.S. mobile operator to offer worldwide MMS coverage and...

EU Upbeat on Telecoms Reform, but Concerned About Competition In Some Markets

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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Reforms introduced eight years to open the telecommunications market have cut prices and offered customers new services, but some former state monopolies retain too strong a grip, the European Commission said Monday. 'Some markets are not open enough to competition,' EU Information Society and Media...

London's Financial District To Go Wireless

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LONDON -- The heart of London's financial district is preparing to go wireless. The Square Mile, Europe's premier financial district, will soon feature WiFi 'hot zones' which turn broadband-speed internet into radio signals which can then be accessed by laptops, PDAs, handheld game consoles and WiFi-enabled mobile phones. 'This...

Importance of Wireless SLAs to Businesses Growing Slowly

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Service Level Agreement (SLA) is becoming increasingly more important in the US corporate wireless service buyer's selection process, but for most companies, it is not yet a key decision factor, reports In-Stat. The importance of the SLA among other service attributes across all companies has increased in...

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