TelecomDirect News Daily Update - February 23, 2006

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Mobile Vision: Cellcos Tune In to TV

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Mobile television is on the march. Video including news clips, sports highlights and the like is available now on American handsets. But the next generation of mobile video aims to elevate these applications from time-killers for the tech-savvy to something that is part of the broader American lifestyle, as mainstream as clicking on the...

Altimo Rejects Participation in Ukrtelecom Privatisation, Eyes Svyazinvest

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Altimo, a subsidiary of the Russian group Alfa, has announced that it will not be participating in the imminent privatisation of Ukraine's state-owned fixed-line monopoly, Ukrtelecom. The latter is 92.865% owned by the Ukrainian government, which has long been declaring its intention to privatise the company. Ukrainian Transport and...

MobilTel Becomes Vodafone Partner

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Vodafone has announced that it has signed a partnership deal with MobilTel, the Bulgarian mobile arm of Telekom Austria. Under the deal, MobilTel's customers will get access to Vodafone products and services. Meanwhile, customers of Vodafone, its joint ventures and partners will be able to access Vodafone services when travelling in...

Forum Provides Look at Next-Generation E911

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WASHINGTON -- Wireless will play an important role in the next-generation E911 communications system that lies beyond the VoIP horizon, say government officials charged with designing the emergency network of the future. At a forum on Capitol Hill late yesterday, Department of Transportation (DOT) and emergency response...

NTP Patent Rejected

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As the patent dispute between Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM - message board; Toronto: RIM) and NTP Software accelerates toward a conclusion, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today issued a final rejection of one of the mobile email patents held by NTP. The Patent Office has already issued preliminary rulings...

U.K. Regulator Seeks New VoIP Rules

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U.K. regulator Ofcom today started the process of creating a new set of rules for the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) industry in United Kingdom, issuing a so-called "consultation" document outlining the areas it is going to consider and calling for comments. In its 121-page document, Ofcom indicates it intends to repeal some...

Google, EarthLink Team for San Fran. WiFi

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Google (Nasdaq: GOOG - message board) confirmed Wednesday it has partnered with the ISP EarthLink Inc. to compete for a contract to build San Francisco's municipal WiFi network. (See Google, Earthlink Bid on WiFi.) Google and Earthlink submitted one of seven responses to a request for proposal (RFP) from the city, a spokesman says.Read...

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