TelecomDirect News Daily Update - January 23, 2006

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Broadcom Targets WLAN Chips at 802.11n Market

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Communications chipmaker Broadcom is offering its first products designed to comply with the IEEE 802.11n draft specification. The Irvine, Calif.-based company's new Intensi-fi wireless LAN (WLAN) chipsets aim to deliver high-speed wireless connectivity throughout a home or office. The 802.11n products are designed to provide...

Who Has the D? How Clear Decision Roles Enhance Organizational Performance

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Decisions are the coin of the realm in business. But even in highly respected companies, decisions can get stuck inside the organization like loose change. As a result, the entire decision-making process can stall, usually at one of four bottlenecks: global vs. local, center vs. business unit, function vs. function, and inside vs....

Ericsson Signs Deal for Ringtones, Music

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Ericsson has announced a deal with EMI, the world's largest independent music company, allowing Ericsson to offer ringtones and full-track downloads from EMI's European catalogue to mobile operators in Europe. EMI operates directly in 50 countries and represents over 1,000 artists. Significance: Ericsson is gradually but steadily...

O2 Adds Record Number of New Customers Ahead of Telefonica Takeover

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LONDON -- Mobile phone company O2 PLC reported Monday that it added a forecast-beating 1.75 million new customers over the Christmas period, taking its total to 27.4 million users. In its last quarterly figures as an independent company, O2 said it added 895,000 customers in the U.K., 823,000 in Germany, and 32,000 in Ireland. ...

EU Threat to Fine Greece Unless it Opens Up Telecoms Market

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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union executive on Monday threatened to fine Greece unless it shows it is obeying EU rules to open up its telecoms market. Greece is the only EU country not to have introduced an electronic communications liberalization law. The European Commission said this means Greeks have fewer telephone firms...

Study Predicts Slower Cell Growth

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A new study suggests the growth of wireless subscriptions worldwide will slow 3 percent this year, and that much of the industry's growth will come in Africa. The study, conducted by research firm Strategy Analytics, says most of the growth will come in areas with the highest concentration of people who have yet to purchase their first...

House Intros Its Own Phone-Records Bill

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Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) yesterday disclosed that the House of Representatives is planning its own legislation to criminalize the selling of private telephone calling records in light of a Senate bill in the works to stop the brokerage practice. Barton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, focused on foiling the sale of...

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