TelecomDirect News Daily Update - June 08, 2006

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Expectations Unfulfilled

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For many managers in the countries of the former European Community (EC), the prospect of an internal market in 1993 was both exciting and worrisome. They felt certain that this internal market would bring increased business opportunities as co-operation among EC countries rose and as goods, services and capital moved freely among the...

Incumbent Telcos Seek End to Special EU Regulation

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Europe's leading incumbent telcos are ready to push the European Commission to phase out special regulations imposed on them by the European Union (EU). More than 25 telecoms company CEOs are planning to meet European media commissioner,Viviane Reding and antitrust commissioner Neelie Kroes later today to discuss the issue. First...

Verizon Launches Wholesale Triple-Play Offer

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Verizon and DirecTV have announced a deal to enable the former's wholesale customers to offer triple-play services (voice, DSL and satellite TV via DirecTV). The offer is aimed at enabling competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) to compete on an even footing with cable TV operators. It will also enable Verizon to generate...

British Broadband Market Upheaval - Bulldog Exits Retail Market, Race Heats Up for AOL

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British-based C&W has announced a radical change in its broadband operational strategy, opting to exit the retail broadband market for residential and small businesses. Instead, as from 1 July 2006, the company's ISP unit Bulldog will only offer wholesale products to other broadband service providers. C&W has said that it...

NTT DoCoMo To Sell RIM's BlackBerry Portable Devices

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TOKYO -- NTT DoCoMo will introduce BlackBerry handheld devices in Japan by offering them to corporate customers later this year, Japan's top mobile carrier said Thursday. BlackBerry devices, from Research In Motion, based in Ontario, Canada, have a keyboard for typing with the thumb, and offer wireless connection with...

Moto Plants Itself in India

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Motorola Inc. announced Wednesday that it is opening a manufacturing facility in India, having designated the country as the headquarters for its High Growth Markets initiative late last year. (See Moto Invests in India.) The vendor will initially invest $30 million in the...

Single Antenna Does the Work of Five

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Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) engineers have developed a new antenna design that could allow a single ultra-wideband antenna to do the job of five conventional models. The computer-designed 'Fragmented Aperture Antenna' offers a 33-to-1 bandwidth -- far beyond the 10-to-1 ratio provided by conventional designs....

With One -Third of Households Broadband - Enabled, More Net Apps are Popular

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Roughly one-third of US households now subscribe to some type of broadband service, reports In-Stat. As broadband becomes commonplace, Internet use is evolving with broader adoption of a variety of applications. For example, nearly half of respondents to a recent In-Stat Consumer Broadband Survey telecommute,...

Cell Phones Boost Semi Sales Forecast

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Thanks in large part to cell phones, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is revising its forecasts upward, projecting worldwide sales of semiconductors will grow by 9.8 percent, to $249.6 billion, in 2006. The forecast was revised upward from a November forecast projecting an increase of 7.9 percent to $245 billion. ...

Vonage's IPO Lawsuit Troubles Increase

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In the wake of its disastrous IPO, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providerVonage Holding Corp. was served with yet another legal action related to its public offering. Philadelphia law firm Berger Montague P.C. filed suit against Vonage on behalf of a client to expand the securities class action already started late last...

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