TelecomDirect News Daily Update - June 21, 2006

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LG LX550: A Phone of Many Features

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Not many cell phones have a built-in FM radio transmitter. But it's also true that most cell phones don't have the combined ability to play MP3 music files, snap photos and show 3G streaming videos. Cramming all of these features in a single handset is what makes the LG Electronics' LX550 unique. The LX550, also known ...

TelecomTactics Survey: Leading Edge Applications Address the Mobile and Distributed Workplace

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A recent TelecomTactics survey finds 'highest' interest in the following leading-edge telecommunications applications: Unified Messaging/Unified Communications, Teleworker, Mobility/Wireless (PBX functionality on a wireless phone) and Voice over IP (VoIP) Security. Among those surveyed by TelecomTactics were resellers of...

Ericsson Signs Two Deals with Celcom, for 2G Network Expansion and Mobile TV

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Ericsson today announced that it had been awarded a contract by Celcom, the mobile unit of TM Group (formerly known as Telekom Malaysia) to expand, modernise and upgrade its GSM network. Covering the northern, eastern and central regions of the Malaysian peninsula, the project will be implemented over 12 months from early July. Ericsson...

FCC Approves Sprint Takeover of Nextel Partners in U.S.

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Sprint Nextel has announced that it has been given the go-ahead by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to acquire Nextel Partners, its largest affiliate. Significance: The acquisition is likely to be completed before end-June 2006. Sprint Nextel will add over 450,000 direct wireless subscribers and over 150,000 wholesale...

China Unicom, SK Telecom in CDMA Strategic Alliance

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Following an exclusive alliance to further develop CDMA services in China, SK Telecom has also agreed to purchase US$1 billion in convertible bonds to be issued by Unicom. Under the agreement, announced today, the two companies will cooperate in further development of CDMA-based mobile services in mainland China, including areas such as...

Mobile Games Poised for Growth

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The global mobile games market is ready to take off, according to a new report coming out of Juniper Research. With casual games acting as a market driver, mobile games are expected to generate $17.6 billion in revenue by 2011. The firm is forecasting 2006 revenue totals of $3.1 billion. If the $17.6 billion prediction comes to...

Enforta Readies Phase 1 Russian Broadband Deployment

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Netherlands-based Enforta BV has wrapped the construction and initial testing of its wireless broadband network in the Russian cities of Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Omsk and Novokuznetsk, the first leg of its planned 29-city rollout in that country. Once final testing is completed. Enforta says its broadband services will be available...

Wireless Mesh Passes Test

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Light Reading today published the most comprehensive test report on wireless mesh networking equipment to date, performed by the testing lab Iometrix Inc. The results indicate that mesh hardware is ready for prime time, and that multiple radios in a mesh access point vastly improve network performance. (See Wireless Mesh: Ready!) ...

Telefonica Buys Be

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Telefonica SA has spent £50 million (US$92 million) on a British broadband service provider to add to last year's $31.4 billion acquisition of mobile operator O2 plc . (See O2 Buys Be.) The acquisition, of broadband newcomer Be Un Limited , will help O2 keep pace with the combined...

Mobile TV Broadcast Subscribers to Leap to 100 Million by 2010

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. By the end of 2010, mobile TV broadcast subscribers worldwide will reach 102 million, a giant leap from 3.4 million in 2006, reports In-Stat. Recognizing that using cellular networks to deliver content that millions want to watch simultaneously requires much greater bandwidth than is currently available, carriers...

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