TelecomDirect News Daily Update - June 22, 2006

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Two More 3G Licences for Romania

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Romania's Inspectorate General for Communications and Information Technology (ICGT) has announced that it will offer the remaining two 3G licences by 4 September 2006. The winning bidders will be announced on 15 October 2006; each successful candidate will pay US$35 million in six instalments. The first payment, of US$10.5 million,...

Alliances and Acquisitions Increasingly Important For Fast-Growth Companies

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PricewaterhouseCoopers' Trendsetter Barometer interviewed CEOs of 339 privately-held product and service companies identified in the media as the fastest growing U.S. businesses over the last five years. Surveyed companies range from approximately $5-150 million in...

Sanyo, Nokia Drop Talks On Planned Mobile Joint Venture

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TOKYO -- Sanyo and Nokia have scrapped plans for a mobile joint venture, just four months after they announced a deal trumpeted as a step in growing globally in one of the world's most competitive technologies. The world's largest mobile phone maker Nokia Corp. of Finland and Sanyo Electric Co. of Japan said in a joint...

AT&T Alters Privacy Policy

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SAN ANTONIO -- AT&T Inc. is changing its privacy policy for Internet and television customers to specify that account information is a business record the company owns and can be disclosed to government and law enforcement and to protect the company's legitimate business interests. AT&T said that...

EU Moves to Ease Telecoms Rules

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The European Commission is set to announce new plans next week to reduce price controls and regulation for the telecoms market, the Financial Times reports today. Citing a draft proposal, the report adds that the Commission wants to free seven of the present 18 telecoms markets from regulation, including the important markets for...

SK Telecom, China Unicom Plan to Purchase 4 mil. CDMA Phones following Strategic Tie-Up

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SK Telecom has said that it plans to team up with China Unicom to purchase 4 million CDMA phones from handset makers, Dow Jones reports. The South Korean company expects that such a move would save it 150 billion won (US$157 million) over three years. Significance: ST yesterday announced that it had agreed to buy US$1 billion-worth...

Sprint Nextel Roams Further

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Sprint Nextel is expanding the reach of its data roaming capabilities through two new international agreements, one with Bell Canada and another with Iusacell in Mexico. Separately, Sprint unveiled an exclusive music series that will get up close and personal with artists. The reciprocal roaming agreements will enable customers to...

Congress Goes To War Against Privacy Breaches

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Concern and rhetoric in the U.S. Congress over criminal, business and government breaches of consumer privacy -- including access to telephone calls and subscriber records -- is heating up this week and could culminate in a call for the Bush administration to reveal details regarding the National Security Agency (NSA) telecom monitoring ...

FCC Dials VOIP for USF

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday increased the amount of money the government can tax wireless and VOIP operators for the Universal Service Fund (USF). The Commission ruled that 64.9 percent of VOIP revenues are 'interstate' and therefore are subject to assessment for the USF. That's the same rate ...

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