TelecomDirect News Daily Update - June 27, 2006

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Virgin Mobile South Africa Launches MVNO

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Virgin Mobile South Africa, the new MVNO, launched commercial services on Saturday (24 June). It is the fourth operator to offer service-based competition in the market, but does not own its own infrastructure. The MVNO provides services over the network of the third South African cellular operator Cell C. The latter concluded agreements ...

Sonae, Portugal Telecom Add New Twist to Takeover Battle

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The long-running takeover battle for Portugal Telecom took a new twist yesterday, when Portugal Telecom chief executive Henrique Granadeiro said that he would reconsider Sonae's bid if the company raised its offer to above the present 9.50 euro (US$11.95) per share. Meanwhile, Sonae has denied speculation that its telecoms unit ...

Mobile Internet Receives Boost with New Web-Page Guidelines

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Mobile internet took another giant leap today as leading mobile and internet companies -- including Vodafone, Nokia and Google -- agreed to a set of guidelines aimed at creating websites that are easier to use on mobiles. The guidelines follow the launch of the first top-level domain name -- .mobi -- solely dedicated to mobile internet in ...

Microsoft Aims to Advance Unified Communications

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Microsoft Corporation is teaming with a host of companies -- including Motorola, Siemens Communications and HP -- in an effort to advance the adoption of a unified communications platform. The overarching goal, according to Microsoft, is to use a unified communications platform to 'break down' today's silos of ...

New Zealand Telecom To Split Operations, Adopt More Open Delivery Model

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Telecom Corp., New Zealand's largest listed company, surprised the market Tuesday by announcing it will split its operations into wholesale and retail divisions. Telecom said it will create a freestanding wholesale division, overseen by an independent monitoring unit, to deliver services to its...

Lucent Wins Contract for Army Project

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NEW YORK -- The U.S. Army on Monday named Lucent Technologies Inc. a prime contractor on a multibillion-dollar communications modernization project, work that might need to be handled by an independent subsidiary once Lucent merges with Alcatel SA of France. There are 10 prime contractors on the project, which is worth up to $4 ...

AT&T Offers U-Verse Video, Net Service

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NEW YORK -- AT&T Inc. on Monday expanded its gradual foray into cable TV, offering its U-verse video and high-speed Internet service to about 5,000 homes in San Antonio. The long-anticipated service, originally slated for a full-scale launch starting in late 2005, is the focal point of AT&T's bid to transform itself...

Nortel Networks to cut 1,100 jobs, NA

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TORONTO -- Telecommunications equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp., which has slimmed down significantly in recent years, said Tuesday it will cut about 1,100 positions globally and change its pension program to improve operating margins and save money. As part of a previously announced restructuring plan, the Toronto-based...

Research: Convergence Sells In The U.K.

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New research shows that U.K. resellers focusing on convergence and IP telephony grew at 23 percent last year, more than double the average growth rate of 10.3 percent achieved by the sector as a whole. According to a report published by IT Europa, the top 200 U.K. communications resellers garnered revenues of nearly $2.5 ...

Mobile WiMax Goes Mini

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Asserting that current 'macro-cell' architectures are insufficient for meeting the demand of emerging wireless broadband systems, OFDMA-gear vendor Adaptix Inc. said today it is releasing a suite of third-generation WiMax equipment based on more numerous and more dense 'micro-cell' layouts. Designed to address...

AT&T, Cisco Elbow Into Akimbo

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Two of the central players in the telco TV world are participating in a $15.5 million funding round for the Internet video provider Akimbo Systems . AT&T Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. are new funding sources for Akimbo, as is San Francisco-based venture capital firm Blueprint Ventures . The three throw in with...

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