TelecomDirect News Daily Update - June 30, 2006

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Telenor Mobile Network Reaches 500 Destinations in Pakistan

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Telenor Pakistan says that it now has the second-largest network in Pakistan, with 500 destinations covered within less than 16 months of the company's launch. Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor. The Nordic firm also has Asian operations in Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh. Significance: Telenor launched mobile services...

UTStarcom to Supply T66 Dual-Mode Handsets for China Unicom's World Wide Service

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UTStarcom today unveiled its T66 dual-mode, dual-standby CDMA/GSM handset. The company also announced that it had signed a contract with China Unicom to supply T66 handsets for its World Wind dual-mode phone service. The CDMA and GSM modes of the T66 handset are designed to be able to be on standby simultaneously, which can enable users ...

New EU Telecoms Rules Arouse Mixed Feelings

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The European Commission has released its long-awaited recommendations intended to spur further competition in the region's telecoms market and attracting further investment to the industry. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, EU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding outlined far-reaching proposals, drawing the ire of the ...

Murdoch reportedly joins bid for PCCW's assets

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HONG KONG -- Rupert Murdoch has reportedly joined Australian bank Macquarie's bid for PCCW's telecommunications and media businesses as the bidding for the Hong Kong phone company's assets added its highest profile player to date Thursday. Murdoch was also quoted as saying in a newspaper report that influential Hong...

BlackBerry maker RIM adds 680,000 users in latest quarter as revenue rises 35 percent

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NEW YORK -- Research In Motion Ltd. said Thursday it earned $129.8 million in its latest quarter as the maker of BlackBerry wireless devices and services added 680,000 users, boosting revenue by 35 percent. The profit for RIM's fiscal first quarter, equal to 68 cents per share, was fairly steady compared with the same...

U.S. appeals court won't postpone August wireless auction

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WASHINGTON -- A U.S. appeals court has refused to postpone a Federal Communications Commission wireless auction that is set for August, handing a victory to government regulators who are managing the high-profile auction that could raise an estimated $15 billion for the government. Three groups had asked the U.S. Third...

EarthLink Debuts First Citywide Wi-Fi Network

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Municipal Wi-Fi is finally a reality for EarthLink, which launched its first network in Anaheim, Calif. The ISP has several other deployments in the hopper. The Anaheim deployment marks EarthLink's first commercial launch of the wireless technology. At 49-square miles, the deployment also represents the largest such citywide...

Dutch Telco KPN Demands Equality With Cablecos

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Dutch incumbent KPN, once a government-owned monopoly that still is 8-percent held by the state, has sued the Dutch government, demanding it be allowed to follow the same rules as cable companies -- which it says are eating it alive as they muscle in on the voice business. The issue is that cable companies in the Netherlands...

Jumpstarting Mobile Collaboration

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'Mobile collaboration' as an industry buzzword probably peaked about two years ago, but only now are the infrastructure, the networks, and the applications coming together to make it possible at the enterprise level. For remote healthcare company Intellicare, managing a team of telephone nurses, all based out of home or ...

Lucatel: Full Steam Ahead

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The merger of telecom equipment giants Alcatel and Lucent Technologies Inc.  appears to be on course for completion by the end of 2006, dogged only, sources say, by the struggle to find roles for all the current senior executives and the ongoing disgruntlement of one of the new venture's key individuals. ...

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