TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Monday, April 3, 2006

PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents The TelecomDirect News Daily Update For April 3, 2006

Alcatel, Lucent Seal Deal

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Alcatel (NYSE: ALA - message board; Paris: CGEP:PA) and Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU - message board) announced today (Sunday) that they've agreed to merge, creating a global supplier of fixed and wireless telecom infrastructure with annual revenues of $25 billion, a market capitalization of about $36 billion (based on Friday's...

Cable's Next Crusade

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Sparked by the recent landmark joint venture between Sprint Nextel and four of the U.S. cable industry's top MSOs (Advance/Newhouse, Comcast, Cox, and Time Warner), the addition of a wireless service that would join video, voice and data to comprise the much coveted quadruple play is not only a reality, but considered by many to be a...

The Journey from Analytics to BI

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There's an old maxim about four blind people in a room with an elephant. Each person has a different view of the elephant, depending on whether he or she is holding the trunk, the tail, the ear or the foot. After spending millions of dollars on enormous ERP, CRM and data warehousing initiatives, executives are left with the same problem,...

Time Warner Cable Eyes Mobile Services in U.S.

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Time Warner Cable Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dick Parsons has said that the company is looking to establish a strong presence in the mobile business, according to an interview with the Financial Times. Parsons did not reveal if Time Warner Cable would purchase wireless spectrum or acquire a mobile operator as soon as the...

OTE for Sale in 2007

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Greece's government has said that it is ready to sell its stake in telecoms group OTE from 2007, Reuters reports. In an interview with Eleytherotipia newspaper yesterday, Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis said that his government was willing to sell its 36% stake in OTE from 2007, if there was 'corresponding interest' in a deal. The...

MGM Concentrates on Digital, Wireless

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) formed a new division that will focus on the digital media space, namely wireless and broadband. Douglas Lee will spearhead the new unit. The division will be tasked with shepherding MGM's digital distribution strategy. Lee has been named executive vice president and will build on knowledge gleaned from...

Untapped Carriers May Be Hit For USF Payments

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The anticipated U.S. House of Representatives legislative proposal on reforming the universal service fund (USF) has surfaced with provisions that would control monetary disbursements, provide incentives for rolling out broadband Internet access and broaden the base of contributions. The Universal Service Reform Act of 2006 to improve...

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