TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Monday, February 13, 2006

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Microsoft Mobile E-mail Drive Adds to Blackberry's Woes

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BARCELONA, -- Microsoft Corp. has won backing from major cellular networks for a new generation of phones designed to transform mobile e-mail from executive accessory to standard issue for the corporate rank-and-file. The partnerships with operators including Vodafone and Cingular, due to be announced Monday at a mobile industry...

Russian No. 2 Mobile Operator Makes US$5 Billion Bid for Ukraine's Kyivstar

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MOSCOW -- Russia's second-largest mobile phone operator OAO Vimpel Communications has made a US$5 billion offer to purchase Ukraine's Kyivstar, the company's management said Monday. Kyivstar is the largest mobile operator in Ukraine. "We believe the acquisition of Kyivstar will create significant value for all our shareholders and...

Transistor Laser Works as Switch and Processor

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Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign say they have created a transistor laser that can be used as a high-speed dual-input, dual-output signal processor. "We have at once a new form of transistor and a new form of laser," says Nick Holonyak Jr., a professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering. "We...

Time Warner's Cable VoIP Users Reach 1.1 mil. in 2005

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Time Warner Cable has announced that it added 880,000 VoIP subscribers in 2005, an increase of 400% year-on-year (y/y), according to company president Jeffrey Bewkes. Time Warner Cable reached 1.1 million VoIP users in 2005, slightly lower than leading U.S. cable operator Comcast, which ended the year with 1.3 million VoIP users, while...

Hutchison Whampoa Scraps H3G IPO, Sells 10% Stake to Major Investment Bank

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Citing unsatisfactory valuation, Hutchison Whampoa has shelved plans for the initial public offer (IPO) of its Italian 3G mobile unit on the Milan Stock Exchange. A company statement noted that the planned IPO could be revived, but failed to provide a timeline for such a...

Profiles of Business and Personal Mobile Voice Users

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Wireless carriers, handset vendors, and application developers have built large businesses around several assumptions: Voice revenues will steadily deteriorate as voice becomes a commodity among wireless carriers Mobile applications such as music, video, and picture messaging will shore up those sagging revenues 3G networks...

Mobile Email Monoculture Fades

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At this point, it seems, a workaround won't cut it. With yesterday's lawyer-vetted, IT-friendly alternative software for running Blackberry devices, Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM - message board; Toronto: RIM) hopes to reassure restless customers and hold on to its dominant position in the North American enterprise mobile...

VoiceSignal Gets Win with Motorola

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Letting your fingers do the walking is so 2005. VoiceSignal, a provider of speech recognition solutions for mobile devices, announced select Motorola GSM, CDMA and UMTS handsets will come equipped with technology that allows users to navigate contact lists and make calls, create text messages, check voice mail or use the phone's camera...

CLECs Announce 'Merger Of Equals'

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In what is being described as the creation of one of the largest competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) in the United States and the largest privately held CLEC in the Northeast, CTC Communications of Waltham, Mass., and Choice One Communications of Rochester, N.Y., are merging. Shareholders of each carrier will own 50 percent of...

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