TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Monday, February 27, 2006

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The China Challenge

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In 1967 a leading French opinion-maker, Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, published a book entitled Le Defi Americain (The American Challenge) that had a huge impact at the time and was translated into numerous languages. This was just 20 years after the end of World War II, when a rapidly increasing number of US companies were casting...

Mobile TeleSystems Approves Integration of Subsidiaries

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MTS, one of Russia's three major mobile operators, has announced that it will merge nine of its subsidiaries into the parent company. The decision was made at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of shareholders and should bring MTS' total subscriber base to 59.5 million, in a total national market of 115.6 million. MTS is 52.8% owned...

OTE Reports 37% Fall in Q4 Net Profit, Makes End-2005 Loss

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Greek telecoms group OTE posted a 37% year-on-year (y/y) fall in net profit, to 37.1 million euro (US$44.0 million), in the last quarter of 2005, from 58.9 million euro a year earlier. The company mainly attributed the fall to a tax credit recorded in the fourth quarter of 2004. For full-year 2005, OTE posted a net loss of 294.1 million...

Vodafone Trims Forecasts, Takes 23-28 Billion Pound Impairment Charge

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LONDON -- Vodafone Group PLC warned Monday that its assets are overvalued by as much as 28 billion pounds (US$49 billion) and it faces a slowdown in revenue growth. Shares in the mobile phone giant fell 2.6 percent to 114 pence (US$1.98) after it said it would take an impairment charge of between 23 billion pounds (US$40.2...

Wireless Sensors Let Machines "Talk" to Computers

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Wireless communication isn't only useful for linking people to people or people to computers. Increasingly, researchers are turning their attention to wireless sensors that connect machines to computers to remotely monitor mechanical parts and systems. The key to this technology are remote wireless sensors that are small, power-thrifty...

Analysts Bullish on Wireless VC

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A report released this week by visiongain says wireless venture capital has seen steady growth since 2000 and is poised to hit an all-time high this year. In general, the report says, venture capital investments are trending downward. Wireless technology, however, is the exception. During 2005, 152 wireless-related companies received...

TIA: 2005 Wireless Sub Growth The Best Ever

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According to new numbers from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), U.S. wireless revenues totaled $174.7 billion in 2005, up 10.7 percent from 2004. Sales of new handsets and a ramp-up in new wireless subscribers drove that figure. Total revenues from all wireless services rose 14.8 percent in 2005 to $118.6 billion, and...

Light Reading Poll: Bundles Begone!

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Not many are keen on having a phone company as their video provider, and all-in-one service bundles (phone, broadband, and video) may not be as big a deal to consumers as many believe, according to the latest Light Reading poll. Nearly 60 percent of the respondents to the poll, Costly Cable, indicated that getting all communications...

New In-Stat Research Explores Corporate Buying of Wireless Services and Equipment in 2005

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Because of their ability to generate higher average revenues per user (ARPU), business customers continue to represent one of the most attractive market segments for wireless carriers.  As they seek to expand this lucrative subscriber base, carriers need to better understand the dynamics and drivers of...

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