TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Monday, May 22, 2006

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Network Software Protects Data Confidentiality

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As banks, businesses, government agencies and other enterprises interconnect their computers in ever greater numbers, there's a growing need for software that can provide seamless data links while ensuring data security. In an effort to ensure security while maintaining a free and speedy enterprise data flow, a research team has...

NTT DoCoMo to Make All Mobile Handset Models Globally Compatible

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NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator, plans to be the first mobile operator in Japan to make all its mobile handset models compatible with the GSM networks in more than 130 countries in two years, in order to enable easier roaming for travellers, Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reports. Under the new system, DoCoMo's mobile...

EU Wants More Cross-Border Telecoms Competition

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The European Commission has urged greater cross-border competition in the European telecommunications market, according to reports from the Associated Press (AP). While acknowledging the benefits of its year-old push for better exploitation of digital technologies, the Commission said that stronger investment and more effective...

Bite GSM Delays 3G Launch

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Latvia's newest mobile operator Bite GSM is to postpone the launch of its UMTS services, according to Baltic Business Weekly. The operator's 3G operations had been due to begin in June 2006, but have now been delayed until September 2006, in order to facilitate the introduction of a faster Internet service....

KDDI, Sony to Develop Walkman Cell Phone

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TOKYO -- A Walkman brand cell phone enabling users to download music onto their handsets will go on sale in the Japanese market next month in a joint project between KDDI and Sony, KDDI Corp. announced Monday. KDDI Corp., Japan's second-largest mobile phone company, scheduled a news conference Monday morning to announce details ...

Microsoft Makes Way to Pay for PC Hourly

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SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. has developed technology for people to pay by the hour to use a computer in their own homes, similar to the way many people use pre-paid cards for cell phones. The technology, called FlexGo, will be used as part of efforts to sell computers to lower-income consumers in developing countries, where Microsoft is...

Nokia Lands GSM Expansion Deal

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A China Unicom subsidiary has tapped Nokia to expand its GSM network in China. The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the agreement. As part of the deal, Nokia will deliver radio and core networks, including MSC Server mobile softswitch and services to Sichuan Unicom. The expanded network will serve four cities in the...

House Committee Unwraps Net-Neutrality Act

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Confirming earlier reports (Telecom Policy Report, May 1), members of the House Judiciary Committeeintroduced a bill to codify network neutrality among the Internet's broadband access and backbone providers in response to a growing debate among federal lawmakers and lobbyists on the issue. The five-page Internet Freedom and...

Wireless Firms Ring Up More VC Bucks

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Of the $543 million in venture capital investment dollars received by digital media companies during April, a whopping $303 million went to wireless-related businesses, according to San Francisco-based research firm Rutberg & Co. Rutberg says 40 companies announced new VC funding last month; and 11 of those are making a business of...

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