TelecomDirect News Daily Update - November 07, 2006

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Telecom Italia Q3 Revenue Up 4.6%, Thanks to European Broadband, Brazilian Mobile

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Telecom Italia has posted a 4.6% year-on-year (y/y) rise in third-quarter revenue thanks to strong growth in its European broadband operations and continued strong sales at its Brazilian mobile unit. Revenues for the quarter rose to 7.77 billion euro (US$9.92 billion) from 7.43 billion for the same period in 2005. Telecom Italia said its ...

Deutsche Telekom Offers Loyalty Bonus for Triple-Play Customers

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Germany's fixed-line incumbent, Deutsche Telekom, has launched a loyalty bonus system, which is expected to save its customers between 50-150 euro (US$64-191) per month. The bonus system is targeted at customers of both its fixed-line and mobile units, T-Com and T-Mobile, opting to combine fixed-network telephony, mobile and ...

FCC Classifies BPL as Information Service

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has clarified the regulatory situation with broadband over powerline (BPL) with the declaration that it is to be regulated as an information service, on an equal footing with other broadband services. The regulatory order finds that "the transmission component underlying BPL-enabled ...

Take Action: New Gear From Actiontec Gets VoIP Down to Business

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About 98 percent of businesses in the United States are SMBs, and less than 10 percent of those businesses today use VoIP. But a little company called Actiontec Electronics Inc. is trying to change that by educating the SMB set on the benefits of VoIP and by offering some neat new PBX gateways designed for small-scale applications based ...

Samsung Electronics Unveils New Communication Device Tailored for Wireless = Broadband

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SEOUL, South Korea -- Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday showed off a new three-way foldable combination of phone, personal computer and music player tailored for an emerging wireless broadband technology the company is pushing as a global standard. The gadget was unveiled at a Samsung-sponsored industry conference on Mobile ...

EU Commission Tells Tourists to Switch Off Mobiles to Avoid "Excessive" Fees

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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union executive commission on Tuesday urged EU tourists to switch off their mobile phones on foreign trips, saying the operators were still charging 'excessively high' prices for calling from abroad. EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding said current roaming ...

Vodafone Turns to Microsoft Platform

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Looking to cut costs while still enhancing the consumer mobile experience, Vodafone has inked a deal with Microsoft to develop software that will enable the introduction of new mobile services. The agreement will bring together Microsoft Windows Mobile and Vodafone live! The Windows Mobile platform marks the third mobile platform ...

Verizon Intensifies European VoIP Push

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Verizon Business, in a major expansion of its VoIP offerings overseas, has released its entire VoIP portfolio to the international market. Verizon Business is the operating unit Verizon Communications created when it bought MCI earlier this year. Verizon VoIP is aimed primarily at Europe right now plus Canada and South Africa, ...

Cingular Speeds Up

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3G PDAs, WiFi location boxes, and convergence from a food retailer (!) make up the menu for this week's new-product roundup. Cingular Claims 3G First: No. 1 U.S. mobile carrier Cingular Wireless LLC says that it is the first operator in the U.S. to ship a wireless PDA that runs over a 3G HSDPA/UMTS network. The $400 ...

Tektronix Buys VOIP Test Firm

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Test vendor Tektronix Inc. has opened its purse again to snap up VOIP service monitoring specialist Minacom for $27 million in cash. Montreal-based Minacom, which has about 35 on staff, 60 customers, and revenues of $5 million a year, is 100 percent owned by its founder and CEO Michel Nadeau, who is now good for a drink ...

Wireless Users Regularly Carry Redundant Devices

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Conventional wireless industry wisdom is that consumers seek a single wireless device with multiple capabilities built into the handset, however, studies show that most users carry redundant devices, reports In-Stat. For instance, more than 15% of people carry two wireless phones, the high-tech market research ...

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