PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents The TelecomDirect News Daily Update For October 03, 2006
SFR Wades into French Fixed Market with US$451.6 mil. Takeover of Tele2 France
Pan-European alternative telecoms operator Tele2 has opted to quit the French fixed-line market, offloading its entire fixed-line operations in France to mobile operator SFR for 3.3 billion Sweden kronor (US$451.6 million). Under the deal, SFR would take over Tele2's fixed-line operations including its broadband unit, and would have ...
France Telecom Plans US$1.91 bil. Push into Convergence in Spain
France Telecom plans to invest 1.5 billion euro (US$1.91 billion) in Spain over the next three years. The telco seeks to develop a new convergence strategy for its Spanish operations. These include fixed-line and internet operations Wanadoo Espana and the mobile business Auna, which is currently being rebranded as Orange. ...
FCC Approves Alltel Acquisition of Midwest Wireless
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the US$1.1-billion acquisition of Midwest Wireless by Alltel, adding conditions that assets in four cellular market areas would need to be divested. The acquisition adds spectrum covering a footprint of 2 million potential customers in southern Minnesota, northern and eastern Iowa,...
Telecom Italia Workers Strike Against Reorganization Plan
MILAN, Italy -- Telecom Italia SpA workers went on strike Tuesday to protest against plans to reorganize Italy's largest telecommunications company. Thousands of workers blew whistles and waved red union flags as they demonstrated outside Telecom that 80 percent ...
Telephone Company Eircom Shuts Down Rival's 40,000 Lines Over Unpaid Bills
DUBLIN, Ireland -- Ireland's dominant telephone company, Eircom PLC, shut down services Tuesday to smaller rival Smart Telecom in a dispute over unpaid bills, leaving 40,000 households and businesses unable to make calls. Eircom, which has been threatening to cut off Smart Telecom since May 2005, said it withdrew Smart ...
Taiwan's BenQ Blames Poor Product Management for Demise in German Unit
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's BenQ Corp. on Tuesday blamed poor product management for the demise of its mobile unit in Germany. BenQ, the world's No. 6 mobile phone vendor by market share, filed for insolvency last week for the German operations it took over from Siemens AG in October 2005, endangering 3,000 jobs.
Cingular Wireless Files Pretexter Suit
Cingular Wireless joins Verizon Wireless as the latest carrier to take legal action with regards to the pretexting scandal involving Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP). Cingular's lawsuit focuses on private investigators involved in the pretexting efforts. HP is under scrutiny by Congress for using pretexting tactics to uncover the source ...
New Research: Telecom Manufacturers Shift Focus To Growing SMBs
A number of leading telephone system manufacturers are addressing the capacity and migration needs of growing businesses by adding newer and larger platforms to existing families of business telephony systems. Distributed work environments with branch offices and remote workers continue to be the workplace trend, and leading ...
Intel/Nokia Deal Gets Mixed Reactions
Responses to last week's news that Nokia Corp. will partner with Intel Corp. on HSDPA modules have ranged from 'this changes everything' to 'Intel is in retreat.' Briefly, Nokia said on Thursday that it will supply an HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) module that Intel will include as part ...
Cisco Tunes in With Cognio
Cisco Systems Inc. has teamed up with startup Cognio Inc. to provide users with tools to enable them to get more information on what could be causing radio problems on their wireless LAN networks. Cisco will use the Natick, Mass.-based company's Spectrum Expert, a WiFi spectrum analysis and monitoring tool, alongside its ...
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