TelecomDirect News Daily Update - October 13, 2006

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EU Slams 13 Governments for Violating Telecom Rules

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The European Commission yesterday threatened legal action against 13 member governments for violating EU telecoms rules, Dow Jones reports. The Commission said that the 13 countries - Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, on a variety of ...

Vodafone Drops Carphone Warehouse in Mobile Retail Deal

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Vodafone yesterday dumped a partnership with Carphone Warehouse to sell contract mobile phones, opting instead to sign an exclusive deal with Phones4U, Carphone Warehouse's arch rival. Vodafone said that Carphone Warehouse was charging too much commission to market Vodafone's contract lines and has opted for Phones4U, who have ...

The rise of lifestyle media: Achieving success in the digital convergence era

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The rise in online advertising can be distilled into two words: reach and relevance. Internet search engines such as Google have redefined the concept of targeted advertising. Their emphasis on measurement and direct accountability, in which advertisers pay-for-performance (click-through) rather than impressions alone, has changed ...

BellSouth-AT&T Vote Expected Today

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WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission faces charges from consumer advocates and some lawmakers that it's on the path to re-establishing a communications monopoly as it considers AT&T Inc.'s buyout of BellSouth Corp. The FCC's OK represents the final major regulatory hurdle in AT&T's bid to ...

Making a Run for It

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Enhancing Alcatel's Open CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) Policy, Alcatel and Runcom actively collaborated in different areas such as the development of end-to-end solutions including the integration of Runcom chipsets into Alcatel's Evolium WiMAX solution infrastructure as well as into terminals, interoperability testing, and ...

FCC Ponders How To Fill Up 'White Spaces'

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today unanimously took several first-step actions, including the partial grant of a Qualcomm petition, to start considering new broadband, video and other potential uses of the 700 MHz analog RF bands being freed by the U.S. broadcasters' digital-television (DTV) transition in February ...

Thomson Fuses VOIP & IPTV

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PARIS -- Broadband World Forum Europe -- Thomson is the latest company to fly the convergence flag with news of a new product combination that pulls together two of the industry hot technologies -- VOIP and IPTV. The French company also announced a fixed/mobile convergence deployment at French competitive operator Free . ...

A Treo Your Mom Could Love

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Playing catch-up to rival device manufacturers, Palm Inc. today said it is launching the Treo 680, the company's first truly consumer-focused device. The new Treo, targeted at a broader market than Palm's traditionally business-user focused products, comes in a variety of colors, offers an array of consumer-friendly ...

China's Consumer Electronics Manufacturing Will More Than Double by 2010

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Low labor costs and a fast-growing domestic market will spur China's consumer electronics manufacturing industry to more than double by 2010, reports In-Stat. The industry will grow from $71.5 billion in 2006 to $167 billion in 2010, the high-tech market research firm says. China's mature supply chain, a ...

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