TelecomDirect News Daily Update - October 20, 2006

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Megafon in Trouble with Regulator over Interconnection Fees

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Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has charged Russia's third-largest mobile operator, Megafon, with violation of antitrust legislation. Similar charges against the country's two largest operators, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and VimpelCom, have been dropped. Megafon has issued a press release outlining its plans to ...

Telus CEO Pitches for Deregulation

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Darren Entwistle, the CEO of Telus, Canada's number two telco, pitched for greater deregulation of the Canadian telecoms market in a speech reported by Reuters on 18 October 2006. Entwistle described current regulations as out of date with current technology, which is inhibiting capital spending on new technologies. Citing the ...


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In the telecom industry there has been an engineering-driven 'build it and they will come' mentality that often puts technology and product ahead of customer and marketing. But the technologies being put in place today-like IMS and content delivery systems-will rely on a much more sophisticated understanding of customers and ...

Verizon Aims to Cast a Wider V CAST Net

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Verizon Wireless hopes to open up its V CAST multimedia wireless service to a larger group of its customers by offering a newly launched daily subscription service. A 24-hour trial of the mobile video service will run Verizon Wireless customers $3. A monthly subscription costs $15. As with the monthly service, daily subscribers ...

Top 10 Tips for Managing an RFP

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They can be three sentences long or 300 pages. They can be broadcast across the supplier landscape or limited to a shortlist of preferred vendors. Some public companies and regulated utilities are required to make them public, but most companies prefer to issue them on the QT. Regardless, most companies put out request for proposals ...

Alphabet Soup: SITA Offers ATI Mobile VoIP

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According to one estimate, the air-transport industry (ATI) is spending 'billions of dollars' a year on fixed and mobile telephony services. A Swiss company now says it can save the wireless day with a mobile Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) offering. Geneva-based SITA, which claims to be 'the world's leading ...

Verizon's Tough Zone

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Verizon Wireless is taking on Sprint Nextel Corp. on its home turf with a new ruggedized handset from UTStarcom Inc. The G-One Type-V ruggedized mobile phone blends water-, heat-, and drop-resistant features that are typically the domain of phones aimed at blue collar workers and vertical enterprise applications, with ...

Cingular's Subs-stantial Quarter

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Cingular Wireless LLC reported profits up 282 percent for the third quarter as it added another 1.4 million subscribers to its books. The top cellular carrier in the U.S. reported this morning that net income grew to $847 million from $222 million in the same quarter a year ago. Cingular's total revenues were $9.6 billion, up 9.2 ...

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