TelecomDirect News Daily Update - October 23, 2006

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Drillisch Plans Merger with Rivals to Fend Off T-Mobile and Vodafone

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German telecoms services provider Drillisch is considering a merger with four rivals to create a group to rival market leaders, T-Mobile Germany and Vodafone Germany, according to Paschalis Choulidis, Drillisch CEO (Chief Executive Officer), who was interviewed by the German daily, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Drillisch is ...

FCC Releases Telephone Subscriber Report

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued the annual report on telephone subscription in the United States using data from the current population survey (CPS) undertaken by the Census Bureau in March 2006. The key questions utilised in this survey examine whether a household has any type of telephone service-fixed, ...

European Ombudsman Probes O2 Complaint on Roaming Charges

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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union's Ombudsman said Monday he had opened an inquiry into a complaint by O2 over an EU antitrust probe that found the British mobile phone operator charged excessive roaming fees. O2 complained that the European Commission failed to grant proper defense rights or access to documents ...

Cingular, Siemens Support 3G/IMS R&D

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Siemens Networks and Cingular Wireless are joining forces in an effort to better equip university students and researchers to push the envelope on third-generation IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) convergence applications. The 3G/IMS lab is being set up at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The goal of the lab will be to research the ...

French Telcos Buy Themselves Presents

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Rival French telecom operators Iliad Group and France Telecom (FT) have signed small acquisition deals during the past 24 hours in moves to boost their competitive positions in widely divergent markets. Iliad is to acquire fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) operator Citefibre, while FT is picking up majority control of IT service house ...

Cisco Dials Up Videoconferencing

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Who hates videoconferencing? Cisco Systems Inc. hates videoconferencing. "There's such a disdain in upper management here for videoconferencing," says Randy Harrell, a director of product marketing for Cisco. He tells of one executive who intentionally shows up 15 minutes late for any videoconference, hoping that ...

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