TelecomDirect News Daily Update - October 26, 2006

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France Telecom's Q3 Revenue Nudges Up 1.2%, Thanks to 5% Rise in Mobile Revenues

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France Telecom has posted a 1.2% year-on-year (y/y) rise in third-quarter revenue, thanks to a 5% rise in revenue at its mobile division. Total revenue for the quarter rose to 13.1 billion euro (US$16.54 billion) with mobile services accounting for 7.15 billion euro. Gross Operating Margin (GOM), however, fell 3.5% to 4.9 billion ...

Telecom Italia Reiterates Convergence Strategy

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Telecom Italia yesterday effectively ended speculation of a potential sale of its mobile unit, as it reiterated its commitment to the strategy of accelerating convergence between fixed telephony, mobile, broadband internet and media content. In a statement after a meeting of the Board of Directors presided over by the new chairman Guido ...

AT&T Launches Video Monitoring Service

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NEW YORK -- AT&T Inc. is introducing a home monitoring service that includes live video surveillance on a computer or cellphone, as well as lighting controls and detection sensors for motion, temperature changes and flooding. The service being launched Thursday, priced at $9.95 per month, is compatible with any broadband ...

Norway's Telenor Telecoms Group Reports 72 Percent Increase in Third Quarteqqr Net Profits

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OSLO, Norway -- Norwegian telecommunications group Telenor ASA on Thursday reported a 72 percent increase net profits for the third quarter, citing strong growth in the mobile phone sector. The group said net profit for the July through September quarter was 3.78 billion kroner (US$567 million, E450 million), compared to 2.2 ...

Verizon Goes for the Flash

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Verizon Wireless, Adobe Systems and Qualcomm have something new to talk about at Adobe's annual user conference this week: the availability of Adobe Flash Lite via Verizon's network. Flash Lite for BREW facilitates Flash content to run on Verizon Wireless' Get It Now-enabled phones and enables over-the-air (OTA)...

BT Buys 'Bruce Bonus'

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In one of the most interesting acquisitions to be announced recently, BT is buying U.S. security firm Counterpane Internet Security (and its personnel) in a move to expand and develop its global managed-security-services capabilities. Word is that the deal is as much to bring on board the company's security gurus as it is to ...

Aricent Crashes Telecom Software Party

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The world of telecom software, already developing into a scrap between a number of big hitters, has a new major player, Aricent Inc. But this isn't an ambitious startup. Aricent, which has 6,700 staff and annual revenues of $300 million, is the new name for Flextronics Software Systems (FSS) , a business unit created in ...

Base Stations Drive Wireless Economics

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New technology such as WiMax and user trends such as increased wireless data downloads are changing the nature of base-station design, according to the latest research from the Unstrung Insider. The new report -- 3G Base Station Design; Wireless Network Economics -- highlights the steady evolution of a new breed of faster, ...

North American Households Rate Broadband as Most Important Wireline Service

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- According to the results of a new survey of US and Canadian consumers that segments households by demographics, all segments rated broadband the communication service they can least live without, reports In-Stat. Survey results also give clues about how next-generation consumer applications, ...

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