TelecomDirect News Daily Update - October 30, 2006

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Free-for-All from FON with Wi-Fi Router Giveaway

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Big-name-backed Spanish start-up FON launched a promotion in the U.S. market last Friday as it gave away 'hundreds' of Wi-Fi routers. The company has pushed into San Francisco as the touted municipal Wi-Fi network to be provided by Google and EarthLink has stalled. The next promotion is slated to hit New York as FON tries to ...

EU Warns It Will Sue Germany If It Adopts Law Shielding Deutsche Telekom

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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union reiterated Monday that it would take Germany to court if its parliament passes a law that allows Deutsche Telekom AG to shut out rivals from its high-speed broadband network. The former state monopoly wanted a three-year exemption from rules that would prevent it recouping its initial 803 ...

Fiber Optics Reach for the Sky

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On an airplane, a little short circuit can lead to big trouble. In 1996, a spark caused by faulty wiring insulation exploded fumes inside TWA Flight 800's fuel tank, leading to a horrific explosion and crash that killed 230 people. In an effort to make aircraft safer, researchers have created an optical on-off switch. The ...

Bang & Olufsen Teams with Samsung

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Attention, minimalists with disposable income: Bang and Olufsen America, with help from Samsung Electronics Mobile Business, may have the phone for you. Their partnership is bringing one of the more unique phones to the North American market next month. Marking the first cell phone to launch through Bang and Olufsen America, ...

Sierra Wireless Turns It Around

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Sierra Wireless, buoyed by the growth of wireless data services and the introduction of widgetry to use the new technologies -- which it supplies to both Cingular and Sprint, among others -- reported a strong third quarter, with sales nearly doubling and a profit to boot. The company now has turned in four profitable quarters in a ...

Talk Like an Egyptian

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As a small importer doing business with partners in the Middle East, Steve Collins, owner of Discoveries, Inc. in Alexandria, Va., has lived through the slow evolution of overseas telecommunications in the last quarter-century. After founding Discoveries in 1980, Collins first began working with his Cairo-based affiliates by telex, ...

IP PBX Adoption Rate Dependent Upon New Services, Software

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With the move to IP, the PBX is no longer a standalone system, but rather just one component of a larger unified corporate communication system that includes e-mail, IM/presence, dual-mode phones, video conferencing, etc., reports In-Stat. Full IP PBX deployments across the entire scope of the enterprise remain ...

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