TelecomDirect News Daily Update - September 06, 2006

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Vonage Hits 2 million Subscribers

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U.S.-based VoIP provider Vonage announced today that it has passed the 2-million subscriber mark. "Activating over 2 million lines is a milestone for both Vonage and the industry," Chairman and Chief Strategist of Vonage Holdings Jeffrey A. Citron said. "As we continue to grow our business, innovation will be a key focus ...

Frequencies May Be Allocated for 3G and WiMAX in Russia

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Russian regulators may start allocating radio frequencies for 3G mobile services and broadband wireless networks, Prime-Tass reports, citing the press office of the IT and Telecommunications Ministry. According to the report, the State Radio Frequency Commission decided at a meeting on Monday (4 September) that the frequency band between ...

EU Clears Private Equity Firms to Buy Dutch Cable TV Operator Casema

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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- EU antitrust regulators on Wednesday cleared private equity firms Cinven Ltd. and Warburg Pincus LLC to buy the Netherlands third-largest cable television operator Casema BV. The two agreed in July to pay Euro 2.1 billion (US$2.6 billion) for the company from another group of private investors ...

Auction Still Going, But Slowing

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WASHINGTON -- Bidding in the FCC's Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) auction is approaching $13.5 billion, even though bidders have slowed the pace considerably in the last few days. After 52 rounds of bidding, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Sprint's partnership with cable companies still lead in bid expenditures ...

Canada Examines Looser Incumbent VoIP Rules

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Canadian regulators have opened a proceeding to reassess the conditions for lightening up on rules that ostensibly restrict incumbent telcos in the emerging Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) business. This comes amid new government conclusions that competition in the country's local telephony service marketplace is taking hold more ...

Cisco & Pals to Unwire Silicon Valley

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Cisco Systems Inc. and friends have scored one of the biggest contracts in the burgeoning municipal mesh WiFi market -- unwiring 1,500 square miles of America's tech mecca, Silicon Valley. The networking giant said late on Tuesday that it -- along with Azulstar , IBM Corp., and SeaKay -- had won the deal against ...

Cisco's Secret Franchise

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It's well known that Cisco Systems Inc. customers are just about forced to buy optics from Cisco, and at hefty markups. The practice is an annoyance to some customers -- and now a report suggests investors should start worrying about it, too. Cisco's practice of reselling optical modules represented 25 percent of the ...

Nintendo, Sony Are Only Two Survivors in Handheld Game Market

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In the past year, the Nokia N-Gage, Tapwave Zodiac, and Gizmondo have all been taken off the market, leaving only two competitors in the handheld game platform space: Nintendo and Sony. In the current generation of handheld consoles, the Nintendo DS will outship the Sony PSP over the life of the consoles, ...

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