TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Thursday, April 27, 2006

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Internet2 Network Aims to Boost Capacity

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NEW YORK (AP) - By sending data using different colors of light, operators of the ultrahigh-speed Internet2 network are hoping to boost capacity by as much as 80-fold to enable researchers to connect telescopes around the world and perform other bandwidth-intensive tasks. The new network should be in place by fall 2007, said Douglas Van...

Walt Disney Co. To Launch Family-Oriented Mobile Service in Britain

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LONDON (AP) - The Walt Disney Co. announced plans Thursday to begin operating its own family-oriented mobile service in Britain later this year using the O2 communications network. The service, to be called Disney Mobile, will offer multiple handsets within the same subscription and allow parents to control spending, Internet access and...

AT&T Forges Ahead with Faster Broadband, IP TV Roll-Out

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AT&T has announced that as of 1 May 2006, new customers can purchase the new Elite service online for US$27.99 per month (a 12-month subscription commitment and other charges apply). The service offers downlink speeds of between 3 Mbps and 6 Mbps, and uplink speeds of between 384 Kbps and 768 Kbps. Existing AT&T Yahoo! high-speed...

France Telecom Quarterly Revenue up 10.3 percent, but Core Earnings Flat

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PARIS (AP) -- France Telecom SA posted a 10.3 percent increase in quarterly revenue Thursday but said regulator-enforced mobile tariff cuts and fierce competition in fixed-line offerings hurt core earnings. Europe's second-largest telecommunications operator said revenue rose to EUR12.81 billion (US$15.92 billion) in January-March...

Austria: EU Gives Conditions for T-Mobile Takeover of tele.ring

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The European Commission yesterday approved the takeover of Austrian mobile operator tele.ring by T-Mobile Austria, but demanded action to preserve competition in the market. The commission was worried that the original proposal would have taken out tele.ring, which had offered the best prices to customers in recent years. To counter the...

Loses Share in Domestic Fixed-Line Market in Q1

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Polish fixed-line incumbent TP posted a better-than-expected 2.7% year-on-year (y/y) increase in its first-quarter 2006 revenue to 4.56 billion zloty (US$1.5 billion), against 4.44 billion zloty in the same period last year. The group's operating profit came in at 877 million zloty, down 10.1% y/y from 975 million a year earlier, and...

House Passes Call Data Piracy Bill

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By a 409-0 vote on Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a bill to criminalize the fraudulent obtaining, buying and selling of consumer call data records, with provisions that would carry as much as 20-year prison sentence for convicted felons. With similar legislation pending in the Senate, the measure is rapidly bringing to...

FCC Steps Toward DE Reform

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-The FCC sidestepped completely overhauling spectrum auction bidding rules for small carriers, but still made a dent in some of the more questionable bidding practices that have pervaded recent spectrum auctions, analysts say. The agency issued a set of proposed modifications to bid winners' lease and resale of spectrum,...

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