TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Thursday, January 19, 2006

******************************** PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents The TelecomDirect News Daily Update For January 19, 2006 ********************************

Location Services Gain Curb Appeal

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The growing appeal of location-based services (LBS) as a revenue play, value-add and competitive tool is prompting a number of wireless carriers and their technology-developing partners to push LBS beyond the initial OnStar navigational stage. Gaming, entertainment, new media, precise location and tracking services and more are becoming...

Romanian Regulator Sets Goals for 2006

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Romanian telecoms regulator ANRC has set out goals for the current year in its 2006 Action Plan, which is now available for consultation with the telecoms industry and the public. The ANRC intends to introduce cost-oriented tariffs for call termination on MobiFon and Orange Romania's mobile networks during the first half of 2006, as well...

Slovak Telecom Fined US$28 mil. for Obstructing Competition

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Slovakia's Competition Commission (PMU) has hit fixed-line incumbent Slovak Telecom with a fine of 885 million Slovak koruna (US$28.4 million) for abuse of its dominant market position in the provision of local access lines. Slovak Telecom has 30 days to pay the fine. However, it expects to appeal the anti-monopoly office's decision. ...

Calling Records Sales Face New Scrutiny

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Phone companies and federal lawmakers are demanding it be halted. The Federal Communications Commission is launching an investigation. The business of buying and selling private phone calling records is suddenly under considerable scrutiny. The Internet, it turns out, has taken something old -- a tool for monitoring cheating...

Bidders Submit Plans To Wire NYC Subway Stations

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NEW YORK -- Some of the best-known companies in the world submitted bids Wednesday to wire 277 New York City subway stations for cell phone use, including one proposal that involves America's cellular carriers forming an alliance. The bids mark a significant step in a long-running effort to make cell phone service available to the...

Music Sales Are Booming on Internet

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LONDON -- Sales of music via the Internet and mobile phones continued to boom in 2005, the recording industry reported Thursday, reaching 6 percent of global record company revenues. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI, also called on Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, to join the fight against...

Sony Ericsson Reports Record Sales

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Largely on the strength of robust sales for its Walkman phones, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB is reporting record sales and shipments. Since the device was launched in August, 3 million units have been shipped. Across the board, Sony says it has shipped 28 percent more units than last year. European sales rose 15 percent over...

BellSouth Predicts 2007 IPTV Launch

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Incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) BellSouth likely will introduce full IPTV services a year from now. Don Granger, BellSouth's president of entertainment, told sister publication Inside Digital TV, "We will be expanding our current technical trial into a market trial in the middle of this year, where we will step it up to 1,000...

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