TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Tuesday, April 11, 2006

******************************** PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents The TelecomDirect News Daily Update For April 11, 2006 ********************************

Are Designer Phone Companies The Future?

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If pundits are right, communications is no longer a standalone business. It's a service that is offered alongside another business, such as entertainment or retail. In this futurist view, any business can provide communications services as a way to engage customers with the companies' products or services in a more intimate way, up to...

Voices Carry

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Wireless carriers now have the networks to provide all manner of rich media, including streaming video, full-track downloads and online games. Cell phones are becoming mini-computers capable of acting like MP3 players and tiny TV sets. In fact, handset decks are starting to look like regular Web pages, but they're a whole lot harder to...

VimpelCom's 2005 Financial Report Approved, Despite Telenor Objections

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VimpelCom's 2005 financial report has been approved by its board of directors, according to Prime-TASS, but there were objections from the three directors representing Telenor. VimpelCom is 26.6% owned by Telenor and the Nordic group's representatives refused to approve the report, citing their dissatisfaction at VimpelCom's purchase...

Sprint Nextel and Cable Operators to Trial Joint Wireless Services

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More details have emerged on Sprint Nextel's plans to offer joint wireless services with cable operators Advance/Newhouse Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable. According to the Wall Street Journal and other sources, Comcast will trial the service in Portland (Oregon, United States) and one city in...

Carphone Warehouse Unsettles Market with 'Free' Broadband Service

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Carphone Warehouse today unveiled its long-awaited broadband strategy, offering customers free broadband internet connections if they sign up to its Talktalk phone service. The retailer said that the offer - which would be priced at GBP20.99 (US$36.55) per month for an 18-month contract - would become available from today to customers in...

Sprint Commits to Invest $7 Billion

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Sprint Nextel Corp. is moving ahead with its wireless efforts. The carrier plans to invest $7 billion this year to improve its network. Company Chief Executive Gary Forsee committed to the $7 billion investment during a panel session at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association show being held this week in Atlanta. Sprint...

Global Crossing, Sprint Nextel Eye VoIP Pushes

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Global Crossing and Sprint Nextel separately disclosed plans for additional expansions of their Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) businesses targeting international and domestic markets, respectively, highlighting a growing incursion of VoIP activities into mainstream enterprise and residential markets. While Global Crossing outlined...

Cisco ACEs Applications

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Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO - message board) is continuing its push into application control with today's release of its Application Control Engine (ACE), a new card for the Catalyst 6500 line. ACE is part of application networking services, the latest of Cisco's "advanced technologies" expected to become $1 billion markets. The...

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