TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Tuesday, April 4, 2006

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Virgin Launches MVNO Onslaught in France, Heralds Quadruple-Play with NTL in U.K.

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U.K. entrepreneur Richard Branson has taken his Virgin Mobile MVNO concept to France, targeting a million users within three years and promising to halt a perceived rip-off of consumers by the three big French mobile operators. Virgin Mobile is partnering with Carphone Warehouse - Europe's largest mobile retailer - for the MVNO service...

Equity Firms Hover over Portugal Telecom as EU Warns Government on 'Golden Shares'

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Another twist in the long-running takeover bid for Portugal Telecom has emerged, with Dow Jones reporting that a consortium of seven investors has begun a valuation exercise that could lead to a counter-bid to the US$13.4 billion put forward by Sonae for the former telecoms monopoly. The report claims that six private-equity firms -...

Norway's Telenor and Egypt's NTC to jointly bid for Egyptian mobile phone license

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OSLO, Norway -- Telenor ASA and Egypt's National Telecommunications Holding Corp. on Tuesday announced a joint bid for a mobile phone network license in Egypt. Norway's Telenor and the Egyptian telecommunications group, usually called NTC, said they will submit an application required to join bidding for the license by May 4. The...

CTIA: Wireless Futures

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As the telecom industry pauses after a round of major mergers and acquisitions, industry leaders, equipment manufacturers and service providers will gather in Las Vegas this week to plot out the next advances in the mobile revolution, at Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) Wireless 2006 show. The largest event...

EV-DO Push Continues

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Less than a week after announcing new markets for its 1X EV-DO network, Verizon Wireless is once again extending the reach of the high-speed wireless offering. The latest: BroadbandAccess and V CAST services are being rolled out in Northern California's San Benito County. The new market expands the carrier's broadband reach in Northern...

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