TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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Getting Value in Tax Risk Management From Sox 404

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The passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act--which resulted in major changes to the compliance practices of many U.S. companies--has fundamentally changed the way in which business organisations are required to report their financial data. However, since the Act was passed, the general view has been that the process required for compliance is...

Will Bluetooth Pick UWB Sides?

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After years of hearing from Doubting Thomases, Bluetooth technology has really started taking off. Bluetooth shipments globally grew by more than 200 percent annually from 2004 to 2005 and are expected to reach 10 million units shipped weekly sometime in 2006. As Bluetooth's evolution continues into a broadband future, however, there...

Deutsche Telekom Links with Microsoft To Deliver Internet TV Services in Germany

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FRANKFURT, Germany -- Deutsche Telekom AG said Tuesday it has formed an alliance with Microsoft Corp. to offer Internet television services to subscribers in Germany this year. The announcement comes as Deutsche Telekom, Europe's biggest telecommunications company, expands its national network of high-speed digital subscriber...

Ofcom Frees BT, Others to Set Call Prices

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After 22 years of price controls in the liberalised British telecoms market, Ofcom has proposed to deregulate retail price controls on fixed lines. From 1 August 2006, all phone companies will be free to set their own prices and compete for customers. In a statement released today, the regulator said: 'Ofcom believes that it is now...

Vodafone Portugal Objects to Sonae Bid for Portugal Telecom

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Vodafone Portugal has signalled its opposition to Sonae's takeover of Portugal Telecom, citing an unfavourable competitive scenario if Sonae's mobile unit Optimus merges with Portugal Telecom's TMN. In a statement, Vodafone said: 'The bid for PT by Sonae could create or reinforce a dominant position from which significant barriers to...

RBOCs to Vendors: More Nines, Please

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LAS VEGAS -- TelecomNEXT -- Four of the biggest U.S. incumbent carriers sent a message to telecom equipment vendors in a CTO panel here. Life is going to get a lot tougher, and it's not just because consolidation is concentrating capital expenditure among fewer and fewer players. (See Verizon Closes MCI Buy, SBC Becomes AT&T,...


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With IPTV barreling down the track like an express train, mPhase Technologies and a group of its partners have put together a sort of "starter kit" for bewildered telcos -- particularly smaller ones not ready to take on the daunting task of integrating a solution on their own. The offering, called "IPTV in a Box," is said to include...

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