TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Wednesday, January 18, 2006

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Regulator Supports Opening of Deutsche Telekom's Fibre-Optic Network to Rivals

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Germany's telecoms regulator, RegTP, has decided to grant access to Deutsche Telekom's new fibre-optic network to the incumbent operator's rivals. RegTP expects Deutsche Telekom to open its planned 3 billion-euro (US$3.6 billion) network up to alternative operators. Significance: The regulator's long-awaited decision brings an end...

FastWeb Mulls MVNO Roll-Out, Plans Quadruple-Play Services

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FastWeb has confirmed that it is in talks with existing Italian mobile operators to launch MVNO operations. A company spokesperson acknowledged that FastWeb was negotiating with Vodafone's Italian unit on the technological feasibility of operating a combined fixed and mobile service, but insisted that a commercial deal was not on the...

Taking VoIP to the Next Level

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Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) companies are rapidly maturing, adding data interactivity features to their formerly voice-only product and service lines. IP PBX specialist ShoreTel, for example, is moving aggressively into the online meeting market with its ShoreTel Converged Conferencing 5.6 product. The offering is an...

Survey Tracks Ethnic Mobile Usage

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A new study shows that in the third quarter of 2005, African Americans and Hispanics were the heaviest users of cell phones, and their rate of growth was faster than other ethnic groups. The study, done by Telephia, shows that African American cell phone owners used an average of 1,200 minutes, and their use was growing at a rate of...

States Could Face Regulatory Pre-Emption From The Feds

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One Washington, D.C.-based researcher believes individual states will be seeing more legislative action on three communications fronts this year: telecom deregulation, franchise changes, and Internet and e-commerce-oriented bills. According to Kent Lassman, research fellow and director of the digital policy network program at the...

WiMAX Equipment Market May Top $3 Billion in 2010

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --WiMAX has an excellent opportunity to expand the market for fixed, portable and mobile broadband access, reports In-Stat. WiMAX's advantages in cost, flexibility and portability will also allow its providers to take market share from operators using proprietary wireless or wireline technologies, the high-tech...

Ubiquity Moves Closer to AT&T

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The SIP application maker Ubiquity Software Corp. announced Tuesday it is moving into lab trials with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T - message board) as part of a three-year agreement. Under the agreement, Ubiquity will sell its SIP (Session Initiated Protocol) Application Servers "for testing and use in delivering new, enhanced broadband...

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