TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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French Competition Watchdog Wants Tougher SMS Regulation

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France's competition watchdog, Conseil de la Concurrence, has urged the telecoms regulator (ARCEP) to implement regulation that would help reduce the cost of sending a text message by mobile phone. According to Dow Jones reports, the watchdog said the country's three main mobile phone operators exercise a significant influence over the...

CTIA Urges NY to Vote for Competition

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New York is considering a cell phone consumer protection bill, sparking debate from various groups. CTIA sees no reason to adopt the measure, saying it will only place costly and confusing regulations on wireless service delivery. It is best to let the competitive market work, according to CTIA president and CEO Steve Largent. "There is...

Norway's Telenor Offers First Flat Fixed Line Phone Rates To Counter Flight To Mobile Phones

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OSLO, Norway -- Norway's main telecommunications group, Telenor ASA, Wednesday offered flat rates for fixed line telephone calls to counter a consumer switch to mobile phones. 'For the first time in its more than 150-year history, Telenor now introduces flat rates for regular telephony,' a statement said. 'Telenor is changing...

802.11n: Compatability Crunch?
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After months of infighting at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) over the specification of the high-speed 802.11n wireless LAN standard, Friday's vote to approve draft 1.0 seemed to be another sign that things are moving forward apace now. As always, however, things are a little different behind the...

Nielsen: 'Active' Broadband Users Up 28%

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According to the latest estimates from Nielsen/NetRatings, the number of active U.S. broadband users who access the network from home increased 28 percent year-over-year, growing from 74.3 million in February 2005 to 95.5 million in February 2006. The broadband composition of the user base, the research firm adds, has been moving up...

Sprint: Still Going Beyond 3G

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Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S - message board) says its next-generation, mobile multimedia network is still on track, on time, and it will happen -- even as the carrier is plowing through a sea of radio access technologies in the meantime. Sprint officials say they expect to reach "no less than 15 million Americans" via a new network...

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