TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Wednesday, May 10, 2006

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CosmOTE Eyes Mobtel

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Greek mobile operator CosmOTE is considering a bid for Sebia's second mobile operator, Mobtel, which is being auctioned by the Serbian government Significance: The government is currently auctioning Mobtel's GSM 900 licence, with a tender to sell Mobtel at a starting price of 800 million euro (US$994 million). Mobtel's previous owners,...

Mobile Email Standards Bubble Up

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Even as the enterprise mobile email industry continues to embroil itself in patent disputes, work is progressing at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) to create universal open standards for interoperable mobile messaging services that will work across devices, carriers, and operating systems. ...

Euro Giants Issue NGN RFPs

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Vendor marketing teams are dealing with a flurry of major telecom equipment RFPs (request for proposals) from major European carriers that need the latest Ethernet and VOIP infrastructure for their next-generation networks. BT Group plc and Colt Telecom Group plc ...

Report: Vodafone Rejects Verizon Offer

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Rumors are once again swirling about negotiations between Verizon Wireless parents Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group. The latest: Vodafone reportedly turned down a $38 billion offer to sell the wireless unit to Verizon, according to the U.K.'s The Daily Telegraph. Neither company is commenting on the report. Vodafone chief Arun...

IMS-Based Apps May Not Generate Expected Windfall for Service Providers

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- IP Multimedia Sub-System (IMS)-based communication applications, enhanced by presence and other personalized functionality, will add value to existing services, but may not generate a windfall of new consumer spending, reports In-Stat. The main revenue benefits that IMS provides lie in the integration of...

Cable Chief Implores Troops To Fight On

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The head of the American Cable Association yesterday told a gathering of cableco managers and "Inside The Beltway" listeners that the business must continue to press its case among legislative and regulatory policy makers to maintain a level playing field against incumbent local exchange carriers in competitive service delivery. ACA and...

Wireless Sensors Help First Responders

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When an earthquake strikes a city, one of the first and most important tasks facing emergency managers is determining which bridges are still safe enough for first responders to travel across. Visual inspections are time consuming and, when made in haste, potentially inaccurate. Far better and faster structure analyses can be provided by...

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