TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Wednesday, May 17, 2006

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Mobile/Wi-Fi Roll-Out Rages On; France Telecom Readies Launch

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France Telecom is to launch a mobile/Wi-Fi phone before the end of the year, in an apparent bid to pile the pressure on Iliad and Neuf Cegetel. The company said yesterday that it will launch its dual phone, which allows users to move seamlessly between a mobile network and their home wireless network. Reuters said a France Telecom...

Getting Thin: Motorola's Slvr L2

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Thin is in, particularly when it comes to cell phones. For proof, take a look at Motorola's new Slvr L2 for Cingular, a phone that's so thin it could almost double as a bookmark. The Slvr L2 is less than a half-inch thick and weighs about 3 ounces. The phone follows in the footsteps--but is slightly smaller than--Motorola's...

Verizon Denies Offering NSA Customer Phone Records

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NEW YORK -- Verizon Communications Inc. says it did not give the government records of millions of phone calls, joining fellow phone company BellSouth in disputing key assertions in a USA Today article. The denials leave open the possibility that the National Security Agency requested customer calling data from long-distance...

Wireless Internet Access Urged for New York City Parks

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NEW YORK -- Sunshine, daffodils and ... wireless Internet access? All of these should be widely available at New York City parks, high-tech advocates said at a City Council hearing on the state of Wi-Fi al fresco. "We believe that free Internet is an amenity and should be provided to all New Yorkers just as grass, trees and...

Leap Looks to Swap Wireless Spectrum

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Leap Wireless International forged a deal to swap some spectrum in Michigan for spectrum in New York. The spectrum swap is being carried out by Leap subsidiary Cricket Licensee II. The agreement calls for Leap to exchange 10 MHz of spectrum in Grand Rapids, Mich., for 10 MHz of spectrum in Rochester, N.Y. Independently, the licenses...

TeliaSonera: Another Strong Broadband Statement

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Sweden-based TeliaSonera made a key move to boost its position in the Norwegian broadband market by acquiring a more-than-82-percent stake in NextGenTel Holding, the Number Two broadband/xDSL operator in Norway. The deal to acquire NextGenTel will enable TeliaSonera to offer a series of broadband services, including VoIP and IPTV, to...

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