TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Wednesday, May 24, 2006

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Picking your Spots

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Merchants spend tens of billions of dollars on advertising in the U.S. Cable operators are of the opinion that they deserve a bigger piece of that pie, but until they can more accurately target potential customers, advertisers aren't going to be very accommodating. Most of the major cable operators last year implemented a way to target...

IMS: 'Softening' the Hardships of IP Architecture

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The beauty of the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture is that it enables "hard" switches to take on a "softer" nature through software-based technologies. An IP network is a dumb network comprised of generic switches that handle only transport. With IMS, the services that run on top are implemented via software rather than...

Broadband Market Share Reaches 70% in U.K.

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Broadband connections now account for nearly 70% of all internet connections in the United Kingdom, according to figures from the National Statistics Office (NSA). In its Internet Connectivity March 2006 report, the NSA said that broadband connections formed 69.2% of all connections, up from 65.1% in December 2005. Dial-up now accounts...

FCC Says it Cannot Investigate Phone Companies' Alleged Privacy Violations

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WASHINGTON -- The federal agency that regulates telecommunications has declined to look into allegations that phone companies broke laws by sharing customer records with the government's biggest spy agency. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin said in a letter that the agency does not have the power to review...

MetroMesh: A Hacker's Paradise?

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Wireless MetroMesh technology promises a new era in anytime, anywhere public access Internet for the masses. So-called mesh technology -- in case you've been living under a rock for the last year -- allows 802.11 wireless access points to pass data amongst themselves over the air, removing the need for multiple wired connections back...

Alcatel Scores A Double Triple

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Alcatel set into motion a series of collaborative efforts with computer-industry vendors to accelerate its systems-and-software offerings for triple-play voice, data and video service providers, signing one deal with IBM and Microsoft and another with Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Microsoft. According to Alcatel, the IBM/Microsoft...

Hybrid Hard Drives Heading to Mobile Devices

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What's not to like about a mobile storage technology that offers more capacity, faster boot-up times and conserves power? Nothing, of course. That's why a new generation of hybrid hard drives (HHDs) will soon begin appearing in notebook computers, and possibly other mobile products, as soon as next year. HHDs are designed to...

MEMS in Mobile Handsets Will Top $1 Billion by 2010

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- MEMS consumption in mobile handsets reached US$157 million in 2005, and by 2010, consumption will exceed US$1 billion, reports In-Stat. In addition to the microphones and bulk acoustic resonators that have dominated the MEMS market to date, there are emerging opportunities for inertial sensors (principally...


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