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Tue, 20 Mar 2007 11:58:05 EDT

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The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For March 20, 2007

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Global Bodies Agree Common Patent Policy as Nokia, Qualcomm Resume
Patent Battle

The leading international standards organisations-the
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the
International Telecommunications Union (ITU)-have agreed a common
patent policy that would ensure that intellectual property rights
contributed by commercial entities are ...

Canadian Investment Group Bids US$576 mil. for Stratos

The board of Stratos Global Corp. has approved a US$576-million
deal to sell the company to a Canadian group, Communications
Investment Partners (CIP), backed by US$250 million from Inmarsat
PLC. Inmarsat would also pay US$750,000 for a call option to buy
Stratos from CIP in 2009 when its distribution agreement with
Stratos is up for ...

Keeping Tabs on Wireless Spend

THE SCENARIO IS ALL TOO COMMON: a corporation pays for dozens, if
not hundreds or thousands, of cell phones and other wireless
devices each month, but rarely knows whether employees are
incurring overages or not using all of their minutes. Anecdotes
of such situations are plentiful. Ronnie Bice, founder, president
and CEO of master ...

EU Opens In-Depth Probe Into SFR's Buy of Tele2 Unit, Citing French
Pay-TV Worries

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- EU regulators said Tuesday they would
investigate in detail plans by French mobile phone operator SFR to
buy Tele2 AB's French fixed-line telephone and broadband unit,
saying they believed the deal could shrink competition in the French
pay-TV sector. SFR is jointly controlled by French media ...

Why Vendors Can't Sell FMC

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Spring VON 2007 -- Fixed/mobile convergence
(FMC) services like dualmode voice aren't catching on very fast
in the U.S. and Europe, and vendors seem mixed on how operators
should make the sale to consumers. The sale of dualmode handsets
is a good measure of consumer and operator acceptance. The VP of
business ...

Wireless Call Quality Improving

A new study from J.D. Power and Associates states that the number
of problems reported by wireless customers has reached a new low,
and the rate of quality problems experience during wireless calls
has also declined. In the study, customers base quality
judgments on seven different problems. The latest findings show
that the ...

BT Plays The Hero In Biscit Bankruptcy

BT, in a move that's clearly designed to garner it loads of
goodwill publicity, this morning started handing out the precious
codes that subscribers to failed British ISP Biscit need in order
to move to a new broadband service provider. BT is apparently
under no obligation to give out the codes and it's not even
suggesting ...

Palm Deal in the Final Stretch

A Palm Inc. buyout could be finalized by Thursday this week,
demanding $20 or more per share, according to sources close to
the situation. Nokia Corp. is seen as the leading vendor
bidder; while Palm's management is said to prefer a private
equity buyer. Morgan Stanley -- the banker that the PDA pioneer
has been working ...

Budget Practices Making for Tougher Sell on IP Convergence

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A large percentage of IT budget managers do
not delineate many recent technologies and IT trends in their
budgets, making it more difficult for vendors and providers to
sell newer services such as IP convergence and VoIP, reports
In-Stat. Despite the complexity and the rate of change business
is undergoing, ...

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