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Mon, 23 Apr 2007 10:03:34 EDT

PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents
The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For April 23, 2007

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Visit our site to vote.MobilePhone Operators Warn of Rate Hike

Mobilephone users in Europe could face higher domestic charges if the
European Union forces telecom companies to limit the costs of
international calls, the industry warned Monday. It could
be foreseen that the rate of the decrease of the domestic tariffs
will stall, or stop altogether, said Aoife Sexton, acting
head ...

OTE Mulls Buying 10% of Own Shares as Privatisation Plans Flounder

Greece's incumbent telecoms group, OTE, may buy up to 10% of its
own shares from the Greek state as the government's privatisation
plans flounder. Citing a Greek website, Reuters reports that the
government may sell the stake if no strategic buyer comes forward
to buy the up-to-20% stake it is putting on sale in 2007. ...

Time Warner Customers Get Wi-Fi Hotspots

In a big win for a little Wi-Fi startup called Fon, Time Warner
Cable Inc. will let its home broadbandcustomers turn their
connections into public wireless hotspots, a practice shunned by
most U.S. Internet service providers. For Fon, which has forged
similar agreements with ISPs across Europe, the deal will boost
its credibility with ...

BT Buys Comsat

BT has entered into an agreement to acquire Comsat International, a
provider of data communication services in Latin America. With the
acquisition of Comsat International, BT increases its global
presence, especially in the Latin American markets. "This
acquisition will be an exciting milestone in the execution of our
strategy ...

No Surprises in Russia as Big Three Awarded 3G Licences

As expected, Russia's 'troika' of major mobile operators-Mobile
TeleSystems (MTS), VimpelCom, and MegaFon-were last week awarded
the country's first 3G licences by the Communications
Ministry. In a market with a penetration level of 108.2% at the
start of the year, the licences had been much sought after as a
means of ...

RIM to Unveil New Software Application

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. is introducing a
software application that can make Palm Treos and other
Windows-based mobile devices made by rivals work like a
BlackBerry. The software, due in the fall, is designed to extend
BlackBerry's dominance by offering an option to individuals who
may not want to switch devices ...

Devicescape Automates WiFi Access

WiFi is becoming available nearly everywhere, but actually logging
onto a wireless network remains a headache, particularly for users
with mobile devices that don't incorporate an embedded browser.
Devicescape Software, a San Bruno, Calif.-based start-up, plans to
solve this problem. The company's Devicescape service and
software ...

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