The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For January 18, 2006
Regulator Supports Opening of Deutsche Telekom's Fibre-Optic Network to Rivals
Germany's telecoms regulator, RegTP, has decided to grant access to
Deutsche Telekom's new fibre-optic network to the incumbent operator's
rivals. RegTP expects Deutsche Telekom to open its planned 3
billion-euro (US$3.6 billion) network up to alternative
operators. Significance: The regulator's long-awaited decision
brings an end...
FastWeb Mulls MVNO Roll-Out, Plans Quadruple-Play Services
FastWeb has confirmed that it is in talks with existing Italian
mobile operators to launch MVNO operations. A company
spokesperson acknowledged that FastWeb was negotiating with
Vodafone's Italian unit on the technological feasibility of
operating a combined fixed and mobile service, but insisted that
a commercial deal was not on the...
Taking VoIP to the Next Level
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) companies are rapidly
maturing, adding data interactivity features to their formerly
voice-only product and service lines. IP PBX specialist ShoreTel,
for example, is moving aggressively into the online meeting
market with its ShoreTel Converged Conferencing 5.6 product.
The offering is an...
Survey Tracks Ethnic Mobile Usage
A new study shows that in the third quarter of 2005, African
Americans and Hispanics were the heaviest users of cell phones,
and their rate of growth was faster than other ethnic groups.
The study, done by Telephia, shows that African American cell
phone owners used an average of 1,200 minutes, and their use was
growing at a rate of...
States Could Face Regulatory Pre-Emption From The Feds
One Washington, D.C.-based researcher believes individual states will
be seeing more legislative action on three communications fronts this
year: telecom deregulation, franchise changes, and Internet and
e-commerce-oriented bills. According to Kent Lassman, research fellow
and director of the digital policy network program at the...
WiMAX Equipment Market May Top $3 Billion in 2010
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --WiMAX has an excellent opportunity to expand
the market for fixed, portable and mobile broadband access, reports
In-Stat. WiMAX's advantages in cost, flexibility and portability will
also allow its providers to take market share from operators using
proprietary wireless or wireline technologies, the high-tech...
Ubiquity Moves Closer to AT&T
The SIP application maker Ubiquity Software Corp. announced Tuesday it
is moving into lab trials with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T - message board)
as part of a three-year agreement. Under the agreement, Ubiquity
will sell its SIP (Session Initiated Protocol) Application Servers
"for testing and use in delivering new, enhanced broadband...
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