The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For January 19, 2006
Location Services Gain Curb Appeal
The growing appeal of location-based services (LBS) as a revenue
play, value-add and competitive tool is prompting a number of
wireless carriers and their technology-developing partners to
push LBS beyond the initial OnStar navigational stage. Gaming,
entertainment, new media, precise location and tracking services
and more are becoming...
Romanian Regulator Sets Goals for 2006
Romanian telecoms regulator ANRC has set out goals for the
current year in its 2006 Action Plan, which is now available for
consultation with the telecoms industry and the public. The ANRC
intends to introduce cost-oriented tariffs for call termination
on MobiFon and Orange Romania's mobile networks during the first
half of 2006, as well...
Slovak Telecom Fined US$28 mil. for Obstructing Competition
Slovakia's Competition Commission (PMU) has hit fixed-line
incumbent Slovak Telecom with a fine of 885 million Slovak koruna
(US$28.4 million) for abuse of its dominant market position in
the provision of local access lines. Slovak Telecom has 30 days
to pay the fine. However, it expects to appeal the anti-monopoly
office's decision. ...
Calling Records Sales Face New Scrutiny
Phone companies and federal lawmakers are demanding it be
halted. The Federal Communications Commission is launching an
investigation. The business of buying and selling private phone
calling records is suddenly under considerable scrutiny. The
Internet, it turns out, has taken something old -- a tool for
Bidders Submit Plans To Wire NYC Subway Stations
NEW YORK -- Some of the best-known companies in the world
submitted bids Wednesday to wire 277 New York City subway
stations for cell phone use, including one proposal that involves
America's cellular carriers forming an alliance. The bids mark a
significant step in a long-running effort to make cell phone
service available to the...
Music Sales Are Booming on Internet
LONDON -- Sales of music via the Internet and mobile phones
continued to boom in 2005, the recording industry reported
Thursday, reaching 6 percent of global record company revenues.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or
IFPI, also called on Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, to join
the fight against...
Sony Ericsson Reports Record Sales
Largely on the strength of robust sales for its Walkman phones,
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB is reporting record sales
and shipments. Since the device was launched in August, 3
million units have been shipped. Across the board, Sony says it
has shipped 28 percent more units than last year. European sales
rose 15 percent over...
BellSouth Predicts 2007 IPTV Launch
Incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) BellSouth likely will
introduce full IPTV services a year from now. Don Granger,
BellSouth's president of entertainment, told sister publication
Inside Digital TV, "We will be expanding our current technical
trial into a market trial in the middle of this year, where we
will step it up to 1,000...
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