The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For January 20, 2006
Competing Technologies Vie for Mobile TV
Mobile TV -- an off-the-shelf-acronym for all TV services that
are beamed to hand-held devices -- is gathering pace once more as
the much-anticipated 'killer application' for 3G
infrastructure. Within 10 days this month, three different
announcements involving technological enhancements to 3G
highlighted the strong interest in the...
U.S. Government Plans to Provide Frequencies for WiMAX
Michael Gallagher, the assistant secretary of commerce for
communications and information, has said that the U.S. government
plans to open up frequencies for WiMAX. Gallagher told the
Wireless Communications Association's Annual International
Symposium and Expo that the government plans to auction off the
1,710 MHz and 2,110 MHz...
Alltel Profit Falls on Katrina Costs
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Telecommunications company Alltel Corp.,
which is shedding its traditional telephone business, said Friday
its fourth-quarter profit fell 6 percent, due to costs related to
Hurricane Katrina and other one-time expenses, many related to
acquisitions and sales. The Little Rock-based company said for
the quarter ended...
Swisscom chief resigns after disagreement with government over expansion plans
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Swisscom AG said its Chief Executive Jens
Alder quit Friday in the wake of the national telephonecarrier's
battle with the government over the company's expansion plans.
Alder's resignation takes effect immediately and he will be
replaced by Carsten Schloter, chief executive of Swisscom's
mobile phone business. ...
Private equity group takes control of 88 percent of telecom TDC
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Private equity firms bidding for TDC A/S
said they controlled 88.2 percent of the Danish telecom's shares
as the deadline expired Friday for their 76 billion kroner (US$12
billion) bid. The group, Nordic Telephone Co., extended the
deadline on Jan. 12 after Denmark's biggest pension fund, ATP,
said the offer was...
Google Says No to QOS Fees
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG - message board) said Thursday it would not
pay telephone or cable companies "QOS fees" in exchange for
priority treatment on the operators' broadband networks. (See Net
Neutrality Goes to Washington.) "Google is not discussing
sharing of the costs of broadband networks with any carrier,"
writes Google spokesman...
Bill Targets Phone Record Fraud
WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress want to make stealing wireless
phone records an explicit crime and are adding fines and prison
time as further deterrents. In a bi-partisan bill introduced
yesterday, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Arlen Specter,
R-Penn.; and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., propose companies or
individuals that access...
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