The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For January 26, 2006
SMS-mania is Better Served By Bundles
What would capture your attention: a printed advertising leaflet
arriving through your letterbox that informs you of the week's
offers at your local supermarket, or an alert SMS delivered to
your mobile handset outlining the hottest deals, as you walk by
the store? (Users would have already registered their willingness
to receive such...
Cable Operators Team Up for Free Dutch VoIP Service
Five major Dutch cable operators have announced plans to connect
their internet telephony networks together to allow for free VoIP
calls within their networks. Quoting the chief executive of Caiw
Diensten, Sikko de Graaf, Reuters reported that the companies --
CaiW, Casema, Essent, Multikabel and UPC Netherlands -- plan to
set up an...
T-Mobile USA's Customer Base Grows 25% in 2005
T-Mobile USA is the latest U.S. mobile operator to report soaring
subscriber growth levels in 2005. Over the course of the year, it
added 4.4 million customers to reach 27.1 million. In the fourth
quarter of 2005, the operator recorded 1.39 million net
additions, up from 1.06 million the previous quarter. At the end
of 2005, 88.6% of...
Telenor Brings Lawsuit Against VimpelCom
Telenor, the holder of a 29.9% stake and 26.6% of voting shares
in VimpelCom, has announced that it has launched three lawsuits
against VimpelCom in Moscow (Russia). The first lawsuit seeks to
invalidate the decision of VimpelCom's extraordinary general
meeting (EGM) of shareholders to approve VimpelCom's acquisition
Study: Internet Expands Social Contacts
NEW YORK -- Alone on the Internet? Hardly. The cyberworld expands
people's social networks and even encourages people to talk by
phone or meet others in person, a new study finds. The Pew
Internet and American Life Project also finds that U.S. Internet
users are more apt to get help on health care, financial and
other decisions because...
AT&T Fourth-Quarter Income Beats Wall Street Expectations
SAN ANTONIO -- AT&T Inc., the nation's largest telecommunications
provider, said Thursday its fourth-quarter net income beat Wall
Street expectations, reflecting growth in wireless, broadband and
business services. For the quarter ended Dec. 31, AT&T said its
net income totaled $1.66 billion, or 46 cents per share....
New Handset Ready to Cast
Verizon Wireless and UTStarcom Personal Communications have
launched a new handset specifically designed for Verizon's new V
CAST music- and video-on-demand service. The new handset, the
CDM8945 Music Phone, comes with beefed up memory - up to 256 MB -
to store more 99-cent songs. The phone is capable of streaming
mobile video and 3D...
Motorola Takes 3G Indoors
Targeting enterprise users frustrated that their shiny new 3G
phones don't get good coverage in the office, Motorola
Inc. (NYSE: MOT - message board) has released a new, high-speed,
indoor "access point" -- the AXPT. One of the little secrets of
third-generation cellular wireless technology such as the High
Speed Downlink Data Packet...
Hi-Speed Wi-Fi Standard Finally Gets The Nod
The draft specification of the 802.11n standard for the new
generation of Wi-Fi, which will provide speeds as as blazing as
600 Mb/s, finally won IEEE approval after more than a year of
wrangling; although technically only a draft specification, with
perhaps a year of work to final ratification, the rush to market
began almost instantly,...
Profiles of Wireless-Only Voice Users: The "Cord Cutters"
Wireless carriers, handset vendors, and application developers
have built large businesses around several assumptions: Voice
revenues will steadily deteriorate as voice becomes a commodity
among wireless carriers Mobile applications such as music, video,
and picture messaging will shore up those sagging revenues 3G
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