The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For January 27, 2006
Nokia Reports Profit Slip, Boosts Market Share
Nokia has announced a 6% year-on-year (y/y) fall in
fourth-quarter 2005 profits. The company blamed the drop on
falling prices of its low-end mobile devices in emerging markets,
among other things. It reported a net income reduction to 1.07
billion euro (US$1.3 billion), although sales rose by 9% to 10.33
AT&T and Verizon Upbeat on 2006 Prospects
AT&T and Verizon are making positive noises about their prospects
in 2006. AT&T, which now constitutes the old AT&T and SBC,
reported a 7.5% increase in revenues in 2005 and a 4.5% increase
in operating income. Its local voice revenues declined by 3.6%
over the year and accounted for 46% of total revenues, down from
Verizon 4Q Earnings Down but Meets Views
NEW YORK -- The rising cost of pensions and building out a
fiber-optic network kept earnings essentially flat at Verizon
Communications Inc. in the fourth quarter, while customers
migrated from traditional phone lines to cell phones and
broadband connections. The New York-based telephone company said
it earned $1.7 billion, or 59 cents...
Deutsche Telekom Reports Growth in U.S.
BERLIN -- Germany's Deutsche Telekom AG said Thursday its
U.S. mobile unit gained its largest number of new customers to
date last year, with rapid growth in the fourth quarter powering
a strong overall wireless performance. T-Mobile USA gained a net
1.4 million customers in the October-December period, the
Bonn-based parent company...
IP PBXs Now the Preferred Choice of US Businesses
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- US businesses have moved beyond
experimenting with IP solutions to incorporating them into the
fabric of their voice and data network strategies, reports
In-Stat. Many businesses have realized tangible benefits from IP
deployments and are increasingly expanding them, the high-tech
market research firm says....
CPUC Considers New Rules
The battle over wireless consumer rights in California is boiling
over again as regulators push two different ideas about how to
oversee wireless services in the state. The idea of a
"Consumer's Bill of Rights" has morphed into another potential
donnybrook at the California Public Utility Commission
(CPUC). Commissioner Dian Gruenreich...
VOIP Peering Bypasses KPN
The VOIP peering company XConnect Global Networks Ltd. has landed
in the middle of a significant VOIP peering arrangement involving
five large Dutch cable carriers with 450,000 VOIP users among
them. (See Dutch Cablecos Use XConnect.) XConnect is peering
together the VOIP services of United Pan-Europe Communications NV
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