The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For February 17, 2006
All in-One Wireless and Wired
Wireless LANs and voice over those WLANs have seen explosive
growth in the last year as more businesses find the technology
provides multiple benefits in convenience, cost savings and
increased productivity. According to a study by Infonetics
Research, the number of organizations deploying VoWLANs will
triple over the next two years,...
Nokia, Cable & Wireless in 3G Deal
Nokia has announced an international frame agreement to supply
GSM and W-CDMA 3G radio and core networks to Cable & Wireless
(C&W). In a press release, Nokia remarked that C&W is a new
mobile network customer. Under the deal, Nokia will supply radio
networks, including its HSDPA solution; core networks, including
Portugal Telecoms Mulls Separate Fixed-Line Unit
Portugal Telecom is considering creating a separate wholesale
fixed-line company within its fixed line division, PT
Comunicacoes, so that rivals can have access to its network,
according to a company statement reported by Reuters. The
operator, currently the subject of a takeover target by
Portuguese conglomerate Sonae, admitted that the...
Deutsche Telekom Plans to Reorganise T-Com, Cuts 1,500 Jobs
The T-Com job losses are part of Deutsche Telekom's three-year,
3.3 billion-euro (US$3.9 billion) cost-cutting programme
announced in November last year. The telco said that it was
planning to shed 32,000 jobs, or 13% of its workforce in Germany,
Five WiFi VOIP Security Issues
As enterprise deployments of WiFi VOIP systems reach the staging
point, security will be a key concern for enterprise users.
Shawn Merdinger, an independent security consultant based in
Austin, Texas, has worked with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO -
message board) and 3Com Corp. (Nasdaq: COMS - message
board)/Tipping Point. He's...
BT Group Invests US$21 million on Global Platform for Voice Over
HONG KONG -- British telecommunications firm BT Group PLC
announced Friday it is investing US$21 million on a global
platform to provide voice calls service through an Internet
network. About half of the investment will go into developing
the platform for the Asia-Pacific region, said Allen Ma,
president of BT Asia Pacific. The...
Report: Enterprise Market Ripe for Cable
Instead of waging a costly war with the telcos over video
subscribers, cable companies should go on the offensive in the
$100 billion U.S. enterprise market. (See Telcos vs. Cable: The
Wrong War?.) So says a new report from Heavy Reading titled
"Cable vs. Telcos: The Battle for the Enterprise Market." (See
Cable Crowd Seeks VOIP Peers.)...
Mobile Imaging Services -- Focusing on the User Experience
The camera is considered by many users to be one of the most
desirable features in a new wireless handset. Yet, anecdotal
evidence suggests that, on a global basis, only a percentage of
camera phones are used regularly to transmit, print, or store
pictures on a web site or PC. -- Less than a third of camera
phone owners surveyed by...
New York Bill Bans Call Records Sale
In the latest wrinkle surrounding online brokers of user call
data, legislation to ban the access and sale of telephone
customer calling records and also hold carriers accountable has
been introduced into the New York State Assembly. The proposed
bill -- introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz
and Republican state...
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