The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For February 21, 2006
VC Funding: Wireless Leads the Way
Although venture capital spending in the telecommunications
industry category has languished in recent years, the wireless
sub-category is still a hot spot. In 2005, 152 wireless-related
companies received $1.3 billion, a 24-percent increase over
2004's $1.1 billion and representing a 4-year high for
wireless. The increase pushed the...
Perspectives: An Interview with Jon Stretch
Competition drives innovation, and it is often in smaller,
discrete markets that innovation takes off at a rapid pace. In
the Australian telecommunications market, the incumbents are
being challenged more aggressively by companies like AAPT, a
competitive carrier wholly owned by Telecom New Zealand, who are
using innovative services and...
Fraud and Risk Management Considerations for MVNOs
Most MVNOs rely on a lean operations structure in order to keep
costs at a minimum. They maintain a core of highly skilled
managers, but only a few full-time, trained resources dedicated
to the control of operational risk. While prepaid MVNOs face some
risk, it is the pricier postpaid service providers with their
compelling content that...
Mobile Complaints Decrease by 27.9% Q/Q in U.S. - FCC
Mobile complaints decreased by 27.9% quarter-on-quarter (q/q) to
6,873 complaints in the fourth quarter of 2005 in the United
States -- in other words, 24 users complained out of 1 million,
according to reports from the U.S. regulator, the FCC. The
complaints were related to every category measured by the FCC,
for instance billing and...
Cingular, Telenor Partner with Aicent to Expand MMS Delivery
U.S. mobile operator Cingular Wireless and Norwegian mobile
operator Telenor last week partnered with mobile data network
provider Aicent to expand MMS coverage, according to Aicent's
chief executive officer, Lynn Liu. Significance: Cingular
Wireless will become the first U.S. mobile operator to offer
worldwide MMS coverage and...
EU Upbeat on Telecoms Reform, but Concerned About Competition In Some Markets
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Reforms introduced eight years to open the
telecommunications market have cut prices and offered customers
new services, but some former state monopolies retain too strong
a grip, the European Commission said Monday. 'Some markets are
not open enough to competition,' EU Information Society and
London's Financial District To Go Wireless
LONDON -- The heart of London's financial district is preparing
to go wireless. The Square Mile, Europe's premier financial
district, will soon feature WiFi 'hot zones' which turn
broadband-speed internet into radio signals which can then be
accessed by laptops, PDAs, handheld game consoles and
WiFi-enabled mobile phones. 'This...
Importance of Wireless SLAs to Businesses Growing Slowly
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Service Level Agreement (SLA) is
becoming increasingly more important in the US corporate wireless
service buyer's selection process, but for most companies, it is
not yet a key decision factor, reports In-Stat. The importance of
the SLA among other service attributes across all companies has
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