The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For February 27, 2006
The China Challenge
In 1967 a leading French opinion-maker, Jean-Jacques
Servan-Schreiber, published a book entitled Le Defi Americain
(The American Challenge) that had a huge impact at the time and
was translated into numerous languages. This was just 20 years
after the end of World War II, when a rapidly increasing number
of US companies were casting...
Mobile TeleSystems Approves Integration of Subsidiaries
MTS, one of Russia's three major mobile operators, has announced
that it will merge nine of its subsidiaries into the parent
company. The decision was made at an extraordinary general
meeting (EGM) of shareholders and should bring MTS' total
subscriber base to 59.5 million, in a total national market of
115.6 million. MTS is 52.8% owned...
OTE Reports 37% Fall in Q4 Net Profit, Makes End-2005 Loss
Greek telecoms group OTE posted a 37% year-on-year (y/y) fall in
net profit, to 37.1 million euro (US$44.0 million), in the last
quarter of 2005, from 58.9 million euro a year earlier. The
company mainly attributed the fall to a tax credit recorded in
the fourth quarter of 2004. For full-year 2005, OTE posted a net
loss of 294.1 million...
Vodafone Trims Forecasts, Takes 23-28 Billion Pound Impairment Charge
LONDON -- Vodafone Group PLC warned Monday that its assets are
overvalued by as much as 28 billion pounds (US$49 billion) and it
faces a slowdown in revenue growth. Shares in the mobile phone
giant fell 2.6 percent to 114 pence (US$1.98) after it said it
would take an impairment charge of between 23 billion pounds
Wireless Sensors Let Machines "Talk" to Computers
Wireless communication isn't only useful for linking people to
people or people to computers. Increasingly, researchers are
turning their attention to wireless sensors that connect machines
to computers to remotely monitor mechanical parts and
systems. The key to this technology are remote wireless sensors
that are small, power-thrifty...
Analysts Bullish on Wireless VC
A report released this week by visiongain says wireless venture
capital has seen steady growth since 2000 and is poised to hit an
all-time high this year. In general, the report says, venture
capital investments are trending downward. Wireless technology,
however, is the exception. During 2005, 152 wireless-related
TIA: 2005 Wireless Sub Growth The Best Ever
According to new numbers from the Telecommunications Industry
Association (TIA), U.S. wireless revenues totaled $174.7 billion
in 2005, up 10.7 percent from 2004. Sales of new handsets and a
ramp-up in new wireless subscribers drove that figure. Total
revenues from all wireless services rose 14.8 percent in 2005 to
$118.6 billion, and...
Light Reading Poll: Bundles Begone!
Not many are keen on having a phone company as their video
provider, and all-in-one service bundles (phone, broadband, and
video) may not be as big a deal to consumers as many believe,
according to the latest Light Reading poll. Nearly 60 percent of
the respondents to the poll, Costly Cable, indicated that getting
New In-Stat Research Explores Corporate Buying of Wireless Services
and Equipment in 2005
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Because of their ability to generate higher
average revenues per user (ARPU), business customers continue to
represent one of the most attractive market segments for wireless
carriers. As they seek to expand this lucrative subscriber base,
carriers need to better understand the dynamics and drivers of...
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