The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For March 13, 2006
Planning a Hydrogen-Powered Phone
Clean, efficient hydrogen has long been eyed as a convenient and
long lasting fuel. Now, chemists at UCLA and the University of
Michigan are reporting an advance toward the goal of phones and
other mobile devices that run on hydrogen rather than
conventional batteries. While the U.S. Department of Energy
estimates that practical ...
Rostelecom Sells 90% Stake in RTK-Sibir
Russia's fixed-line incumbent, Rostelecom, has sold its 90% stake
in RTK-Sibir, which operates in the Krasnoyarsk region in
Siberia, to TeleMir, which now own 100% of the company.
Significance: With its monopoly of the fixed-line, long-distance
market soon to be eroded following the liberalisation of the
sector in 2005, Rostelecom has...
Vodafone's Global Strategy Under the Spotlight
Mobile giant Vodafone saw fresh worries over the weekend (11/12
March) as its former chief executive, Chris Gent, resigned from
his post as life president, and company chairman Ian MacLaurin
was forced to publicly declare his support for embattled chief
executive Arun Sarin. Gent, who transformed the company from a
small British firm to...
MIMO Clears Another Hurdle
The next, fast generation of Wi-Fi using MIMO (multiple-input,
multiple output) technology reached a major standardization
milestone today. The IEEE working group gave its tentative
approval to a draft 1.0 standard for the much-discussed 802.11n
specification. Bill McFarland, chief technology officer with
Atheros Communications, says...
RIM in Voice 'Push'
Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM - message board;
Toronto: RIM) says it has bought Ascendent Systems , a move the
handheld device vendor says will give it the capability to "push"
voice calls from users' corporate desk phones to their wireless
-- or other wireline -- devices. The acquisition comes as RIM
France Telecom Joins Million-Man VoIP Club
France Telecom claims to have zoomed passed the million-customer
mark in residential voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), making
it one of what still is only a handful of companies in the world
that can claim such a customer base. The carrier now says it's
signing new VoIP customers in five countries at the rate of 5,000
per day. France...
Poll: Merger Won't Spur Competition
Nearly three fourths of Light Readers polled this week say that
the combination of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T - message board) and
BellSouth Corp. (NYSE: BLS - message board) will not improve
competition in the communications industry. (See Ma Bell Is
Back!.) Shortly after the mother of all mega-mergers was
announced on Sunday, Light...
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