The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For March 15, 2006
French Competition Watchdog Wants Tougher SMS Regulation
France's competition watchdog, Conseil de la Concurrence, has
urged the telecoms regulator (ARCEP) to implement regulation that
would help reduce the cost of sending a text message by mobile
phone. According to Dow Jones reports, the watchdog said the
country's three main mobile phone operators exercise a
significant influence over the...
CTIA Urges NY to Vote for Competition
New York is considering a cell phone consumer protection bill,
sparking debate from various groups. CTIA sees no reason to adopt
the measure, saying it will only place costly and confusing
regulations on wireless service delivery. It is best to let the
competitive market work, according to CTIA president and CEO
Steve Largent. "There is...
Norway's Telenor Offers First Flat Fixed Line Phone Rates To Counter
Flight To Mobile Phones
OSLO, Norway -- Norway's main telecommunications group, Telenor
ASA, Wednesday offered flat rates for fixed line telephone calls
to counter a consumer switch to mobile phones. 'For the first
time in its more than 150-year history, Telenor now introduces
flat rates for regular telephony,' a statement said. 'Telenor
802.11n: Compatability Crunch?
After months of infighting at the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) over the specification of the
high-speed 802.11n wireless LAN standard, Friday's vote to
approve draft 1.0 seemed to be another sign that things are
moving forward apace now. As always, however, things are a
little different behind the...
Nielsen: 'Active' Broadband Users Up 28%
According to the latest estimates from Nielsen/NetRatings, the
number of active U.S. broadband users who access the network from
home increased 28 percent year-over-year, growing from 74.3
million in February 2005 to 95.5 million in February 2006. The
broadband composition of the user base, the research firm adds,
has been moving up...
Sprint: Still Going Beyond 3G
Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S - message board) says its
next-generation, mobile multimedia network is still on track, on
time, and it will happen -- even as the carrier is plowing
through a sea of radio access technologies in the meantime.
Sprint officials say they expect to reach "no less than 15
million Americans" via a new network...
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