The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For March 22, 2006
EU Urges More Broadband Internet Access
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union's executive office called
on the governments of member nations to do more to get people
online, saying only 13 percent of the union's 450 million people
have broadband Internet access. If governments act now to boost
investment in high-speed networks in remote and rural areas, all
AT&T Dismisses BellSouth Merger Critics
LAS VEGAS -- Ed Whitacre Jr., the chief executive of AT&T Inc.,
dismissed critics who say its planned merger with BellSouth
Corp. will form a near-monopoly for Internet access and give it
the clout to dictate terms to Web sites if they want to remain
reachable. At issue is the current principle of 'network
Vodafone Denies C&W Takeover Rumour
Vodafone has denied that it is about to launch a takeover bid for
Cable & Wireless's (C&W) U.K. business. Reacting to market
speculation that it was in talks for a potential bid, a Vodafone
spokesman told Dow Jones that 'the company had no intention no
intention of owning any fixed-line assets'. Significance: Coming
Locate911 Finds Network VoIP Phones
A growing number of enterprises are turning to voice over
Internet Protocol (VoIP) systems to slash their phone costs. But
enhanced phone system management is another reason why
organizations may want to consider the technology. A novel
product that showcases VoIP's device management possibilities to
the hilt is eTelemetry's...
Verizon Chief Sees Fast Wireless Broadband Future
The future of wireless broadband is fiber and the future of fiber
is broadband wireless, or at least an increasingly complex mix of
the two, said Verizon Communications Chairman Ivan Seidenberg.
In keynote remarks late yesterday at TelecomNEXT in Las Vegas,
Seidenberg told the telephone company attendees that the future
Footlose & Cable-Free
At the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio
director of enterprise services Phil Skinner has a technology
group looking into applications for so-called "wireless USB."
Beyond replacing messy desktop cables, the group is looking at
automatic synchronization between a slew of different devices.
"Not just PDAs," notes...
Siemens Shuffles Top Deck
Siemens AG (NYSE: SI - message board; Frankfurt: SIE) announced a
major reshuffle of its board today, including a new president for
telecom unit Siemens Communications Group , which is currently
under the merger and acquisition spotlight. (See Sources: Lucent,
Nokia in Play for Siemens and Siemens Changes Board). At Com,
Juniper Research Reveals VoIP Drivers
Revenues from voice over IP (VoIP) services in the business
sector will reach $18 billion by 2010, according to a new study
by Juniper Research, due to several business-related factors.
Its findings say VoIP growth will be driven by the replacement of
existing business circuit-switched connectivity, cheaper call
costs, the massive...
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