The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For March 23, 2006
Data Quality Management: A Key to Operator Profitability
Understanding how an operator can improve business performance
through better data quality is not just a question of knowing
what the operator is now; you need to know what it has been in
the past. Like contestants on an extreme makeover show, operators
are seeking to transform their external appearance to fit the
demands of the market:...
Time is Not Right for 3G Licensing, Says MII Official
The Chinese government has no short-term timetable for launching
3G in China, according to South China Morning Post reports citing
Zhou Baoyun, the vice director of the Ministry of Information
Industry's (MII) general office. According to Zhou, while the
necessary conditions exist for 3G introduction in China, the
technology -- especially ...
IP Changes Rules of Interconnect Game
SINCE INTERCONNECTION accounts for a large portion of expenses
and revenue for traditional wholesale carriers, the game of
keeping these systems up-to-date and reducing complexity is
well-known and played often. But as voice margins decline,
operators are looking to deploy IP data services, like
interactive gaming, music and videos,...
Cesky Telecom Fined US$3.4 mil. Following Probe into ADSL Pricing
The Czech Republic's competition authority, the UOHS, has
announced that Cesky Telecom has been fined 80 million koruna
(US$3.4 billion) following rivals' complaints that it has abused
its ADSL market dominance. Cesky Telecom has said that it is
considering an appeal against the decision and the level of the
fine, which had been reduced...
EBay Plans Payments Using Cell Phones
SAN FRANCISCO -- Paypal, the online payment service owned by eBay
Inc., has begun testing a new offering to allow people to make
and receive payments using cell phones and other mobile devices.
Paypal Mobile is being tested by an unspecified number of eBay
employees and will be available to the public in the United
Nortel, Minerva Find IPTV Partners
The recently announced relationship between Minerva Networks
Inc. and Nortel Networks Ltd. (NYSE/Toronto: NT - message board)
could be the smaller company's entree into large telco accounts
and Nortel's chance to interlock one chosen middleware vendor
with its IMS offering. At this week's TelecomNEXT conference,
Minerva and Nortel...
Yahoo! Unveils IM with Voice
Yahoo! is aiming to boost its instant messaging service by
allowing customers to make calls from their PCs to landline and
wireless phones. The VoIP service runs $2.99 a month. For $2.99
per month (or $29.90 per year), subscribers gain access to one or
more phone numbers to receive calls from regular or mobile phones
via their Yahoo...
CLECs Urged Toward 'Co-opetition'
At the CompTel conference and expo in San Diego, domestic
competitive carriers are being advised to think about linking
their network infrastructures on a spot basis when necessary in
order to cope with uncertain incumbent pricing and contract terms
when it comes to now-restricted unbundled network element
platform (UNE-P) availability. ...
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