The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For April 3, 2006
Alcatel, Lucent Seal Deal
Alcatel (NYSE: ALA - message board; Paris: CGEP:PA) and Lucent
Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU - message board) announced today
(Sunday) that they've agreed to merge, creating a global supplier
of fixed and wireless telecom infrastructure with annual revenues
of $25 billion, a market capitalization of about $36 billion
(based on Friday's...
Cable's Next Crusade
Sparked by the recent landmark joint venture between Sprint
Nextel and four of the U.S. cable industry's top MSOs
(Advance/Newhouse, Comcast, Cox, and Time Warner), the addition
of a wireless service that would join video, voice and data to
comprise the much coveted quadruple play is not only a reality,
but considered by many to be a...
The Journey from Analytics to BI
There's an old maxim about four blind people in a room with an
elephant. Each person has a different view of the elephant,
depending on whether he or she is holding the trunk, the tail,
the ear or the foot. After spending millions of dollars on
enormous ERP, CRM and data warehousing initiatives, executives
are left with the same problem,...
Time Warner Cable Eyes Mobile Services in U.S.
Time Warner Cable Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dick
Parsons has said that the company is looking to establish a
strong presence in the mobile business, according to an interview
with the Financial Times. Parsons did not reveal if Time Warner
Cable would purchase wireless spectrum or acquire a mobile
operator as soon as the...
OTE for Sale in 2007
Greece's government has said that it is ready to sell its stake
in telecoms group OTE from 2007, Reuters reports. In an interview
with Eleytherotipia newspaper yesterday, Finance Minister George
Alogoskoufis said that his government was willing to sell its 36%
stake in OTE from 2007, if there was 'corresponding interest' in
a deal. The...
MGM Concentrates on Digital, Wireless
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) formed a new division that will
focus on the digital media space, namely wireless and
broadband. Douglas Lee will spearhead the new unit. The division
will be tasked with shepherding MGM's digital distribution
strategy. Lee has been named executive vice president and will
build on knowledge gleaned from...
Untapped Carriers May Be Hit For USF Payments
The anticipated U.S. House of Representatives legislative
proposal on reforming the universal service fund (USF) has
surfaced with provisions that would control monetary
disbursements, provide incentives for rolling out broadband
Internet access and broaden the base of contributions. The
Universal Service Reform Act of 2006 to improve...
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