The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For April 10, 2006
IPTV Privacy Risks
I went to the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show with the goal of
learning more about IPTV, and in particular, whether there are
any services that IPTV can deliver but traditional hybrid
fiber/coax cable technology cannot. What I learned is disturbing.
But first, let me define IPTV. The term means different things to
Telefonica Wins Colombia Telecom Bid for US$348.4 mil.
After the fourth round of negotiations, Telefonica Group won the
auction for a 51% stake in state-owned operator Colombia Telecoms
on 7 April 2006, with a bid of 853.57 billion Colombian pesos
(US$348.4 million), according to local newspaper El Cronista
Comercial. This was 60% higher than the minimum price of 533.57
billion pesos set by...
Cell Phone Industry Steps Closer to VoIP
LAS VEGAS -- Wojtek Felendzer held a mobile phone to his ear as he
walked across the room, the call automatically switching behind the
scenes from a Wi-Fi wireless hotspot to the regular cellular network.
"Can you still hear me?" the Nokia Corp. employee asked. "Yes,"
the reporter answered. "That's good," he said. "This is...
Wireless Achieves Record Growth
Wireless service penetration rate stands at nearly 70 percent in
the U.S., thanks to the addition of 25.7 million new subscribers
during the six months ended December 2005, according to CTIA's
semi-annual wireless industry survey. The association calculates
the U.S. closed 2005 with 207.9 million wireless customers, which
is a 14.17...
Nortel Acct'ing Mess Worsens; Divisions On The Block?
Oh, brother. Just when everyone thought it couldn't get worse,
Nortel disclosed it's made yet more mistakes in accounting and
will shift an additional unknown amount of previously reported
revenue into future quarters -- resulting in even larger losses
when the company finally files its restated financials. At the
Researchers Eye Cooler Mobile Devices
Mobile devices are hot, in terms of both popularity and operating
temperature. Much of the heat generated by devices like notebook
computers and smart phones come from microprocessors. Today's
very large scale integration (VLSI) processors hold more than
100,000,000 transistors running at very high speeds. With even
Mobile Giants Size Up DSL
Good news for DSLAM vendors: Pure-play mobile operators such as
O2 plc and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD - message board) are set
to enter the fixed-broadband fray in Europe, and are sizing up
local loop unbundling (LLU) options that would see them procure
and deploy their own DSL equipment. Vodafone last week announced
a management and...
Dramatic Growth in Store for Multimedia Handsets, but Consumers Still Not Enthused About Multimedia Options
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The number of cellular phones with
multimedia capability will double in the next two years, but this
capability is still not generating much consumer enthusiasm,
especially in the US, reports In-Stat. In spite of the phenomenal
growth of dedicated MP3 players during 2005, user interest in
having this capability...
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