The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For May 4, 2006
Innovating by Leaps & Bounds
In a world filled with national operators offerings a slew of
complicated rate plans, the flat-rate operator used to stand
apart. But now the market is becoming even more complicated,
thanks to the onslaught of prepaid MVNOs, the advent of free
mobile-to-mobile calling and the latest trend of big-bucket
calling plans featuring more than...
What's Behind the AT&T, BellSouth Deal
The spectre of Ma Bell once again is haunting the telecom
industry as AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. have pledged to merge
in a $67 billion deal that brings together two ILECs and their
mutually owned wireless company, Cingular Wireless LLC. It also
stirs up fears that the incumbents could grow so large they will
just operate however...
ONO Delays IPO Until 2008
Spanish leading cable TV and broadband operator ONO is now
planning an initial public offering (IPO) on the Madrid stock
exchange in the first quarter of 2008, when its integration with
Auna's operations has been completed. The company had previously
intended to float its shares either this year or next.
Significance: The move reflects...
British Regulator Receives US$6.98M from Spectrum Auctions
Telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed receiving 3.8 million
pounds (US$6.98 million) in licence fees for the 12 spectrum
licences that it awarded last week. The licences are for 6.6MHz
of spectrum in the 1781.7-1785MHz paired with 1876.7-1880MHz
bands, and would need to be operated on a low-power,
technology-neutral basis. Ofcom had...
FCC Mandates VoIP Surveillance, Wiretap Compliance
The Federal Communications Commission Wednesday mandated that all
facilities-based broadband network operators and Voice over
Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers interconnected with
the public switched telephone network (PSTN) must comply with
federal statues on surveillance and wiretaps sought by
law-enforcement and homeland-...
Telenor 1st-Quarter Net Profit Doubles
OSLO, Norway -- The state-controlled Telenor ASA
telecommunications group on Thursday said its net profit for the
first quarter more than doubled, boosted by the sale of its stake
in satellite company Inmarsat PLC and strong operational results.
The report beat market expectations, and shares soared 9.4
percent to 78.75 kroner...
Alltel Posts Revenue Gains, Earnings Dip
Acquisition costs weighed on Alltel Corporation's first quarter
earnings, which fell 5 percent, but the company did post
quarterly revenue growth of nearly 20 percent. Wireless revenue
increased 30 percent during the quarter and the company attracted
165,000 new customers. Alltel reported quarterly earnings of
$297.4 million, or 77...
DT Plans Acquisitions
Deutsche Telekom AG EO Kai-Uwe Ricke issued an unguarded
challenge to pan-European rivals such as France Telecom SA ,
Telefonica SA , and Telecom Italia SpA yesterday by saying "We
are Europe's number 1 and are determined to...
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