The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For May 16, 2006
Court Upholds VimpelCom's WellCom Purchase; Telenor to Appeal
The Moscow Arbitration Court has rejected Telenor's attempt to
void the purchase of Ukrainian RadioSystems (WellCom) by
VimpelCom. Telenor had hoped to invalidate the extraordinary
general meeting (EGM) of VimpelCom shareholders in September 2005
at which the decision was made to purchase WellCom for US$231
million. Telenor objected that...
Skype Offers Free Calls to Regular Phones
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Skype, eBay Inc.'s Internet telephone
subsidiary, has stopped charging users for dialing up people on
traditional landline and mobile phones in the U.S. and Canada.
The Internet telephone service, which has always offered free
PC-to-PC calls around the world, said Monday it will offer its
SkypeOut service for...
Verizon Wireless Price Tagged At $48B
Rumors rampant on both sides of the Atlantic say Verizon and
Vodafone have finally settled on a price for Vodafone's
45-percent share of Verizon Wireless - $48 billion plus
assumption of $8 billion in debt. Such a deal reportedly could
be done by the end of the month. The $48 billion is just more
than halfway between the $38 billion and...
No Email? No Problem
As companies look for ways to roll out more enterprise
applications to mobile workers, many assume that any new apps
will run on a device primarily intended for mobile email, such as
a BlackBerry or a Treo. Now, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion
Ltd. (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM - message board; Toronto: RIM) says it
will deconstruct that...
Motorola Touts Open Source Java
Motorola is aiming to take mobile Java to the next level by
embracing open sourcing. The company believes an open source
approach will speed development time and drive innovation. Mark
VandenBrink, senior director and chief architect, Motorola Mobile
Devices, notes that Java already is being used on nearly 1
billion mobile handsets,...
Verizon Sued in Mobile TV Patent Fight
Holding company Speedus Corp. has sued Verizon Wireless for
infringement of two patents that deal with the transmission of
television services over cellular networks, and it's
investigating whether to sue any other carriers. "We've been
assessing our patent portfolio for some time, and it came to our
attention that there's likely...
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