The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For May 23, 2006
Regulator Bans Deutsche Telekom's Wholesale DSL Fee Model
Germany's telecoms regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, has banned
incumbent Deutsche Telekom's wholesale DSL pricing model, which
enables rival operators to resell broadband internet access to
customers. The Bundesnetzagentur claims that Deutsche Telekom's
DSL NetRental model is a discount-model that favours larger ISPs
over smaller rivals...
Internet Telephone Pioneer Vonage Heads for Internet-Size IPO
NEW YORK -- Vonage, the company that popularized the idea of
using broadband Internet connections for phone calls, is set to
go public this week at a price that appears to be drawing in
plenty of investors, but skeptical glances from some analysts.
As a small but well-funded company, Vonage Holdings Corp. has set
the pace in the...
Motorola Unveils 'Q' Cell Phone
NEW YORK -- Motorola Inc. unveiled its highly anticipated ''Q''
cell phone Monday, joining other manufacturers in aiming for
businesspeople who want their e-mail to go. The Q, which has a
QWERTY keyboard and runs a version of Microsoft's Windows, enters
a crowded field dominated by Research in Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry
AT&T Expands European Wi-Fi Reach
AT&T forged a new deal with WeRoam to extend its Wi-Fi footprint
in Europe. The deal brings AT&T's European Wi-Fi to more than
10,000 hot spots. The company was attracted to a deal with
WeRoam because it gives AT&T the ability to work with several
wireless Internet service provider (WISP) networks. In France,
Before the Deluge
As mobile email providers expand their market to "the next 100
million" users, beyond the 5 million to 6 million corporate users
today, systems that automatically send all incoming emails to a
mobile device could overwhelm employees and may actually reduce
productivity, according to recent user surveys by research firm
FCC Delays 3G Spectrum Auction
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has delayed the
bidding process for third-generation (3G) Advanced Wireless
Services (AWS) by about six weeks, primarily to allow more time
for discount-qualifying small businesses to prepare themselves.
After our deadline last Friday, the agency disclosed a new
schedule that moves the Auction...
Report: QOS Fees Could Net Billions
Broadband providers could raise billions by charging for
differentiated levels of IP services and charging quality of
service (QOS) fees, according to the latest Light Reading
Insider. (See Net Neutrality Dollars and Sense.) "There is money
there for broadband network operators to capture, but they have
to follow the right strategy,"...
Media Home Networking Growing, But PVRs Still King
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Although media networking is growing, many
owners of Media Center PCs or PCs with TV tuners are still not
using them for recording TV broadcasts, reports In-Stat. Analysis
shows that many of these owners are not recording TV programs on
those devices, and opting instead to use their Personal Video
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