The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For May 26, 2006
Strategic Security Considerations for Mobile Enterprises
Securing business wireless applications is on everyone's minds
these days. Employees are being equipped with laptops, mobile
devices and wireless access to e-mail to achieve significant
gains in productivity, but there still are major areas that are
being neglected. This white paper explores: --Concerns about
AWS Band Blocks & Auction Insights
In a few weeks, the FCC will begin auctioning a new set of paired
spectrum bands designated for Advanced Wireless Services AWS. The
wireless industry and Wall Street types that follow it will be
watching closely. Of particular interest will be which companies
step up to bid for licenses and how high the bidding goes....
Vodafone Completes Telsim Acquisition
Vodafone has announced its completion of the acquisition of
holdings in the second-largest Turkish operator, Telsim, from the
Turkish Savings and Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF). Vodafone beat
rival bidders with an offer of US$4.55 billionin December last
year, and received approval for the acquisition from the Turkish
France Telecom Joins China's TD-SCDMA 3G Standard Alliance
France Telecom has joined an industry alliance promoting China's
home-grown 3G mobile standard TD-SCDMA, making it the first
foreign telecoms operator to join the group, the official Xinhua
news agency reported. Wang Jing, Secretary General of the
TD-SCDMA forum, was quoted as saying that the addition of France
Telecom to the alliance...
Auction for In-Flight Broadband Winds Down
NEW YORK -- An auction of nationwide airwaves that could lead to
cheaper in-flight broadband and telephone calls was winding down
Thursday, with a small Colorado-based company as the apparent
winner for the largest swath of radio spectrum. The auction
conducted by the Federal Communications Commission will resume
Friday, but AC...
Excise Tax Repealed - Finally!
This just in: The U.S. government has finally acknowledged that
the Spanish American War is over. The federal excise tax on long
distance calling will be repealed and the IRS will refund three
years worth of the taxes to consumers and businesses, the
U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday. The tax has been around
since 1898, when it was...
House Takes Aim At Caller-ID Spoofing
The House of Representatives soon will receive a bill to outlaw
and penalize caller-ID spoofing, a practice that currently
includes online services and portable cards that allow users to
fake caller-ID information - a tactic often associated with the
theft of personal data and telephone records as well as
identities. The House Committee...
Ofcom Proposes Spectrum Sale
In the name of advancing high-speed wireless services in the
United Kingdom, Ofcom, the Office of Communications, initiated a
proposal to open up new spectrum bands on a first come, first
served basis. Specifically, the U.K. telecom regulator is
contemplating opening up the 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz bands for
the first time for commercial...
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