The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For June 07, 2006
European Cordless Technology Coming to U.S.
The European cordless telephone system known as DECT, or Digital
Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications, is headed to the United
States, aiming to provide voice services for PBX systems in
small- to medium-sized enterprises. DECT (the 'E' used
to stand for European) is a cellular telecommunications system
but with small cell...
EPM Acquires Remaining 50% Stake of Colombian LD Operator Orbitel
Colombian state-owned company Empresa Publicas de Medellin (EPM)
yesterday announced that it had acquired the remaining 50% stake
in Colombian long-distance operator Orbitel, from Grupo Sarmiento
and Grupo Valorem for US$85 million, Dow Jones reports.
Significance: EPM now has full control of its long-distance
StarHub, Motorola in Alliance for Cable Broadband Development=C2=A0
StarHub, Singapore's second-largest telecoms operator, and
Motorola today announced that the two companies would work
together to establish a DOCSIS(R) 3.0 Centre of Excellence for
Asia which will be based in Singapore. The centre will be used to
support deployments of channel-bonding technology based on the
proposed DOCSIS(R) 3.0...
SmarTone-Vodafone Launches First Mobile Broadband Service with Full
HSDPA Coverage in Hong Kong
SmarTone-Vodafone today announced the launch of a full HSDPA network
in Hong Kong, and the territory's first commercial
HSDPA-enabled service -- SmarTone-Vodafone Mobile Broadband. This
HSDPA network provides a data speed of 1.8 Mbps – five times
faster than W-CDMA and 20 times faster than GPRS. The operator plans
France Telecom Prepares Sale of Phone Directory Services
PARIS -- France Telecom said Wednesday it will sell part or
all of its 54 percent stake in Pages Jaunes, the French phone
directory service, because it is not part of the company's
core strategy. Based on Pages Jaunes US$28.93 closing share
price Tuesday, the value of the entire stake would be worth
US$4.36 billion. ...
Deutsche Telekom and T-Online Complete Their Merger
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Deutsche Telekom AG said Tuesday that it
reabsorbed T-Online International AG, regaining control of
Europe's largest Internet service provider. Bonn-based
Deutsche Telekom had spun off T-Online in 2000 but retained a 74
percent stake in the Weiterstadt-based company. In October 2004, it
decided to buy...
Alcatel Forming Cable Group
Chicago -- Globalcomm 2006 -- Alcatel is in the early stages of
building a new group focused on selling its optical and Ethernet
gear into the North American cable market, Light Reading has
learned. Alcatel has been focused on North America's
traditional telecom operators to date, but...
Nortel's Loss Widens
Nortel Networks financial reporting is back on track, but its balance
sheet is still struggling. The company reported a first-quarter net
loss of $167 million compared with a net loss of $104 million in the
year-ago quarter. Revenues were $2.38 billion in the first
quarter of 2006 compared with $2.39 billion in the first quarter
FCC Eyes Interim USF Revamp Plan
Reports circulating around Washington say the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) is considering a new plan to
revamp the universal service fund (USF) program on an interim
basis by broadening the base of contributions, thus keeping the
$7 billion annual subsidy in the money. Although unconfirmed by
the regulatory agency at...
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