The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For June 09, 2006
Finding the Winning Formula
The following is an excerpt from 'Finding the Winning
Formula' in PricewaterhouseCoopers InfoComm Review,
Volume 11, No.1, titled 'Trailblazing'. To read
more and view all articles, please click here. From mobile
to cable, from alternative network operators to resellers, and
from portals to...
The Corporate Fraud Cycle: How to Break the Chain
This article was originally published in Executive Perspectives,
pwc.com global monthly business magazine
http://www.pwc.com/executiveperspectives by Thomas W. Golden,
Steven L. Skalak, and Mona M. Clayton ; Fraud evokes a visceral
reaction in us. It is an abuse of our expectation of fair treatment
by fellow human beings....
USF Bills Call for VoIP Players to Ante Up
THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND (USF), while still at billions of
dollars, is dwindling, due to a decreasing number of
contributors, and, in the interest of sustaining the fund, many
in the telecom industry want IP operators to ante up. One House
bill and one Senate bill call for this change directly, but the
outcome of those proposals is...
White House Supports U.S. Liberalisation of Video Franchising
The administration of George W. Bush has released a statement in
support of a bill that would ease the entry of telecoms operators
into video markets. Under current legislation, the likes of
AT&T and Verizon must negotiate individually with thousands
of municipalities to receive the go-ahead to launch video
services. The bill would...
Regulator Mulls Splitting Telecom Italia's Commercial, Network Units=C2=A0
Italy's telecoms regulator is considering mandating Telecom
Italia to split its commercial and network operations. Speaking
in an interview with the daily Il Sole 24 Ore, regulator
president Corrado Calabro said that he was open to the
possibility of compelling Telecom Italia to separate its units,
hinting that his office was already...
China Mobile Acquires 19.9% of Phoenix Satellite TV from STAR Group
China Mobile and Hong Kong-listed Phoenix Satellite Television
Holdings have today announced a purchase of a 19.9% interest in
Phoenix from business mogul Rupert Murdoch’s STAR Group by
China Mobile (Hong Kong), China Mobile’s holding
company. After the transaction, STAR - a wholly-owned unit of
Murdoch's News Corp. -...
Talkin' Up VOIP
Unstrung readers are a well-packetized lot according to our
latest site poll. A 73 percent majority of respondents to the
"Wireless VOIP" poll say that they have used a
WiFi-based voice-over-IP system of one kind of another, with
another six percent unsure if they have used one or not. Nearly
50 percent of respondents...
Two Charged in VOIP Hacking Scandal
Federal authorities pressed charges Thursday against a second man
who helped perpetrate a VOIP wholesale scheme that defrauded at
least 15 VOIP service providers. Robert Moore of Spokane, Wash.,
also known as the 'Spokane Hacker', was served papers
Thursday but had not yet been taken into custody, according
Group Calls for Special Access
WASHINGTON -- A divergent band of communications companies,
including several wireless carriers, has asked the Senate
subcommittee working on the telecommunications act rewrite to
preserve low pricing on Bell company-supplied network backup
lines. The presidents and CEOs of wireless carriers Sprint
Nextel and T-Mobile USA...
C&W Sends Bulldog To The Pound
Cable & Wireless, the U.K.'s second-largest fixed-line network
operator, is getting out of the retail broadband business barely
two years after it bought Bulldog, the ISP unit on which it has
now lost a large fortune. In a statement issued this morning, C&W
said it is laying off some 150 people involved with retail...
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