The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For June 14, 2006
Video's Urge to Converge
Ask cable operators about IPTV, and they'll tell you straight
out that of course they can do it. Ask them if they have plans to
do it, and the answers get laden with dependent clauses about
definitions and contingencies and migration paths and transition
strategies. IPTV is an issue largely because it is the
Telstra Sale Hurdles to Be Overcome by July, Says Minister
Crucial talks between Australia's competition watchdog and
incumbent operator Telstra over regulatory issues are expected to
be resolved by early next month, according to media reports
citing Australian Communications Minister Helen Coonan. The talks
centre on two issues: rules to govern an $3-billion (Australian)
(US$2.2-billion) fibre network...
UPC Czech Launches VoIP
UPC Czech -- part of the Liberty Global group -- has launched
commercial VoIP services. In April 2006, the company announced
plans to launch VoIP before the year-end using Siemens
technology. The new service is available in 10 towns and cities.
Significance: The move follows an earlier VoIP launch, in October
2005, by Czech...
Telefonica Moviles and Portugal Telecom Create Study Group to Examine
Telefonica Moviles and Portugal Telecom, shareholders of
leading Brazilian mobile operator Vivo, have announced the creation
of a study group to intervene in the company's management.
According to local newspaper Gazeta Mercantil, the study group
created by Telefonica Moviles and Portugal Telecom...
Qualcomm Raises Guidance
Qualcomm is increasing its third-quarter guidance, saying it now
expects pro forma revenues of $1.91 billion to $1.96 billion, up
from its prior guidance of $1.77 billion to $1.87 billion. The
change comes as the company expects to ship 55 million Mobile
Station Modem (MSM) chips during the quarter. That compares with
Shareholders Approve Bell Canada's Telecom 'Trust'
BCE Inc. received approval from its common shareholders for the
implementation of a plan to form a new 'regional telephone
income trust' that will own and manage 1.6 million local access
lines in parts of Bell Canada's Ontario and Quebec operating
territories. The so-called 'BCE Arrangement' will
India Leery of Foreigners, ZTE
Chinese equipment vendor ZTE Corp. is finding mixed fortunes in
India's telecom market. The company has bagged a three-year
deal with Tata Indicom to provide CDMA2000 equipment across the
country as the carrier builds out its mobile network beyond
India's urban centers. ...
Moto: Mobile WiMax Is In
The push to develop a mobile WiMax standard may put pressure on
several companies that already have big bets in the fixed WiMax
space. Carriers have already issued 25 RFPs (requests for
proposal) asking about mobile WiMax, and the applications being
discussed include lots of the same thing that proponents of fixed
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