The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For June 26, 2006
Softbank to Offer Yahoo! Connectivity to Mobile Users
Softbank today said that phones to be offered by its mobile arm
will provide direct internet connections through a Yahoo! portal
site, the Wall Street Journal Asia reports. At a shareholders
meeting, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son unveiled plans to equip every
Softbank mobile with a browser that can display websites as they
Europe: FON Begins European Roll-Out
Spanish Wi-Fi start-up FON, backed byglobal internet telephony
provider Skype and leading search engine Google, has begun its
European roll-out. The company is planning to release 1 million
internet routers, available at 5 euro (US$6.30) each, which will
enable global hotspot sharing by their owners. Significance: The
FCC Reviews Approach to Wireless, VoIP Universal Service Contributions
Last week, the FCC adopted two modifications to its approach to
assessing universal service contributions. Under modifications to
the universal service rules, interconnected VoIP providers will
make contributions for the first time, and wireless operators
will be taxed on a greater proportion of their ...
Qualcomm Addresses Nokia's CDMA Ramp Down Plans
CDMA2000 is alive and well, according to Qualcomm. The company is
attempting to alleviate fears following news that Nokia and Sanyo
are pulling out of their planned CDMA joint venture and that
Nokia is scaling back its involvement in the CDMA handset market.
Nokia decided to dissolve its CDMA venture with Sanyo because the
Communications-Reform Bill Inches Toward Net-Neutrality Fight
The key Senate committee deliberating the revised draft of a
sweeping communications-reform bill adjourned barely scratching
the surface during a markup session. It now faces a looming
battle over network neutrality when it resumes this week. The
Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Technology broke up
Euro Telcos Face Storage Avalanche
A new European data retention directive designed to help law
enforcement agencies tackle terrorist threats is set to cost
Europe's telecom operators and ISPs a collective fortune, and
it will likely provide rich pickings for storage vendors and
integrators. The European Union's Directive 2006/24/EC
on the ...
Telemedicine has been a reality for many years, but telesurgery
remains on the cutting edge. During telesurgery, a surgeon
performs an operation on a distant patient by using a surgical
robot, a computer and telecommunications support technology. In
March 2005, Timothy Broderick, an assistant professor of surgery
at the University of ...
Good Hooks Into Lotus
Confronting Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)in a market that it has
dominated, Good Technology Inc. said today that it will release a new
version of its mobile messaging product designed for the IBM
Corp. Lotus Domino environment. Called Good Mobile Messaging for
Lotus Domino, the new system will offer users mobile access to...
Intel Wows With Dualmode WiMax
Intel Corp. next week is introducing a client chipset that
supports both the fixed and mobile versions of the wireless
broadband technology known as WiMax. Arguably WiMax'
biggest cheerleader, the company is working to make the case for
the technology with a chipset roadmap that targets devices...
New Converged Wi-Fi/Cellular Handsets to Take Market by Storm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Converged Wi-Fi/Cellular handsets are expected
to make a big splash, reports In-Stat. By 2010, shipments of
cellular handsets containing Wi-Fi will exceed 132 million
devices, the high-tech market research firm says. Carriers have
been reluctant to offer Wi-Fi-capable handsets for several
reasons, but Wi-Fi...
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