The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For June 27, 2006
Virgin Mobile South Africa Launches MVNO
Virgin Mobile South Africa, the new MVNO, launched commercial
services on Saturday (24 June). It is the fourth operator to
offer service-based competition in the market, but does not own
its own infrastructure. The MVNO provides services over the
network of the third South African cellular operator Cell C. The
latter concluded agreements ...
Sonae, Portugal Telecom Add New Twist to Takeover Battle
The long-running takeover battle for Portugal Telecom took a new
twist yesterday, when Portugal Telecom chief executive Henrique
Granadeiro said that he would reconsider Sonae's bid if the
company raised its offer to above the present 9.50 euro
(US$11.95) per share. Meanwhile, Sonae has denied speculation
that its telecoms unit ...
Mobile Internet Receives Boost with New Web-Page Guidelines
Mobile internet took another giant leap today as leading mobile
and internet companies -- including Vodafone, Nokia and Google --
agreed to a set of guidelines aimed at creating websites that are
easier to use on mobiles. The guidelines follow the launch of the
first top-level domain name -- .mobi -- solely dedicated to
mobile internet in ...
Microsoft Aims to Advance Unified Communications
Microsoft Corporation is teaming with a host of
companies -- including Motorola, Siemens Communications and
HP -- in an effort to advance the adoption of a unified
communications platform. The overarching goal, according to
Microsoft, is to use a unified communications platform to 'break
down' today's silos of ...
New Zealand Telecom To Split Operations, Adopt More Open Delivery Model
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Telecom Corp., New Zealand's largest
listed company, surprised the market Tuesday by announcing it
will split its operations into wholesale and retail divisions.
Telecom said it will create a freestanding wholesale division,
overseen by an independent monitoring unit, to deliver services
Lucent Wins Contract for Army Project
NEW YORK -- The U.S. Army on Monday named Lucent
Technologies Inc. a prime contractor on a multibillion-dollar
communications modernization project, work that might need to be
handled by an independent subsidiary once Lucent merges with
Alcatel SA of France. There are 10 prime contractors on the
project, which is worth up to $4 ...
AT&T Offers U-Verse Video, Net Service
NEW YORK -- AT&T Inc. on Monday expanded its gradual foray into
cable TV, offering its U-verse video and high-speed Internet
service to about 5,000 homes in San Antonio. The long-anticipated
service, originally slated for a full-scale launch starting in
late 2005, is the focal point of AT&T's bid to transform
Nortel Networks to cut 1,100 jobs, NA
TORONTO -- Telecommunications equipment maker Nortel Networks
Corp., which has slimmed down significantly in recent years, said
Tuesday it will cut about 1,100 positions globally and change its
pension program to improve operating margins and save money. As
part of a previously announced restructuring plan, the
Research: Convergence Sells In The U.K.
New research shows that U.K. resellers focusing on convergence
and IP telephony grew at 23 percent last year, more than double
the average growth rate of 10.3 percent achieved by the sector as
a whole. According to a report published by IT Europa, the
top 200 U.K. communications resellers garnered revenues of
nearly $2.5 ...
Mobile WiMax Goes Mini
Asserting that current 'macro-cell' architectures are
insufficient for meeting the demand of emerging wireless
broadband systems, OFDMA-gear vendor Adaptix Inc. said today it
is releasing a suite of third-generation WiMax equipment based on
more numerous and more dense 'micro-cell' layouts.
Designed to address...
AT&T, Cisco Elbow Into Akimbo
Two of the central players in the telco TV world are
participating in a $15.5 million funding round for the Internet
video provider Akimbo Systems . AT&T Inc. and Cisco Systems
Inc. are new funding sources for Akimbo, as is San
Francisco-based venture capital firm Blueprint Ventures . The
three throw in with...
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