The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For June 28, 2006
Brazilian Mobile Exports Reach US$1.1 bil. in First Five Months of 2006
Brazilian mobile exports totalled US$1.1 billion in the first
five months of 2006, an increase of 24.2% year-on-year (y/y),
according to the Brazilian and Commerce Ministry, quoted by local
newspaper Gazeta Mercantil. Brazil exported 13.155 million
handsets in the first five months in 2006, up 8.6% y/y.
Significance: An increase...
EU Plans Crackdown on European Incumbents
The European Union's (EU) telecoms market regulator, headed by
Commissioner Viviane Reding, is planning later this week to make
public its official stance on the matter of incumbent telcos sharing
their new broadband infrastructures with alternative players.
Significance: Broadband internet markets in Europe are dominated
Regulator Issues New Spectrum Policy for Bahrain
Telecoms regulator TRA and the Ministry of Transportation jointly
issued a new spectrum policy for the kingdom yesterday indicating
that the telecommunications sector in Bahrain is on the verge of
significant changes that will be brought by the publication of the
complete policy and strategy for...
Sprint's Forsee Sees Converged Future
NEW YORK -- For Sprint Nextel, the future of the network is in
its ability to allow consumers and enterprises to place-shift
their applications -- in other words, the ability to access the
same capabilities on-the-go that they do in their homes and
offices. Sprint Nextel President and CEO Gary Forsee touted this
converged network vision ...
LG CG300 Offers PTT and More
Already popular with many business and industrial cell phone
users, push-to-talk (PTT) technology is now making rapid inroads
into the consumer market. Unfortunately, most PTT handset makers
continue to focus on commercial customers, forcing consumers to
sacrifice popular cell phone features in exchange for PTT
functionality. In a ...
USF Changes: The More You Play, The More You Pay?
Warning: Twenty-somethings are among those who would fare the
worst under a controversial plan now under discussion in
Washington, D.C., to shift how the Universal Service Fund tax is
collected on phone bills. According to the Keep Universal
Service Fund (USF) Fair Coalition, most young adults have at
least four communications...
700MHz Debate: Safety or Shopping?
What's more important? Public safety or broadband Internet
services? Industry experts tackled this loaded question today at
the Wireless Communications Association International (WCA)'s
annual industry conference in Washington. In a session entitled
'The Great Debate', two entrenched members of the wireless...
Investors Share Wireless Funding Wisdom
WASHINGTON -- Investors looking to fund new wireless companies
are keen to put their money where the data is, according to
several industry execs attending and speaking at the Wireless
Communications Association International (WCA) annual trade show
here. But they're being less cavalier than they were five years
Qualcomm resists Indian demands to cut royalty on CDMA phones, looks
to fund more research
NEW DELHI -- Wireless technology company Qualcomm Inc. may use
some of the royalties earned from mobile phone sales in India to
fund research projects here, the company's chief executive said
Wednesday, in an apparent move to counter demands for a cut in
its royalty rates. San Diego, California-based Qualcomm ...
Nokia suing Chinese companies for allegedly copying mobile phone design
HELSINKI, Finland -- Nokia Corp. said Wednesday it is suing two
Chinese companies for making and selling mobile phones that
allegedly copy the design of one of its popular fashionable
handsets. Nokia asked a court in Beijing to order the companies
to pay damages and cease manufacturing and selling the mobile
Report: China Netcom OK with foreign interest in PCCW's assets if not
controlling stake http://www.telecomdirectnews.com/do.php/105/18603?11228
HONG KONG -- China Netcom is willing to drop its objection to
bids by Australia's Macquarie Bank and U.S. investor
TPG-Newbridge for Hong Kong phone company PCCW's assets if either
company doesn't take a majority stake in the assets, a news
report said Wednesday. Macquarie Bank's and TPG-Newbridge's
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