The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For July 11, 2006
Regional WiMAX Licences Granted in France
French telecommunications regulator ARCEP has awarded regional
licences for WiMAX as part of its plan to ensure nationwide
coverage by June 2008. Fifteen companies and six regional
councils shared the licences, earning the state 125 million euro
(US$159.2 million) in revenue. Maxtel, a group including motorway
operator APRR and Iliad,...
Winning the Fraud Game
For telcos, effectively managing fraud risk is closely linked to
revenue protection, reputation, and commercial integrity. Fraud
should not be seen in isolation. While there are specific
technical issues around telecom fraud, the risks and solutions
are actually grounded in the general good governance principles
for any corporation in...
To Build or to Buy?
The promise of a converged, all-IP future is one of the big
drivers cable operators-particularly the larger ones-are
contemplating as they cobble together massive, high-capacity
broadband backbone infrastructures. While some have had that
groundwork completed for a number of years, others are polishing
theirs off or just getting...
Cord-Cutters Pose Threat to Landline
It may not make the headlines that it did a few years ago, but
landline displacement is alive and well in the United States. In
fact, big-bucket wireless calling plans and the go-anywhere
convenience of mobile phones are threatening the stronghold of
traditional telephone carriers. The threat comes in two forms.
Some consumers are...
Big Three Mobile Operators in Russia Reportedly Hike Interconnection Tariffs
Russia's 'troika' of leading mobile operators, Mobile
TeleSystems (MTS), VimpelCom and MegaFon, are to raise their
interconnection tariffs for other operators four-fold, reports
Kommersant. The three companies have also agreed to set low
interconnection charges for calls from one another's networks.
The big three have...
AWS Auction Process Moves Ahead
WASHINGTON -- Some familiar and not so familiar names have turned
up on the FCC's list of applications to participate in the August
auction of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum. The agency
posted a list on its Website of 81 applications for the sale of
1,122 licenses in the 1710-1755 MHz and 2110-2155 MHz (AWS-1)
AT&T To FCC: Erase 'Ma Bell Breakup' Requirements
AT&T is asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to
eliminate the regulatory requirements for separate digital
subscriber line (DSL) wholesale subsidiaries -- requirements that
grew out of those originally imposed as a result of the breakup
of the 'old' ATT, or Ma Bell -- so the company can meld the
A Prof on Your iPod
Even as professors wage an uphill struggle to keep cell phones
out of classrooms, universities and community colleges are
developing new ways to use mobile and wireless technology to
enhance learning, reach new groups of non-traditional students,
and stretch educational budgets further. The groundswell in
Lucent Drags Down Alcatel
A profit warning issued late Monday by Lucent Technologies Inc.
hit Alcatel's share price in Tuesday morning trading on the Paris
bourse, even though the French giant announced trading in line with
expectations. The two companies announced their intention
to merge in April this year. Lucent said revenues...
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