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TelecomDirect News Daily Update - July 19, 2006

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents
The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For July 19, 2006

How EMEA Set The 1Q Broadband Growth Pace

The number of broadband lines in the world grew to 229 million by
the end of the first quarter of this year, up 36 percent from a
year earlier according to a new study by research house Point
Topic, and Europe set the pace.   Meanwhile, DSL
continued its worldwide dominance, growing slightly in market
share at the expense of...

EU Takes France to Court Over France Telecom Aid

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Commission Wednesday referred
France to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover
state aid illegally granted to France Telecom. The commission
ruled in August 2004 that France was giving illegal tax breaks
worth between Euro 798 million and Euro 1.14 billion to its
national phone...

Alltel Spins off Wireline Business, Embarq Goes MVNO

Alltel has confirmed that it has completed the spin-off of its
wireline business and merger into VALOR Communications. The new
company is called Windstream Corp and will be traded on the New
York Stock Exchange. Alltel also confirmed the go-ahead for a
US$3-billion share-repurchase programme, which will expire on 31
December 2008, and...

Uzbekistan: VimpelCom Merges Uzbek Mobile Assets

VimpelCom's Uzbek mobile subsidiaries, Buztel and Unitel, have
announced that they have merged, reports Prime-Tass. VimpelCom,
Russia's second-largest mobile operator, acquired both groups in
January 2006. Buztel was bought for US$60.0 million, plus an assumed
US$2.4-million debt, while Unitel cost US$200.0 million, plus...

Nokia N80: The Best of Everything

When a cell phone is priced at around $700, it ought to offer
just about every possible feature. In this respect, and in many
other areas, the Nokia N80 doesn't disappoint. After all, how
many cell phones offer two built-in cameras? The slider-style
N80 is literally packed with features, yet it measures a compact
3.7 x 1.9 x 1.0...

Sprint Offers Made-for-Mobile Reality TV

Zingy and GoTV Networks have come together to launch an on-demand
made-for-mobile reality TV series. 'Primped' is available
exclusively through Sprint Nextel. The series follows Cuban-born
model Vida Guerra as she attempts to transform three 'plain
Janes' into outgoing, gorgeous divas. The 30-episode ...

Antitrust Think Tank Offers Court Mega-Merger Review Aid

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) think tank has asked to
intervene in a federal court's review of last year's SBC
Communications AT&T and Verizon Communications/MCI mega mergers,
saying the bench doesn't yet have enough information to make
rulings on the proposed final judgments (PFJs) offered by the
U.S. ...

AT&T Hits Homezone

AT&T Inc. announced today the rollout of its integrated video,
data, and home networking package, Homezone, in its hometown of
San Antonio and within its territory in Ohio. The new service
combines satellite TV programming from EchoStar Communications
Corp.'s Dish Network; a dual-tuner DVR; Internet-based video from

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