The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For August 01, 2006
Cingular Wireless to Impose $5 Surcharge
NEW YORK -- About 4.7 million Cingular Wireless subscribers with
older phones will have to pay $5 extra each month as the company
tries to prod them to get new handsets so it can devote its
entire network to one type of signal. The new surcharge, unique
among the major U.S. carriers, will be added to bills starting in
Dutch Telecom Provider KPN Announces Doubling Net Profit
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Dutch telecommunications provider Royal
KPN NV announced Tuesday that it doubled its second-quarter net
profit thanks to a strong performance by its German mobile unit
E-Plus. KPN's second quarter net profit came in at Euro 464
million (US$590 million) compared to Euro 230 million a year ago,
Internet Phone Provider Vonage Sees Loss Deepen 17 Percent
NEW YORK -- In its first earnings report as a public company,
Internetphone provider Vonage Holdings Corp. said Tuesday its
losses increased 17 percent in the second quarter as
customer-acquisition costs stayed high. The results illustrated
the multiple challenges facing Vonage, which raised $531
million, with a May 24 ...
Verizon's Q2 Profit Falls 24 Percent on Labor, Merger Costs But Tops Forecasts
NEW YORK -- Second-quarter profits fell 24 percent at Verizon
Communications Inc., weighed down by labor and merger expenses,
but the results exceeded most forecasts as the telephone
company's cellular and broadband Internet businesses posted more
strong growth. New York-based Verizon said Tuesday it earned
$1.61 billion, or...
United States: Time Warner, Comcast Complete Adelphia Acquisition
The U.S. cable TV (CATV) market is undergoing a major
consolidation, with Time Warner and Comcast Corporation
announcing yesterday (31 July 2006) that they had closed the
transaction to acquire the assets of the bankrupt CATV operator
Adelphia Communications Corporation. Adelphia Communications was
the fifth-largest CATV company in the ...
Verizon Lets America Get Sweet on Chocolate
Verizon Wireless is hoping to take the music phone sector by
storm with the launch of LG Electronics' Chocolate handset, a
wireless phone that also is a music player. The wireless carrier
also announced its intentions to do away with its monthly V CAST
Music subscription fee. The chocolate-colored handset features a
hidden LCD ...
Telenor Beats Two Other Contenders For Serbian Celco
Telenor won the auction for Serbian mobile operator Mobi 63 with
an offer of $1.93 billion on Monday. In the final round, it
topped offers by Telekom Austria AG and Egypt's Orascom
Telecom Holding SAE. A total of 10 bidders, representing
carriers from around the globe, had submitted opening bids for
the carrier, which is ...
UMA : Next Year's Model?
Being able to seamlessly move voice calls between cellular, WiFi,
and other wireless networks is seen as a potentially big step
forward for enterprise users, but it probably won't happen
for at least a year or longer, according to users and analysts.
One of the first convergence technologies expected out of the
gate is ...
Study: VOIP Quality Getting Worse
A recent study has found the quality of VOIP calls declining
steadily over the past two years, and points to network
congestion and lack of service prioritization as the
culprits. Brix Networks Inc. has come up with a clever way
to study the quality of VOIP calls -- a portal called
http://TestYourVOIP.com where consumers themselves ...
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