The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For August 04, 2006
Apple to Integrate iPod With Car Radios
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In the latest boost to its dominance in
portable music players, Apple Computer Inc. is teaming with
General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. to
integrate the iPod into car audio systems. GM and Ford are the
nation's No. 1 and No. 2 automakers, and the new alliances mean
the iconic audio ...
Germany: Deutsche Telekom Starts FMC Promotion
Germany's leading telecoms group has begun marketing its new
fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) product. Branded T-One, the
service enables customers to make calls via the internet when
they are at home, using a WLAN connection, while the connection
automatically switches to Deutsche Telekom's mobile network
operated by T-Mobile ...
Two U.S. Firms Could Invest up to US$1.0 bil. in WiMAX in Brazil
Two U.S. companies have submitted a WiMAX proposal with Brazil's
Communications Ministry as they plan to invest up to US$1.0
billion in WiMAX networks covering 3,000 municipalities in
Brazil. Significance: The government currently favours a public
tender for remaining 20-year licences for the WiMAX spectrum,
which is likely to be...
Equity Firms Take On KPN
Private equity firms Cinven and Warburg Pincus are creating a
Dutch cable powerhouse with the acquisition of Essent Kabelcom BV
from utility firm Essent for euro 2.6 billion (US$3.3 billion).
The equity firms will add Kabelcom to their existing cable assets
-- Casema NV , which they agreed to buy in July for euro 2.1
FCC Stands Firm While Straddling BPL Fence
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today essentially stuck to
its guns on a wide range of broadband over power line (BPL)
technology and operational regulations and RF interference
enforcement measures, rebuffing for the most part a total of 17
requests by the nascent BPL business itself as well as various
opponents to change ...
New Muni Models
As ambitious projects for building city-wide WiFi networks move
from the proposal stage to the build-out phase, some
municipalities and providers are running into unforeseen
obstacles, and others are developing new and creative ways to
avoid or overcome those hurdles. In San Jose, Calif. yesterday,
the Wireless Silicon Valley ...
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