The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For August 28, 2006
Motorola and Nokia Experience Problems in Russia
Motorola said last week that it would not seek compensation for
the destruction of mobile phones worth US$2 million. In March
this year, 167,000 Motorola mobile phones (worth about US$17
million) were impounded by police at a Moscow airport as evidence
in a contraband case. In April, police charged that the phones
posed a danger to ...
One-Touch Keypad Finds a Home
As everybody knows, most alphanumeric keyboards designed for
mobile devices are little more than a cruel joke. Tiny keytops
and cramped layouts make any attempt at rapid, long-term typing
frustrating and potentially painful. Back in 2002, Lexington,
Mass.-based Digit Wireless unveiled its FasTap keypad. The device
was designed to ...
Sprint Aims to Simplify Business Mobility
Sprint Nextel introduced Sprint Advanced Wireless Solutions, a
program designed to provide business customers with an
all-inclusive mobility solution. Sprint intends to act as the
single point of contact for its business customers, while
handling contract negotiations, and solution configuration and
integration for its customers. ...
Frontier/Citizens Seek Broadband Deregulation
The incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) operations of
Frontier and its parent Citizens Communications have asked the
federal government to free their broadband businesses from rules
and regulations the latest chapter of what is becoming a growing
trend among major U.S. telcos: Seeking light-touch treatment.
Forbearance petitions ...
Laptop vs Smartphone: No Contest
Executives at smartphone manufacturers like Palm Inc. and
Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) need only look at their own
products to understand why, even as the devices gain popularity
across different job functions and levels, the penetration among
all mobile workers remains a fraction of the total potential user
Nokia Siemens Names More Execs
Nokia Corp. and Siemens Communications Group have ironed out
more details of their carrier infrastructure joint venture, Nokia
Siemens Networks, naming the heads of its business and regional
divisions. The new company will combine Nokia's Networks Business
Group with the carrier-related operations of Siemens ...
Mobile Video Industry Will Begin to Shape up in 2008
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The market for long form mobile/portable
video content (video content of greater than 30 minutes) is
currently in an experimental phase, and will likely remain at
this stage for at least two years, reports In-Stat. By 2008,
however, the industry will begin to gain traction and demonstrate
its long-term ...
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