The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For September 12, 2006
Uncertainty Trails Telecom Italia's Plan to Split Mobile and Fixed Units
The future of Italy's leading telecoms group, Telecom Italia,
became unclear yesterday as the company's board approved a plan
to reinvent the company as a media-focused player and spin off its
mobile and fixed-line units. Although the company said it has not
given any mandate nor received any offers for a sale of its
Telus to Convert to Income Trust
Telus has announced that its board of directors has approved
plans to reorganise Telus as an income trust, which will stand to
be the largest in Canada. While this is still subject to
regulatory approval and a vote by shareholders requiring 66.6%
agreement, this move will allow the company to optimise its tax
position and pass on more ...
DBD Signs Airspan for WiMAX Roll-out
Germany's leading WiMAX provider, Deutsche Breitband Dienste
(DBD), has signed a contract with Airspan Networks for the
roll-out of WiMAX technology in Germany. According to the terms
of the deal, Airspan will deploy its AS.MAX family of WiMAX
products. DBD has placed orders for 400 base stations under the
agreement to date. Airspan ...
Creative License: Content Aggregators Ease the Pain of Video Launches,
A growing number of outsourcers known as content aggregators are
approaching telcos, and others, with packages of video content
and related services so service providers don't have to negotiate
their own time-intensive licensing deals with studios and other
programmers in a one-off fashion. Many content aggregators are
Cingular to Launch Keyboard Nokia Phone
NEW YORK -- Cingular Wireless plans to sell a new BlackBerry-like
device from Nokia Corp. for as low as $150, perhaps the most
aggressive entry yet in an increasingly crowded market of devices
with typewriter keypads for wireless e-mail and text messaging.
The Nokia E62, a version of which went on sale overseas earlier
AT&T Launches Live Broadband TV Service
NEW YORK -- AT&T Inc. is launching an Internet TV service where
subscribers can watch live cable channels such as Fox News on any
computer with a broadband connection for $20 per month. The AT&T
Broadband TV service announced Tuesday features about 20 channels
of live and made-for-broadband content. The channel ...
FCC Eyes New Uses For 700 MHz 'Guard Bands'
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering new
uses for so-called 'guard bands' in the 700 MHz
frequency range that were auctioned off to licensees in 2000 and
2001. The winners of the licenses have deployed only a handful
of systems since that time. In a recently released Notice of
Proposed Rule ...
Wireless Challenge Remains After 9/11
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says that it has made
'significant advances' in making emergency service radios
interoperable on this fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks. The DHS, however, adds that true interoperability requires
a long term, continuing investment and cannot be solved by a
XConnect Takes Out Pulver's IPeerX
The VOIP peering company XConnect Global Networks Ltd. announced
Tuesday its acquisition of VOIP pioneer Jeff Pulver's peering
company IPeerX. The terms of the deal were not disclosed; the
companies are saying only that both cash and stock changed hands.
IPeerX was originally the carrier peering portion of the
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