The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For October 18, 2006
Orange Broadband Hit by Outages
France Telecom's Orange broadband unit has suffered a major
outage in the United Kingdom affecting over 100,000 users this
week. According to the BBC, Orange said that the problem
affected only customers using their unbundled local loop
connections, although the company has restored service to many
customers. However, by late ...
Regulator Plans WiMAX Tender at End-November in Bulgaria
The Bulgarian telecoms market regulator (CRC) is planning to hold
a tender for licences for the point-to-multi-point WiMAX
technology in the 26 GHz frequency range at the end of November
this year. The deadline for submitting bids is 27 October. So far
four operators have purchased the tender documents, mobile
operators GloBul and ...
Telecom Separates Vehicles and Animals
Telecom technology can play a key role in preventing
animal-vehicle collisions, which kill hundreds of people in the
U.S each year. Various roadside animal detection systems use
passive or active infrared signals, lasers, microwaves or seismic
sensors to activate warning signs that urge drivers to slow down
and/or be more alert when ...
Strategies for Two-Sided Markets
If you listed the blockbuster products and services that have
redefined the global business landscape, you'd find that many
of them tie together two distinct groups of users in a
network. Case in point: The most important innovation in
financial services since World War II is almost certainly the
credit card, which links consumers ...
Nokia Closes Loudeye Deal
Nokia has completed its previously announced purchase of Loudeye,
which will put Nokia on pace to deliver an integrated mobile
music experience to its customers next year. Separately, Nokia
snagged a deal for downloadable Cartoon Network content. Nokia
announced its intentions to purchase Loudeye in August. At the
time of the ...
AT&T Adds Net Neutrality Promise To BellSouth Deal
Network-neutrality advocates may have seen a small but symbolic
victory as AT&T added a promise of adherence to the Federal
Communications Commission's (FCC) open Internet principles as
part of the condition and "concession" package aimed at
getting regulatory approval for its takeover of BellSouth and
their Cingular ...
Cable TV Infrastructure Market Driven by Three-Screen Quest and Fixed Mobil=
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The worldwide cable TV industry is in a race
to provision a 'three-screen' service that starts with HDTV
sets, maps over to broadband-connected PCs, and follows subscribers
around during the day on cell phones or other portable devices,
reports In-Stat. As a result, the high-tech market research
Level 3 Buys Broadwing for $1.4B
Fiber-hungry carrier Level 3 Communications Inc. has
gobbled up yet another network, this time acquiring Broadwing
Corp. for $1.39 billion in cash and stock. Level 3
will pay $8.18 in cash plus 1.3411 shares for each Broadwing
share -- the equivalent of $741 million in cash and $649 million
in stock and a 15 percent ...
Motorola's Mixed Bag
Motorola Inc. built up its cellphone market share in the third
quarter of 2006 but saw a slight decline in the average selling
price of handsets, according to the firm's latest earnings
figures. The networking giant reported third quarter 2006
overall revenues of $10.6 billion, marginally missing its
guidance of $10.9 ...
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