The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For November 20, 2006
Canada: VoIP Prices Deregulated
In the first action overruling the Canadian Radio and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in a decade and only the
23rd use of the government's powers since 1976, the Canadian
government has announced that VoIP services are no longer to be
regulated under the CRTC's mandate to regulate VoIP services
in the same manner as ...
Europe Telecoms Eye InternetProtocol TV
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Dutchman Wart Fransen points a remote
control at a little box atop his television and firmly presses
down on the button to change the station. There's a delay of
about a half-second, and then the new channel comes on. The image
is frozen in place for an instant before it begins to run
Portable RFID Traffic Management System
RFID tags that help drivers zip through tollbooths are now being
used for an ad hoc, portable traffic flow monitoring system. In
New York State, transportation researchers from Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute are testing an array of wireless,
solar-powered readers to monitor traffic flow. In the coming
months, the units will be ...
Martin Wins Senate Nod As FCC Chairman
The full U.S. Senate last night unanimously approved the
nomination of Kevin J. Martin to a second stint as chairman of
the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), quickly removing the
item from its agenda before any post-election lame-duck mindset
impacts Capitol Hill over future Democratic control. The Senate,
however, didn't ...
US to Watch Alcatel Lucent
Alcatel and Lucent Technologies Inc. have agreed to leave their
merger open to further review by the Committee on Foreign
Investment in the United States (CFIUS) after their merger is
complete, as part of a security deal struck with various U.S.
government agencies. The two companies announced late Friday that
the office of ...
What Will Moto Buy Next?
Another week, another multi-million dollar Motorola
Inc. acquisition. While it's not directly related to wireless,
Motorola spent $208 million this week on Netopia Inc. in a
move to improve its DSL capabilities. The next company Motorola
picks up could very well be wireless, however. The networking
giant has recently ...
Verizon Wireless Gives ETF Details
Verizon Wireless, after promising to prorate its early
termination fee (ETF) in July, made good on the details of that
promise yesterday. As part of a larger 'worry-free' guarantee
program announcement that rolled out free online account
management features, the company unveiled a 'declining early'
Smartphone Sales Rising Fast
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Smartphone unit sales almost tripled from
2004 to 2005, and increased by 50% in the first half of 2006 over
2005, reports In-Stat. The stakes are high; as well as the
escalating battle for smartphone operating system dominance, the
growing acceptance of smartphones offers new competition to
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