The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For December 04, 2006
Parliament in Germany Approves Controversial Telecoms Legislation
The German parliament has approved a controversial amendment to
the telecoms law, which gives the green light for the country's
incumbent, Deutsche Telekom, to close its new high-speed VDSL
network to rivals. The move is a success for Deutsche Telekom,
Europe's largest telecoms group, which has been lobbying the
government to ...
Qualcomm Builds up Bluetooth and WLAN with Two Acquisitions
U.S.-based chipmaker and CDMA specialist Qualcomm has announced
that is has made two acquisitions to enhance its presence in
wireless networking technologies. Qualcomm is to pay US$39
million for the majority of Bluetooth-related assets of RF Micro
Devices Inc, which is based in San Diego. Qualcomm will also pay
an undisclosed amount for ...
Alcatel-Lucent Says Its Space Unit Won 661 Million Order With Globalstar
PARIS -- Alcatel-Lucent said today that its space unit won a euro
661 million contract (US$882 million) with Globalstar Inc. to
design, manufacture and deliver 48 low-earth-orbit satellites.
The contract also includes the provision of support services
before and during the launches and mission operations support ...
Unblocking Laser Signals
Laser signals can be blocked by many different types of objects,
including trees, buildings and mountains. But it's the little
things, like fog, rain, dirt and dust, that unpredictably
interfere with laser communications and tend to vex users the
most. Penn State University researchers are now working on a
solution to this problem. ...
FCC Grants License, Some Winners Talk Plans
The FCC officially awarded half of the 1,087 licenses that were
up for sale in its August-September Advanced Wireless Services
(AWS) auction to winning bidders late yesterday. The agency says
it granted 550 of the 1,087 licenses won in this past
summer's Auction 66 of advanced wireless spectrum. The
licenses granted ...
TeliaSonera Goes 3G In Spain, Meets Swedish Goal
TeliaSonera's 76.6-percent majority-owned Spanish mobile
operation Xfera launched commercial services today under the
brand name 'Yoigo' promising the cheapest 3G service in that
country. The operator's initial commercial tariffs see it
offering the same prices for both contract and prepaid customers,
an unusual ...
More About Meraki
Wireless mesh startup Meraki Networks Inc. has confirmed it's
gotten money from Google, among others, and that it's helping the
search giant with its WiFi plans while preparing its own commercial
release for next year. Recently, Unstrung revealed that
Mountain View, Calif.-based Meraki is working to improve indoor
LSI to Buy Agere for $4B
LSI Logic Corp. is buying Agere Systems Inc. in an all-stock
deal valued at $4 billion, the two chip companies announced today.
The transaction will create a storage, networking and
'consumer powerhouse' that will supply chips, systems, and
software to equipment vendors, the firms say. LSI Logic is a
Alcatel-Lucent Stays Tight-Lipped
Alcatel-Lucent is alive and kicking, and has been showing off its
new purple corporate logo. But today's introductory press
conference in Paris provided little else in the way of visibility
on staff cuts, product rationalization, or expectations for
2007. Non-executive chairman Serge Tchuruk and CEO ...
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