The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For December 11, 2006
Vodafone Italia Gets Go Ahead for Fixed-Mobile Convergence Service
Vodafone's Italian unit finally got the go-ahead order to trial
its new mobile service temporarily for two months. The Italian
communications ministry came up with the compromise after a court
in Rome blocked the service late in November, claiming that it
encourages customers to transfer their fixed-line number to their
BenQ Mobile May Be Sold to Financial Investor
BenQ Mobile, the former mobile handset joint venture of the
German electronics maker, Siemens, and the Taiwanese vendor,
BenQ, is in advanced negotiations with a private equity fund. The
potential investor has already completed the due diligence. At
the same time, Siemens has refused to pay the outstanding 100
million euro (US$131.9 ...
The DIY Dream, Deferred
MAYBE IT'S PART OF THE RUGGED individual, American Dream ethos,
but very few of us can resist the opportunity to do things
ourselves. Whether it's putting in a new kitchen or learning how
to knit, DIY is hot. Resellers and master agents are on top of
the trend, implementing self-provisioning and self-management for
their own ...
Dutch Pull Plug on Free Analog TV
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- The Netherlands ended transmission of
'free to air&' analog television Monday, becoming the first
nation to switch completely to digital signals. Few Dutch
consumers noticed, because the overwhelming majority get TV via
cable. Only around 74,000 households relied primarily on the ...
Third VoIP Era Uses Software to Challenge Telcos
VoIP is quickly maturing, gaining new power and capabilities. As
the technology gains added strength, it promises to pose its most
serious challenge yet to traditional voice service providers.
When VoIP first arrived, the technology was little more than a
nuisance to traditional telcos. Focused on a narrow bandwidth,
McDowell to Vote on AT&T-Bellsouth Merger
As predicted by Light Reading sources last week, Commissioner
Robert McDowell was cleared by the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) general counsel to vote on the merger of AT&T
Inc. and BellSouth Corp. McDowell had recused himself earlier due
to his recent employment by the CLEC group Competitive ...
Nokia Scores A Hat Trick
During this past week, Nokia disclosed a deal with France Telecom
covering mobile content while landing a 3G contract from carrier
Wind in Italy and a network-modernization pact with Philippine
telecom operator Eastern Telecom. The French deal calls for
Nokia to integrate a customized remote-content service and
related platforms ...
Alltel Adds TeleNav Navigation Service
Alltel Wireless wants to make sure its customers are always
pointing in the right direction. With this hope in mind, the
carrier is launching the TeleNav GPS Navigator service on select
devices. The TeleNav GPS Navigator is a mapping service designed
to give users a 3-D bird's eye view of moving maps, voice and
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