The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For December 14, 2006
Incumbent European Telcos Take Swipe at New EU Rules
Europe's incumbent telcos have warned that new European Union
(EU) rules on telecoms, slated for finalisation in 2008, would
harm the industry. Speaking under the auspices of ETNO (European
Telecommunications Network Operators Association), they said the
rules are outdated, will scare off investment in the sector and
will cripple ...
Skype to Charge for Unlimited Domestic Calls
Following the provision of free Skype calling within the United
States and Canada for the last six months, the VoIP market
leader, Skype, has announced that it will be moving to convert
this loss leader into paying customers, launching an unlimited
calling package for Skype-Out calls to PSTN landlines within the
United States and Canada ...
New Congress Unlikely to Push Telecom Agenda Forward
With the Democrats in control of Congress after 12 years of
Republican rule, lawmakers are tackling all manner of issues
anew. But a rewrite of the Telecom Act, which Republicans took a
stab at in 2006, is far down the list. This leads industry
watchers to surmise that while some small-scale action could come
out of the House or Senate, ...
Identity Management and Protection: A Key Differentiator?
Convergence in an IP world means that carriers will compete and
partner with entertainment companies, financial institutions,
ISPs and a host of other players to monetize digital
content. Although carriers currently leverage the trust and
branding they have established with customers through billing and
customer care relationships, ...
Swedish Government to Sell Off Stakes in TeliaSonera, Nordea, OMX
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Sweden's center-right government said
Thursday it will sell off stakes in six companies including
telecom TeliaSonera AB, Nordic banking group Nordea AB and stock
market operator OMX AB. It did not offer a timeline of when and
in which order the assets would be sold. The other companies were
real estate ...
Apple as Mobile Operator?
If Apple Computer Inc. actually does launch an iPhone next year,
as many expect, is a move to become a mobile virtual network
operator (MVNO) the next step? At least one financial analyst
firm thinks so; UBS Research has issued a report suggesting that
Apple could start an MVNO venture early next year. "We
believe Apple ...
FCC Details Second 2007 'Modest' Spectrum Auction
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled the
particulars of its 2007 auction of some 94 RF licenses in the 220
MHz-222 MHz band range, its second very- modest-dollar-volume
bidding contest. Auction 72, targeted to start June 20, 2007,
will permit a variety of fixed, mobile and paging services to be
offered in 52 ...
Cisco Kills Initial IMS Platform
Cisco Systems Inc. is killing off its first real products aimed
at mobile and wireline operators that wanted to support IP-based
services via IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem). The networking giant
issued an 'End of Life' notice for its Call Session Control
Platform (CSCP) product family on November 30. It will stop
Cingular Extends TruePosition Deal
In an effort to expand its location technology capabilities,
Cingular Wireless has decided to extend its partnership with
TruePosition to make the company's wireless location system
available across its network nationwide. As part of the newly
signed deal, Cingular will extend the coverage of the
TruePosition Finder wireless ...
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