The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For December 19, 2006
BREAKING NEWS: McDowell 'Disqualifies' Himself From AT&T/BellSouth Merger P=
In a surprising move, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell -- bucking
pressure from the agency's chairman -- cited the ethics agreement
that got him vetted by the Senate last May along with his own
personal convictions as the reasons for continuing to recuse
himself from the proposed AT&T/BellSouth merger now deadlocked
between two ...
First China-U.S. Undersea Optical Cable to Boost Trans-Pacific Capacity
The new system, to be named Trans-Pacific Express (TPE), will use
the latest optical technology to provide greater capacity and
higher speeds to meet the significant increase in demand for IP,
data and voice communications with the Asia-Pacific region. The
new fibre-optic cable can support the equivalent of 62 million
simultaneous phone ...
Verizon Launches 50 Mbps FiOS
Verizon has upped the broadband speeds available for business and
residential customers of its FiOS service in Rhode Island and
Massachusetts to 50 Mbps downstream, or 5 Mbps upstream for
consumers and 10 Mbps upstream for business users. For consumers,
this increases the maximum speed available by 20 Mbps, and
Verizon has also lowered ...
Hutchison Whampoa Launches HSDPA in Ireland
Hutchison Whampoa's 3G Ireland has launched an HSDPA network
upgrade in Dublin, with plans to commence offering high-speed mobile
broadband services across the country by January 2007. Commenting on
the launch, Robert Finnegan, 3 Ireland's managing director said:
"Because of the slow roll-out of fixed-line broadband ...
The Comeback Kid: Unified Communications Comes Around
Four years after find me/follow me failed to take off, unified
communications is back, spearheaded by big initiatives from Microsoft
Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. The companies say the market trajectory
will be different this time, thanks to the rise of IP telephony and
advanced networking. The new idea for UC goes beyond the ...
BellSouth Triples Up on $99 Bundle
BellSouth has launched an introductory $99 'Triple Choice'
bundle that ties together the telco's phone and DSL services, and
the choice of digital video from DirecTV or a mobile phone
offering from Cingular. BellSouth launched the new bundle in
South Florida, and expects to fuel it with a TV, radio and print ...
Vodafone Sells Swiss Stake
Vodafone Group plc has slimmed down its investment portfolio
again by selling its 25 percent stake in Swisscom Mobile AG to
partner Swisscom AG for 4.25 billion Swiss francs (US$3.5
billion). The move was not unexpected. Vodafone has been
divesting minority stakes, and buying into new territories,
during the past ...
Google in Phone Search?
On a day when the long-awaited iPhone was finally announced --
only not that iPhone, the one expected from Apple Computer
Inc. -- another big tech brand is reportedly in talks to produce
its own branded mobile handset. Citing a source close to the
talks, U.K. broadsheet the Observer reported over the weekend
SEC Takes Formal Look at Broadcom
Broadcom revealed that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
(SEC) has stepped up its inquiry to a formal investigation. The
chipmaker also announced that its own internal review of its stock
option practices revealed improper dating. The company said it
has finished the internal review of its stock option practices.
Finally, Wireless Data Adoption Accelerates - 75% of US Businesses
Have at Least One Data App
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Organizations, primarily large ones, focus
on more sophisticated and valuable applications of wireless data
networks, reports In-Stat. In addition, the number of users in 2006
having at least one wireless data application in the field has
increased significantly, the high-tech market research firm says.
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