The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For December 21, 2006
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Golden Telecom Closing In on Corbina, Acquires Digital TV Operator
Moscow's burgeoning broadband market looks set for its first
major piece of consolidation, as Golden Telecom prepares to
Market Watchdog Clears France Telecom, Sonaecom of Collusion in
Portugal Telecom Bid
The Portuguese market regulator, CMVM, yesterday said that it has
cleared Sonaecom and France Telecom of collusion in the ongoing
takeover bid for Portugal Telecom. In a statement, the CMNM said
that after a review of the documents filed by both companies, it
has sufficient proof that France Telecom did not collude with
Sonaecom in the ...
Telekom Austria Acquires eTel for US$118.7 million
Telekom Austria yesterday said that it has agreed to buy 100% of
the European integrated telephony operator, eTel, for 90 million
euro (US$118.7 million). In a statement, Telekom Austria said it
would fund the acquisition of eTel-which made 100 million euro in
revenue in 2005-entirely from its cash-flow without taking on
debt. eTel is ...
Not Your Father's Voice Mail
Every day, workers are bombarded with a constant stream of
instant messages, email, phone calls, faxes, scheduled and
unscheduled conferences, and online input like blogs and video
clips. Juggling all those communications can take up a large
chunk of the working day. Gone are the days of message pads,
departmental voice mail and ...
Telecom's Need for Speed
In the telecommunications market, speed has two distinct but
equally important meanings -- speed of service and speed in
deployment. Triple-play services require some of the highest
speeds the telecommunications industry has experienced. Many
providers are moving from POTS services for voice and Internet
access that average 1.5mbps to ...
Did You Leave the Light On? Check Online
RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) - Imagine coming home and, with the push of
a single button, turning on the lights, turning up the thermostat
and flipping on the TV. Another button might shut off all the
lights and turn down the thermostat when you leave. Starting
next month, Best Buy Co. will sell a ...
Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Signs Agreement with Google on Mobile
Internet Search Services
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom Co. signed an agreement with
Google Inc. Thursday on mobile Internet search services, said the
chairman of Taiwan's largest phone company by revenue. Under
the agreement, search-engine giant Google will provide a Web
search service on Chunghwa Telecom's mobile phones from
FCC Approves Telco-Friendly Video Rules
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new rules
earlier today that will let phone companies gain local video
franchise rights as soon as three months after they file an
application. The new rules set a 90-day cap for local
authorities to approve or deny video franchise applications made
by incumbent telcos who already ...
China's IPTV Market Developing Slowly But Surely
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., December 20, 2006 - China's IPTV market will
go through a gradual but solid increase from 2006 to 2010,
reports In-Stat http://www.in-stat.com . The industry environment
for IPTV has gotten better, but the outlook is still not
completely positive, the high-tech market research firm says. Two
more IPTV ...
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