The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For January 15, 2007
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Deutsche Telekom Changes Its VDSL Roll-Out Strategy
Europe's largest telecoms group, Deutsche Telekom, has shelved its
3.3 billion euro (US$4.3 billion) VDSL roll-out strategy and will not
carry out its initial plan to connect 50 cities in Germany to its
ultra-high-speed VDSL network, which is capable of delivering speeds
of up to 50 Mbps and supports live streaming of high-definition...
The wall separating telecom services from broadcast and cable TV
services has never been thinner. The ability of wireless
customers to watch their home TV programming remotely via their
wireless devices over a wireless network is raising flags - not
only for regulators trying to monitor both content and
telecommunications services, but ...
Three Companies on the Move
A variety of startups introduced innovative and potentially
revolutionary technologies last year, making it an exciting time for
telecom innovation. As 2007 kicks into gear, several new telecom
products and services are gaining momentum. Three companies in
particular -- Firethorn, GrandCentral Communications and Innopath
-- are offering ...
Italy's Fastweb Fixed-line Operator Posts 26 Percent Rise in Q4 Revenue
MILAN, Italy -- Fastweb, Italy's second-largest telecommunications
fixed-line operator, announced a 26 percent increase in fourth
quarter revenue on Monday as it signed up a record number of
customers. Revenue in the fourth quarter rose to E362 million
(US$467 million) from E287.5 million a year, helped by a record
AT&T Puts Cingular Out to Pasture
The AT&T Inc. phase-out of 6-year-old Cingular Wireless' brand
begins next week. AT&T says it will transition the Cingular brand
to its own in a massive advertising and customer communications
campaign targeting Cingular's Websites, retail stores, company
buildings and vehicles. Just last week, AT&T gained full ...
Nortel, Siemens Win PBT Deals at BT
BT Group plc has firmly committed to the controversial new
Ethernet technology PBT (Provider Backbone Transport) by
announcing multi-year supply deals with Nortel Networks
Ltd. and Siemens Communications Group . Light Reading
believes BT plans to invest several tens of millions of dollars
in the Ethernet technology. ...
Sonae Gets Green Light To Launch PT Takeover Bid
Portuguese stock-market regulator Comissao do Mercado de Valores
Mobiliarios (CMVM) has given Sonae the go-ahead to move forward
on its hostile takeover bid for Portugal Telecom (PT), just hours
after PT this morning issued a statement that it thinks the bid
is billions of dollars too low. The agency essentially accused
Sonae and ...
Alvarion Heads Downmarket
The news that Alvarion Ltd. has formed a joint venture with a
Taiwanese partner to build end-user devices brings the development of
WiMax networks to a new phase, according to executives on both sides
of the deal. Tel Aviv-based Alvarion says it will partner
with Accton Technology Corp. of Taipei to build high ...
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