The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For January 22, 2007
Fun and (Wireless) Games
Carriers aren't playing around when it comes to wireless
games. In fact, most mobile carriers are now expecting the
technology to become a significant profit center in the years
ahead. Mobile phones have long included game suites -- originally
snoozers like blackjack, solitaire and ping-pong. But a
combination of wireless ...
Belgacom, Proximus Sign Wireless Roaming Deal
Belgacom and its subsidiary mobile unit, Proximus, have signed a
wireless roaming agreement, enabling their respective customers
to access the internet from over 1,000 wireless hotspots in
Belgium. In a statement, Belgacom said its customers can now use
its and Proximus hotspots, regardless of whether they have a
subscription or ...
Deutsche Telekom Plans to Raise ULL Fees
The German fixed-line incumbent, Deutsche Telekom, is planning to
increase the fees it charges alternative operators to connect to
private households via its network. The telco will raise its
monthly fees for access to its unbundled local loop (ULL)-or the
so-called last mile-by 13%, to 12.03 euro (US$15.59) from 10.65
AT&T Puts Wireless, Wireline into One Package
AT&T says it will soon launch the nation's largest wireless
and wireline unlimited free calling community, marking the
company's first converged product offering since its Dec. 29
acquisition of BellSouth and consolidation of Cingular Wireless.
AT&T said starting Jan. 21, its Unity plan will offer more than
Stoke Cashes In, Comes Out
After spending two years in stealth mode, Stoke Inc. Monday
raised the curtain on its flagship multi-access gateway product
and announced $20 million in new funding. The cash
injection is led by new investor Duff Ackerman & Goodrich LLC
(DAG), with support from existing investors Kleiner Perkins
FCC Releases 'Call Home Act' Order
The Federal Communications Commission once again has acted to
reduce the costs for family calls made to military people
deployed to the Middle East and other postings. In an order
adopted Jan. 8 but not released until yesterday, the FCC exempted
from Universal Service Fund (USF) and Telecommunications Relay
Services (TRS) fund ...
Source: Telus Invests in Ruckus
Canadian operator Telus Corp. has made a
'multimillion-dollar' investment in Ruckus Wireless Inc.
and is planning similar integration of the work that the WiFi video
startup is already undertaking with Motorola Inc., a source tells
Unstrung. Telus is expected to test Ruckus's BleamFlex 'smart ...
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