The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For February 02, 2007
MTS Outlines Plans for 3G Investment and CIS Acquisitions in 2007
Senior figures at Russia's leading mobile operator, Mobile
TeleSystems (MTS), have been outlining the operator's plans for
2007 in the domestic 3G market, as well as its ambitions for
expansion in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and
beyond. The operator expects investments in its 3G roll-out to
come to no more than ...
Orange Netherlands Selects Ericsson for Managed Services Contract
France Telecom's Dutch mobile unit, Orange Netherlands, has signed
a managed-services contract with the Swedish telecoms equipment
maker, Ericsson. According to the terms of the deal, Ericsson will
cover operations, roll-out and field maintenance of the Orange Dutch
mobile network for five years. As part of contract, 190 jobs will
Competitive Carriers Cautiously Optimistic about Content and Customers
The industry cacophony over technologies like IPTV, IMS, SDP and
SIP has become deafening. The hype surrounding these feats of
engineering complexity has grown out of hand and is in evidence
every time a conference speaker fails to communicate what killer
services will be enabled in the next year or two. Because so many
voices in the ...
Apple's iPhone Stirs Up Would-Be Rivals
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Pablo Gonzalez, a Prada shoe-wearing
cellphone connoisseur who jumps from one new handset to the next,
is ready to ditch his $1,000 touch-screen cell phone for
Apple's iPhone when it becomes available in June. Tark Abed,
on the other hand, just got the new Samsung BlackJack smart phone
a month ago. The ...
Agilent Ships 3GPP LTE Wireless Library
Agilent Technologies' library will help 3GPP Long Term Evolution
(LTE) designers and engineers speed development of next-generation
mobile communications products. Based on Release 8 of the 3GPP
standards, the 3GPP LTE library works within the ADS environment
and Agilent's simulator to streamline design and verification ...
Alcatel-Lucent Updates on IPTV
Alcatel-Lucent today elaborated on a key part of its IPTV
strategy, announcing further details about its planned
'converged entertainment platform'. The new details were
released in response to Light Reading's story earlier this
week about the vendor's IPTV strategy. Today's announcement ...
MobiTV Preps for U-verse
MobiTV Inc. says it's working with AT&T Inc. to bring the
U-verse IPTV service to 'the small screen', that is, to
mobile phones. Noting that AT&T executives often talk about
reaching the 'three screens' -- TVs, PCs, and mobile
devices -- with their U-verse IPTV service, Light Reading
wrote in ...
Net Neutrality, USF Bills Could Hit House Floor Soon
Hope springs eternal on the Hill that the network-neutrality
fight may have room for more compromise this year. Rep. Rick
Boucher (D-Va.) continues to pursue this goal. The congressman,
who sits on the House Commerce Committee and who is a staunch
supporter of net neutrality, appears to be in favor of some sort
of legislation ....
Managed Email: Who's Watching?
It wasn't the first time that Rob Jeffords, chief compliance
officer with Massachusetts securities broker/dealer Detwiler,
Mitchell, Fenton and Graves, had been on the phone with his email
archiving service provider. He wasn't aware that it was about to
be his last. "If I wanted to do a search [through archived
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