The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For February 28, 2007
Czech Regulator Wins Against Telefo3nica O2's Appeal
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the Czech
telecoms market regulator (CTU) had the right to force Telefonica
O2 Czech Republic (then known as Cesky Telecom) to open its ADSL
network to its smaller rival, Czech OnLine, in early May 2004. In
its appeal, the incumbent alleged that the CTU had violated two
Rogers Offers Free On-Net Fixed-Mobile Calling
Rogers has announced that it is to become the first operator in
Canada to offer free long-distance calling between Rogers Home
phone and any other Rogers Wireless, Fido, or Home phone
customer. Wireless customers can already use the 'My Home
Circle', which allows wireless customers to call home without
incurring local call ...
Siemens Boosts Passive Optical Bandwidth, Reach
Passive optical networks (PONs) promise to replace copper cable
for residential high-bandwidth access networks, laying the
foundation for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology. PONs can
open new doors for service providers, allowing the delivery of
emerging broadband applications, such as HD-quality
video-on-demand. Unfortunately, ...
VoIP/cellPlay ISkoot Raises $7M
NEW YORK -- iSkoot Inc., a provider of software that enable Skype
and other Internet calling platforms to run on cell phones, has
raised $7 million in venture capital funding from a group of
investors led by Charles River Ventures. Three previous
investors -- Khosla Ventures, ZG Ventures, and Jesselson Capital
Corp -- ...
DT Plans Strategy Revamp
Thursday will be a big day for Rene Obermann, 43, the
youngest-ever chief executive of Deutsche Telekom AG. When he
announces the 2006 annual results for Europe's largest operator
he will outline a new strategy for the under-pressure
carrier. And it's widely expected that his new vision will
include acquisitions, ...
Palm Action Heats Up
The bidding for handheld computer pioneer Palm Inc. is heating
up, with Nokia Corp. and possibly a private equity firm
emerging as the leading candidates to acquire the company,
Unstrung has learned. Sources close to Palm and investment
bankers familiar with the deal say the bidding process is
proceeding for the smartphone ...
T-Mobile Focusing on US, Europe For Now
The wireless unit of Deutsche Telekom recently said that its
primary focus will be to grow its U.S. and European businesses,
though it didn&'t rule out the possibility of expanding into
emerging markets. The European cellular market is mature in
terms of overall penetration, and the U.S. market isn't far
behind. Many European ...
Frontline Wireless Enters The 700 MHz Fray
Frontline Wireless LLC, a new group headed by well-known industry
players Reed Hundt, Janice Obuchowski and Haynes Griffin, has
thrown its corporate hat into the ring regarding the future of
the auctionable 700 MHz frequencies and public safety. In a
filing sent to the Federal Communications Commission earlier this
week, Greensboro, ...
High Consumer Interest for Enabling IMS/NGN Technologies
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- US consumer buying decisions are based on
interest, technology adoption attitudes, lifestyle attributes and
price. Understanding these buying criteria is essential in
assessing the market potential for IP Multimedia Subsystem
(IMS)/Next Generation Networking (NGN) consumer products and
services, says high-tech ...
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