The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For March 01, 2007
Hit By Domestic Competition, Deutsche Telekom Posts Drop in End-2006
Net Profit; Plans International Expansion
Europe's largest carrier by sales posted a 43% year-on-year (y/y)
fall in net profit last year to 3.165 billion euro, from 5.589
billion euro in 2005. Its core operating profit, as measured by
earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation
(EBITDA), adjusted for special items, fell 6.2% y/y to 19.4 billion
euro, in line ...
Income Grows, But Sprint Confirms Contract Customers' Run
Sprint has released results for the fourth quarter of 2006,
confirming the mixed results announced earlier in the year as
problems with the iDEN network had effect. Revenues have grown by
7% year-on-year (y/y) to US$10.44 billion while net income rose
32% to US$261 million. Wireless revenues, the core of
Sprint's operations, rose by...
Listen Up, Big Guys!
There are well over a thousand cable system operators in the
U.S. Of those, only 10 have more than 500,000 customers. While
the big MSOs are involved with the alphabet soup of DOCSIS 3.0,
VoIP, OCAP, VOD, DVR, HD, increasingly faster Internet access and
other new services, medium-sized cable companies are expanding
with VoIP, VOD, DVR,...
BSkyB, Virgin Spat Reaches Customers as Services Pulled from Virgin Network
LONDON -- The spat between pay-TV rivals British Sky Broadcasting
Group PLC and Virgin Media Inc. over content fees reached customers
Thursday as BSkyB channels were pulled from Virgin's cable
network. While the two companies have been publicly fighting
over price, analysts say the dispute has deeper roots as cable
Sonus Boosts Sales, Disses Rivals
Sonus Networks Inc. again reported only partial quarterly results
Wednesday because of an ongoing internal stock options review,
yet took pains to say its competitors are distracted by internal
events. The VOIP gear maker reported fourth-quarter revenues of
$79 million compared to $75 million in the third quarter ...
Verizon Teams with Fujifilm
Easing some of the pain of printing pictures taken with cameraphones,
Fujifilm's Get the Picture Online Service Network is now
available to Verizon Wireless subscribers.Users of Verizon
Wireless' Pix Place service can take advantage of the more than
10,000 retail locations for printing their pictures. After uploading
pictures to ...
Ciena Embraces Carrier Ethernet
Ciena has become the latest major player in the industry to latch
onto the Carrier Ethernet juggernaut. The company unveiled an
Ethernet strategy and two new pieces of hardware that give that
strategy immediate reality as a product line. The new hardware,
offered as part of the company's FlexSelect family, extends ...
700MHz Throwdown Looms
Setting up a potential battle over the upcoming auction by the
FCC of wireless spectrum in the 700MHz band, a group of telecom
industry veterans, including former FCC chairman Reed Hundt, have
formed a company to build a nationwide public-safety network that
could also be used by commercial providers, except at times of
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