The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For March 9, 2006
Larger Players See Potential of VoIP Interconnection Services
VOIP PEERING SERVICES ARE young, but already the sector is seeing
significant growth and change. Launching as small communities
comprising a few nascent voice-over-broadband providers, the
services now are signing up major carriers, refining their
business models and facing new competitors -- a sure sign of
success. While VoIP is...
Playing Up the 'n-Play'
Cable MSOs and telecom service providers are scrambling to grow
revenues and reduce churn by diversifying beyond their core
services. However, leading with the conventional "triple play"
approach of voice, data and video should be recognized as a
purely operator-centric view, because customers view their
service provider offerings from a...
Predicting a Future for Wireless E-mail
For years, the difficulty of typing on tiny keypads has been a
major impediment to mobile devices being wholeheartedly embraced
for e-mail. But a number of companies are trying to make sending
e-mail from mobile phones a little easier with
predictive-text-entry systems that use built-in dictionaries to
guess what users are about to type....
Siemens in VoIP Partnership with Yahoo!; No Plans for Cordless Phones,
Broadband Business Sale
German equipment vendor Siemens has partnered with global internet
company Yahoo! on a VoIP service that will operate with Siemens'
Gigaset Cordless Telephone range. Siemens' cordless phone and
broadband division, Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices,
will provide cordless phones from the Gigaset range, along with a
Telecom Italia to Sell French, Dutch Assets; Denies Merger with Telefonica
Telecom Italia chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera has pledged to
dispose of non-core assets in the group's drive to reduce its
debt burden. At a media briefing in Milan (Italy) yesterday, he
maintained the group's willingness to sell its stake of
approximately 7% in French fixed operator Neuf Telecom and its
Dutch broadband operations...
Enterprise = WLAN Action
Predicting that the overall 802.11 equipment market will be worth
$3.8 billion by 2009, Research firm Infonetics Research Inc. says
that the enterprise market in particular is set to thrive, with
revenue jumping 120 percent between 2005 and 2009. Worldwide
wireless LAN equipment revenue dropped 5 percent in the fourth
quarter of last...
Sprint Unveils New Unlimited Calling Plans
Sprint Nextel unveiled new plans that will enable its customers
to make unlimited calls between a designated home or office
number and their wireless phone. For consumers, Sprint Nextel is
introducing Sprint to Home, which gives its wireless customers
the ability to make and receive calls between a home phone and
their wireless phone....
Portugal Telecom Takeover Defense Faces Probe
Portugal's stock-exchange regulator, the Comissao do Mercado de
Valores Mobiliarios (CMVM), is going to launch an investigation
into just where Portugal Telecom (PT) says it can find the $3.6
billion it promised to give shareholders if they turn down
Sonae's hostile $12.85 billion takeover bid for the carrier. It's
also going to look...
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