The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For March 24, 2006
Finland Sets the Pace for Mobile TV
Digita - a unit of French media group TDF - has beat TeliaSonera,
Elisa and Telemast Nordic to secure a mobile TV licence in
Finland. The company had already started building a pilot network
and hopes to launch commercial services to mobiles in the country
before the year-end. Digita won a licence for 20 years and is
expected to serve as...
MTT Announces Network Co-operation with China Telecom
Alternative fixed-line operator Interregional Transit Telecom
(MTT) has announced an agreement with Chinese fixed-line operator
China Telecom on the connection of networks. The deal will
increase the volume and improve the quality of voice traffic
between subscribers in Russia and China, and allow the companies
access to each other's...
Fear of FCC Action Prompts Cuts in WB Drama
LOS ANGELES -- Barry Levinson said he doesn't blame the WB
network for airing a censored debut episode of his drama
revolving around a college class on sexuality. He holds the
Federal Communications Commission responsible. "We don't
believe that the show should have been edited, but the network is
very fearful of what the FCC has been...
Europe First for Redmond Push
Orange Business Services, the enterprise arm of cellular operator
Orange UK (London: OGE - message board) will launch Microsoft
Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - message board)'s push email update for
Windows Mobile 5.0 next, but analysts suggest that U.S. carriers
will not be far behind with the much anticipated update. Orange
has been trailing...
BSkyB Unveils Triple-Play Plans
The U.K.'s largest satellite pay-TV operator -- BSkyB
-- unveiled details of its plans for the telecom market in the wake
of its acquisition of U.K. broadband operator Easynet. BSkyB, when it
first disclosed its $373 million bid for Easynet left no doubt that it
planned to become a triple-play operator but, until now, it...
PayPal Tests Mobile Payments
PayPal is gearing up for the commercial launch of PayPal Mobile,
a text messaging service that will enable customers to make
purchases and deliver payments wirelessly. The company is in the
midst of an internal beta test and plans to unveil the service to
the public in the next couple of weeks. The mobile PayPal
service will only be...
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