The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For April 11, 2006
Are Designer Phone Companies The Future?
If pundits are right, communications is no longer a standalone
business. It's a service that is offered alongside another
business, such as entertainment or retail. In this futurist view,
any business can provide communications services as a way to
engage customers with the companies' products or services in a
more intimate way, up to...
Wireless carriers now have the networks to provide all manner of
rich media, including streaming video, full-track downloads and
online games. Cell phones are becoming mini-computers capable of
acting like MP3 players and tiny TV sets. In fact, handset decks
are starting to look like regular Web pages, but they're a whole
lot harder to...
VimpelCom's 2005 Financial Report Approved, Despite Telenor Objections
VimpelCom's 2005 financial report has been approved by its board
of directors, according to Prime-TASS, but there were objections
from the three directors representing Telenor. VimpelCom is 26.6%
owned by Telenor and the Nordic group's representatives refused
to approve the report, citing their dissatisfaction at
Sprint Nextel and Cable Operators to Trial Joint Wireless Services
More details have emerged on Sprint Nextel's plans to offer joint
wireless services with cable operators Advance/Newhouse
Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner
Cable. According to the Wall Street Journal and other sources,
Comcast will trial the service in Portland (Oregon, United
States) and one city in...
Carphone Warehouse Unsettles Market with 'Free' Broadband Service
Carphone Warehouse today unveiled its long-awaited broadband
strategy, offering customers free broadband internet connections
if they sign up to its Talktalk phone service. The retailer said
that the offer - which would be priced at GBP20.99 (US$36.55) per
month for an 18-month contract - would become available from
today to customers in...
Sprint Commits to Invest $7 Billion
Sprint Nextel Corp. is moving ahead with its wireless
efforts. The carrier plans to invest $7 billion this year to
improve its network. Company Chief Executive Gary Forsee
committed to the $7 billion investment during a panel session at
the National Cable & Telecommunications Association show being
held this week in Atlanta. Sprint...
Global Crossing, Sprint Nextel Eye VoIP Pushes
Global Crossing and Sprint Nextel separately disclosed plans for
additional expansions of their Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP) businesses targeting international and domestic markets,
respectively, highlighting a growing incursion of VoIP activities
into mainstream enterprise and residential markets. While Global
Cisco ACEs Applications
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO - message board) is continuing
its push into application control with today's release of its
Application Control Engine (ACE), a new card for the Catalyst
6500 line. ACE is part of application networking services, the
latest of Cisco's "advanced technologies" expected to become $1
billion markets. The...
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