The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For January 19, 2007
Snom, Objectworld Provide Plug-and-Play Systems
VoIP phone maker Snom technology AG has partnered with
Objectworld Communications Corp., a developer of VoIP phone
systems and unified communications software for Microsoft Windows
platforms. Together, the companies will support certified SIP
telephony capabilities for snom and Objectworld customers. For
example, Objectworld's ...
Russia's Sistema Eyes Telecom Italia Stake
Russian conglomerate AFK Sistema is reportedly keen to buy a
stake in Telecom Italia's holding company, Olimpia. Quoting
Sistema's chief executive, Alexander Goncharuk, the newspaper
Kommersant said Sistema was interested in the company but has not
agreed anything yet. Olimpia owns 18% of Telecom Italia.
Significance: Although ...
Motorola to Cut 3,500 Jobs as 4Q Profit Falls 48 Percent
CHICAGO -- Motorola Inc. CEO Ed Zander said today the cell-phone
maker will cut 3,500 jobs as it moves to improve operating costs
after a worse-than-expected fourth quarter. Zander, speaking to
analysts at a meeting in New York, said the move will save the
company about $400 million (E309 million) over two years. He did
Polish Supreme Court Rules for Vivendi in Dispute Over Stake in Mobile Network
WARSAW, Poland -- Poland's supreme court has ruled in favor of
French media firm Vivendi in a dispute over the ownership of a 48
percent stake in Polish mobile network Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa,
or PTC. The court overturned a lower Polish court's decision to
uphold a ruling, made by an Austrian arbitration court, that ...
Content Delivery Takes the Limelight in '06
The digital media sector was among the hottest for venture
capital investors last year, with content delivery networks (CDN)
being among the hottest of the hot. Recent figures from Rutberg
& Co. show that provisioning and delivery infrastructure
startups raised $630 million (in 59 financings) during 2006,
compared to $227 ...
EC Seeks Feedback On Network Disaster Report
The European Commission (EC) yesterday issued a call for
comments from all quarters on recommendations of how to protect
the European Union's communications infrastructure from failure
in cases of attack or natural disaster. The call came following
the presentation of a study, done for the EC by Alcatel-Lucent,
that found ...
Nortel, Microsoft Alliance Talk up Products, Roadmap
Nortel President and CEO Mike Zafirovski and Microsoft CEO Steve
Ballmer laid out plans and products of their joint venture that
target the enterprise market. Specifically, the duo said they
aim to break down the barriers between voice, e-mail, instant
messaging and multimedia conferencing by offering VoIP and
RIM Lines Up iPhone Defenses
Having dropped by almost 5 percent Thursday, shares in RIM are
now down close to 15 percent since Steve Jobs announced the
launch of the iPhone on Jan. 9. Wall Street, it seems, believes
that with the entry of Apple Inc. into the smartphone market, the
days of BlackBerry's easy dominance in the category are
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