The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For June 08, 2007
Forthcoming Qualcomm Equipment Banned from Import to U.S. in Broadcom Spat
Following last month's US$20-million damages settlement, which
could be trebled due to wilful infringement of nine claims in four
patents owned by Broadcom, Qualcomm has lost out again in the latest
round of patent litigation with rival chip-maker Broadcom. While
agreement has been reached in a number of similar patent claims,
Regulator Set to Okay FMC Roll-Out in Italy
Italy's telecoms regulator, AGCOM, is set to lift its ban on
fixed-mobile convergence products (FMC) according to a report on the
Italian financial daily, Il Sole 24 Ore. AGCOM had barred Telecom
Italia and Vodafone from offering their respective FMC products in
the market in 2006. The regulator blocked Telecom Italia's
Up Front: Tethered to the Home
At the recent National Cable & Telecommunication Association
(NCTA) event in Las Vegas, I moderated 'Cable Without Cable:
Strategies for the Wild Wireless World', a panel featuring three
cable operators -- Rogers, Cox Communications and Time Warner.
Having moderated plenty of panels in the wireless space, this was
Power Advance Heralds Future of Gadgets That Can be Recharged Wirelessly
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
researchers announced they had made a 60-watt light bulb glow by
sending it energy wirelessly, potentially previewing a future in
which cell phones and other gadgets get juice without having to
be plugged in. The breakthrough, disclosed Thursday in Science
EU Approves Roaming Caps
The European Union's 27 governments finalized a law today capping
roaming charges for customers using mobile phones abroad. The law
caps roaming fees for the first year at 66 cents a minute for
making calls and 32 cents for receiving calls abroad. Price caps
are scheduled to decrease to 62 cents and 30 cents in the second
year and 58 ...
Limelight Raises IPO Price
Limelight Networks LLC filed an updated S-1 with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC) that raises the price of its IPO from the
$10 to $12 range to the $12 to $14 range. The exact price will be
determined this evening. The number of shares offered will remain the
same at 14,400,000. Limelight will begin trading tomorrow ...
Vodafone: Time to Scold the Mayo?
A shareholder group led by investment firm Efficient Capital
Structures has sent a letter to Vodafone Group plc asking
the U.K.-based wireless company to sell its 45 percent stake in
Verizon Wireless . The proposed spin-off would return
approximately $79 billion to Vodafone shareholders. Vodafone
must consider motions like this ...
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