The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For November 16, 2006
Acer Aspire 9800: Bigger is Better?
Like a 'jumbo shrimp', a super-sized laptop is an inherent
contradiction. After all, a laptop computer is designed to be an
easily portable, go-anywhere system. The Acer Aspire 9800, on the
other hand, is portable, and can indeed go anywhere, but only
with a considerable amount of physical effort. Featuring a ...
Fixed-Line Tariff Hikes Imminent in Russia
Tariff hikes are imminent for residential fixed-line subscribers
in Russia, in the wake of amendments to the country's
communications law. The amendments stipulate that fixed-line
operators must give residential subscribers a choice of three
tariff plans. One of these will offer unlimited minutes for a
monthly fee, one will offer ...
Mobile Number Portability Being Considered in Belarus
Belarus' third mobile operator, BeST, has indicated that mobile
number portability (MNP) could one day be introduced in the
country, reports Prime-Tass Belarus. BeST Deputy General Director
Sergei Poblaguyev broached the topic at a mobile services forum
earlier this week. However, he mentioned that such a scheme could
cost up to ...
KDDI to Start Mobile-Video Distribution via Digital Radio Waves
KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, said today it will
start video distribution for mobile phones using digital radio
waves, according to a Reuters report. The new service will allow
mobile users to download songs and video clips from online sites
while watching free broadcasts that are scheduled to start in
Japan from ...
Watch Cable TV on Your Cell Phone? Soon.
NEW YORK (AP) - Embracing a technology that has unnerved media
and telecommunications companies, a major European wireless
provider will let customers watch their home cable TV on a cell
phone if they also have a device called the Slingbox back at the
house. 3 Group will launch the new service in Britain first,
starting Dec. 1, ...
Cingular Takes the Cell Phone to the Bank
Cingular Wireless is teaming with mobile banking and payments
facilitator Firethorn Holdings to deliver online banking
capabilities to the cell phone. Visa USA also is making further
inroads in the mobile payment sector. The service will enable
Cingular customers to conduct mobile banking as well as make
payments via their ...
Jury's Out on Email Scrutiny
Does email surveillance really work? Securities broker/dealer
firms surveyed in a new report say it pays off, but critics say
it may also breed a false sense of security. More than half the
respondents to the survey -- 63 percent -- say email surveillance
has given them greater visibility into their legal or regulatory
Microsoft Takes Muni WiFi Plunge
In its first foray into the municipal WiFi sector currently
occupied by search-engine giant Google, Microsoft Corp. said
today it will collaborate with MetroFi Inc. on the citywide
network for Portland. MetroFi will build and operate the
network, using WiFi equipment from provider SkyPilot Networks
Inc., and Microsoft's ...
IPTV Triggers Test Action
As test and measurement (T&M) vendors scramble to position
themselves as movers and shakers in the telco TV world, Alcatel has
just helped four firms gain extra credibility and, most likely, more
business by announcing them as IPTV ecosystem partners. (See Alcatel
Teams With Testers.) "Realizing the critical role ...
WiMAX Poised For Rapid Growth Despite Major Challenges
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., - WiMAX technology is entering a rapid growth
phase, as service providers are now able to buy WiMAX
Forum-certified equipment, reports In-Stat. Worldwide subscribers
are estimated to reach 222,000 in 2006 and are forecasted to grow to
19.7 million by the end of 2010, the high-tech market research firm
says. Most of ...
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