The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For May 08, 2007
Vodafone, Orange in Stand-Off for Deutsche Telekom's Spanish Unit
Spain's number-two and number-three mobile operators, Vodafone
Spain and Orange Spain, have been selected for the final round of
bidding for Ya.com, the Spanish unit of Germany's incumbent
Deutsche Telekom, according to the Spanish daily Expansion. The move
would leave Spain's leading alternative telco, Jazztel, out of
Virgin Media Mulls Business Unit Sale
The United Kingdom's leading cable TV group, Virgin Media, is
considering a sale of its business telecoms unit, according to a
report in the Times newspaper. The company is currently evaluating
how its corporate unit, NTL:Telewest Business, fits in the
group's strategy. NTL:Telewest Business generated 168.8
Will Spam Jeopardize the Dream of Mobile Advertising?
In the United States, about one in six mobile phone users report
receiving unsolicited text messages on their phones from
advertisers, according to the Pew Internet & American Life
Project. Although every major wireless carrier has spam filters
and other methods to block spam, according to Ferris Research,
U.S. subscribers will ...
Mobile TV's High Wire Act
Without any history, a new industry is betting big that consumers are
eager to watch mobile multicast TV. It's show time, folks.
One of the biggest gambles in the wireless industry is under way
with this year's launch of mobile multicast television in the
United States. The table stakes are $800 million and rising ...
RIM's Corporate Call
Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)'s BlackBerry devices can now act as
your corporate voicemail inbox and can serve up email on the go.
The Canadian vendor has introduced new software that allows its
wireless devices to interface with the corporate PBX, letting
users access and manage their office voicemail at any time and
Comcast Gets the (Unified) Message
Comcast Corp. has hooked up with a handful of software and
Internet service partners to create SmartZone, a 'communications
center' that will provide high-speed subscribers with direct
access to their email and voice mail messages, as well as an
instant message app and an integrated address book. Using a ...
U.K. Wireless Use Flip-Flops As Text Tops Talk
Wireless subscribers in the U.K. are talking less and texting
more, according to a new survey by J.D. Power and Associates -
the first time in the decade the survey's been done that voice
usage dropped. The news isn't good for U.K. wireless providers,
which are seeing lower average revenue per user (ARPU) as a
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