The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For May 24, 2007
Balsillie: WiFi & FMC 'Imminent'
BOSTON -- JP Morgan Techology Conference -- Research In Motion Ltd.
(RIM) co-CEO Jim Balsillie says the mobile device maker and
service provider will be moving rapidly into the Fixed Mobile
Convergence (FMC) market, especially in the enterprise space, and
that the technology could show up in the market as early as this
EU Parliament Approves Pan-European Cap on Roaming Charges
The European Parliament voted by a vast majority in favour of a
cap on the cost of making and receiving mobile calls while abroad
within the EU. Under the new plan, calls while abroad will cost
0.49 euro per minute staring from mid-2007, falling to 0.43 euro
per minute by 2009, while cost of receiving calls abroad will be
reduced to 0.24 ...
KPN Eyes Austrian Mobile Company One
The Dutch telecoms group, KPN, has confirmed its interest in taking
over Austrian mobile operator One, Dow Jones reports. "We are
looking at it", Stephen Hufton, a KPN spokesman, said, adding
that buying One would be "in line with what we said
before", about expanding KPN's mobile telecoms operations to
Timing is Everything
As the technology, market and regulatory landscape continues to change
for cable operators, they find themselves caught in a race against
time with telco competitors. Assisting on the telco side: new optical
networks combined with new copper modulation schemes-like 10 Mbps
ADSL2+. For the cable side: the new DOCSIS 3.0 and its modular ...
Nokia, Qualcomm in Patent Tussle
HELSINKI, Finland -- Nokia Corp., the world's largest mobile
phone maker, said Thursday it has filed a countersuit against
Qualcomm Inc. in a patent infringement fight. The companies have
been disputing royalty payments since a 2001 agreement expired this
year. Qualcomm sued Nokia in a Wisconsin court on April 2.
Sprint Walks Into The Wireless Dragon's Den
Canadian wireless backhaul supplier DragonWave is granting Sprint
Nextel a warrant to buy a pile of its shares -- part of an
arrangement under which DragonWave now looks to have the inside track
on the potentially lucrative backhaul contract for Sprint's
planned 'Mobile WiMAX' network. DragonWave says Sprint/United ...
Industry Presses for Permanent Internet Tax Moratorium
Testifying at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee
yesterday, Annabelle Canning, Verizon's vice president of state
tax policy, urged lawmakers to place a permanent moratorium on the
taxation of Internet access services. Saying a permanent
Internet tax moratorium would protect lower-income Americans from
BT Gives PSP Its Voice
BT Group plc; and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe signed a
four-year partnership contract today to bring voice, video, and
messaging capabilities to the WiFi-enabled PlayStation Portable (PSP)
device. For the first time, wireless network gamers will be able to
communicate via their gaming device. The communication ...
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