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November 2005

Google Expresses Concern about US Telecom Legislation

Several members of the American Energy and Commerce Committee are attempting to force a draft legislation that would make it easier for telephone companies to move in to the internet video industry.

Fixed Line Long Distance Revenue Continues to Decline

The nation’s biggest telecommunications provider, Bell Canada Enterprises Inc. (BCE) has announced a 13% decline in revenue from long distance phone service during the third quarter of 2005.

Telus Complaints on the Rise

As a result of ongoing labour action by unionized Telus workers, the number of complaints about the company’s customer service has risen dramatically.

October 2005

Cisco Planning VoIP System for Radiotelephones

Cisco Systems has announced that they are planning a new communication system that will allow for many different types of walkie-talkies and radiotelephones to interoperate via VoIP and SIP.

Telephone Companies Attempting to Sabotage VoIP

A number of phone companies from around the world have recently taken the drastic step of blocking VoIP traffic from being transferred over their lines.

Liberals Propose Stronger Wiretapping Laws

Sources indicate that the government of Canada is pushing the telecommunications industry to integrate a higher level of wiretapping technology into their networks, allowing for round-the-clock surveillance of all telephone and (for the first time) email use of up to 8,000 people at once.

Telus Reaches Agreement with Striking Workers

The Telecommunications Workers Union has, at long last, come to a contract agreement with their employer, Telus.

Telus Strike Causes Surge in Vonage Subscriptions

Ever since the strike begun at Telus, Vonage has had a surge in new subscribers from Alberta and British Columbia (Telus’s primary service areas).

September 2005

TeleSign Provides VoIP Fraud Prevention Service

Over the past few months, fraud-artists have been making use of VoIP technology to scam web-based businesses.

Major Shift in VoIP Testing Methods

Several announcements by VON (Voice On Net) vendors over the past week indicate that the focus of this VoIP testing may be switched from testing equipment in labs to monitoring the quality of live network calls.

First Windows Mobile 5.0 Phone Introduced

Sprint PCS has recently launched the Vision Smart Device PPC-6700, which is the first cell phone to run the new Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system.

Wireless Networks Not Foolproof in Times of Disaster

Thousands of wireless customers in the Gulf Coast regions have discovered the hard way, that even cellular networks aren’t immune to natural disasters.

Opportunity for Advertising on Mobile Phones?

The research firm In-Stat has just released a study, which suggests that some cell phone users may be receptive to mobile advertising, if it were properly executed.

UK RailNet to Undergo Major Technological Improvements

RailNet, the UK rail industry’s biggest telecommunications network, serving over 230 private branch offices across that country, is about to undergo a major technological upgrade.

The New iPhone Falls Short of Revolutionary

Although Apple and Motorola’s new iTunes cell phone is a great concept, and probably one that has significant potential, the recently reduced ROKR has, in many ways, failed to live up to the anticipation surrounding its release.

Striking Telus Workers Ordered to Stop Harassment

Among rising tensions in the increasing ugly labour dispute between Telus and the Telecommunications Workers Union, British Columbia’s supreme court has passed judgement ordering striking union members to stop “molesting, assaulting, intimidating, obstructing, threatening, or interfering with” those employees who are reporting to work.

Bell Canada Launches New VoIP Network

Last Thursday saw a major announcement by Bell Canada, the country’s largest telephone company, regarding the company’s plans to launch a new VoIP telephony service.

iTunes Phone to Enter Crowded Market

There is no doubt that the so-called “iPhone”, which is expected to be unveiled on September 7, is in for some tough competition when it hits the market.

France Telecom to Bundle Broadband and Mobile Services in UK

France Telecom has decided to bundle together its mobile phone and broadband services. Existing customers of the Orange UK mobile phone service will have the option to subscribe to 2Mbps ADSL broadband internet access for an extra £9.99/month.

August 2005

Cingular Expected to Sell Motorola’s iTunes Phone

Cingular Wireless, the number one wireless service in the US, is expected to reveal plans next week to sell Motorola’s new cell phone, which uses Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes software to play music.

Camera Phones may be Increasing Digital Camera Sales

According to a recent survey from the IDC research firm, the belief that camera phones will ultimately replace digital cameras is a myth.

Future Uncertain for New iTunes Cell Phone

Recent reports indicate that the FCC has approved Motorola’s much anticipated iTunes cell phone, however, the future of the device is still uncertain.

OECD Predicts VoIP Revolution

The telecommunications industry is once again back into profitable territory these days, but landline and mobile providers can’t afford to ignore the increasing popularity of VoIP telephony, warns the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in a new report today.

Warwick Valley Telephone Stocks in Danger of Being De-listed

After failing to file their second quarter report on time, Warwick Valley Telephone Company has received notification that their stock is in danger of being de-listed from the Nasdaq stock market.

Verizon and Sandia Expand Partnership

Sandia National Laboratories and Verizon have reached a non-binding agreement whereby Verizon will assist in developing additional telecommunications capabilities for Sandia’s facility.

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