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Fairpoint kicked while down

More bad news for Fairpoint Communications (NYSE: FRP). more

Mobile Internet revenue rises as ARPU falls

Mobile Internet is one of the fastest growing revenue segments for mobile operators across the world, driven by access fees and data traffic, according to ABI Research. While the economy caused mobile end-user average revenue per user (ARPU) to take a global nosedive in the fourth quarter of 2008, the North American market was spared thanks to the growth in smartphones and resulting mobile data usage. more

Recession hitting telecom vendors more than operators

While telecom operators are feeling the hurt from the economic recession, the pain isn’t as bad as that felt by their suppliers.  According to an analysis of telecom-sector first-quarter earnings by Ovum, operating revenues from mobile operators grew 3.4% last quarter, while those of fixed-line operators dropped 3.2%–both lower than pre-recession levels. Though the declines were modest, those same operators slashed their capital expenditure budgets. Wireline operators cut capex by 16% in the first quarter, while mobile operators cut a whopping 27%. more

Is DirecTV ripe for telco acquisition?

DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV)’s solid first-quarter earnings have some in the industry considering the possibility of a telco acquisition of the satellite company. Bernstein Research senior analyst Craig Moffett described DirecTV as a safe choice for investors – its management is first rate as is its product and affluent customers. Plus, it has AT&T’s recent distribution agreement working for it. Coupled with its relatively simplified ownership structure announced earlier this week, Moffett said it has a “dollop of acquisition potential should AT&T or Verizon ever decide they’re bored simply being telecommunications companies.” more

Occam cuts 10% of staff amid broadband stimulus chill

Occam Networks (Nasdaq: OCNW), considered to be a likely beneficiary of federal broadband stimulus initiatives, reported today that it is cutting 10% of its staff amid a sales slowdown it attributes in part to customers slowing purchases due to uncertainty over broadband stimulus allocation. more

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Analyst: New Kindle isn’t a magic bullet

Amazon’s new Kindle DX was unveiled just this morning but its being heralded as a device that will transform the textbook industry and breath life into a dying newspaper industry. Yankee Group senior analyst Josh Martin isn’t so convinced.

“If newspapers think that this product will help their flagging industry, they have another think coming,” Martin said. ”You do not make the technology fit the medium, you make the medium fit the technology. They have much farther to go in this regard.” more

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MetroPCS goes live in western Michigan

MetroPCS (NYSE:PCS) has spanned the state of Michigan from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The CDMA operator today announced the launch of its network in Grand Rapids, completing a coverage corridor from Detroit to western Michigan along I-96. Metro now covers the major population centers of state. more

Alcatel-Lucent cutting R&D to focus on next-gen tech

It’s another rebuilding year for Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU).

“Things are not off to a great start for Alcatel-Lucent,” RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue wrote after the vendor’s first-quarter earnings report today. “Challenged segments remain carrier and enterprise, although there were some bright spots in IP and WCDMA. Application software grew in the mid-single-digit rate (at constant currency), while services continue to chug along, growing in the high teens. North America saw the biggest rate of revenue decline, down 28% year over year.”

A notable aspect of the company’s rebuilding is its reduction in research and development (R&D) spending, particularly in the back half of the year, as it looks to partners to help carry the load of innovation. Though Alcatel-Lucent’s R&D spending increased 3% sequentially in the first quarter, the vendor said it will decrease as the year goes on, particularly in the second half. more

Vudu makes IPTV inroads with Entone

Set-top box maker Entone today inked a deal with online content provider Vudu to bring the company’s over-the-top (OTT) video library to its line of IPTV STBs. This is Vudu’s first partnership to embed its software into a device other than its own standalone box. The idea is that instead of cutting the video cord for an oftentimes cheaper OTT Internet video service, consumers will remain loyal to their service provider by accessing the best of both worlds. more

Podcast: Wikimedia’s palm-held encyclopedia

Wikipedia.org is the 4th highest ranked site on the World Wide Web, attracking 320 million unique visitors each month. It’s easy to see why: due to the efforts of thousands upon thousands of contributors virtually any topic is covered in its Webpages and any topical search on search engine is bound to offer up at least one Wikipedia entry.

Despite its huge popularity on the wired Web, Wikipedia’s presence on the mobile Internet is far more limited–an absence that can probably be explained by the fact its creator, the Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit with just 24 staff members. Wikipedia has two mobile Web sites, en.m.wikipedia.org and mobile.wikipedia.org, which are respectively optimized for more feature-rich and basic mobile browsers. But Wikimedia head of business development Kul Wadhwa knows its mobile presence can be so much more prevasive. In the latest installment of TelephonyOnline’s podcast series, Wadhwa shares the foundations plans for not just creating a mobile version of its Web encyclopedia, but for extending its platform of “free knowledge” beyond the Wikimedia domains.

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