Top Stories of the Week – January 21, 2012

Integra expands multisite business push with nationwide voice service capability

Integra has made yet another milestone in its journey to serve larger business customers by making its voice services suite available on a nationwide basis.

Large enterprise SIP trunking customers that have wide area networks (WAN) laid out across multiple U.S. markets will be able to connect their remote sites or offices via a centralized IP PBX.

Deployed on its MPLS-enabled IP VPN product, one of the key selling points is that it eliminates the need to manage and maintain costly multiple phone systems and carrier relationships throughout their respective WAN by putting it onto one common platform.

Sunrise IPTV unveils launch details

Swiss operator Sunrise will launch its IPTV service on Monday, January 23. The new Sunrise TV service will offer over 160 TV and radio channels, including 29 in HD. The operator has been carrying out a pilot TV service since last October. At launch, Sunrise will offer a fixed-line connection, free calls to the Swiss fixed-line network and high-speed broadband (20 Mbps/2 Mbps) in addition to the TV service.

Mobile penetration and IPTV services dominates Brazil's market through 2016, study says

Brazil is undergoing a cultural and economic upheaval that will cause mobile penetration to grow from 118 percent in 2011 to 153 percent in 2016 and IPTV services to increase from 21,000 subscriptions in 2011 to 1.5 million in 2016, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.

New CRTC policy to support IP and advanced telecom networks

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is calling for more IP in Canada. The telecom and broadcast regulator has introduced a new policy it says will encourage large telephone companies to rapidly adopt Internet Protocol (IP) throughout their networks as a way to promote the development of innovative digital media and telephony services.

The policy gives some hint at the direction the CRTC will take in its major review of telecommunications regulations; that review of market forces and regulatory convention is almost completed.

10,000 consumers in uproar after wrongly signing up for unwanted subscription services

The Irish Mail on Sunday today launches a campaign to end the mobile phone subscription text rip off. More than 10,000 people complain every year that they are unwittingly signed up to expensive subscription services that can end up costing them hundreds of euro without their knowledge.

The subscription texts are sent when a person texts a competition number for a chance to win a prize such as holiday or car, or texts a company to download a ringtone.

The mere fact that they have sent a text is confirmation to the mobile phone company they are agreeing to sign up to a subscription service where they are charged up to €4 for a single text.

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