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FRIDAY - MAY 16, 2003 - ISSUE NO. 66

Dear Friends and Industry Colleagues,

This week I have been contacted by people from all over the world with enthusiastic ideas about Wireless LAN projects. It is such a hot topic that I have devoted almost all of this issue to news clips about this technology which is known as Wireless LAN, Wireless Networking, Wi-Fi, or IEEE 802.11x.

This is my weekly newsletter about Wireless Data and Radio Paging. You are receiving this message because you have either communicated with me in the past about a wireless topic, or your address was included in another e-mail that I received on the same subject. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, or you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on “send” and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list with my apologies.
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Wi-Fi, the hot topic this week

It is not often that I quote a news article in its entirety, but the following article from Unstrung is particularly thought-provoking. The author is an admitted cynic and I think his views are a little extreme, yet he has some very good points to consider about wireless LANs.

802.11: The New WAP?

Have you seen the television advertising campaign for Intel Corp.'s (Nasdaq: INTC) new Centrino 802.11b wireless LAN chipset?

The ads feature shots of well-groomed executives casually sitting down with their laptops in the middle of a football field or on a beach to indulge in a little Web surfing or to check their mail.

All-in-all, its a nice little bit of advertising fantasy—backed with a $300 million budget—but, truth is, those of us who use wireless LAN regularly know it's just not that easy to get connected. In fact, you can spend much more time searching for a connection than it takes to actually download your email (and that's once you eventually get lucky and find a friendly hotspot in a café or hotel lobby). And I'm talking about the experience of using WLAN in New York City here. Residents of a town like, say, Rough and Ready, Pa., may find their 802.11 experience somewhat less productive [ed. note: you shore got a purty laptop].

Now you might not see the harm in exaggerating the capabilities of wireless LAN a little. After all, truth and advertising are like oil and water: they don't mix.

Call me a cynic [ed. note: you're a cynic] but I do see the harm, because I remember WAP and the damage overhyping that technology did to public perception of the industry.

Ah yes, the wireless access protocol, an innocuous little technology designed to enable phone users to access pages of simple, text-based information on their phone. You know, useful stuff, like what the weather is like in the town you happen to be driving to, or just how badly your company's stock has tanked.

But then the carriers started to advertise this new technology, and WAP became the Internet on your phone. Overblown ad campaigns showed users liberated from their PCs because they could now get the Web on the go and were free to play golf or something equally edifying.

Then the public actually got their hands on WAP phones.

The reality of the "Wireless Web" was a crashing disappointment. Tiny green screens and slow network connections do not a pleasant Web surfing experience make. The gap between the hype and reality with WAP left many consumers feeling sour about their wireless data experience before the market had even really started. "WAP is crap!" became a rallying cry (at least in my office) as industry commentators went into full backlash mode.

Yet, just a few years later, Intel seems determined to repeat the WAP mistakes with its Centrino ads.

The vision promoted by Intel for 802.11 through its latest campaign is one that belongs to some kind of WLAN future perfect (see WLAN: The Quiet Bubble? for some of the reasons you're unlikely to be wirelessly surfing at the beach anytime soon), not our present-day reality.

Today, WLAN is a technology with virtually no coverage—compared to cellular networks—that is beset by security, management, and billing concerns. And Intel's first homegrown 802.11 chipset only supports the older b flavor (11-Mbit/s over 2.4 GHz), not the newer a (54-Mbit/s over 5 GHz) or g (54-Mbit/s over 2.4 GHz) variants.

New laptop users sold on the promise of anywhere/anytime Internet access and the power of the Intel brand are likely to be in for a rude awakening when they sit down and turn on their laptops and try to get connected.

And that would be a shame, because Intel's entry into the wireless LAN market and the massive amount of money the chipmaker is prepared to throw at marketing Centrino is an indication that—handled right—wireless LAN has a real future beyond the niche environs of a few wireless "warchalkers" and bearded hobbyists in mainstream enterprise and consumer markets.

But there is a very real danger that setting expectations for 802.11 too high, too soon, could turn off users expecting the moon from this new technology. Better to educate them about what wireless LAN can do, rather than promising what it can't possibly deliver. Scaling back expectations now may pay dividends in the future.

—Dan Jones, Senior Editor, Unstrung

Verizon explores Wi-Fi-based payphones

May 12, 2003 12:39 PM EST

NEW YORK—Verizon Communications Inc. President Larry Babbio said at a technology conference last week that the telecommunications provider expects to announce plans in the near future to set up Wi-Fi-based hot spots using its current payphone locations.

Babbio said the company would initially not charge its current digital subscriber line customers additional fees for access to the service because it cannot build out enough locations to justify the expense, but the option could provide enough additional coverage to help reduce customer churn.

Source: RCR Wireless News

My comments: What a great idea! If they already have a pay phone in a given location, it is very simple to add a Wi-Fi node there too. All they have to do is make the line DSL and it can then use the voice part for the pay phone and use the digital part for the Wi-Fi node.

USTA To Boost Wi-Fi Access

May 14, 2003

WASHINGTON—The United States Telecom Association plans to expand its small in-building Wi-Fi network at its Washington, D.C., headquarters soon after next month's big Supercomm show is completed, USTA officials say. USTA is one of the sponsors of the telecom show held in Atlanta every June.

The organization will use the system to add more capacity to handle wireless voice and data traffic in its building, which apparently is in a wireless 'dead spot' for mainstream wireless carriers. The idea is to have Wi-Fi portable phones in the office that can be used anywhere inside the building without having to haul new cabling and install more expensive wireline telephone facilities.

Additionally, USTA officials say their organization is getting a lot more membership and participation from wireless carriers these days, with Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless and T-Mobile among the most active companies in adding memberships.

Source: Wireless Week

Gurian, Hatfield, Wheeler join wireless elite in Hall of Fame

Every year I look forward to seeing who gets added to the Wireless Hall of Fame. The list now contains:

  • Mal Gurian
  • Dale Hatfield
  • Tom Wheeler
  • Edwin H. Armstrong
  • Jai Bhagat
  • Thomas Carter
  • Martin Cooper
  • James Dwyer
  • Robert Galvin
  • Dr. Irwin Jacobs
  • Fred M. Link
  • Craig McCaw
  • William McGowen
  • Morgan O'Brien
  • John Palmer
  • John Stupka
  • Andrew J. Viterbi
  • Richard Wiley

Check out RCR Wireless News for background information on each of these industry leaders.

Verizon Details Wi-Fi Plans, Beginning With Big Apple Hotspots Launch

May 13, 2003

Verizon Communications unveiled plans today to launch Wi-Fi services in New York City for its Internet access customers, as part of a broader business plan for deploying public wireless hot spots.

The New York deployment, which today consists of 150 access points, will include 1,000 hot spots pegged to Verizon payphone locations by the end of this year, making it what Verizon claims will be the widest ISP hot spot deployment yet in a single city.

The deployment also highlights what for now is Verizon's two-pronged approach to the public wireless access market: Pushing Wi-Fi to the wireline ISP customers who buy its dialup and DSL services and relying on 1XRTT and 1X EV-DO technology to provide Internet access to customers of its Verizon Wireless cellular services partnership with Vodafone.

In a telephone press briefing today, company officials said the new initiative, called Verizon Hotspots, makes wireless Internet access available at no charge to Verizon Online customers with wireless compatible laptop computers, personal digital assistants or pocket computers. Customers can access the service from within 300 feet of the transmitters, located in public telephone locations identified with a Verizon Wi-Fi HotSpot symbol in red and black.

Additional announcements about DSL distribution and marketing efforts by the company accompanied the Wi-Fi announcement, with a view to showing Verizon's accelerating commitment to provide DSL on a wider basis. The company had said it plans to extend broadband capacity to 80 percent of its lines by year's end; the Wi-Fi rollout is part of that effort, company officials say. Verizon also said it would offer DSL access for as little as $29.95 monthly, with the lowest rate going to customers who buy bundled Verizon services.

The Wi-Fi rollout is aimed at making broadband more available to existing customers, including wireless customers, which increases customer loyalty and decreases churn, says Larry Babbio, Verizon's vice chairman and president.

Wi-Fi hot spots will be located in heavily trafficked and affluent areas of Manhattan, including the Upper East and West sides, Columbia University, Midtown, Union Square, Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village/New York University, Wall Street and Battery Park. There was no word when the outer boroughs would get any hot spot deployments.

The company wants to gain experience in Manhattan before expanding into additional markets, says Bruce Gordon, president of retail markets at Verizon. 'We want to get in the game with the service and have an intensive experience with customers,' he says.

Source: Wireless Week


PTC June 4, 2003 Meeting

Hosted by United Communications Corp

The next meeting of the Paging Technical Meeting on June 3rd & 4th will be at Myrtle Beach, SC and overlap with the Annual SCA Show. Early discounted registration ends Friday, May 16, for the show so if you are interested, please go to and register to take advantage of the discount.

Following is the current agenda for the full PTC meeting on the 4th. Please feel free to pass this invitation on to industry professionals.

Agenda Item Start Stop Moderator
Welcome 8:30 8:45 Stephen Oshinsky
Sub-committee Reports 8:45 1:20 Various
CALEA 8:45 9:00 Barry Kanne
DSG 9:00 9:30 John Deboer
Next Generation Protocol 9:30 9:45 Allan Angus
WCTP 9:45 10:00 Allan Angus
RXP 10:00 10:15 James Dabbs
Break 10:15 10:30  
PWG 10:30 11:00 Gagan Puranik
Encryption 11:00 11:30 Gagan Puranik
Developer Community 11:30 12:00 Kim Spitznagel
LUNCH 12:00 1:00  
1-way Subcommittee 1:00 1:20 Alan Carle
AAPC News 1:20 1:30 Ted McNaught
WCTP Rollout 1:30 2:00 John Szpak
Affordable Simulcast Solutions 2:00 2:30 Steve Walters
Device Vendor Presentations 2:30 4:30 Various
PerComm 2:30 2:45 Rob Marchetto
Advantra 2:45 3:00 Stephen Oshinsky
Break 3:00 3:15  
Hunetec 3:15 3:30  
Sun Telecomm 3:30 4:00 John Soh
New Business 4:30 5:00 Stephen Oshinsky

Source: Stephen Oshinsky and Barry Kanne


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The PTX-150 VHF Direct Digital Paging Transmitter is designed to meet the paging industry’s latest standards for high-speed FLEX™ and simulcast operation. It operates with a wide range of standard network interfaces, and is ideal for both new systems as well as upgrading of existing paging networks.

This Direct Digital Paging Transmitter is designed to generate all modern paging formats including POCSAG, FLEX™ and ERMES. Standard output power is 100 watts continuous (adjustable 25-100 Watts). Optional amplifiers are available with 250 and 500 Watts output. Up to sixteen channels can be preset for multichannel operation over the 138-174 MHz frequency range.

The PTX-150 is ultra-efficient in operation and incorporates a built-in universal 115/230 VAC power supply (auto select) 50/60 Hz. It is supplied in a compact 4 RU high rack mounted case and includes internal front to back cooling optimized to maintain low PA junction temperatures. The unit is rated for 100% continuous duty at up to 60° C ambient temperature.

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Comments and contributions to this newsletter are always welcome. Have a great weekend and please keep in touch!

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With best regards,

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Brad Dye

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