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Dear Friends and Industry Colleagues,

YOU, my dear reader may be the best source of news about the paging and wireless data industries. Ever more frequently now, I get reports from readers about some hot industry news. Sometimes they call on the telephone, and sometimes they send me an e-mail. A few even have special e-mail addresses that don't reveal their real names so they can report anonymously. If you hear some interesting news, I invite you to share it with your colleagues.

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I hope you are having a good week. Following are the topics of this week's paging and wireless data newsletter:

  • Verizon Expands Text Messaging
  • Is the Telecom Meltdown Over?
  • Lawmakers Frown on FCC Decision
  • Picture messaging catches out robbers
  • Spurious LNP Notifications Being Sent To Paging Carriers
  • Hello. Is that Dick Tracy calling?
  • Metrocall Wireless—another round of the axe
  • Single-chip OFDM modem for 802.11a
  • Tonic in a Teapot
  • Industry Events, Products, and Services

Verizon Expands Text Messaging

February 27, 2003

Over the past year the nationwide wireless operators have seen their SMS traffic, and subsequent revenue, explode, thanks to the advent of SMS interoperability among the various carriers. 

Verizon Wireless reports that its SMS usage increased 700 percent in 2002. Likewise, Cingular Wireless says that in 2002, it sent 116 billion messages across its network and experienced a 257 percent revenue increase in SMS.

Building on that momentum, Verizon Wireless is now increasing its text messaging capabilities by offering a suite of new services. TXT Messaging allows customers to use their text messaging in three ways - mobile-to-mobile, e-mail and Web-to-mobile.

Source: Wireless Week

OK, if text messaging is exploding just like we thought it would, what are the two-way paging carriers doing wrong? Why isn't their business exploding as well? For the last several years we have been saying that text messaging over two-way paging was going to save the day for us. There are some very positive indicators that it would: the big success of SMS (short messaging service) over cell phones in Europe, and the popularity of IM (instant messaging) on the Internet everywhere. Two-way pagers are more suited for text messaging than cell phones are, and two-way paging networks are much more efficient for handling text than the other guys since theirs was designed for voice. So what's going on here? Let's get a little debate going on this topic. Send me your comments.

Is the Telecom Meltdown Over?

In the wake of a spectacular meltdown that featured financial shenanigans, overspending and broken promises, can the telecom industry recover and grow strong again? The answer is yes, industry experts say, but telecom faces a long road back—and it will not recapture the heights of three or four years ago.

The good news for telecom is that the worst is over. . . The bad news is that more bad news lies ahead. . . There are still too many suppliers competing for the telecom service dollar, especially in wholesale services.

Source: Wireless Newsfactor left arrow read the whole article here

Lawmakers Frown on FCC Decision 

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers criticized a divided Federal Communications Commission Wednesday for a decision that lets states decide whether to spur competition between the regional Bell phone companies and their rivals.

"Where they had a chance to provide clarity and stability, they opted for chaos and continued regulatory haggling," said Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee 's telecommunications subcommittee, which heard testimony from the FCC's five commissioners.

"The FCC's model is a form of competition that only French farmers could love," Upton said.

Behind the commission's 3-2 vote on Feb. 20 is a requirement that the regional Bell companies lease parts of their local networks to competitors such as AT&T and WorldCom at discount rates. The policy was adopted seven years ago to encourage companies to compete in the Bells' markets while giving the Bells the chance to offer long-distance service in their regions.

The FCC decided to give states more authority over the rules, preserving the requirements despite objections from FCC Chairman Michael Powell. Powell agreed with the Bells that the rules should be eliminated.

At the hearing, Powell said the FCC decision "is harmful to the recovery of the telecommunications economy and our nation's economy."

Source: Associated Press as quoted in Wired News

Picture messaging catches out robbers

Two robbers have been jailed in Italy after being identified from a mobile phone text picture. The pair are thought to be the world's first criminals to be convicted using the new technology. They were snapped by a shopkeeper who thought they looked suspicious. He texted the police and sent the pic, too. The police checked their files and saw the pair were wanted for robberies, so they arrested them. They both went to jail for six months. Rome police told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "We believe this to be the first time in the world a picture text message has been used to help catch criminals and secure conviction."

Source: BBC

Spurious LNP Notifications Being Sent To Paging Carriers

Some paging carriers have started receiving notifications from Verizon Wireless for provisioning of Local Number Portability (LNP) beginning November 24, 2003. Various forms are attached to these notifications with requests that they be completed and returned within 10 days. Other cellular and PCS carriers may be sending similar notifications over the next few weeks. Paging carriers are exempt from LNP obligations and should not be getting these types of notifications.

Source: Courtesy of the AAPC

If you are not a member of the AAPC, I urge you to join. This is an example of the type of advice and assistance that members receive.

Hello. Is that Dick Tracy calling?

[Another less-than-enthusiastic report on Microsoft's new SPOT paging and wireless data project.]

By Brad Smith
February 15, 2003
Wireless Week

Here's a plan for a new business I'd like to start: I'll build a small wireless device that people can easily carry around with them. I'll sell these devices for about $100, as well as a data service the devices will use for another $7.50 a month. The data service will provide one-way messaging with news, weather and sports information.

Sound familiar? Like maybe that's what paging companies have been doing, and going bankrupt at the same time? Like this kind of network has been around for a couple of decades? Think I can get venture capital funding for my idea?

Source: Wireless Week

Metrocall Wireless—another round of the axe

Senior VP of engineering Ken Goldstein was the latest victim in the management shakeup (or out as it were) at Metrocall Wireless. Goldstein's last day is 21 march 2002. Jeff Owens, senior VP of technology, will apparently assume the responsibilities of Mr. Goldstein.

Source: anonymous

Single-chip OFDM modem for 802.11a

Chip company IceFyre Semiconductor is designing a single-chip OFDM modem for 802.11a wireless LANs. The company claims to have created a wireless modem that dramatically cuts power consumption as well as the costs and complexity of systems designs, compared to similar products on the market.

IceFyre just completed a $19 million funding round, bringing the total investment to $39 million. The latest round was co-led by Motorola Ventures, the venture capital arm of Motorola and Covington Capital.

Source: Network World Fusion

Tonic in a Teapot

Americans are beginning to realize what Eastern cultures have known for thousands of years: Tea is good for what ails you.

A growing body of evidence suggests that fresh-brewed teas can do far more than soothe a sore throat or provide "vigor of body, contentment of mind, and determination of purpose," as Chinese Emperor Shen Nung reputedly said in 2737 B.C. Many studies suggest that tea may help fight heart disease and certain cancers as well as increase bone density.

Like wine, tea is grown on estates, and different growing areas are known for their varietals. India has Assam and Darjeeling, much as France has Burgundy and Bordeaux. Each district produces tea with a unique flavor that depends on climate, soil, temperature, and elevation.

Unlike wine, however, even rare tea is an affordable luxury. A varietal hand-picked from a single estate at a certain time of day during certain days of the year, then painstakingly rolled into "pearls" (they blossom with the addition of water) could cost $300.00 a pound. Yet because a pound of tea yields more than 200 cups, that's less than $1.50 per cup.

Consumer Reports asked two expert tasters to judge the flavor and aroma of 19 green teas. . . The best overall rating went to Tazo China Green Tips full-leaf (loose) tea which you can buy in a can at your local Starbucks and it will only cost you about 35¢ (US) per cup! Even I can afford that, in fact I am enjoying a cup of that same tea as I type this. To your good health!

Source: Consumer Reports, March 2003


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March 10 - 14, 2003
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

I hear that exhibit space in the "Paging Zone" section of the show is sold out. They expect to double the floor space dedicated to paging next year. There will be over 350 exhibiting companies and over 10,000 attendees there.

For more information, please visit their web site.

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Two-way Paging Network and Transmitter Controller

TGA Technologies believes that the future of the radio paging industry lies in the evolution of 2-way paging for both man and machine, based on the ReFLEX™ format. To that end, TGA has produced the SPARKGAP™ ReFLEX Network Manager. This device is fully ReFLEX 2.7.x compliant and will support campus, local, regional or national networks.  When used in conjunction with the TGA PRISM paging terminal, SPARKGAP offers a controlled path for growth in paging technology.

I completely agree with TGA's strategy. If you would like to have more information about the SPARKGAP™ click here.

TGA will have a working Sparkgap ReFLEX system in booth 9077, in the Paging Zone, at IWCE.  They will also have operating pagers and telemetry units and people who know about all aspects of this new step in our industry.

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  • Identifying issues of common concern to its members
  • Providing an effective forum for the discussion and progression of issues relating to the industry
  • Monitoring and addressing regulatory and legal matters as a unified organization
  • Providing research into and development of our industry and its current and prospective markets
  • Providing education and resources to address the challenges and trends affecting our operating environments
  • Encouraging and maintaining high standards of ethics and services
  • Championing the industry and representing paging carriers with a positive voice

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To let me know if you would like to receive a price quotation on any Vytek product, click on the link above. Vytek will be in booth 10082 at the IWCE show is Las Vegas next month.

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Motorola Keynote Voice & Numeric Pager

Do you remember the Motorola Keynote pager? There was a model that included both voice and numeric display paging in the same unit. I have a customer that needs several hundred of these pagers. They haven't been manufactured for ten years now. The frequency is 149.185 MHz but anything is this VHF sub-band would be OK—the pagers can be re-crystalized. If you know where I can find some of these pagers, please send me an e-mail. Surely there is a big box full of these in a back room somewhere. left arrow CLICK TO MAIL


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Brad Dye

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