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FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 10, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 129

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

It's a good lesson in marketing and technology development, but it's enough to make a grown man cry. RIM reinvented the "Pager" and fortunately (for them) never called it by that name. Instead of seeing their ideas go by the wayside because of cell phone competition, we are seeing them wholeheartedly adopted by the wireless telephone industry. It seems like every time I read the wireless news on the Internet, I find another cell phone manufacturer that has incorporated these successful RIM Blackberry-type functions into their latest product. Congratulations RIM. You have done well.

I admit to being guilty of saying that these "one-device-does-it-all" type products would not be successful. I remembered the monstrous wood cabinets in the early days of television that had a big TV, a record player, an AM/FM radio, and speakers all included in one big box. If one little part stopped working, you had to cart the whole thing off to a shop for repair, and it took two men and a boy to carry the thing. I even said, for a while, that the only combined-consumer products that ever became successful were the AM/FM/Clock-radios that most of us have by our beds. But this is different—as my friend and mentor Ron Mercer said to me the other day—this is a portable product for people on the go, and it really is more convenient to have multiple functions in one small device. A large article follows from The New York Times. Meanwhile, please pass the box of kleenex tissue.

Don't forget about the AAPC 2004 Fall Conference, "Answering the Challenges of Today & Tomorrow" to be held November 3-5 at the beautiful Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.

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ITU Report Foresees Wire-free Future

06-Sep-04

In October 2003, the Asia-Pacific region passed the symbolic mark of one billion telecommunication users, mobile phones and fixed lines combined. The ITU is forecasting that before the end of this decade, another billion users of information and communication technologies (ICTs) are likely to be added to the region's networks, but the majority of them will be connected using various wireless technologies.

In the developed world, at least in urbanized areas, the ITU believes portable Internet technologies are likely to be complementary, rather than substitutive, for existing networks. The market is being driven by handset manufacturers keen to add ever more value to portable devices.

This week’s ITU TELECOM ASIA 2004 in Busan, Korea is showcasing Portable Internet technologies for short, medium and long range distances. Short-range technologies, such as Bluetooth, ZigBee and RFID allow low-power connectivity within a range of 30 metres. Medium-range technologies can communicate at least 150 metres from a hotspot (e.g. Wi-Fi, or IEEE 802.11b) and up to several kilometers, depending on environmental and regulatory factors. Finally, long-range technologies such as WiMAX (IEEE 802.16) and IMT-2000 (3G) have ranges that extend up to 50 kilometers from a base station, and provide near-nationwide coverage when offered as a networked service.

The ITU has just published a 140-page report on “The Portable Internet”, containing around 60 pages of statistical tables and charts with the latest available data for more than 200 economies worldwide. http://www.itu.int

Source: Converge!


Powell: Congress should make 800 MHz plan law

Sept. 08, 2004 4:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON—FCC Chairman Michael Powell called on Congress today to codify the agency’s recently adopted plan to solve public-safety interference in the 800 MHz band. Such a move would mean that Nextel Communications Inc. would not have to approve the measure to swap spectrum so Nextel’s commercial system would not interfere with public-safety networks.

Powell suggested the language could say that notwithstanding any other provision of law, the FCC’s action is the law of the land. Powell made the comments while testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee on a hearing on public-safety interoperability.

The FCC in August presented a plan to solve the interference problem, swap some spectrum with Nextel and have Nextel pay to move other companies off the spectrum band Nextel would receive. Nextel has not yet said whether it will agree to the plan. Powell’s suggestion that Congress make the Consensus Plan law could be one way of getting around Nextel having to OK the plan.

Source: RCR Wireless News

The whole FCC presentation to Congress can be read here. (pdf file)


For BlackBerry Users, a New Way to Write

By DAVID POGUE

Published: September 9, 2004

In the annals of consumer electronics, certain devices have proven so compelling, they've created consumer cults. You know, Mac heads. Palm freaks. TiVoholics.

blackberry 7100tAmong the white-collar crowd, though, one particular gizmo has earned a street nickname all its own: CrackBerry. That's a reference to the RIM BlackBerry, an addictive wireless palmtop that displays your e-mail in real time, as it arrives. The airports and commuter trains on both coasts are filled with BlackBerry fanatics, hunched over, eyes glazed, flailing at its microscopic alphabet keyboard with their thumbs callused in funny places.

But for all its popularity among executives and financial-industry types, the BlackBerry is practically unknown to everyone else. RIM hopes to change all that with the BlackBerry 7100t, which it unveiled yesterday. (The device, with phone service from T-Mobile, will go on sale next month.)

RIM believed that everyday consumers avoided the original BlackBerry for two reasons. First, the price was way too high: $500 for the BlackBerry, plus about $30 a month for Internet service on top of a voice plan. That one was easy to fix; the 7100t costs only $200, plus $60 a month for both unlimited Internet and 1,000 anytime phone minutes.

The second reason is that the BlackBerry's Thumbelina keyboard is nearly three inches wide. Recent BlackBerry models are also cellphones, and three inches is awfully wide for a phone. As you walk down the street, you feel as if you're talking into a frozen waffle.

The new 7100t is, therefore, much narrower (2.3 inches). In fact, it's nearly the same size and shape as a standard non-folding cellphone. But what about the keyboard? A full set of alphabet keys wouldn't fit; for proof, RIM's designers had to look no farther than the popular Treo 600 (the BlackBerry's obvious rival). The Treo has a full alphabet keyboard - but even though the phone itself is wider (2.4 inches), its keys are the size of hydrogen atoms.

A standard 10-key phone keypad was out of the question, too; trying to compose e-mail on number-dialing keys is like trying to mow Yankee Stadium with fingernail scissors. So once again, RIM devised something nobody had ever tried before: a keyboard with 20 keys.

The payoff is obvious; compared with standard cellphone keys, these are positively gargantuan. There are only five keys on each row, so even the beefy of thumb will have no trouble hitting the right keys. Of course, now the screaming question is: how do you produce 26 letters and all the numbers when you have only 20 keys?

RIM's solution was to double up. Most of the keys have two letters painted on them; for example, the top four keys are labeled QW, ER, TY and OP. You just hammer away at the keys you want, ignoring the gibberish that may appear at first. By the time you complete each word, the phone's software has consulted its database of 35,000 words and deduced your intentions. It's a crazy, way-out plan, but it actually works. For example, suppose you want to type the word pig. You'd tap the OP, UI and GH keys. Of course, those combinations could also trigger words like OUG, PUH and OIG - but pig is the probable choice, so that's what you get on the screen.

But what if you really want "pug," which requires the same three keys? (Maybe you raise dogs for a living.) In that case, you watch a second, highlighted display just below your insertion point. It shows all possible letter combinations, no matter how strange-looking, that could result from the keys you've pressed so far. If the software starts to go off track, you highlight the correct interpretation using the side-mounted thumb dial or the Next button. Fortunately, you'll rarely have to resort to this irritating interruption. In the opening paragraph of this column, for example, the BlackBerry's software choked only once (on "TiVoholics").

Three factors conspire to make the typing process tolerable and - once you're rolling along - even enjoyable. First, the BlackBerry learns new words (like a street address or "TiVoholic") once you've corrected them, and preferred interpretations (like pig vs. pug) after you've corrected the phone twice.

Second, the BlackBerry's software saves you time in myriad little ways. You can omit periods, apostrophes and capitalizing the first words of sentences. (Just hit the Space bar twice after a sentence to supply both the period and the initial capital.) The Space bar also supplies symbols in e-mail addresses; if you type "billg microsoft com" in an e-mail address box, you get billg@microsoft.com. And to produce an uppercase letter, you can just hold down the relevant key a half-second longer than usual.

Finally, all of this typing takes place on one of the brightest, highest-contrast color screens you've ever seen on a cellphone. You even have a choice of font and size for all the text displays, which, together with the unusually broad, brightly lit keys, makes this gadget especially friendly to the over-40 set. As on existing BlackBerry models, the screen isn't touch-sensitive; instead, you roll the thumb dial to select a menu or icon, and push inward to select it. Navigation is foolproof, thanks to the dedicated Back button on the side.

Corporate e-mail users really have it made; their BlackBerries, backed at the office by something called enterprise server software, are real-time mirrors of their PC in-boxes. Reply on the BlackBerry, find the reply in your Sent Mail box back at the office. Everyone else will have to settle for a system in which your e-mail (including AOL or Hotmail) is wirelessly auto-forwarded, every 15 minutes, to your phone (and to a special Web site, for your traveling convenience). When you return to your Mac or PC, you'll have no indication that you replied, composed, filed or deleted messages on your BlackBerry. On the other hand, you can open up Word, Excel and PDF files right on the phone.

When it comes to Web browsing and chatting, the 7100t promises to be much friendlier than its BlackBerry predecessors. AIM, Yahoo and I.R.C. instant-messaging programs are built right in, and RIM says that the Web browser will show all graphics and fonts, formatted to fit your screen. (These programs aren't yet complete, so you'll have to take RIM's word for it.) All the usual calling features are here: speed dialing, three-way calling, caller ID and so on. The address book and calendar sync by U.S.B. cable with a Windows PC (or, with the addition of a $30 add-on from pocketmac.net, with a Mac).

Remember that it's a T-Mobile phone, meaning that you may not have service outside of big cities. On the other hand, it's a four-band G.S.M. phone, meaning that it works just the same in 135 other countries (at higher per-minute rates). The new BlackBerry even has a Bluetooth transmitter, so that from the depths of your pocket, it can connect with a headset without a wire. (The Bluetooth feature doesn't work for file transfers, alas—only headset communication.) Battery life is only average: four hours of talk time, eight days of standby. As a pleasant consolation, you can recharge your BlackBerry from a laptop's U.S.B. connector when you're on the road.

If you love the idea of a thoughtfully designed phone that also does e-mail and instant messages, the BlackBerry 7100t is a terrific new candidate, but it sure doesn't make your buying decision any easier. One of its competitors is the Treo 600: available from all five big cellular carriers, has a built-in digital camera, contains superior calendar and address-book programs and runs thousands of add-on Palm programs - but it costs more than twice as much ($450), lacks Bluetooth and has those infinitesimal keys. Another rival is the T-Mobile Sidekick: built-in camera, full alphabet keyboard with comfortably spaced keys, reasonably priced ($250)—but it's much bulkier than its rivals and it lacks Bluetooth.

Of the three, the BlackBerry 7100t offers the lowest price, the smallest size and the biggest keys. In designing a 20-key typing pad, RIM thought way, way outside the box, gambling that people wouldn't mind spending half an hour or so learning to trust the word-guessing software. If that bet pays off, a whole new generation of noncorporate users may join the CrackBerry crowd.

Source: The New York Times


PCIA's Kitchen Announces Retirement

September 9, 2004

After more than a decade as head of PCIA, Jay Kitchen will be calling it quits in 2005. In announcing his retirement, Kitchen agreed to stay on one more year to ease the transition of a new president and CEO.

Kitchen, who decided to resign his post to pursue other opportunities, led PCIA since 1994 after the merger of PCIA and the National Association of Business and Educational Radio (NABER). He also served as vice president and later as president and CEO of NABER prior to the merger.

Kitchen joined the Wireless Infrastructure Association in 1994. "He was the voice of the PCS industry from its launch through the explosive growth years and provided a home for the tower and infrastructure industry from its start as the Site Owners and Managers Alliance to the present," said PCIA Chairman John Kelly of Kitchen. "The wireless industry is going to miss his leadership."

Source: Wireless Week


Asia leading way in global telecom development

Thursday, September 9, 2004

The Asia-Pacific region has progressed as the global trendsetter in telecommunication, but it must overcome the significant disparity in development between the countries, said business leaders and policymakers at the ITU Telecom Asia 2004 convention in Busan. "While it has taken more than 100 years for Asia to reach a billion users in mobile and fixed-line telephony, what's significant is that the next billion will be reached well before the end of the decade," said Yoshio Utsumi, secretary general of the International Telecommunications Union, during a discussion panel at the BEXCO center in the southern port city yesterday.

"There remain large differences between developed and developing countries, but progress toward bridging the digital divide is being made faster in Asia-Pacific than in any other region," he added. The region has emerged as the largest telecommunication market in the world, increasing its size more than five-fold over the past decade and passing the 1 billion mark in combined mobile and fixed-line users last year, while averaging an annual growth rate of 22 percent over the past decade.

In 2003, more than 172 million new users were added to Asian telecom networks last year, equivalent to five every second, with the number of mobile-phone users exceeding fixed-line users for the first time. China has already overtaken the United States as the world's largest market for mobile phones, in 2001, and fixed-line, in 2002.

The number of Internet users has also been increasing significantly in the region. Asia now accounts for around 43 percent of the world's broadband subscribers, with China expecting to overtake the U.S. as the nation with the most broadband users before the end of this year.

However, the disparity in telecommunications development is becoming increasingly evident in the region. In advanced nations such as Korea, Japan, Singapore and Australia, mobile-phone services are estimated to cover more than 95 percent of the population with the penetration rate reaching more than 60 percent. However, the penetration rate is below 40 percent in most other countries.

Source: The Korea Herald

READER'S COMMENTS

The FCC has issued a public notice outlining its new debt collection program which commences October 1, 2004. The new program is keyed to the Federal Registration Number (FRN) issued to FCC licensees, the use of which is now mandatory on all filings which could result in a "debt" being owed to the FCC.

Source: Courtesy of the AAPC

The official FCC Public Notice can be downloaded here. (pdf)


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The next PTC meeting will be held in conjunction with the AAPC meeting (November 3-5) with subcommittee meetings on the afternoon of the 2nd and the general meeting on the morning of the 3rd.  Attached is a flyer from the AAPC describing the AAPC meeting and location.  We still need a sponsor for the PTC meeting, please contact me if your company would be willing to sponsor the meeting.

I will send out an agenda at the end of September for the PTC meetings.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Motorola's newest one-way pagers—the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager—are ideal for users in demanding business environments who need a convenient and cost effective way to stay in touch.

Both the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager were developed for use in hospitals and medical facilities, manufacturing environments, utilities, hospitality applications, campus settings, and for businesses that own and operate their own paging systems.

advisor 2 The Advisor II pager's alphanumeric four-line display and expanded functionality incorporate many of the most advanced paging features available. A major advantage of the Advisor II pager is that it is synthesized which enables the user to program the pager to a specific frequency in the field. Other features of the Advisor II pager include:

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Both the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager are available in POCSAG, UHF or VHF models and ship with a one-year standard warranty. As part of the continued support of these pagers, Motorola offers a two-year Express Service Plus program. This feature provides hardware repair coverage for two years beyond the standard one-year warranty for a total of three years of pager repair coverage. Both pagers are available through Motorola Authorized Resellers.

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To represent paging carriers throughout the United States to ensure the success of our industry by:

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High-speed simulcast paging with protocols such as POCSAG and FLEX™ requires microsecond accuracy to synchronize the transmission of digital paging signals.

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Zetron's Simulcast System uses GPS timing information to ensure that the broadcasted transmissions between the nodes of the Simulcast System and associated transmitters are synchronized to very tight tolerances.

This system is ideal for public or private paging system operators that use multiple transmitters and wish to create new paging systems or to build out existing systems into new regions. For more information about Zetron's High Speed Simulcast Paging System, the Model 600 and Model 620, go to:

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CONTACT
Zetron, Inc.
P.O. Box 97004
Redmond, WA 98073-9704 USA
Tel: 425-820-6363
Fax: 425-820-7031
E-mail: zetron@zetron.com
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Prism Message Gateway Systems
Modular and Configurable

Your Choice of Options

  • Radio Paging Terminals
  • Voicemail Systems
  • Email and Network Text Messaging Systems
  • Digital Trunk Switching Systems
  • Digital Trunk and Voicemail Concentrators
  • Remote Network Encoders
  • TNPP Network Routers

Popular Choice for Domestic and International

  • Commercial Paging Carriers
  • Private Paging Systems
  • Hospitals
  • Public Safety
  • Federal, State and Local Government
  • Industrial Paging
  • Energy Companies – Load Management

Logical Choice

  • Replace Outdated, UNLICENSED Paging Terminals
  • Eliminate Outrageously High Support Costs
  • Add New Paging System with ALL THE FEATURES
  • Provide Your Customers With Features They Want
  • Designed and Supported by Industry Experts

Go ahead… be choosy… choose Prism Systems International

CONTACT
Prism Systems International, Inc.
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076 USA
Telephone: 678-353-3366
Internet: www.prismpaging.com
E-mail: info@prismpaging.com
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MAXPage
It's like a Motorola PeopleFinder™ on Steroids!

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Commtech Wireless introduces MAXPage, a desktop paging terminal packed with features.

Alpha, Numeric, Tone, & Voice
MAXPage, from Commtech Wireless, is the ideal replacement for the Motorola PeopleFinder™. With its advanced features, it can be used with Alphanumeric, Numeric, Tone only, Coaster pagers as well as 2-tone voice pagers in countless applications.

Serial Interface
With the inclusion of a serial interface, MAXPage can interface with Comp, TAP, Scope™, Waveware & Tekk systems as well as Commtech's Wireless Callpoints.

Telephone Interface
Anyone can be given easy access to the MAXPage system through its telephone interface. Once the system is connected to a telephone port, anyone can pick up a telephone, dial the MAXPage unit and use the keypad on their phone to send messages to pagers. The telephone can also be used to transmit voice messages to 2-tone voice pagers.

Alarm Inputs
A powerful feature of MAXPage is its onboard alarms. The four, dry contact closure, onboard alarm inputs will automatically dispatch messages to pagers or groups when activated. Alarms not cleared within a configured time frame can activate a repeat message (escalation) to either the same pager/group or to an alternative pager/group.

Features*

  • 1000 Pager capacity
  • Selectable 2 or 4 watt transmitter
  • Reminder messages
  • Dual mode function keys - one touch messaging
  • 2-tone voice paging - from on-board mic or telephone
  • 4 alarm inputs
  • Voice prompted telephone paging
  • QWERTY keyboard interface (PS2)
  • Windows® interface for advanced features
  • Serial interface for Comp/TAP/Scope™/Waveware/Tekk
  • Coaster paging management system

*Some of the features listed are optional and are not supplied as standard

For more information, simply fill out the feedback form or contact us on the details below.

CONTACT
Mr. Zane Lewis
Commtech Wireless USA
6900 Philips Highway, Suite #26-27
Jacksonville, FL, 32216
Phone: 904-281-0073
Fax: 904-281-0074
E-mail: sales@commtechwireless.com
Web: www.commtechwireless.com

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888-645-7545
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Protect your Internet-enabled Paging System!

The Hark SAFe is a hardware firewall with SPAM and virus blocking designed to protect email servers, corporate intranets, and unified messaging systems like the Hark Omega Messaging and IPT products. System includes a Linux based operating system with Web-based configuration (no keyboard and monitor needed!). Price is $995.00 including hardware!

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Firewall protects your Internet enabled paging system:

  • Provides a firewall to protect your paging system and internal network.
  • Protect company workstations by giving them internal IP addresses.
  • Can redirect external IP addresses and ports to specific internal computers.

SPAM blocker eliminates un-wanted email:

  • Uses the latest techniques to identify and block SPAM
  • Supports new techniques as they become available

Virus blocker:

  • Prevents emails with viruses from being accepted.
  • Automatically downloads virus signature updates each night.

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CONTACT
Hark Systems, Inc.
2675 Lake Park Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
Tel: +1 800-367-4275
or 843-764-1560 ext. 8104
Fax: +1 843-764-3692
E-mail: leanne@harksystems.com
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  • ISO 9001 - 2000 certified manufacturing facility.
  • THE High-Quality RF design and Contract Manufacturer of choice.
  • Do you have a product or product component that you would like to have manufactured?
  • Would you like to have us design and manufacture a product just for you?
  • Would you like to know firsthand that your contract manufacturer is one of the leading providers of service with the highest degree of quality in mind?

Daviscomms USA Inc. is your direct connection to Daviscomms (S) Pte Ltd., the leading pager manufacturer in the world with many years experience in Engineering, Design, and Manufacturing of highly-reliable, premium-quality FLEX and POCSAG Alphanumeric and Numeric pagers. Daviscomms offers unparalleled quality, features and functions. We perform our own stringent quality testing as well as certification by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to meet all of their standards. All of our paging products meet FCC and IC Standards for use in the USA and Canada.

Our manufacturing facility, located in Malaysia, is a 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility. Customers, globally, choose Daviscomms for our QUALITY, RELIABILITY, ON-TIME DELIVERY, COMPETITIVE PRICING and our TOTAL COMMITMENT to providing the best value for their needs.

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We offer full product support (ODM/OEM) for our worldwide customers, including a complete design center, research facilities, proto-typing, field services, contract manufacturing, commodity sourcing, and distribution.
In addition to both Numeric and Alphanumeric pagers, we have designed, engineered and manufactured 1-way Telemetry devices, paging receivers, 2-way paging (ReFLEX) telemetry devices, DECT phones/devices and PDA accessories. bravo 800 pager
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At Daviscomms, we are proud to provide our customers with end-to-end manufacturing solutions while delivering superior quality and support. Daviscomms is at the forefront of the industry with its commitment to leading-edge technology, cost-effective manufacturing and the highest degree of customer service.

Daviscomms delivers low cost, high volume manufacturing solutions to our customers. We help maximize time-to-market objectives while minimizing procurement, materials management, and manufacturing costs.

For information about our contract manufacturing services or our Bravo-branded line of numeric and alphanumeric pagers, please call Bob Popow, our Director of Operations for the Americas, 480-515-2344. (Scottsdale, Arizona) or visit our website www.daviscommsusa.com.

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Programming Concepts, Inc. provides authorized RTS ADVX Wireless Gateway Support & Enhancements. Our RTS lab includes source code control, development tools, and test beds for all deployed RTS systems. Call now to sign-up for our first class support of your aging RTS system. More info ...

PCI (www.programmingconcepts.com) has been in business for 24 years providing custom application programming for medium to large businesses. PCI's primary business segments include web enabled application development, financial industry systems, telephony (IVR, CTI, and Wireless), Secure Enterprise Instant Messaging System, Microsoft Customer Relationship Management (MS-CRM) Applications, and a wide variety of commercial applications.

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DX Radio Systems

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DX Radio Systems, Inc. manufactures high quality, high specification type communications products. The following is a list of products that DX Radio Systems, Inc. manufactures or supplies as a single supplied product and can be included as part of a turnkey system:

  • Repeaters
  • Repeater Systems
  • Paging Transmitters
  • Paging Systems
  • LTR & MPT1327 Trunking Systems
  • MPT1327 Trunking Repeaters
  • SmarTrunk II Trunking Repeaters
  • Complete Trunking Systems
  • Airport Ground to Air Base Radios
  • Airport Ground to Air Systems
  • Rural Radiotelephone Link Systems
  • Antenna Systems
  • Combining Systems
  • Complete Turnkey Systems
  • Engineering & Installation of All Systems

Performance that is tough to find anywhere at a price you can afford.

CONTACT
DX Radio Systems, Inc.
10941 Pendleton Street
Sun Valley, California 91352-1522 USA
Telephone: 818-252-6700
Fax: 818-252-6711
E-mail: Info@DXRadioSystems.com
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Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D. C. 20554
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
Internet: http://www.fcc.gov
TTY: 1-888-835-5322
 
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEWS
September 9, 2004
MEDIA CONTACT:
Lauren Patrich at (202) 418-7944
E-mail: lauren.patrich@fcc.gov
Israel Balderas at (202) 513-4531
E-mail: israel.balderas@fcc.gov
 

FCC ADOPTS ANNUAL REPORT ON
STATE OF COMPETITION IN THE WIRELESS INDUSTRY

Washington, D.C.—The Federal Communications Commission has adopted its Ninth Annual Report to Congress on the state of competition in the commercial wireless—or Commercial Mobile Radio Services (CMRS)—industry. Today, the Commission concluded that there is effective competition in the CMRS marketplace, based on the analysis of several measures of competition, including: the number of carriers competing in an area, the extent of service deployment, prices, technological improvements and product innovations, subscriber growth, usage patterns, churn, and investment. The Commission reviewed competitive market conditions using a framework that groups indicators of the status of competition into four categories: (1) market structure; (2) carrier conduct; (3) consumer behavior; and (4) market performance. Key findings include—

With respect to market structure, the Commission found that 97 percent of the total U.S. population lives in a county with access to 3 or more different operators offering mobile telephone service, up from 95 percent in the previous year, and up from 88 percent in 2000, the first year for which these statistics were kept. The Commission found somewhat larger increases in the percentage of the U.S. population living in a county with access to 4 or more, 5 or more, 6 or more, and 7 or more different mobile telephone operators in the past year, indicating that competition is robust in terms of the current number of competitors per market, and also that spectrum availability and other key determinants of entry conditions are favorable to continued competitive entry at the local level.

With respect to carrier conduct, the Commission found that competitive pressures continue to compel carriers to introduce innovative pricing plans and service offerings, and to match the pricing and service innovations introduced by rival carriers. Price rivalry, the Commission found, is evidenced by the continued expansion of pricing innovations such as free night and weekend minutes and free mobile-to-mobile calling among an individual carrier’s customers. Though most U.S. mobile telephony subscribers have postpaid service, meaning they pay their mobile phone bill after they have incurred charges, all the nationwide operators offer some version of a prepaid service, either directly to their retail customers or through third-party resellers.

The Commission noted that the deployment of competing technological standards also continues to be an important dimension of non-price rivalry in the U.S. mobile telecommunications market. The carriers using TDMA/GSM as their second-generation digital technology continue deploying or planning to deploy the next-generation technologies on the GSM migration path, including General Packet Radio Services (“GPRS”), Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (“EDGE”), and eventually Wideband CDMA (“WCDMA”). Similarly, many CDMA carriers have been upgrading their networks to CDMA2000 1xRTT, and some CDMA carriers have begun deploying a high-speed wireless data network using CDMA2000 1X EV-DO (evolution-data only, “EV-DO”), the next step in the CDMA migration path after 1xRTT. The Commission recognized that, in addition to investing in network deployment and upgrades, certain carriers have continued to pursue marketing strategies designed to differentiate their brands from rival offerings with regard to various aspects of network performance such as geographic coverage, voice quality, and wireless data speeds.

With respect to consumer behavior, the Commission found that consumers contribute to pressure on carriers to compete on price and other terms and conditions of service by actively searching for information on competitive alternatives and freely switching providers in response to differences in the cost and quality of service. The Commission noted that average monthly churn rates remain at about 1.5 to 3.5 percent per month and that the advent of wireless local number portability in November 2003 has lowered consumer switching costs by enabling wireless subscribers to keep their phone numbers when changing wireless providers.

With respect to market performance, the Commission concluded that competitive conditions in the CMRS marketplace are providing significant benefits to consumers by a number of performance indicators. In the 12 months ending December 2003, the United States mobile telephony sector increased subscribership from 141.8 million to 160.6 million, raising the nationwide penetration rate to approximately 54 percent of the population. Mobile subscribers continued to increase the amount of time they spend talking on their mobile phones, with average minutes of use per subscriber per month rising to more than 500 minutes by the end of 2003 from 427 minutes in 2002 and 255 minutes in 2000. The Commission noted that, though U.S. mobile subscribers still prefer to use their mobile phones to talk rather than to send text messages (“SMS”), the popularity of text messaging and other handset-based leisure and entertainment applications increased during 2003 as evidenced by, among other indicators, a steep rise in the volume of SMS traffic and an increase in the estimated percentage of U.S. mobile subscribers considered to be casual data users. Two different indicators of mobile pricing - revenue per minute and the cellular Consumer Price Index (“CPI”)—have continued to drop, while a third indicator based on the consumption patterns of hypothetical users showed a slight increase in 2003. The Commission found that, nevertheless, international comparisons indicate that mobile voice calls are still far less expensive on a per minute basis in the United States than in Western Europe.

Action by the Commission on September 9, 2004 by Ninth Report (FCC 04-216). Chairman Powell, Commissioners Abernathy and Martin, and Adelstein with Commissioner Copps concurring. Separate statements issued by Chairman Powell and Commissioner Copps.

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Contacts: Heidi Kroll at (202) 418-2361 or e-mail: Heidi.Kroll@fcc.gov. Ben Freeman at (202) 418-0628 or e-mail: Ben.Freeman@fcc.gov.

WT Docket No. 04-111

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TGA Technologies, Inc.
100 Pinnacle Way, Suite 140
Norcross, Georgia 30071 USA
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GTES Corporate
Russ Allen
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cel: 360-820-3888
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340 Bethany Bend
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Tel: 770-754-1666
Cell: 404-518-6632
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Your Professional Services Partner


GTES is the only Glenayre authorized software support provider to the paging industry.

The GTES team consists of highly qualified and seasoned associates who were formerly a part of Glenayre's paging infrastructure support and engineering operations. We are poised and ready to "Partner" with you to ensure the viability of your network, reduce your long-term cost of ownership, and to provide future solutions for profitability. GTES will offer product sales, maintenance services, software development and product development to the wireless industry.


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Software and/or Hardware Support Programs

Product Sales
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Upgrades, Relocations, Repairs, Consolidations

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New features, application development

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Intelligent Paging & Mobile Data Hardware & Software

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Selective is a developer and manufacturer of highly innovative paging receiver/decoders and mobile data equipment. The PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal is THE MOST INTELLIGENT PAGING RECEIVER IN THE MARKET. The PDT2000 is a large display pager designed for desktop or in-vehicle mounting and is widely used by emergency services and in onsite paging systems for forklift dispatch etc. All of the following capabilities are standard features of the PDT2000 and of our other paging data receivers:

  • FLEX and POCSAG decoding
  • POCSAG encoding and transmitter control
  • Parallel printer output
  • Serial inputs & outputs
  • Relay control (1-256 or more)
  • PC interfacing and message management
  • Message interception & logging
  • Remote control
  • Cross band repeating & paging coverage infill
  • LED sign control
  • Remote printing etc.

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Our mobile data equipment includes a range of Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) which may be interfaced to a variety of wireless networks including trunked and conventional radio, GPRS & CDMA cellular, Mobitex etc. Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and GPS solutions, Dispatch & Messaging software.   We offer mobile communications dealers and systems integrators a "fast to market" job dispatch and job management capability.

Specialised local area paging systems, paging interception and message reprocessing software, field force automation and mobile dispatch solutions. We export worldwide.

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Address:
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PO Box 8798
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Paging Training Course

Specially designed course for sales, marketing, and administration personnel. Engineers will only be admitted with a note signed by their mothers, promising that they will just listen and not disrupt the class. (This is supposed to be funny!)

This is a one-day training course on paging that can be conducted at your place of business. Please take a look at the course outline to see if you think this might be beneficial in your employees: Paging training course outline. I would be happy to customize the content to meet your specific requirements.

Although it touches on several "technical" topics, it is definitely not a technical course. I used to teach the sales and marketing people at Motorola Paging and they appreciated an atmosphere where they could ask technical questions without being made to feel like a dummy and without getting a long convoluted overly-technical answer that left them more confused than before. A good learning environment is one that is non-threatening.

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COMPUTER NEWS

USA Today has published the first in an extensive, two-part investigation into cybercrime and malware:

Over the past eight months, USA TODAY interviewed more than 100 tech-industry executives, consultants, analysts, regulators and security experts who say top-tier code writers now create malicious programs mainly to amass networks of zombie PCs. They then sell access to zombie networks to spammers, blackmailers and identity thieves who orchestrate fraudulent for-profit schemes.

Most consumers are slow to grasp that an intruder has usurped control of their PC. "We have a large population that is easily tricked," says Dave Dittrich, senior security engineer at the University of Washington's Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.

One measure of the swelling tide of zombie PCs: e-mail spam continues to skyrocket, with zombies driving the increase. In July, spam made up 94.5% of e-mail traffic, nearly double from a year before, says e-mail management firm MessageLabs. Postini, another big e-mail handler, estimates nearly 40% of spam now comes from zombie networks.

Source: MacInTouch

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WI-FI NEWS

Intel's Rosedale chip brings WiMax closer

First network trials based on Rosedale technology will start next year 

September 07, 2004 

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA—Intel Corp. has begun shipping samples of its first WiMax chip, called Rosedale, and the first network trials based on the technology will start next year, a senior company executive said Tuesday.

Rosedale is an SOC (system-on-chip) designed for networking gear that will wirelessly connect end-users' homes or offices with a WiMax-based broadband network, said Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Communications Group, speaking at the ITU Telecom Asia event in Busan, South Korea. SOCs are chips that integrate several different electronic components on a single piece of silicon.

The Santa Clara, California, chip maker has begun to provide samples of the Rosedale chip to several of its key customers, Maloney said. He did not disclose when the chip would begin shipping in large volumes to telecommunications equipment makers.

"The chip is going out for trials and then we're expecting deployments . . . over the next 12 months or so," Maloney said.

WiMax, which is also known as 802.16, is an emerging set of wireless networking standards that offer greater range and bandwidth than 802.11, commonly known as Wi-Fi. Unlike Wi-Fi, which is designed to provide wireless networking coverage over a relatively small area, such as a hotspot, WiMax is intended to provide network coverage over a distance of 30 miles (48 kilometers) at speeds up to 70Mbps.

Rosedale is based on the 802.16-2004 standard, a fixed-wireless networking technology that is intended to connect a home or office to a broadband network. Future WiMax products from Intel will be based on other variants of the technology and support mobile wireless connections, Maloney said, noting that the company plans to integrate WiMax support in notebook computers by 2006 and in mobile phones by 2007.

Intel is not the only company that is developing WiMax chips. Last month, Fujitsu Microelectronics of America Inc. announced it had begun efforts to develop a chip with capabilities similar to Rosedale. That chip is expected to be available early next year, Fujitsu Microelectronics said in a statement.

Source: InfoWorld


Wi-Fi targets TVs and mobiles

Certification initiative to aid development of Wi-Fi in consumer devices

09 Sep 2004

The Wi-Fi Alliance has unveiled a certification initiative that aims to set the stage for rapid development of Wi-Fi networking in consumer electronic devices such as DVD players, mobile phones and televisions. The Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) certification has been created in response to strong industry demand, according to the WiFi Alliance. It is designed to allow consumer electronic product manufactures to include Wi-Fi with WMM support in their product plans.

"The demand for Wi-Fi consumer electronic product connectivity is expected to grow significantly, and WMM will provide a strong foundation for that growth," said Wi-Fi Alliance managing director Frank Hanzlik in a statement. "In fact, we see this action jumpstarting the coming mainstream adoption of Wi-Fi in the consumer electronics market segment."

"The demand for multimedia support in telephony and other consumer electronic products has skyrocketed in recent months and is forecast to grow at an unprecedented rate." Cisco Systems, Atheros Communications, Intel and Philips have already unveiled products including access points and Wi-Fi cards that support the emerging standard.

Source: vnunet.com

September 8, 2004
Cellular-to-WLAN Roaming Specification Published
By Jeff Goldman


Cellular-to-WLAN Roaming Specification Published

September 8, 2004

Last week, a group of 14 companies announced the publication of the Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) specifications for extending mobile voice and data services over fixed wireless LANs. The companies involved include Alcatel, AT&T, BT, Cingular, Ericsson, , Motorola, Nokia, Nortel Networks, O2, Rogers Wireless, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, and T-Mobile USA.

Ken Kolderup is vice president of marketing at Kineto Wireless, a mobile solutions provider which participated in the development of the specifications. The aim of UMA, Kolderup says, is simple: to enable consumers to roam seamlessly between their cellular networks and the wireless LANs in their homes and offices. For carriers, that can be a very attractive proposition.

"They can allow their subscribers, using new dual mode mobile handsets, to roam seamlessly between the outdoor network when they're out and about, and as they go into their home or office wireless LAN environment, to be able to leverage that to receive higher-performance mobile voice and data services at a significant cost savings," Kolderup says.

For consumers, Kolderup says, the experience is truly seamless. "The normal mechanisms that are in the cellular network today for handing over calls between base stations as you drive down the freeway, it leverages those same mechanisms for handing the call off between the outdoor network and the wireless LAN," he says. "So there's no service interruption as they transition between different environments."

Handset manufacturers, he adds, view UMA as an excellent selling point for Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones. "I think this is a service model that really makes a lot of sense for inclusion of Wi-Fi in mainstream mobile devices," Kolderup says.

unlicensed mobile access

At a basic level, Kolderup says, the technology simply delivers mobile services over a complementary network. "It allows [the carrier] to effectively create a parallel access network for delivery of all those services—voice services, mobile data services, music downloads, video, SMS and everything else—over a complementary access network that leverages broadband IP transport and unlicensed spectrum," he says. To do that, two components are required. One is a controller box which is placed in the carrier's core network, and the other is software in the handset itself. "The controller box is responsible for extending and managing access to mobile services, and securing them, from all these wireless LAN endpoints," Kolderup says. The timing of this announcement, he suggests, is particularly fortunate. "For mobile operators, one of their largest opportunities for growth right now, now that subscriber penetration is so high in most developed countries, is trying to get more use of mobile services, and encouraging people to use a mobile device as their primary if not only device when at home and at the office," he says. Particularly in dealing with competition from services like voice over IP, Kolderup says, UMA can give carriers the perfect weapon. "UMA allows them to take advantage of voice over IP, Wi-Fi, and broadband, for them to also provide a very high quality, high performance service that subscribers are looking for, in exactly those locations where they can't do it very well today," he says. The carrier can then charge for service however they like. "There is the ability to identify traffic and charge differently for it when you are in a wireless LAN environment, and my presumption is that most carriers will look to do that," Kolderup says. To compete with VoIP services, he says, carriers might offer limited or unlimited WLAN access for, say, $5 to $20 a month on top of their usual mobile access fees.

Commercial deployments, Kolderup says, should start in the first half of 2005. "For a mobile operator, this is a way for them to encourage more use, and to give the subscribers what they're saying they want," he says. "It's giving the subscriber more, and retaining them and their service."

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