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FRIDAY - JULY 9, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 120

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

Vic Jackson, of Interconnect Services, sent me a copy of an FCC news release about a new regulation related to wireless and CLEC interconnection. (copy follows below) They are calling it the "all or nothing rule." It sounded like government doublespeak to me, so I sent Vic the following request for additional comments:

Could you explain: "the Order finds that the new all-or-nothing rule will promote more give and take in negotiations" It sounds like a contradiction.

Vic's response is in the READERS COMMENTS section, and it confirms my suspicion that the "all or nothing rule" is really a "take it or leave it rule" that will indeed reduce negotiation time because there will be no negotiation. The wireless carriers give and the big Telcos take.

I have received a report from a reader saying that Percomm's Canadian affiliate "PerComm Technologies, Inc." has filed for bankruptcy. You can read the message in the READERS COMMENTS section below. I have not been able to independently verify this report, but it goes along with the rumors that have been flying around for a while. This is not good for the ReFLEX paging industry. The Percomm e80 two-way pager was getting very good performance reports and had been approved for use on the big ReFLEX networks. I understand that some orders were placed but that no substantial shipments were ever made. Following is a clip from their web site:

PerComm Inc., a leading manufacturer of ReFLEX advanced messaging devices and FLEX and POCSAG 1way devices, is a privately held Massachusetts company. In addition to the wireless messaging devices, PerComm also develops the OmniData™ telemetry module; the GPS network assist location and asset tracking device; and licenses the ReFLEX Reference Design & Chipset.

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Congress runs into VoIP divide

CNET News.com
July 7, 2004, 12:54 PM PT

WASHINGTON—The political debate over how to regulate Internet phone calls is showing early signs of dividing along traditional partisan lines.

At a House of Representatives subcommittee panel hearing Wednesday, the Republican chairman struck a more cautious tone than his Democratic counterparts over what federal rules should apply to voice over Internet Protocol technology.

"We will never know VoIP's tremendous potential if we saddle it with unwarranted government regulation," Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., said in his opening remarks at one of the first hearings to address VoIP regulation. Upton, who chairs the House telecommunications subcommittee, warned that "VoIP providers should not be regulated like common carriers."

The senior Democrat on the subcommittee, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, was not nearly as laissez-faire. Markey said the need for "consumer privacy rules, billing protections, fraud protections" and affordable residential service "does not disappear simply because a voice call travels in packets rather than dedicated circuits."

Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, the top Democrat on the full committee, went even further. He criticized as "quite troubling" an FCC ruling in February that said voice communications flowing entirely over the Internet—such as Skype and Pulver.com's Free World Dialup—are not subject to traditional phone regulations. "I would like to take this opportunity to remind the FCC that it is a creature of the Congress, and the Congress has never intended that voice services be deregulated at the whim of the FCC," Dingell said.

Wednesday's hearing comes as Congress is taking a serious look at VoIP regulation for the first time, with a bill introduced Tuesday that would submit Internet phone providers to many of the same rules that apply to traditional voice carriers.

VoIP providers are hoping to secure protection from state governments eyeing VoIP as a potentially lucrative revenue source, while the FBI and Justice Department are lobbying to extend telephone-wiretapping laws to the nascent technology. In addition, the IRS and Treasury Department said on Friday that they are considering applying an existing 3 percent excise tax to VoIP services.

About 2.8 million people make phone calls over their broadband connection, a figure that includes about 2.2 million cable customers using circuit-switched technology and about 600,000 VoIP subscribers. Corporations are gravitating toward VoIP even faster than consumers, with as many as one in 10 business calls that once traveled over the traditional voice network now being completed entirely over the Internet.

"I think there's a more traditional wing of the (Democratic) party that thinks VoIP is very similar to regular phone service and should be treated in similar ways," said Robert Atkinson, vice president of the Progressive Policy Institute.

"Then there are folks who look at VoIP as more of an Internet application and think it should be treated as we treat the Internet," Atkinson said. "As a general rule, you could say that New Democrats are in the latter camp. Republicans who are more deregulatory in nature are also in that camp." Atkinson's group is part of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, which popularized the term "New Democrat" and was once chaired by Bill Clinton, when he was governor of Arkansas.

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The split between politicians who favor less regulation of VoIP and those who prefer more is not strictly a partisan divide. "I don't see this issue falling under partisan shot-taking," Rep. Upton said in a telephone interview after the hearing. "The technology is moving pretty fast, and we're going to stay up with it and get it deployed."

Another political component is the universal service taxes and access fee regulations that apply to traditional phone lines. Because they subsidize Americans who live in rural areas by charging urban subscribers more for phone service, the programs enjoy strong bipartisan support from politicians representing states with more rural populations.

"The deregulatory effort for VoIP has been led by mostly Republicans, and that includes Republicans at the FCC," said Adam Thierer, director of telecommunications studies at the Cato Institute. But, Thierer cautioned, many "splits are not party-based but geography-based when it comes to telecommunications. It's often a rural-versus-urban or suburban issue. Often it comes down to parochial interests."

In the FCC's February ruling that VoIP providers lauded as a "watershed event" for the industry, the two Democratic commissioners were the ones who argued that the ruling was too deregulatory. Commissioner Michael Copps opposed the decision, and Jonathan Adelstein said he partially dissented. Copps said the FCC's vote in favor of Pulver.com creates unreasonable "challenges for law enforcement and has implications for universal service and public safety."

Complicating the legislative outlook for VoIP are the different types of products that exist. Vonage, for instance, sells VoIP service that links with the existing telephone network--and is therefore most likely to be the target of regulations such as regulations dealing with enhanced 911 (E911) and disabled access, as well as access charges and universal service taxes. VoIP providers such as Free World Dialup, and instant-messaging applications, do not fall into the same category and should expect to experience different regulatory treatment.

So far, each of the three bills in Congress that address VoIP prohibits state governments from taxing and regulating companies that provide Internet telephone service. But the details vary: The two most deregulatory bills, introduced at around the same time in early April, are both backed entirely by Republicans.

The third bill, called the Advanced Internet Communications Services Act, is the only one with bipartisan support. It is also the most regulatory, saying that the FCC "shall by regulation" require VoIP companies to offer E911 service and disabled access, in addition to paying universal service and related taxes.

Source: ZDNet.com


800 MHz Decision Goes Nextel's Way

By Mark Rockwell
July 8, 2004
Wireless Week

WASHINGTON—The FCC took its long-awaited shot today in settling public safety communications interference problems by voting 5-0 to swap Nextel Communications' 800 MHz holdings with spectrum at 1.9 GHz.

The commission voted to require Nextel to give up rights to most of its 800 MHz licenses and all of its 700 MHz licenses in exchange for spectrum in 5 MHz chunks at 1910-1915 and 1990-1995 MHz. The commission valued Nextel's spectrum at $4.8 billion, less the cost of relocating thousands of public safety organizations, said John Muleta, FCC wireless telecommunications bureau chief, in a press briefing after today's vote. 

Nextel would have to line up a $2.5 billion letter of credit to ensure emergency service providers were moved. The commission also mandated that Nextel make an 'anti-windfall payment' to the Treasury Department if the costs of relocating incumbent providers totals less than the FCC's estimated $4.8 billion of the 1.9 GHZ spectrum. Nextel's own relocation costs also would be covered, where appropriate, according to Muleta. The commission has an 'exhaustive' list of what components and equipment would be covered by the reimbursement, he said.

Moving emergency service providers will be overseen by an independent transition administrator chosen by emergency service providers and other stakeholders in the 800 MHz proceeding, Muleta said. 

'This was the most difficult, complex issue I've ever worked on,' said FCC Chairman Michael Powell after the vote. 'Today we took bold action because our police and fire departments deserve nothing less.' Powell said the divisive issue brought a unanimous decision from the commission, however. There had been last-minute behind-the-scenes talks between commissioners over the decision and rumors of a hold out among the Democratic members, but in the end, Powell said commissioners showed a united front because they realized a decision would help public safety.

Powell also took a shot at what he saw as unprecedented negative lobbying over the issue. In the weeks leading up to the vote, warnings of federal criminal violations and General Accounting Office (GAO) investigations loomed. Verizon Wireless said the FCC, in giving spectrum to Nextel at 1.9 GHz, could be violating federal criminal statutes, as well other federal laws. 'Much has been made of the legal consequences' of the vote, said Powell after the meeting. Lobbying leading up to the decision was 'the most ruthless we've ever encountered,' he added. 'Yes, there are risks, but they pale in comparison' to those that public safety providers would face if the FCC didn't act, he said. 'Sometimes you have to rise above commercial self-interest' and act in the public's behalf, he said in a swipe at Verizon Wireless' constant reminders of the billions it would have paid for the 1.9 MHz spectrum. 'There's been an inordinate amount of time nickel and diming the valuation' of spectrum, he said.

An investigation at the GAO concerning the spectrum swap still awaits. The commission said 'the U.S. comptroller general has agreed to review' the issue. Should the 'comptroller general unambiguously conclude that the commission's plan violates the appropriations statutes, the commission will address ... whether it is appropriate to stay the effect of some aspects of the plan...' In other words, if the GAO concludes the FCC's plan violates rules against giving away public resources to a private company, the FCC may have to go back to the drawing board.

Critics responded immediately. Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA, called the decision 'disappointing.'

'The FCC clearly didn't keep its eye on the ball,' he said in a statement. 'Its primary responsibility in this case is to look out for public safety and the American public, and that didn't happen. It is unfortunate that the commission's plan does less to solve the public safety interference problem than other alternatives that were available. Among all of the FCC's choices, this one provides public safety with the fewest assurances of success.'

Source: Wireless Week


Airship to provide blanket wireless services

Posted July 8, 2004, 9:30 AM ET by Simon Spagnoletti
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airship looks like a whaleSansWire Networks (such a clever name eh?) is demonstrating its “Stratellite” technology later on this week. Bad names aside, the concept is interesting and the mock-up looks like a whale, which bodes well for business (but gets serious nerd points with the Final Fantasy crowd). They plan on using “airships” (not balloons or blimps, oh no!) 13 miles up as wireless transmission platforms. It’s pretty much the same principle as communications satellites, with many of the same line-of-sight benefits only lower, cheaper, and easier to maintain. Each airship will use GPS to maintain a fixed position and be able to cover 300,000 square miles with wireless broadband, cellular, 3G/4G mobile, MMDS, paging, fixed wireless telephony, and HDTV goodness.  Perhaps some carriers (we’re not naming any names) should consider getting a couple for New York until they sort themselves out this summer.

Source: engadget


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Source: JTECH Communications, Inc.

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Wednesday June 30, 11:12 am ET

JTECH Glowster Pager Rolled Out to Best Buy Stores Nationwide

BOCA RATON, Fla., June 30 /PRNewswire/—JTECH Communications, industry pioneer and leader in on-premises wireless paging solutions for retail and other markets, recently completed delivery of its PeopleAlert silent paging system with the popular Glowster vibration and flash pagers, to the 619 Best Buy stores nationwide. The system-wide rollout included over 6,000 Glowster pagers, outfitting the Best Buy retail chain with silent customer paging for its in-store computer and technical services. Symantec, global leader and provider of computer/information security solutions, funded the Best Buy purchase, leveraging prime advertising space on the unique Glowster "Promoback."

The paging systems have been implemented in the technical services area to allow customers the freedom to browse and shop the store while their computer systems are being configured, upgraded or repaired. "The addition of JTECH paging creates a classic 'win-win' for everyone involved in the transaction," said JTECH President David Stokoe. "Customers no longer line up and wait for technical services; they instead have the freedom to roam the store. They have the opportunity to see and often buy other products in the store, increasing sales with existing satisfied customers," Mr. Stokoe added.

"JTECH's wireless paging is a natural fit in a variety of retail environments, improving the customer experience, enhancing store operations and helping to increase in-store sales," noted Jack Troy, JTECH VP of Sales and Marketing. "We are excited about this most recent success in the retail arena and are enthusiastic about earning more business in this dynamic marketplace."

JTECH Communications, Inc., the South Florida based solutions developer and systems integrator, is the nation's leading provider of on-premises wireless messaging systems for the retail, hospitality and healthcare industries. Using a variety of unique wireless products, systems and solutions, JTECH's user list features over 50,000 installations spanning virtually every industry including retail stores, pharmacies, auto dealerships, salons, hospitals and clinics, churches, chain and independent restaurants, hotels, casinos, cruise ships and more. For more information about JTECH's family of solutions for retail, visit their web site at http://www.retailpaging.com.

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READER'S COMMENTS

From:vic's e-mail address
Subject: Re: FCC New Rule for Interconnection
Date: July 8, 2004 3:28:45 PM EDT
To: brad@braddye.com

Brad:

The theory behind the FCC's statement is that previously, wireless and CLEC carriers could "pick and choose" provisions from various agreements to be part of their agreement with the LEC. The new "all or nothing" rule means the wireless/CLEC carrier can only choose to adopt a whole agreement (all of the provisions as a package) that the LEC made with another carrier. The FCC indicates that this new "all or nothing" rule will induce carriers to attempt to negotiate terms rather than being able to assemble pieces of various existing agreements. The theory being that the carriers will want to negotiate provisions specific to their situation. The reality is that the new rule has no discernable benefit to competitive wireless/CLEC carriers and will only provide more "give" on the part of the wireless carriers and more "take" on the part of the LEC's!

Your perception of the new FCC rules appears to be valid. In essence, the FCC has bowed to pressure from the LEC's and simple made life a bit more miserable for wireless carriers. This is not a total disaster for wireless carriers, but is a notch down from the old rule.

Vic

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Re: PerComm

I just found you on the Internet and read your Wireless Messaging Newsletter. Rumors of PerComm's demise are true. PerComm, Inc.'s ("PI") Canadian affiliate known as "PerComm Technologies, Inc." ("PTI") filed for bankruptcy court protection on June 8, 2004. PTI performed engineering services for PI out of Burnaby, British Columbia. It appears that PI abruptly stopped paying PTI's engineer salaries and lease obligations. An auction of PTI's intellectual property (e80, OmniData, etc.) is slated for this month. It is assumed that PI (which only holds design patents for the e80) itself will not survive for much longer. [FYI: PTI Bankruptcy Case & Court No. 11-246414, Dist. of British Columbia, Division No. 3 - Vancouver].

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I’m continuing the topic of marketing suggestions to increase your sales of pagers (and more important, the monthly service income!)

My work schedule prevented me from writing a column for last week’s newsletter—has this ever happened to you? Anyway, here we go now!

This week’s topic is e-mail paging. If your system doesn't support this, get it! The IT gurus love this. Their equipment generates e-mails for all sorts of things and getting it on their pager is very helpful. Not only can you charge for the basic alpha pager service, but you can charge extra for the e-mail address!

You will provide an e-mail address, such as: 1234567@yourpagingcompany.com. Any e-mail for that address will alert and display on your customer’s pager. Systems to provide this functionality to your system are available, if you don’t already have this capability in your system. The cost varies tremendously, from nothing to lots. Exactly what you may need to purchase and install will be based upon your existing equipment.

Do you have any tips to share? Please send them along to me at jsimmons@rogerstwoway.com. Even if you don’t have any tips I’d like to hear your comments—good or bad.

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The EE Group is actively seeking Dealers with sales/ service/installation capabilities to promote the latest wireless AVL, SCADA and data products from Telegauge Systems, Inc. This innovative program requires NO inventory and NO billing by your facility; you just sell it and sign up the end user to collect the commissions.

Now the real reason to choose the EE Group and Telegauge over the host of others; we pay you permanent residual income every month on your airtime sales forever.

Airtime commissions range up to 12% per month based on prior sales and you buy all equipment direct from the factory at 2-tiered wholesale prices as well for great margins. 

Telegauge builds fully 2-way overt and covert (hidden) GPS based Automatic Vehicle Location, SCADA, remote management, telemetry and data systems routed via cellular and satellite that are delivered to the end user via the Internet or direct to the desktop. Applications are both ‘canned’ and custom depending upon the customers needs. We even have full dispatch systems including credit card swipe and billing if needed.

Finally, the prices on the product are guaranteed to be the LOWEST in the industry at under $600 retail for the equipment and from $6 to $30 on the monthly airtime with most customers in the $15 range. Note too that the price is the same for cellular OR satellite world wide coverage and no one else has this exclusive capability.

Telegauge provides the product, software, airtime, billing and final information from a single source and you can be a BIG part of it. You stock NOTHING, just collect the checks.

We are paid by the manufacturer to support YOU and unlike other factories; we never bid against you, restrict you or take your deal. We help you with demo equipment, brochures, information, sales assistance, web advertising and user name/passwords for the website so that you don’t even need to buy anything to start up fast.

Contact us for a no-obligation CD of all the presentation and training material, price spreadsheets and information at: EEGroup@EEonTheWeb.com or for fast action call for a link to the Dealers Only page: 310-534-4456 and mention that you found out about it via Brad Dye’s Newsletter. You have nothing to lose and some great residual income to gain. Call or e-mail NOW.

Wireless Telemetry

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Data Communications Level 1 A basic ReFLEX transceiver, sending and receiving serial RS-232 ASCII data.
Telemetry Remote Monitoring and Control Level 2 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, monitoring alarms from a remote site, and sending commands to the remote site.
Asset or Fleet Tracking Level 3 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module for the reporting of accurate locations to enable tracking.
Field Force Automation Level 4 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module and a handheld computer terminal for full automation of field service activities all the way from the customer's location back to the service company's back office.
We can generally turn a specification into a prototype in two to four weeks. If you have an interesting application in mind, please give me a call so we can talk about it. ()
WANTED WANTED

Thank you to all of Brad's readers who provided equipment and leads for my last want list. I continue to search out and recreate early wireless e-mail systems from the 80s and 90s and am looking to acquire the following:

  • CE Software's QuickMail Server from, or prior to 1995 on any OS c/w documentation.
  • MobileVision server plug-in for QuickMail server c/w documentation.
  • Working MOTOROLA MARCO with MobileVision client c/w user guide documentation.
  • Motorola AirMobile software. Both client and server apps.
  • Working NEC D4 or D7 alphas on any band. RS232/Printer interface. Any user manuals or brochures.
  • Early Motorola ADVISOR PrintPals c/w Version 1.0 PC software and documentation for reading the Advisor.
  • Complete IBM KDT based DCS terminals, documentation, user manuals, anything associated with the IBM KDT based DCS system.
  • MOTOROLA PAGER CARD the PCMCIA pager card from Motorola on any frequency. Also looking for any documentation and software for the pager card.

If you have any of the above or a lead on same please contact us.

Cassel & Associates
E-mail: paul@ve3sy.com
Phone: 519-634-5139

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AAPC Mission Statement

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

  • 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

Our industry must move forward together or we will perish individually.

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Zetron Simulcast System

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!

MAXPage
More information

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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CONTACTS
Chris Kephart
888-645-7545
972-221-4528
ckephart@mckcom.com
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888-223-4028
217-221-0985
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Wireless Communication Solutions

The Hark ISI-400LX is a hardware device that encapsulates serial data into TCP/IP for transmission over the Internet. It can also be configured to convert incoming TAP messages from the serial port and send them over the Internet to paging providers in email (SMTP) or Simple Network Paging Protocol (SNPP) format. The ISI-400LX with the optional external modem can connect to a secondary dial-up ISP when a failure on the ethernet port is detected.

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This device is the perfect companion for the Hark Gateway products. An ISI can be located at a remote location for receiving TAP, TNPP, or Billing traffic using a local ISP eliminating long distance phone charges.

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System Features & Benefits:

  • Hardware Based
  • Uses Embedded Linux as the Multitasking OS
  • Secure access for Configuration and Maintenance
  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP or SMTP
  • Converts Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Connects to Internet using 10Base-T Network
  • Connects to Internet using Modem and PPP
  • Dial Backup to another ISP or Modem
  • Can be Configured to use 1 to 4 Serial Ports
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.

Since 1979

RTS Wireless ADVX System
Support and Enhancements

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.

Contact Sales sales@programmingconcepts.com
or 631-563-3800 x220.

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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NEWS
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:
July 8, 2004
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Diane L. Griffin at (202) 418-7294
Email: Diane.Griffin@fcc.gov

FCC ADOPTS ALL-OR-NOTHING RULE
TO REPLACE PICK-AND-CHOOSE RULE

Action Permits Competitors to Obtain Mutually Beneficial
Concessions to Better Serve End-User Customers

Washington, DC—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today adopted an all-or-nothing rule that requires a requesting telecommunications carrier seeking to adopt terms in another carrier’s interconnection agreement to adopt the agreement in its entirety, taking all rates, terms, and conditions from the adopted agreement.

The Commission based its decision on two key determinations. First, the Order concludes that the current pick-and-choose rule is not compelled by the language of section 252(i) of the Communications Act. Second, the Order finds that the new all-or-nothing rule will promote more give and take in negotiations, which will produce mutually beneficial agreements that will be better tailored to meet carriers’ individual needs. In addition, the new rule is expected to reduce negotiation time, expenses, and possible areas of dispute, while at the same time providing adequate protection against potential discrimination. Based on these determinations, the Order concludes that the benefits of adopting the all-or-nothing rule outweigh the burdens, and therefore replaces the pick-and-choose rule.

- FCC -

Docket No.: CC 01-338

Action by the Commission, July 8, 2004, by Second Report and Order (FCC 04-164). Chairman Powell, Commissioners Abernathy and Martin; with Commissioner Copps dissenting and Commissioner Adelstein approving in part and dissenting in part. Chairman Powell and Commissioners Abernathy, Copps and Adelstein issuing separate statements.

Wireline Competition Bureau Staff Contact: Christi Shewman at 202-418-1686.

News about the Federal Communications Commission can also be found on the Commission’s web site www.fcc.gov.


Arch Wireless, Metrocall sued over proposed sale

Boston Business Journal

June 30, 2004

Arch Wireless Inc. of Westborough and Metrocall Holdings Inc., a wireless-paging company that Arch plans to buy, have been sued by a Metrocall investor who claims the planned purchase is unfair.

Shareholder Lyle Green said in a Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit filed Tuesday that the deal is unfair to Metrocall shareholders, who would get $150 million in cash and 28 percent stake in the combined business, while Arch shareholders would get 73 percent, according to Bloomberg News. Metrocall will account for 36 percent of the combined company's revenue, he said.

"The merger unfairly allocates a greater portion of" the new company's equity "to Arch's stockholders and penalizes Metrocall's stockholders," Green said in the suit.

Arch and Metrocall, which both exited bankruptcy in 2002, plan to combine to create Wizards-Patriots Holdings Inc. in Alexandria, Va., where Metrocall is based. The transaction, which was announced in March, will allow the companies to compete with larger carriers such as Nextel Communications Inc., which sell paging services along with voice calling.

Metrocall spokesman Timothy Dietz told Bloomberg the company had no comment. Arch spokesman William Redmond Jr. didn't immediately respond to a voice-mail message seeking comment, Bloomberg reported.

The suit, which seeks damages and to stop the sale, also accuses Metrocall's directors of not looking out for shareholders' best interests.

Source: Boston Business Journal

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CONTACT
TGA Technologies, Inc.
100 Pinnacle Way, Suite 140
Norcross, Georgia 30071 USA
Tel: +1 770-441-2100
Fax: +1 770-449-7740
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CUSTOM APPLICATIONS

outrnet custom apps If you see someone in the field (like salespeople, technicians, and delivery people) using paper forms, their company could probably save a pile of money, and get much better timeliness, accuracy and efficiency, by using converting to Outr.Net's Wireless Forms. Custom applications for as little as $995, delivered in just a few days.Outr.Net has a web page on Wireless Forms for Timeports at: http://www.outr.net/overnight_pw.htm left arrow Their latest newsletter is: "Business Development in Mobile Data" left arrow

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GTES Corporate
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cel: 360-820-3888
russ.allen@gtesinc.com
GTES Sales
870 Mountclaire Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
Tel: 678-947-5649
Cel: 770-598-4442
tim.hall@gtesinc.com

www.gtesinc.com
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.


GTES SUITE OF PRODUCTS

GTES Partner Program
Software and/or Hardware Support Programs

Product Sales
Software and Hardware Sales

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Upgrades, Relocations, Repairs, Consolidations

Software Development
New features, application development

Product Training
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CALL US TODAY FOR YOUR SUPPORT NEEDS

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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.

CONTACT
Postal
Address:
Selective Communications Group
PO Box 8798
Symonds St.
Auckland, New Zealand
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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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Mark Hood mehood@cox.net

Telephone: 757-588-0537

Paging Field Engineer/Electronic technician in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area.

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Industry executive looking for new position.

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WI-FI NEWS

Wi-Fi and UWB to play leapfrog in home entertainment, says ABI Research

[June 29, 2004]

Technologies for networking home entertainment equipment will compete for dominance over the next five years, but ultimately Wi-Fi will use 802.11n to continue its early lead, according to a new study by ABI Research.

The report, "Wi-Fi Home Entertainment Networks," identifies three candidates for wireless home entertainment networking: powerline networking, Wi-Fi (802.11x) and Ultra Wide Band (UWB). ABI Research believes that the real contest will be between Wi-Fi and UWB.

Phil Solis, ABI Research senior analyst, points out that although the official data transmission rate of the 802.11a and 802.11g protocols is 54 Mbps, the actual throughput is only about half that, due to the communications overhead required.

The UWB standard will offer theoretical speeds up to 480 Mbps, says Solis. However the first generation of UWB chipsets coming off the assembly lines in 2005 and into actual equipment in 2006-2007, will only offer 100-200 Mbps, and that doesn't take the required overhead into account.

Meanwhile the standard for the next member of the 802.11 family—802.11n—will have been ratified. The result? "Wi-Fi will continue to work its way into home entertainment networking, and will become entrenched," says Solis. "By the time UWB comes out—or just a little later—802.11n solutions will start to appear."

That may spell trouble for UWB, because 802.11n will offer actual throughput of 100 Mbps, after wireless overhead is accounted for—enough for multiple high-definition video streams.

"In the end," concludes Solis, "UWB will wind up being faster, and the chipsets will be cheaper. But if it's going to compete with Wi-Fi in home entertainment networking, it will probably be in non-real-time data transfer, such as moving video from a camera or camcorder to a PC, where distance is not an issue."

Source: TMCnet.com

UNTIL NEXT WEEK

I am looking forward to a great weekend and I hope you are too. Many thanks to everyone who sent in newsworthy items and especially to those who recommend the newsletter to friends and coworkers. I welcome articles about Wireless Messaging, Paging, and Telemetry Over Paging. If you have something to say, please let me know. I publish almost everything that is sent to me as long as it is not too long and rambling. We have been fortunate to have some really great articles, written by the leading experts in our industry.


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