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FRIDAY - MARCH 18, 2005 - ISSUE NO. 156

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

Starting this week, the AAPC (American Association of Paging Carriers) newsletter will now appear as a special section within this newsletter. It is an honor to have this association's publication here. I want to thank their president and board of directors for their decision. This will be an excellent vehicle for all of us to stay up to date with the news and activities of the AAPC.

This first issue announces their next get-together (the AAPC Wireless Forum) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It will take place this year at the beginning of June. Full details follow below. I am planning to attend and hope to see all of you there too. I went last year and this is really a great place have a meeting.

The 2004 fourth-quarter report from USA Mobility came out on Wednesday. This is the first consolidated report since the Arch/Metrocall merger. A significant portion of the report has been reproduced below, with a link to the rest of it on their web site. I have included a detailed summary drawn from all four of their 2004 quarterly reports. It is very encouraging to see that the attrition is apparently showing down—just slightly. Their quarterly loss (rounded) of subscribers in 2004 was:

  • Q1: -499K
  • Q2: -431K
  • Q3: -386K
  • Q4: -384K

So, congratulations to the management team at USA Mobility on their difficult work in "pulling the airplane out of its dive." Let's hope that the loss of Paging subscribers is finally starting to bottom out and that we have returned to that faithful/loyal/dependable user on whom we built this business in the first place. [Note added later: Unfortunately the market doesn't appear to share my optimism about this gradual reduction in the rate of attrition.]

I get a lot of calls from market analysts and I tell them all the same thing, "IT'S NOT OVER YET!" I have cautioned, and have been critical, about the possibility of cutting back too many antenna sites and hurting long term business. I know the bond holders are breathing down the necks of management to produce immediate revenue, but they would all be a lot more unhappy if we kill the goose that lays the golden eggs—just to get that one egg left inside the goose. My English teachers would probably tell me that I have used too many metaphors just now, but I am sure you understand what I mean.

Oh yes, the Motorola/Apple iTunes phone will not support over-the-air music downloads. A report follows.

The FCC finished their audit of Paging licenses and over 3,000 site-specific licenses were terminated.

A Public Notice, DA 05-491, has been released identifying the licenses that have been deemed to have permanently discontinued service as defined in 47 C.F.R. Section 22.317 and have, therefore, cancelled automatically. The Universal Licensing System has been updated to reflect these licenses as terminated. Licensees that believe their license was terminated in error have thirty (30) days from the publication of Public Notice DA 05-491 in the Federal Register to file a Petition for Reconsideration with the Commission. [source]

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WIRELESS NEWS

Martin to Be Named FCC Chairman

By Genaro C. Armas
Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, March 16, 2005; 1:31 PM

kevin martinPresident Bush has chosen Kevin Martin, a member of the Federal Communications Commission, to head the agency that has recently gained notoriety for clamping down on indecency in broadcasting.

Martin, who has been an FCC commissioner since 2001, replaces Michael Powell as chairman. Powell, son of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, had announced in January that he was leaving this month after four years in the top post.

The FCC has taken on an increasingly critical role in the life of America with the explosive growth in the telecommunications industry.

Martin, a Republican, was born in Charlotte, N.C. He worked at the White House for Bush as an economic adviser and served as a deputy general counsel on Bush's first campaign. His wife, Catherine, is a special assistant to the president on economic policy and previously worked as an adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Because he already is a member of the FCC, Martin's nomination, which had been widely expected, does not need to be confirmed by the Senate.

As chairman, Martin would lead an agency that regulates phone, broadcast, Internet and other telecommunications services. Among the issues the agency will likely tackle in the near future are the digital TV transition; another stab at revising media ownership rules; whether to approve a spate of phone industry mega-mergers; and how to regulate Internet phone calls.

But the agency has been prominent in the public's mind recently for tougher enforcement of the indecency guidelines that free, over-the-air radio and TV stations must follow.

It probably was best known for the fine it levied in connection with the so-called "wardrobe malfunction" involving entertainer Janet Jackson at the 2004 Super Bowl and for actions taken against bawdy radio shows and other programming deemed to racy for broadcast.

Fines for indecent programming exceeded $7.7 million last year, including a total of $550,000 against 20 CBS-owned stations for the Super Bowl show. CBS is contesting the fine. Four years ago, FCC fines totaled just $48,000.

Martin and Powell have not always seen eye to eye, most notably in 2003 when Martin allied with the FCC's two Democrats on a key vote over phone competition rules.

Powell's last FCC meeting was last week, and he has said he wanted to clear out of his office by Friday.

The White House must still nominate a commissioner to the five-member FCC, which under the current political structure has three Republican slots and two Democratic ones. The Senate would have to approve that nomination.

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said Wednesday he has recommended his former aide, Earl Comstock to the White House for the open slot.

Assistant Commerce Secretary Michael Gallagher—who is also head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration—was considered another possibility for FCC chief and might still be considered to become the third Republican commissioner.

Gallagher already is one of Bush's top advisers on telecommunications policy.

Other names that have been mentioned include former Texas utilities regulator Rebecca Armendariz Klein and Pat Wood, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Source: washingtonpost.com


RIM stock up 21% after lawsuit settled, AOL, Yahoo instant messengers added

Canadian Press

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

WATERLOO, Ont. (CP)—Shares in Research In Motion Ltd., best known for its BlackBerry e-mail device, shot up more than 21 per cent Wednesday morning after the company said it has agreed to pay $450 million US to NTP Inc. of Virginia to settle a three-year-old patent lawsuit.

RIM shares gained $17.33 to $98.29 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on 195,504 shares traded. "As part of the resolution, NTP will grant RIM and its customers an unfettered right to continue its BlackBerry-related wireless business without further interference from NTP or its patents," Waterloo-based RIM (TSX:RIM) said Wednesday.

RIM will have the right to grant sub-licences under NTP patents to anyone for products or services that interact or combine with RIM's products and services.

The settlement amount includes money in escrow totaling $137 million US, including interest and litigation-related fees).

A "substantial portion" of the other $313 million US is expected to be included in financial statements for the fourth quarter ended Feb. 26.

The dispute began in 2002 when NTP, based in Arlington, Va., claimed that RIM infringed on 16 of its patents, including its radio communications technology.

In August 2003, a U.S. court in Virginia agreed that 11 of those 16 patents were violated and awarded NTP $54 million US in damages, as well as an 8.6 per cent royalty on all the revenue from U.S. Blackberry sales. The court also ordered an injunction to prevent RIM from making or selling its devices in the United States.

The injunction was stayed, however, while RIM appealed.

On Dec. 14, a three-judge U.S. appeals court panel struck down the verdict and injunction yet upheld most of the patent infringement claims, sending the case back to the lower court for reconsideration.

RIM claims its BlackBerry relay server—through which all e-mails pass—is based in Waterloo, so U.S. patent laws have no jurisdiction, even though most of its two million subscribers are below the 49th parallel.

RIM said Wednesday that further comment and details will not be disclosed until the company's fourth-quarter conference call on April 5.

On Tuesday RIM announced partnership agreements with online giants America Online Inc. and Yahoo Inc. to provide support for their instant messaging services. AOL's Instant Messenger and Yahoo Messenger, which allow subscribers to chat in text in real time over the Internet, will be available on BlackBerrys in the coming months.

The services have combined subscriber base of 42 million

Source: NATIONAL POST


Ebbers' luck runs out in sweeping victory for feds

Posted 3/16/2005 12:22 AM     Updated 3/16/2005 3:12 AM

By Greg Farrell, USA TODAY

NEW YORK — Bernie Ebbers was always a gambler. From the time he invested in a tiny phone company in Mississippi two decades ago to the day his bid for MCI astounded the business world and created the USA's No. 2 telecom company in 1998, Ebbers trusted his gut and bet on his hunches. This year, on trial for helping cook WorldCom's books, he took the ultimate gamble: going on the witness stand in his own defense.

But as every gambler knows, luck doesn't last forever. On Tuesday afternoon, Ebbers' final roll of the dice came up snake eyes when a federal jury convicted him of helping to manipulate WorldCom's earnings before it fell into bankruptcy-court reorganization.

In a verdict sure to distress other CEOs whose defense is that they knew nothing of the crimes hatched on their watch, the jury delivered a total rejection of Ebbers' case: that he was a dealmaker who focused on strategy and left accounting decisions to subordinates.

"Every trial is different, its own unique soap opera," says John Coffee, an expert in securities law at Columbia University. "But the 'CEO as dupe' defense did not sell. Ultimately, the jury did not believe Ebbers."

Instead, the jury accepted the prosecution's theory that as WorldCom's top executive, Ebbers planted the seeds of an $11 billion accounting fraud by insisting to his finance chief that the company had to hit its numbers.

The government pointed out to the jury that at that time, Ebbers was under crushing financial pressure. He owed Bank of America more than $200 million, and his ability to repay was tied directly to the value of WorldCom stock.

Ebbers, 63, is likely to get up to 25 years in prison, under federal sentencing guidelines. Sentencing is scheduled for June 13. Though Ebbers' lead attorney, Reid Weingarten, vowed to appeal the verdict, Ebbers will most likely have to report to prison sometime in the summer or fall.

The verdict is a sweeping victory in the Justice Department's battle against high-profile corporate crime. It follows convictions against Adelphia Communications founder John Rigas and former Credit Suisse First Boston banker Frank Quattrone.

Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy is on trial in Alabama on charges of heading up a $2.7 billion accounting fraud. In that case, five former CFOs have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with prosecutors.

After WorldCom announced the discovery of its cooked books in June 2002, it plunged into bankruptcy-court protection, wiping out its shareholders. On the heels of Enron's collapse, the WorldCom fraud sparked public outrage and led to the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the most sweeping overhaul of the nation's securities laws since the securities acts of 1933 and 1934.

One provision of Sarbanes-Oxley, designed in response to the Enron and WorldCom debacles, made it a crime for chief executives to sign off on fraudulent earnings statements. Until then, CEOs of companies whose finances had been manipulated could claim ignorance. Former Enron executives Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling used just that defense to argue their lack of criminal responsibility for the crimes at Enron.

Sarbanes-Oxley did not apply to the crimes at WorldCom, which predated the passage of that law.

Ebbers' conviction raises the stakes for Lay and Skilling, who have been charged with criminal behavior at Enron and are to go on trial in Houston in January.

Leslie Caldwell, former head of the Justice Department's Enron Task Force, would not comment on Lay's trial specifically but says, "There's inherently a lot of suspicion when a highly paid CEO says there were significant things he wasn't aware of. There's a certain cynicism among jurors, who ask, 'How'd you get to be CEO?' "

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, associate dean of the Yale School of Management, dismisses the "CEO as victim" defense: "It's the captain of the ship's responsibility to know these things. If they say it's too complex for them to understand, say, 'Thank you very much, give us your back pay.' Don't take a salary like Ebbers' and then tell us later you can't do the job."

Still, while former Enron CEO Skilling might have trouble convincing jurors he was unaware of Enron's accounting fraud, former chairman Lay could fare better, some legal experts say.

"Unlike Ebbers, Lay was one step removed from management," says Jacob Frenkel, a former federal prosecutor now at the law firm Shulman Rogers. "A different set of facts, with a different jury on a different day, could lead to a different verdict."

The trial

WorldCom's failure wiped out billions of dollars in money belonging to shareholders and employees. Thousands of employees lost their jobs in the aftermath. In outlining the fraud, prosecutors at the Ebbers trial called as witnesses several former midlevel managers who had pleaded guilty to taking part in the scheme.

These cooperators—Troy Normand, Betty Vinson and David Myers—described the fraudulent accounting entries they made from the third quarter of 2000 through the first quarter of 2002. They testified that they did so at the direction of CFO Scott Sullivan and that the bogus entries were designed to help WorldCom meet its earnings goals.

The three also testified that, according to Sullivan, Ebbers knew of the scheme and supported it. Myers said that after the fraud began in October 2000, Ebbers apologized to him for the distasteful actions the accounting team had taken to meet the quarter's numbers and pledged it need never happen again.

Prosecutors then called Sullivan, their star witness. Over seven days, Sullivan testified that at the end of each quarter, he resorted to accounting tricks to make it appear that WorldCom was achieving its earnings targets.

Sullivan—the one witness to directly link Ebbers to the fraud—said the only reason he started cooking the books was that Ebbers insisted the company had to "hit the numbers." Sullivan said he told Ebbers each quarter that what they were doing was wrong. In response, Ebbers would either say nothing or repeat his mantra that WorldCom had to meet Wall Street's expectations, Sullivan testified.

Once the government rested its case, the defense put Ebbers on the stand—an enormously risky move that carried the danger of backfiring.

Under questioning from his own attorney, Ebbers displayed an easygoing, almost avuncular, charm. He recounted the now-famous story of his rise from dead-end college dropout to CEO of the second-largest telecommunication company in the USA.

Despite his success, Ebbers insisted that he approached his role like the basketball coach he once was: He found the best players and trusted them to do the right thing.

Ebbers insisted he was ignorant of the accounting fraud at WorldCom. Relying on testimony from several witnesses, prosecutors suggested that Ebbers initiated the fraud because so much of his wealth was tied up in WorldCom stock. But Ebbers downplayed any financial pressure he felt from 2000 to 2002.

He insisted that the hundreds of millions of dollars he owed to Bank of America, and secured by his stock holdings, did not affect his stewardship.

Ultimately, the jurors believed the prosecution, though none were available later to explain their reasons.

"I think Ebbers gambled when he took the stand, but he had little choice," says Robert Giuffra, a criminal defense attorney with Sullivan & Cromwell.

"He had to explain why he didn't know about the fraud, and the jury didn't buy it. It's not good news for other ex-CEOs who are in the government's sights."

Final gamble

It was likely the final gamble of Ebbers' career. And Ebbers' troubles aren't over. He faces a variety of civil lawsuits over his role in the fraud.

Through much of the six-week trial and the eight days of jury deliberations that followed, Ebbers displayed the charm and charisma that helped propel him to the top of Corporate America.

During breaks, the lanky 6-foot-4-inch former college basketball player would stroll by spectators and reporters in the courtroom, hands in his pockets, and make small talk.

While witnesses testified, Ebbers sat impassively at the defense table. His wife, Kristie, sat directly behind him, usually accompanied by her daughter. Ebbers' two grown daughters from his first marriage also attended parts of the trial.

When the jurors seemed close to rendering a guilty verdict last week, Ebbers' mood turned glum. When they asked for testimony that supported Ebbers on Friday, the former CEO regained his buoyant form.

But at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, as word came into the courtroom that the jury had reached a verdict, Ebbers was quiet. Jurors entered 10 minutes later. None made eye contact with him or the defense table. Ebbers steeled himself for the worst.

As jury foreman Theodora Evans read the first of nine separate guilty verdicts out loud, Ebbers maintained his stoic calm. But his wife flinched with each one. By the last count, she was in tears. Ebbers showed no emotion.

As Judge Barbara Jones set a sentencing date, Ebbers moved into the spectator gallery to comfort his wife and stepdaughter.

He then prepared for the long trip through the photographers and TV news crews who had amassed outside the courthouse.

Source: USA Today


USA Mobility Reports Fourth Quarter and 2004 Operating Results

USA Mobility (ticker: USMO, exchange: Privately Held)
News Release—March 16, 2005

Arch, Metrocall Merger Integration and Debt Reduction on Target

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging services, today announced operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2004. The fourth quarter of 2004 represents the first quarter of combined operations for USA Mobility, formed on November 16, 2004 by the merger of Arch Wireless, Inc. and Metrocall Holdings, Inc. These results include 46 days of combined operations with Metrocall and a full year and full quarter of Arch's operations. USA Mobility's historical financials are those of Arch Wireless which was deemed the accounting acquirer in the merger.

Reported revenue for the fourth quarter of 2004 increased 4.7% to $141.3 million, compared to $135.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2003, with the increase due entirely to the inclusion of Metrocall revenue for 46 days. Reported net loss for the fourth quarter was $1.2 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.4 million, or $0.07 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2003. For 2004, reported revenue totaled $490.2 million, compared to $597.5 million in 2003. Reported net income in 2004 totaled $13.5 million, or $0.65 per share, compared to net income of $16.1 million, or $0.81 per share, in the prior year.

As shown below on a pro-forma basis, total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2004 decreased to $179.9 million, compared to $191.5 million in the third quarter of 2004 and $232.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2003.

($'s in millions)Pro Forma Revenues
    
 4Q033Q044Q04
Arch or USA Mobility (1)$135.0$109.4$141.3
Metrocall (2)87.182.138.6
WebLink Wireless (3)10.4----
Pro Forma Total$232.5$191.5$179.9

(1) Reflects historical Arch revenues for the respective periods and Metrocall revenues from November 16, 2004 to December 31, 2004.
(2) Reflects historical Metrocall revenues for the respective period through November 15, 2004.
(3) Reflects historical revenues of WebLink Wireless through Metrocall's acquisition on November 18, 2003.

USA Mobility's messaging units in service decreased by 314,000 during the fourth quarter and 979,000 for the year, excluding the impact of 2,744,000 units acquired in the merger with Metrocall. Total units in service at December 31, 2004 were 6,202,000, including 5,003,000 direct units in service and 1,199,000 indirect units in service. Of the 6,202,000 total units in service at year-end 2004, 5,673,000 were one-way messaging units and 529,000 were two-way messaging units. Pro forma for the merger, the company had 7,902,000 units in service at December 31, 2003. Consolidated average revenue per unit decreased to $9.17 in 2004 from $9.85 in 2003; however, a unit adjustment made by Arch in the fourth quarter of 2003 resulted in $0.45 of the year-to-year decline.

"While the merger closing occurred later than we originally planned, we made significant progress on our integration initiatives in our first 46 days of operations," said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer. "However, the wireless messaging industry remains very challenging, and those challenges continue to validate the importance of the merger of Arch and Metrocall. As we move forward with the integration process, we look to gain further benefit from cost reductions and operational synergies that will make us more efficient and enable us to better serve our customers for a longer period of time than either Arch or Metrocall would have been capable of on a stand-alone basis. We have continued to strengthen our financial position during the past four months through the repayment of debt incurred in the merger. USA Mobility repaid $45 million on our $140 million credit facility through December 31, 2004, and we have paid an additional $28.5 million through March 1, 2005, leaving a balance of $66.5 million. The company had $47 million cash on hand at December 31, 2004."

Merger integration activities commenced in the fourth quarter and included consolidation of the sales and marketing function. In addition, numerous back-office and administrative functions have been, or are now being, consolidated into USA Mobility's headquarters offices and operations center, both located in Alexandria, VA, and its technical center based in Plano, TX. Other integration initiatives launched in the fourth quarter included planning for conversion to a single customer service and billing platform and the reconfiguration of both one-way and two-way networks.

USA Mobility plans to host a conference call for investors on its fourth quarter and year-end results at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, March 17, 2005. The call-in number is 877-502-9276 (toll-free) or 913-981-5591 (toll). The pass code for the call is 4476409 (followed by the # sign). A replay of the call will be available from 2:00 p.m. on March 17 until 8:00 p.m. on April 1. The replay number is 888-203-1112 (toll-free) or 719-457-0820 (toll). The pass code for the replay is 4476409 (followed by the # sign).

About USA Mobility

USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a leading provider of paging products and other wireless services to the business, government and healthcare sectors. USA Mobility offers traditional one-way and advanced two-way paging via its nationwide networks covering more than 90% of the U.S. population and with roaming partners in Canada and Mexico. In addition, the company offers mobile voice and data services through Nextel and Cingular/AT&T Wireless, including BlackBerry and GPS location applications. The company's product offerings include wireless connectivity systems for medical, business, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility focuses on the business-to-business marketplace and supplies mobile connectivity solutions to over two-thirds of the Fortune 1000 companies. For further information visit http://www.usamobility.com.

CONTACT: Bob Lougee (508) 435-6117

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act:

Statements contained herein or in prior press releases which are not historical fact, such as statements regarding USA Mobility's expectations for future operating and financial performance, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause USA Mobility's actual results to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, declining demand for paging products and services, the ability to continue to reduce operating expenses, future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, government regulation, reliance upon third-party providers for certain equipment and services, the timely and efficient integration of the operations and facilities of Metrocall and Arch as well as other risks described from time to time in periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although USA Mobility believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. USA Mobility disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Source: USA Mobility, Inc
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SUMMARY

Following is my best effort to re-construct the total decline of subscribers last year in this large segment of the US Public Paging Market. The 2004 fourth quarter report from USA Mobility (directly above) is the first consolidated report since the Arch/Metrocall merger. This new combined company also includes PageNet and WebLink Wireless since they were previously acquired by Arch and Metrocall respectively.

ARCH / METROCALL / USA MOBILITY 2004 SUMMARY
First QuarterOne-way units lostTwo-way units lostTotal units lostTotal units in service
Metrocall:-221,811-17,711-239,5223,225,422
Arch:-246,000-13,000-259,0004,178,000
Combined total:-467,811-30,711-498,5227,403,422
 
Second QuarterOne-way units lostTwo-way units lostTotal units lostTotal units in service
Metrocall:-205,961-16,070-222,0213,003,391
Arch:-202,000-7,000-209,0003,969,000
Combined total:-407,961-23,070-431,0216,972,391
 
Third QuarterOne-way units lostTwo-way units lostTotal units lostTotal units in service
Metrocall:-175,973-13,526-189,4992,813,892
Arch:-191,000-6,000-197,0003,772,000
Combined total:-366,973-19,526-386,4996,585,892
 
Fourth QuarterOne-way units lostTwo-way units lostTotal units lostTotal units in service
Consolidated report: -336,000-48,000-384,0006,202,000
 
2004 Year Totals One-way units in service Two-way units in serviceTotal units lostTotal units in service
Consolidated total:5,673,000529,000-1,699,9346,202,000

Siemens, Wherify Bring GPS Phone To Wal-Mart

By Susan Rush
March 11, 2005

Siemens has unveiled a new handset featuring GPS locator technology. The handset will hit Wal-Mart shelves in the second quarter.

About the size of a business card and weighing 2.4 ounces, the Wherifone G550 Locator Phone features GSM/GPRS technology from Siemens and enhanced-GPS technology from Wherify. The advanced locator technology will enable the handset to be located through a secure Internet Website or via a Wherify service center.

"Security is top of mind with everyone today and particularly where wireless communication and location services intersect, there is great potential for improved safety capabilities," Siemens Communications Wireless Modules Division President Jose Costa e Silva said.

Pricing information was not released. The handset also will be available through Wal-Mart's Website beginning in the second quarter.

Source: Wireless Week

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Modulation/Protocol Debate

In reference to the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rule Making NPRM (FCC-05-9A1) mentioned in this section last week—about wideband data in the 700 MHz band—that debate is continuing off line. For those interested in the discussion about the merits or demerits of this proposed modulation/protocol scheme (SAM or TIA 902), the following whitepaper, which supports one of the viewpoint, was sent to the newsletter: "Transmit Spectra for Motorola’s iDEN Radio System."


Paging Company For Sale

I have built two web pages about Mountain Communications in Mountain Home, Arkansas—a regional Paging company that the owner wants to sell. The first page has several photos and some links to background information on the company. Please click here for that page. If you like what you see and want to read all the financial details, please send me an e-mail and I will send you the unpublished address of the second page. This is an outstanding opportunity for someone to acquire a Paging company in a beautiful resort area of the Arkansas mountains where there are several large lakes and rivers. They tell me the fishing and boating are great in that area. By the way, this business also includes some wireless broadband, a trunking radio system, and a two-way radio dealership.


Equipment Needed—Want to Buy the following

  • QT-7795 transmitters
  • C2000 simulcast controllers
  • C2100 simulcast controllers
  • C2200 simulcast controllers
  • The 450 RF board in the QT-7795 exciters

Please contact Brad Dye if you have any of this equipment to sell. Equipment located outside of the USA is OK.


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Host to the Wireless Forum, the Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes is one of Myrtle Beach’s finest resorts. The resort is part of the upscale Grande Dunes community, a 2,200-acre, plantation-style residential and leisure development. The Marriott resort unites all of the amenities of an oceanfront luxury resort, such as championship golf, a fitness center, a large tropical beachfront pool with waterslide, and a European spa, and excellent conference facilities.

Do not miss out on this opportunity to experience the amenities offered at this premier oceanfront resort. Make your hotel reservations now! To receive the special discounted rate of $129/night, call 843-449-8880 and reference AAPC or Paging carriers.

Combine these first-class accommodations with the premier Wireless and Paging conference and make your plans now to attend!

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With AAPC hosting the Wireless Forum, the show promises to be an excellent opportunity to display your products and technologies. Benefits of exhibiting include:

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  • Your company description, address, phone number, and web address in the conference materials
  • Opportunity to place a one-page company promotional flyer in the conference materials

   Please click on these links for more information on exhibit and sponsorship opportunities!


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AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers  Multitone Electronics
Advantra International  Northeast Paging
Ayrewave Corporation  NotePage Inc.
CONTEL Costa Rica   Outr.net
CPR Technology  Ira Wiesenfeld
Daniels Electronics  Payment Guardian
Daviscomms USA   Preferred Wireless
Electronic Entities Group   Prism Systems International
Global Fax Network Services   Ron Mercer
GTES LLC   Selective Communications
HMCE, Inc.  TGA Technologies
Hark Systems   UCOM Paging
Minilec Service, Inc.   Zetron Inc.

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Building on its long success story in 1-way Paging, Advantra International has become the expert in designing and manufacturing the most advanced and lowest cost ReFLEX™ radio modems for 2-way data-communication. The company also focuses on offering total telemetry solutions. Advantra’s current product mix of own products includes the ReFLEX™ radio modules Barran, Karli and Wirlki and the new, highly successful and very low cost location device, the Kepler.

Advantra thanks its solid reputation to its world-renowned development team, state-of-the-art manufacturing, excellent customer service and its proven track-record.

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Advantra International
322 Woodridge Drive
Atlanta, GA 30339 USA
Contact
Bert Devos
E-mail: Bert.Devos@punchnetservices.net
Mob: 404-200-5497
Tel: 770-801-5775
Fax: 770-801-5623
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Ian Page
Tel: 416-920-8820
E-mail: ian@dacostapage.com
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Newsletter repair prices—starting at:

  • $4.50 labor for numeric or alphanumeric pagers
  • $6.50 labor for 2-way pagers
  • $9.50 labor for cellular phones

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CONTACT
E-mail: info@minilec.com left arrow CLICK HERE
Minilec Service, Inc.
Suite A
9207 Deering Ave.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
SECOND TERM SUPPORTER

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Please click here to e-mail Ayrewave.

TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services is looking for partners on 152.480 MHz. Our association currently uses Echostar, formerly Spacecom, for distribution of our data and a large percentage of our members use the satellite to key their TXs. We have a CommOneSystems Gateway at the uplink in Chicago with a back-up running 24/7. Our data is live on two different satellites at all times in case of a failure of one of them and covers the North American Continent. Our Paging coverage area on 152.480 MHz currently encompasses Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Kansas. The TAPS Paging coverage is available to members of our Network on 152.480 MHz for $.005 a transmitter (per capcode, per month) broken down by state or regions of states and members receive a credit towards their bill for each transmitter which they provide to our coverage.

Members are able to use the satellite for their own use, for their own frequencies, by paying only for the data which they transmit, we track the data on a per bit basis and what ever percentage of the total data sent by each user is billed back to them as a percentage of the total satellite bill, (ex: if 6% of the data is the members', the member is billed for 6% of the cost of the sat plus 10% for overhead.) If you are on 152.480 MHz or just need a satellite for keying your own TXs on your frequency we have the solution for you. TAPS will provide the gateways in Chicago, with Internet backbone and bandwidth on our satellite channel for $500.00 to $1,500.00 a month (depending on the amount of traffic).

Contact Ted Gaetjen @ 1-800-460-7243 or tedasap@asapchoice.com left arrow CLICK HERE TO E-MAIL

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Multitone North America Inc.
2300 M Street NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20037
Tel: (202) 973-2827
Fax: (202) 293-3083

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  • Contract Design, Engineering, & Manufacturing
  • Telemetry Devices
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  • ISO9001-2000 Certified Facility
  • Low Cost-High Volume solutions
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For information about our Contract Manufacturing services or our Pager or Telemetry line, please call Bob Popow at 480-515-2344, bob@daviscommsusa.com or visit our website www.daviscommsusa.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
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  • Remote Network Encoders
  • TNPP Network Routers

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  • Private Paging Systems
  • Hospitals
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  • Energy Companies – Load Management

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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
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Intelligent Paging & Mobile Data Products

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Selective is a developer and manufacturer of highly innovative Paging receiver/decoders and mobile data equipment including the PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal, 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 or 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
  • Message printing etc.

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Our mobile data equipment includes a range of intelligent Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) which may be interfaced to a variety of wireless networks including GPRS & CDMA cellular. 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 with the inbuilt job processing system which may be interfaced to a variety of CAD & JMS

Specialised local area Paging systems, Paging interception and message reprocessing software, field force automation and mobile dispatch solutions. We do custom product development and export worldwide.

CONTACT
Postal
Address:
Selective Communications Group
PO Box 8798
Symonds St.
Auckland, New Zealand
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Address:
3/2 Haultain St.
Eden Tce
Auckland, New Zealand
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Phone: +64-9-3021142
Fax: +64-9-3021148
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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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Remember that old word “Residuals”?

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.

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For Information please e-mail or call:

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CVC Paging

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Telephone: 802-775-6726

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System Operation
Payment Guardian™ is the only patented, low-cost system that truly saves your company’s time, money and manpower! This technologically advanced -wireless payment-assurance system is easy to operate from virtually anywhere in the world using the online System Control Center.

Payment Guardian requires absolutely no customer interaction and integrated seamlessly into the vehicles electrical system and is not visible to the customer, decreasing the possibility of tampering.

Unlike other similar products on the market, Payment Guardian™ requires no keypads or input devices, eliminating the hassle of having to generate codes and giving those codes to the customer each and every payment cycle.

With Payment Guardian?, lenders no longer have to rely on customers to enter codes into a keypad correctly. With Payment Guardian, only non paying customers require use of the system. Once the system has been activated in the customer’s vehicle—each time the ignition is turned to the OFF position, Payment Guardian reminds the customer that payment has not yet been received or insurance is not current and provides them with specific instructions to contact the leinholder immediately. If the reminder is ignored, you can simply activate Payment Guardian’s Starter Interrupt feature allowing no one to start the vehicle until the system is reset.

Payment Guardian’s system control center has been designed to meet the different need of individual lenders and dealers that want a total customized solution to manage their systems, providing you with 3 different ways to use the systems features. This enables you to instantly activate system features, schedule activations to occur at a preset time or completely automate the systems features, allow you to just manage your systems with just a click of the mouse.

System Features

Audible Voice Reminder
Payment Guardian is designed to meet most states right to cure laws. Each time the ignition is turned to the OFF position, Payment Guardian reminds the customer that payment has not yet been received or insurance is not current and provides them with specific instructions to contact the leinholder immediately. As an option, we can also provide you with a customized message, in any language or gender, to fit your specific needs.

Starter Interrupt
If the customer ignores the voice warning and chooses not to respond, you can simply activate Payment Guardian’s Starter Interrupt feature allowing no one to start the vehicle until the system is reset.

Emergency Override
Payment Guardian’s override feature enables the customer to start the vehicle for an additional 2 days in cases of emergency, eliminating potential liability.

Vehicle Finder
Payment Guardian can also be interfaced into the vehicle’s horn, allowing the customer or repossession agent to easily locate the vehicle if needed. This feature also may aid local police in the recovery of the vehicle if stolen. Once this feature has been triggered, the horn will sound for 30 minutes, or until turned off.

Door Unlock
Payment Guardian gives you the optional ability to connect the system to vehicles with power door locks which enables you to remotely unlock the doors if ever needed. This provides a tremendous advantage in the event of customers locking themselves out of the vehicle as well as aiding in repossession.

For more information, please contact Brad Dye.

Or visit the Payment Guardian web site.

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:

www.zetron.com/paging.left arrow CLICK HERE

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 left arrow CLICK HERE
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Wireless Messaging Software

InfoRad® Wireless Office (Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP) is designed for the professional who needs full-featured wireless messaging capabilities. Features include enhanced user interface,  message log with search function, scheduled Paging,  group and individual message addresses, TAPI Smart™, multiple protocol SMS communication compatibility. AlphaCare™ support services available. With a 32-bit architecture, InfoRad Wireless Office is designed for compatibility with Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP. For more information on InfoRad Wireless Messaging software, and a free demo, please click on the logo.

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GTES Corporate
Russ Allen
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cel: 360-820-3888
russ.allen@gtesinc.com
GTES Sales
Brooks Marsden
340 Bethany Bend
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Tel: 770-754-1666
Cell: 404-518-6632
brooks.marsden@gtesinc.com

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Your Professional Services Partner


GTES is the only Glenayre authorized software support provider in the Paging industry. With over 200 years of combined experience in Glenayre hardware and software support, GTES offers the industry the most professional support and engineering development staff available.


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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
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RIM to bring AOL, Yahoo IMs to BlackBerry

By Dinesh C. Sharma, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: March 14, 2005, 11:08 AM PT

New services for the iconic handheld communications device include instant-messaging offerings from Yahoo and America Online, the companies announced on Monday in conjunction with the CTIA Wireless show in New Orleans. RIM also announced software deals with Sybase and High Tech Computer.

The BlackBerry will be preloaded with Yahoo's IM software "in the coming months," the companies said, without getting more specific. Yahoo Messenger users will have full wireless access to their contacts and be able to carry on multiple chat sessions.

Currently, BlackBerry users can access Yahoo offerings such as search, news and sports updates, depending on availability through phone carriers.

RIM is also working with America Online to include AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ services on the BlackBerry, besides offering AOL's mobile mail service. BlackBerry users will get access to their AOL Buddy List feature or ICQ contact list for chatting on both networks. No schedule was given for when the services would be available.

Two years ago, AOL ended a deal with RIM in which the two offered a co-branded wireless messaging device. Shortly after that, RIM began equipping the BlackBerry with instant-messaging software from IBM's Lotus division.

Separately, software maker Sybase announced plans to enhance support for the BlackBerry in its iAnywhere mobile product portfolio. Companies already using BlackBerry for enterprise e-mail will be able to access sales-force automation, field service and other applications. Enterprise users will be able to perform tasks such as asset management, content and software deployment, and configuration management for all of their mobile devices, the software maker said.

Through a deal with High Tech Computer, the maker of PalmOne's Treo 650, RIM will expand distribution of its BlackBerry Connect software on HTC-built handheld devices that use the Windows Mobile operating system.

Source: ZD Net.com


Inmarsat Launch 3G Satellite

15th March , 2005

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US : Inmarsat is delighted to report the successful launch of its first Inmarsat-4 (I-4) satellite on board an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 1642 EST (2142 GMT) on March 11.

The size of a London double-decker bus and weighing about six tons, the I-4 will deliver a 3G-compatible broadband data service to mobile users. The satellite is 60 times more powerful, and has 20 times more capacity than its predecessors, the Inmarsat-3 satellites.

"The world has just got a little smaller," said Andrew Sukawaty, CEO and Chairman of Inmarsat.

"We have created communications history today. The I-4 satellite is one of the largest and most powerful commercial satellites ever launched, and will deliver unprecedented data speeds for a mobile satellite communications service."

The satellite will now undergo a complex series of post-launch tests and maneuvers before being fully deployed in geostationary orbit, 36,000km above the Indian Ocean at 64 degrees east. The satellite footprint will cover Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, most of Asia Pacific, and Western Australia.

Inmarsat currently intends to launch a second I-4 satellite in the third quarter of 2005, which will be located over the Atlantic Ocean at 53 degrees west and provide service for the Americas. The two I-4 satellites will then cover 85 per cent of the world's land mass.

When the two satellites are fully operational, currently expected in the fourth quarter of 2005, Inmarsat intends to launch its new Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service.

BGAN is an IP and circuit-switched service that will offer voice telephony and a sophisticated range of high-bandwidth services, including Internet access, videoconferencing, LAN and other services, at speeds of up to 432kbit/s.

Inmarsat's I-4 satellites are built by EADS Astrium and are part of an eight-year, US$1.5 billion development of Inmarsat's next-generation satellite network.

The launch on the Atlas V was carried out by International Launch Services.

Source: www.3G.co.uk


Rumor Mill: Is Motorola trying to cover up the iTunes phone story?

Motorola yesterday said that, contrary to rumors, the iTunes phone was delayed not because of carrier worries but because of issues with its partner Apple Computer. At a press conference at CTIA, Motorola's mobile phone head, Ron Garriques, told reporters that the iTunes phone's sudden disappearance last week at CeBit was due to differences in the two companies' approach to marketing. Garriques blamed Apple for trying to launch the handset too soon. He claimed that Motorola delayed the device because it was not ready for the market. Garriques also added that an iTunes phone will make it to market in the second half of the year.

Insiders at CTIA dismissed Garriques' comments, claiming that the rumors that broke at CeBit were likely the true version of the story -- i.e., that carriers killed the iTunes phone because they fear Apple will dominate the mobile music market and because the iTunes phone does not support over-the-air music downloads.

For more on Motorola's attempt to spin the iTunes phone delay—see this story from The Register

Source: Fierce Wireless


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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 Seminar 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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AT&T Puts WiMax to the Test

Two corporate customers will test the wireless broadband technology later this year.

Johan Bostrom, IDG News Service
Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Two corporate customers in New Jersey will have broadband services delivered by AT&T using WiMax technology on a commercial trial basis beginning the first week of May, with plans for full deployment in 2006.

These are trend-setting contracts, according to Hossein Eslambolchi, AT&T's chief technology officer and chief information officer.

"WiMax will take over the 3G networks and become the 4G wireless technology," he says.

A "fairly large retail corporation with distribution across the U.S." and another corporation in Middletown, New Jersey, will be AT&T's first commercial trials for the emerging last mile wireless broadband access technology.

"We have been testing voice over Internet Protocol services, video, instant messaging, and gaming over IP for these customers," Eslambolchi says, not disclosing the companies.

High Speed Access

WiMax is a popular term for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) 802.16 standard using the 700-MHz to 66-GHz frequency band delivering 2 megabits per second to 6 mbps to each customer within the network's cell radius deployment of up to 2 miles with the line of sight interrupted. If the line of sight is uninterrupted, the speed can be higher and the radius larger.

The technology is often described both as a competitor and a complement to 3G (third-generation) and wired broadband but Eslambolchi, responsible for AT&T's strategic technology direction, considers WiMax superior to 3G--and in many ways a substitute for wired broadband.

WiMax combines the benefits that other wireless networking technologies offer individually, addressing the needs of office, home, and mobile users, he says.

Cutting Costs?

In addition to the advantages in converging mobility, portability, and fixed Internet access, the cost factor is also important for Eslambochi.

"We pay $8.5 billion per year to local exchange carriers to lease capacity to business customers and consumers," says Eslambochi. "With only 7000 business buildings in the U.S. wired by ourselves, out of 270,000, the local access is crucial--a battle ground. WiMax becomes the niche play which can lower our cost."

Eslambochi, who serves on the IEEE editorial board of the Journal of Network and Systems Management, notes that there is no world standard for wireless broadband technology except the wireless local area network standard Wi-Fi.

"I personally think that WiMax will end up [being] a worldwide standard," he says.

The live customer trial in Middletown will be carried out using Intel hardware. Intel already announced its participation in WiMax network deployment with carriers in Latin America, China, and the U.S., and is developing a wireless broadband chip for WiMax products.

AT&T will continue its live U.S. customer trial at two other locations in the fourth quarter of this year, according to Eslambochi.

The experimental licenses from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for the AT&T trials cover 2 GHz to 3 GHz.

AT&T launched its first commercial 3G service in the U.S. last year.

Source: PC World


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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).

 
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March 10, 2005
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FCC OPENS ACCESS TO NEW SPECTRUM FOR
WIRELESS BROADBAND IN THE 3650 MHZ BAND

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) adopted rules to open access to new spectrum for wireless broadband in the 3650-3700 MHz band (3650 MHz). The Commission adopted a hybrid approach that draws from both the Commission’s unlicensed and licensed regulatory models and provides for nationwide, non-exclusive licensing of terrestrial operations in the band utilizing technologies employing contention-based protocols. This streamlined licensing mechanism with minimal regulatory entry requirements will encourage multiple new entrants and stimulate the rapid expansion of wireless broadband services—especially in rural America—by Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and other entities with limited resources. The Commission also provided an opportunity for the introduction at 3650 MHz of a variety of new wireless broadband technologies, such as Wi-Max, into the band.

Under the Commission’s approach, there is no limit on the number of licenses that can be granted, and each licensee will be authorized to operate on a shared basis with other licensees on all 50 megahertz of the band, subject to restrictions in geographic areas occupied by grandfathered Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) and Federal Government stations. Licensees will also be required to register all system base stations electronically with the Commission. Base station registration will enable licensees to locate each other’s operations and will facilitate protection of grandfathered stations from interference. This type of licensing and registration will enable the Commission to monitor the use of this spectrum as new technologies and services develop.

The Commission found that the public record developed in this proceeding supports multiple users sharing this spectrum through the use of “contention-based” protocols to minimize interference among fixed and mobile operations. New fixed and mobile stations will therefore be required to use contention-based protocols, which will reduce the possibility of interference from co-frequency operation by managing each station’s access to spectrum. The Commission concluded that this approach is a reasonable, cost-effective method for ensuring that multiple users can access the spectrum.

The Commission gave all licensees the mutual obligation to cooperate and avoid harmful interference to one another. Mobile stations also will be required to positively receive and decode an enabling signal transmitted by a base station. The Commission determined that this approach will ensure that mobile stations operate within range of registered base stations, thereby avoiding interference to grandfathered FSS and Federal Government stations. Fixed stations will be allowed to operate with a peak power limit of 25 Watts per 25 megahertz bandwidth, and mobile stations with a peak power limit of 1 Watt per 25 megahertz bandwidth.

The Commission kept the existing allocations for the band, grandfathering previously licensed primary incumbent FSS earth station operations and three Federal Government radiolocation stations, entitling them to interference protection from new wireless licensees. To protect these incumbent operations, the Commission established circular protection zones around them—150 km for FSS earth stations and 80 km for Federal Government stations - and prohibited new terrestrial licensees from operating within these zones unless they negotiate agreements with the incumbents. The Commission determined that new FSS stations should be allowed on a secondary basis and denied several petitions for reconsideration of an earlier decision in this proceeding that established the existing FSS, FS and MS allocations.

The Commission also concluded that there should be no eligibility restrictions (other than the statutory foreign ownership restrictions) and no in-band or out-of-band spectrum aggregation limits. Licensees will receive a 10-year license with the right to renew and will be free to assign and transfer their non-exclusive nationwide licenses and to assign, transfer, or share base stations. The initial filing date for the 3650 MHz band licenses will be announced in a future Public Notice. The licensing and operating provisions for the 3650 MHz band will be located in Part 90 of the Commission’s rules.

Action by the Commission, March 10, 2005, by Report and Order and Memorandum Opinion and Order (FCC 05-56). Chairman Powell, Commissioners Abernathy, Copps, Martin, and Adelstein.

Separate statements issued by Chairman Powell, Commissioners Copps and Adelstein. FCC Contacts: Gary Thayer, Office of Engineering and Technology, (202) 418-2290, email: <Gary.Thayer@fcc.gov>; Eli Johnson, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, (202) 418-1395, email: <Eli.Johnson@fcc.gov>.

ET Docket No. 04-151
WT Docket No. 05-96
ET Docket No. 02-380
ET Docket No. 98-237

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

 

Source: FCC


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