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FRIDAY - AUGUST 19, 2005 - ISSUE NO. 176

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

I am sending the newsletter out early this week since I will traveling to another state to give a presentation on Paging.

When I was a kid, I used to wonder why old folks didn't want to keep up with modern trends. Now that I am moving into that category myself, I am determined to at least keep informed about new things, especially when it concerns technology. Learning about the Internet is a good example. I started using the Netscape web browser when it was still a beta release and didn't even have a regular logo—just a big purple "N."

My own web page—about Radio Paging—started in the early 90's and has grown to include over 6,000 files. It has become a Public Library about Wireless Messaging, and many industry experts have contributed valuable articles. People all over the world, from many countries, find reference information in The Paging Information Resource that can not be found anywhere else. i regularly receive thank-you notes.

I have a growing list of projects, sandwiched in between keeping up with my consulting work, getting the newsletter out each week, and keeping the web site up to date. Two of the new things that I want to add to the newsletter are Podcasts and RSS News feeds. Both are very leading-edge-developments in Internet technology and are becoming very popular. So I am going to give them a try.

Keeping up with the times for me won't include listening to much rap music. I remember when the old people thought Elvis Presley was singing the devil's music and that we teenagers were wearing our pants too low and letting our hair grow too long. They would certainly be shocked if they could see today's teenagers.

I am pleased that the number of subscribers to the newsletter continues to grow. Several more signed up this week. My estimate is that we have close to 2,000 readers in nearly 50 countries. This is all made possible when someone recommends the newsletter to a friend or co-worker. Thanks for your help. There are several companies that are considering advertising in the newsletter. If they do so, it will make it possible to upgrade the Macromedia Suite of software tools that I use to create the newsletter and maintain the web site.

There is a great MSNBC article this week on Wireless IM and they even call it Two-way Paging, but alas no ReFLEX devices are mentioned or displayed. Sad, sad.

Now on to the rest of the news and views.

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There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers—so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology. I regularly get reader's comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Data communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my website. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

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August 19, 2005

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Interesting Paging Industry Statistics from the FCC’s Report on

Numbering Resource Utilization in the United States as of December 31, 2004

The following statistics represent slightly over 1 year of activity:

Basically the landline industry lost over a million customer lines in 2004 to the Cellular/PCS industry.

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ISSUE NO. 21 — FRIDAY — AUGUST 19, 2005

AAPC Emerging Technologies Symposium
November 3–4, 2005
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Building on the energy and excitement generated at the Wireless Forum in June, AAPC is hosting the Emerging Technologies Symposium. The Symposium will focus on presenting new ideas and advances within the paging industry to grow and develop your business.

New this year—vendor presentations will showcase the latest products and technologies in the industry. If you are interested in speaking or in sponsorship opportunities, please click here or contact Linda at or call 866.301.2272.

One of Arizona’s best resorts awaits you—the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center is a luxury desert vacation retreat and exceptional meeting destination offering spectacular surroundings and time-honored traditions of hospitality.

Hotel reservations must be made prior to October 17, 2005 to receive the special discounted rate of $149 plus tax/night. To make reservations call 800-540-0727 and reference AAPC or book online at and use the group booking code, 23883. If you do not use this code, you will not receive our reduced rate.

First-class accommodations, networking with colleagues, learning about new successful revenue streams—this is a must attend event. Make your plans now to attend!

Registration rates are as follows:
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AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Multitone Electronics
Advantra International  Northeast Paging
Ayrewave Corporation  NotePage Inc.
Bay Star Communications
CONTEL Costa Rica  Heartland Communications
CPR Technology  Ira Wiesenfeld
Daniels Electronics  Payment Guardian
Daviscomms USA   Preferred Wireless
ERF Wireless   Prism Systems International
Global Fax Network Services   Ron Mercer
GTES LLC   Selective Communications
HMCE, Inc. Sun Telecom International
Hark Systems  Texas Association of Paging Services
InfoRad, Inc.   UCOM Paging
Minilec Service, Inc.   Zetron Inc.

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Instant messaging away from the PC

Cell phones and dedicated devices let you tap away anywhere

By Gary Krakow
Updated: 8:00 p.m. ET Aug. 15, 2005

siemens sx66It seems that the world is instant messaging like crazy all of a sudden. Glad everyone is catching up. Companies I’ve worked for over the past 25 years have all had some sort of instant messaging. They understood, early on, the importance of being able to dash off a note in real time and get an instantaneous response. It was used as a kind of 2-way paging system before there were actually 2-way paging systems.

Now, instant messaging is everywhere—computers, PDAs, cell phones and even some high-tech watches. And these days, IM makes a lot of sense for everyone—from grade school students and busy parents to high-level executives.

There are many ways to send and receive IMs, but some are better than others depending on your needs.

Siemens' SX66 runs on the Windows Mobile platform and has a slide-down keyboard for easy messaging.

Of course, you can IM with a computer. Just add an Internet connection and the software for your favorite IM service. You probably already have a connection to the Internet if you’re reading this. As for your IM service, ask your friends and/or business associates what they use and choose accordingly. AOL, MSN and Yahoo are all very similar in what they provide. If you need to be multilingual, pick one of the services such as Trillian or Jabber that let you communicate with several IM protocols.

But, like using a pager, IM is sometimes most useful when you’re on the run, even if you’re just running from room to room. Hardware manufacturers have come to the rescue with a whole bunch of standalone wireless IM devices.

IMfreeMotorola’s IMfree is designed for neophytes and kids. Handheld and wireless, it lets kids roam almost anywhere around the house—up to 150 feet from an Internet-connected PC and base station. They can chat with up to six friends at a a time—and all without tying up a computer or piling up cell phone charges. The best part of the IMfree for adults is that it comes with settings so that parents can decided when the device can be used and which chat invitations can be accepted.

IMfree works with the AOL Instant Messenger service on Windows PCs and is quite reasonable—you can find the starter kit selling for $20 to $25 on the Web. The device seems pretty durable, which is good, given the constant, heavy use it's likely to get.

If you want to IM on your cell phone you have many choices, though I personally would never want to use IM on a phone without a QWERTY keyboard.

Motorola's IMfree wireless device lets you IM while roaming through your home.

On the other hand, there are legendary stories of school kids who’ve memorized what letters are on what phone keys and are able to IM each other to their hearts’ content—under their school desk—without anyone (namely teachers) knowing what they’re doing.

sidekick IIMany IMers have figured out a much easier way—it's called the Sidekick II. That’s the name that T-Mobile uses for Danger’s clever Hiptop 2 device, which is shaped like a bar of soap when closed and swings opens to reveal a very usable keyboard.

The Sidekick II combines a GSM cell phone with built-in camera, a terrific Web browser, calendar and contacts synchronization and, of course AOL and IM software. Deservedly, it has become one of the most popular cell phone/IM devices ever.

T-Mobile sells the Sidekick II for $249 after a $50 mail-in rebate. To make it work, you also have to pay for wireless service. T-Mobile offers 600 minutes per month plus unlimited data for $59.99. If you just want to use it for IMing, unlimited data goes for $29.99 per month.

The Sidekick II is a favorite with IMers.
There are many other cell phones with keyboards that would be great for IMs on the run. Check out the Motorola A630 (T-Mobile), the Siemens SX66 and LG F9100 (Cingular) or the Samsung SCH-i730 (Verizon Wireless). But the two best are also the best known top-of-the-line smart phones: the Blackberry and the Palm Treo.

Whether you’re talking about the blue 6000 and 7000 series devices or the sleek, silver 7100 handsets, Blackberry users are fanatically loyal. Never try to get in their way when their thumbs are flying over the keys. Best for e-mail, Blackberries also do IM and SMS, too.

Blackberry models are sold by nearly all the major wireless providers and sell anywhere from $199 (T-Mobile, Cingular, Nextel) to $349 (T-Mobile). Don’t forget you’ll need to purchase monthly data services in addition to your voice minutes.

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Software on the Blackberry 7100t helps form words from the phone keypad. It really works.
palm treo 650 Palm Treo users are just as loyal. Everyone I know who has one loves it (although some aren't happy with their service provider’s coverage—or lack thereof.)

The latest Treo is the 650. It does everything you can ask (in this case messaging, e-mail and Web browsing), plus a lot more. For IMing, you need to download and install third-party software for the service you like. I’ve done it and it’s easy.

The Treo is solidly built and feels like a precision instrument when you hold it. The 650 sells for prices from $399 to $449 depending on the provider and whether you agree to a one or two year contract.

Palm's Treo 650.

Source: MSNBC News

Sprint Nextel to rejig rate plans, sell music

19 hr 28 min ago
By Sinead Carew

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Sprint Nextel Corp., will combine wireless service plans from Sprint and Nextel in early September and launch a mobile music download service in time for the holidays, an executive said on Tuesday.

The No. 3 U.S. mobile service, formed after Sprint's $39 billion purchase of Nextel Communications, plans to work on smoothing its affiliate relationships in the coming weeks and to reveal details on its $12 billion merger savings target. Sprint Nextel, which has a market value of $78 billion and about 44 million customers, sees its increased size helping it compete with larger rivals Cingular Wireless and Verizon Wireless, top executives said at the combined company's first public presentations.

Chief Operating Officer Len Lauer said Sprint Nextel would start offering both sets of customers mostly the same service rate plans in early September when it starts an advertising blitz that will last through the end of the first quarter.

"The launch of the company will be much bigger than what Sprint would have done on its own, or Nextel," Lauer said in an interview.

But he said ad spending, which will increase beyond the separate budgets of both companies in the launch period, would return to normal annual rates after the first quarter.

Lauer also said Sprint Nextel would have a music service in time for the winter holiday shopping season. It plans to sell wireless song downloads at prices above Apple Computer Inc.'s popular iTunes music service, which charges 99 cents a song.

"Customers are paying $2 for a shortened version of a song for a ringtone. Will they pay the same for a full song, having the convenience of having it on (a cellphone)? I think they will," said Lauer.


By this time next year Sprint Nextel expects to sell a phone model that will work on Sprint and Nextel's networks, which use two incompatible technologies.

The company plans to keep running Nextel's iDen network, which attracted a loyal following among business users with its first of a kind walkie-talkie style push-to-talk service, along with Sprint's CMDA network at least for the next few years.

But running two separate networks could make it hard for Sprint Nextel to reach its savings target, an analyst said. "It's a substantial job for them to wring these $12 billion savings from the merger," Yankee Group analyst Keith Mallinson said.

Sprint Nextel executives said they plan to provide more details about the savings target in September.

Chief Executive Gary Forsee said Sprint Nextel would also work in the next several weeks on resolving contract breach disputes with its affiliates, which use the Sprint brand in markets where Sprint does not operate.

Sprint agreed to buy one affiliate, U.S. Unwired for $1.3 billion to resolve their legal disputes. Forsee said it could solve the remaining issues either through more acquisitions, or creating new agreements with its remaining nine affiliates.

Sprint, which plans to spin-off its local phone business in the next nine to 12 months, has said in the past that it would not pay dividends after the spin off but chief financial officer Paul Saleh said he continues to evaluate this policy.

Source: Reuters

Google Buys Android for Its Mobile Arsenal

The search giant quietly acquires the startup, netting possibly a key player in its push into wireless, "the next frontier in search"

AUGUST 17, 2005

By Ben Elgin

In what could be a key move in its nascent wireless strategy, Google (GOOG ) has quietly acquired startup Android Inc., BusinessWeek Online has learned. The 22-month-old startup, based in Palo Alto, Calif., brings to Google a wealth of talent, including co-founder Andy Rubin, who previously started mobile-device maker Danger Inc.

Android ( has operated under a cloak of secrecy, so little is known about its work. Rubin & Co. have sparingly described the outfit as making software for mobile phones, providing little more detail than that. One source familiar with the company says Android had at one point been working on a software operating system for cell phones.

SEEKING A MOBILE EDGE. In a 2003 interview with BusinessWeek, just two months before incorporating Android, Rubin said there was tremendous potential in developing smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner's location and preferences. "If people are smart, that information starts getting aggregated into consumer products," said Rubin.

Rubin declined to comment on Android or its sale to Google. A spokesperson for the search giant would not elaborate on the deal, only stating: "We acquired Android because of the talented engineers and great technology. We're thrilled to have them here."

Google has been toiling to make its services more appealing to people who access the Net over cell phones and other mobile devices. In April, the company uncorked local-flavored search for mobile users. Also in April, it announced Google Short Message Service (SMS), which sends text-based information to mobile users seeking everything from driving directions to weather forecasts.

WELL-KNOWN TALENT. In May, Google acquired Dodgeball, a mobile social-networking service. Using a wireless device, users can send a text message to their circle of friends, announcing that they will be at a certain coffee shop or hangout. In addition, users can be notified if friends-of-friends are within a certain vicinity. Google has not disclosed how it will incorporate the Dodgeball offering into its services.

Google bought Android in July for an undisclosed sum. The upstart adds to Google's collection of talent and technology that it hopes to apply to this critical segment. "Wireless is the next frontier in search," says Scott Ellison, analyst at research outfit IDC.

Rubin isn't the only well-known Silicon Valley veteran joining Google via Android. Others coming over include Andy McFadden, who worked with Rubin at WebTV before helping develop the all-in-one set-top box for Moxi Digital; Richard Miner, former vice-president of technology and innovation at telecom outfit Orange before joining Android; and Chris White, who spearheaded the design and interface for WebTV in the late 1990s, before helping to found Android.

YOUTH APPEAL. Danger, Rubin's previous company, launched the mobile Hiptop device to considerable buzz in 2002. Shortly afterwards, he handed over the CEO title, staying on as president and chief strategy officer. The company's devices continue to be popular among the younger demographic, particularly for text messaging, but it has struggled to extend its reach beyond key partner T-Mobile, a wireless service provider.

With Google's acquisition of Android, it will be interesting to see what new wireless products emerge from the joining.

Source: BusinessWeek online

U.S. slow to adopt text messaging

Aug 16, 2005, 21:21 GMT

LONDON, England (UPI)—The British send cell phone text messages "to avoid having to speak" while "Americans absolutely love to talk," a cell phone content provider says.

Text messaging has become widely used in Britain, where there is a cell phone for every person in the country. In the United States, however, only 60 percent of the population has cell phones and just a small percentage use text messaging.

Britain`s record is 133 million cell phone text messages in one day. The U.S. record is just 26.4 million.

"Texting is perfect for the English because they`ll do anything to avoid having to speak," Sharpcards founder Lorraine Stephenson told the Telegraph of London. "The Americans absolutely love to talk. They`ll just ring someone up and be much more direct rather than text."

Stephenson recently expanded the London-based mobile phone content provider`s operations to New York.

"America was very late to the cellular boom," said Sharpcards` Anil Malhotra. "They`re much more attached to e-mails and instant messaging on computers."

Source: Monsters and Critics

Verizon Wireless Renews Sponsorship Deal with the Dallas Cowboys

Verizon Wireless Provides Cowboys Fans Across Texas with Inside Access to America's Team

DALLAS, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/—Verizon Wireless, the nation's wireless leader in customer loyalty, has announced that the company has renewed its sponsorship as the official wireless provider of the Dallas Cowboys for the fourth consecutive year. Through its sponsorship with a total of 13 professional football teams, Verizon Wireless is strengthening its ties with the community by working with star football players and fans to prevent domestic violence and by providing fans with an inside-look of America's favorite sport, from the perspective of coaches and players.

Since Verizon Wireless established its partnership with the Dallas Cowboys in 2002, Verizon Wireless customers and Cowboy fans across Texas have enjoyed unique football experiences such as in-store appearances from players, local TXT Messaging sweepstakes, autograph signings with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and HopeLine® phone donation drives to support victims of domestic violence. In addition, Verizon Wireless sponsors the Dallas Cowboys Coach's Corner where customers can sign-up to receive up-to-the-minute text messages directly on their wireless phone, providing exclusive team news directly from Owner Jerry Jones and Coach Bill Parcells.

Now, as Cowboy fans prepare for the 2005 season kickoff, Verizon Wireless encourages them to take the game-time excitement beyond the field by participating in Dallas Cowboys events throughout Texas. By making it possible to connect with your favorite Cowboys players outside of Texas Stadium, Verizon Wireless is ensuring its customers that the football fun never has to end.

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A Happy Reader

Subject: from the newsletter
Date: August 16, 2005 2:14:39 PM CDT


Just want to thank you for the information you present. You're a real asset to the paging industry. If I can be of any assistance to you feel free to contact me.

Thanks Again,

Bruce Lane
Telepage Communication Systems

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Date: August 16, 2005 12:52:24 PM CDT

Dear Brad:

I am in need of numerous Motorola Advanced Transmitter control cards part number NRN9232B which are part of Motorola ASC 1500 Advanced System Control.

If you can help me with the above, I would really appreciate it.


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LOVE ya, Brad Dye, and appreciate all that I learn on your site. I'm a 51 year old comm tech with a strong background in commercial/public safety 2-way, telephony, tv broadcasting and telco voice & data networks, who is having to read and study almost constantly to even remotely stay current and knowledgeable, much less expert, in all these facets of communications. (But I love it!) And I appreciate all the free sources of info and tutorials and industry trends, and job prospects, etc, that I can get my eyes on and my mind around. God bless and thank you for all you do for all of us.

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Plug and Play pandemonium

By John Leyden
Published Wednesday 17th August 2005 12:19 GMT

Computer systems at CNN, ABC, The Financial Times, and the New York Times have all been disrupted. General Electric, United Parcel Service and Caterpillar were also affected by the attack.

Virus writers have created a number of viruses targeting the Plug and Play vulnerability following the disclosure of the security bug by Microsoft last week and the publication of an exploit days later. Unlike the Sasser, Nimda and Blaster outbreaks of previous years it's not immediately clear which of a new batch of worms is causing the most damage. Zotob, the first malware to exploit the vulnerability, has been joined by several others including an IRC bot, a version of the infamous Rbot worm written to take advantage of the Windows security flaw.

Windows 2000 machines left unprotected by a firewall are most at risk from attack. Almost half of corporate desktops run Win2K, according to June estimates from asset management firm AssetMetrix, and when an infected machine gets plugged into these environments all hell can break loose.

"The big organizations that are getting hit right now have most likely introduced the infection to the internal network via infected laptops," said Mikko Hyppönen, director of anti-virus research at Finnish anti-virus firm F-Secure.

Antivirus firm Sophos warns such attacks are not unusual and that organizations un-patched against vulnerabilities can expect to be regular targets for virus writers, hackers and phishers. It also points out that more worms will attempt to exploit this particular vulnerability.

The FT carries a report stating that it was hit possibly by a variant of the ZoBot worm. CNN said its computer systems in New York and Atlanta were hit by an unspecified worm on Tuesday afternoon. ABC carries an AP report of the infection of some of its computer systems. Over at the New York Times an infection hit both newsroom and corporate PCs.

Standard defense precautions against worm attacks apply in defending against malware targeting the Plug and Play vulnerability. Users are urged to patch systems up to date and update anti-virus signature definition files.

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Scientists develop pee-powered battery

Urine activation seen useful for cheap disposable healthcare tests

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Ki Bang Lee of Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology holds a urine-powered micro battery that can be used in disposable test kits for diabetes and other diseases.

By Bjorn Carey

Updated: 6:50 p.m. ET Aug. 16, 2005

Scientists have developed a way to turn pee into electricity. And there's plenty where that came from, they point out.

Cheap, disposable, and renewable, urine-powered batteries may be the perfect power source for disposable healthcare test kits called biochips, the researchers say.

"We are striving to develop cheap, disposable credit card-sized biochips for disease detection," said battery developer Ki Bang Lee. "Our battery can be easily integrated into such devices, supplying electricity upon contact with biofluids such as urine."

The research is detailed in the Aug. 15 issue of the Institute of Physics' Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.

Scientists around the world are clamoring to design inexpensive biochips to quickly test for a variety of diseases. But no one has been able to make a similarly small and inexpensive power source.

Lee and his team of researchers at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have tackled this problem by using the very substance being tested—urine—to power the test.

To make the battery, Lee and his team soaked a piece of paper in copper chloride and then sandwiched it between strips of magnesium and copper. Then they laminated the credit card-sized unit between transparent plastic films.

When a drop of urine is added to the copper chloride paper, a chemical reaction takes place and produces electricity, which is harnessed by the battery. A few drops will generate about 1.5 volts, the same as a AA battery. The battery needs to be developed further to make it commercially viable.

"Our urine-activated battery would be integrated into biochip systems for healthcare diagnostic applications," Lee said.

Lee and his team also found that they could alter the battery's performance—voltage, power, or duration—by adjusting the design or materials.

The chemical composition of urine indicates a person's general health and is widely used in diagnostic tests. For instance, doctors measure the concentration of the sugar glucose to determine whether someone is diabetic.

Lee predicts that one day people will be able to monitor their own health at home using biochips powered by this type of battery.

"These fully-integrated biochip systems have a huge market potential," Lee said.

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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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UWB: Coming To Devices Soon (Really)

UWB In Computers And Mobile Devices

July 21, 2005

By Glenn Fleishman Mobile Pipeline

Ultra-wideband (UWB), the high-speed, low-power, short-range wireless technology, has been hyped, praised, dismissed, disputed, stalled, and rehashed for at least two years. That's why you may think it's already a fact of life in the marketplace.

It isn't. There is no industry-wide standard and, so far, no products using UWB technology are shipping. The second part of that equation will be changing soon as products are about to hit the market that will use both competing UWB specifications.

Does this mean we're headed for another VHS-versus-Betamax situation? And should enterprises and individuals invest in UWB when products become available, which is tantamount to betting on the winner of the standards debate? While those are good questions, about all that's known for sure at this point is that both flavors of UWB will deliver the promised goods.

Weak Signal, Strong Fight
UWB works by sending extremely low-power signals over large pieces of bandwidth. The signal is about as weak as background noise and sent in such a brief pulse that devices designed to use the spectrum over which the FCC has licensed UWB—a 7.5 GHz swath from 3.1 to 10.6 GHz—can’t even “hear” the signals.

Because of its weak signal, UWB works best at very short distances. The IEEE 802.15.3a task group’s work on a UWB-based personal area networking (PAN) proposal specified 110 megabits per second (Mbps) at 10 meters, and 480 Mbps at 1 meter. Shipping products will hit these marks, but some will maintain higher speeds at greater distances.

Weak signal doesn't mean weak competition. Two dissimilar approaches to UWB have been battling in the standards process and will shortly spill into the consumer marketplace and later into the mobile worker and IT manager’s purview.

On the one side is Freescale Semiconductor, an early entrant into UWB that employs some UWB pioneers. Their classic view of UWB uses the full 7.5 GHz in one long stretch with a filter that notches out the fragile unlicensed 5 GHz band used for 802.11a, which could be adversely affected by UWB. Freescale stands with Motorola, its former owner. (Motorola bought XtremeSpectrum, a UWB pioneer, and then spun off its semiconductor operations, including UWB.)

Freescale has production chips and reference designs, but no products based on those systems are shipping yet. Their most likely first shipped product will be an HDTV set from Chinese consumer electronics vendor Haier, which will initially be available within China using a government wavier. The waiver is needed because China hasn't yet agreed on UWB regulations.

On the other side of the standards debate is the WiMedia Alliance, a small army of companies including Intel, Kodak, Microsoft, HP, Texas Instruments, and a long list of others across all parts of the computer and electronics industries.

The WiMedia Alliance merged with the Multiband OFDM Alliance (MBOA) recently. MBOA was formed during the IEEE standard-setting process and backs a radio standard (technically, the PHY or physical layer). WiMedia came into being to work on the top layers (MAC or Media Access Control layer up to applications), such as integrating USB 2.0 into UWB seamlessly. The two merged for a complete solution.

The MBOA approach takes UWB, divides it into several smaller bands and allows for some bands to be turned off, such as a range in 5 GHz or because of regulations in other countries that may emerge. Within each band, OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) is used as it is in 802.11 and 802.11g to produce better throughput in routine cases of interference and reflection.

While the IEEE has been trying to set the UWB standard, it's clear that neither approach has enough support and that a winning hand is unlikely to emerge in the near future.

The Stalled Standards Process
Those familiar with the standard-setting process know it's a rare day that the chair of a standards committee says that a proposal needs to spend more time in the market before being finalized. But that’s just what Bob Heile, chair of the IEEE 802.15 Working Group and, until recently, chair of 802.15.3a, said in a recent interview.

The 802.15 WG covers personal area networks (PAN), and has spent years devising proposals to bring Bluetooth into harmony with the standards process, to coordinate frequency avoidance between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and to create a very high-speed PAN standard for peripherals.

It’s the last of these that have been causing Heile problems. The original 802.15.3 group quickly created a 55 Mbps standard, and .3a was tasked with figuring out a much faster, next generation. UWB proposals quickly rose to the fore and voters removed other approaches from consideration.

But the problem with UWB, unlike Wi-Fi and many other protocols hashed out in the IEEE is that “nobody has technology out there that truly represents the proposals,” Heile said in an interview just as he stepped down as chair of 802.15.3a. “In terms of standards time, we’ve barely scratched the surface

Heile noted that the developments in UWB are such a moving target that pinning down a standard today may not help. “I guarantee you that if we come up with a standard this year, we’ll be changing it in two years.”

The other issue is international regulation. Heile stated that with other 802.15 PAN group proposals, “there have been no regulatory issues.” The technology was all well characterized, he said, and well understood. However, he added that UWB is still based on academic work and simulations.

“You don’t make standards based on academic research,” he said. “Even if IEEE were to pick one [standard], I don't think that would have any impact on regulation issues going on in Europe and Asia. Those guys are going to want to test stuff.”

That’s the technical side. There’s also a procedural issue. The IEEE requires a majority of voters to agree on a proposal, but moving that proposal into the stage in which drafts are written and it becomes ratified requires a 75-percent supermajority. Freescale and its partners have been able to keep at least a 26 percent voter attendance at 802.15.3a meetings allowing them to counter the sheer number of companies behind WiMedia.

Stephen Wood is president of the WiMedia Alliance and a technology strategist for Intel. His analysis of the IEEE process is that, “the probability of anything changing in the immediate future is not very good.” It is a view shared by many others, on both sides of the standards debate.

Integrating With Other Wireless Technologies
Both sides of the standards debate want UWB to be subsumed into other existing technology and made ubiquitous. WiMedia wants it to be a single radio in PCS that can seamlessly handle existing communications and cabled protocols by only inserting a layer that supports the UWB radio. WiMedia’s Wood pushes the advantage of a single radio as coordination.

“You don't have to worry about having incompatibilities with other radios out there,” he said.

The WiMedia Alliance is working with the trade groups behind Bluetooth (Bluetooth SIG), USB (the Wireless USB Promoters group within the USB Implementers Forum), and IEEE 1394, also known as FireWire and i.Link (1394 Trade Association). WiMedia itself is connecting an Internet Protocol (IP) stack to UWB to make the radios addressable.

Wireless USB should be the first of these integrations to be ready. Yoram Solomon, director of strategic business development and industry relations at Texas Instruments, said that a USB plugfest would happen in the near future to iron out implementation issues. He noted that each of the promoting groups for IP, USB, Bluetooth, and 1394, will have their own certification programs for their particular standard.

The advantage of integrating UWB at the radio level while leaving existing protocols untouched is that manufacturers and operating system developers should be able to make relatively few changes, allowing existing system and application software that relies on these standards to be unaware that a different physical layer is in use.

“I would be extremely happy if no customer ever knew it was UWB,” said WiMedia’s Wood, noting that the groups involved are pushing trade names like Wireless USB that don’t mention UWB.

Freescale wants to go a step further and completely externalize UWB for computers, at least in its early iterations. Instead of putting a radio in the PC, they’ll first put a radio only in a USB 2.0 dongle. Martin Rofheart, founder of XtremeSpectrum and now director of UWB at Freescale, said that this method means that there is no additional software required on the PC, making UWB entirely transparent. A variety of similar devices exist in the market today using proprietary technology typically at very low speeds.

Because there’s no host software, Freescale’s association process is external. Dongles can be sold in matched sets, requiring no association. Or, a PC with a hub dongle and a peripheral can associate by pressing a button on both devices. In 2006, Rofheart said, they will offer “near-field communications.” All three methods use AES-128 encryption to secure communications.

Rofheart said, “We think that network administrators will like that it’s always secure. And we think that they’ll also like that there’s no service patches and no new drivers that have to be installed.”

WiMedia members will also release dongles for use with existing computers, but only to work with other devices already equipped with UWB, not to adapt peripherals as in Freescale’s version.

Both Freescale and WiMedia envision UWB being used for transferring data to and from mobile devices, such as digital camera, and anywhere in the same short range that USB, 1394, or Bluetooth might be used today—hard drives, optical disc burners, and laptop docking stations. It’s also easy to imagine a UWB ad hoc IP network among traveling laptop users working in close range.

Here’s the rub: We may not see any of that in 2006.

UWB In Computers And Mobile Devices
With both groups’ versions of UWB coming to the market in the U.S. and working on worldwide deployment, a lot hangs on what form UWB appears in. While the initial focus appears to be in high-end consumer electronics, it’s mobile devices that will make UWB fly in the enterprise.

And when will it be available? The short answer is: later this year. After years of trying, Freescale will finally have its first partner product to market in the form of that Haier HDTV set in China. Fourth quarter should also be the debut of real silicon from WiMedia Alliance members and supporters.

Rofheart says all the pieces are in place for demonstrations they showed in 2005 to appear in equipment in 2006, possibly including a unique voice over IP system that can handle 75 to 100 simultaneous calls over a 25-meter range: UWB has more bandwidth and less interference than Wi-Fi over that distance.

But the high initial cost of UWB chipsets—WiMedia’s Wood says about $15 a set initially—mean that it will only show up in high-end consumer electronics first, and possibly throughout 2006.

As the cost of chipsets drop, UWB will finally make it into the enterprise, cutting those cables, reducing the complexity of managing mobile worker synchronization and data. What Wi-Fi did for IP and what Bluetooth was supposed to do for mobile devices UWB will certainly bring to the office.

In the end, will there be only one UWB? Possibly not. The consumer electronics market and computer markets while converging—as one could see at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show in January–are still miles apart. What works in a TV set and camcorder may not be what winds up on an Intel motherboard or Kodak professional camera.

The industry proposes, the market disposes. And Freescale doesn't feel too lonely out there on its own. Commenting on the WiMedia dogpile on the MBOA and related standards, Rofheart said, “It’s quite possible in my view that when you get to a January timeframe, the pendulum has swung back in the other direction pretty significantly.”

Source: Mobile Pipeline

VoIP over Instant Messaging? It's Coming - and It's BIG!

August 15, 2005
By Sean Michael Kerner

According to the Radicati Group, there will be 867 million instant messaging accounts in use by the end of this year, growing to over a billion by 2009. It's likely that a good number of those accounts will have direct access to VoIP within the same timeframe, which could profoundly alter both the IM and VoIP landscapes. Microsoft, Yahoo!, and AOL all have serious VoIP-over-IM products in the pipeline and all are set to capitalize on VoIP.

Skype has had little impact on IM usage according to vendors and analysts; VoIP-over-IM's impact on Skype however may be a different story.

Voice in IM—current usage
Voice connectivity in IM is nothing particularly new. Microsoft's MSN Messenger has had it since 2000, with AOL and Yahoo! for almost as long. For the most part, historically speaking, IM voice connectivity has been PC-to-PC and was not always of land-line quality.

MSN Messenger at one point also had PSTN services as well. "We actually did it a few years ago," Brooke Richardson, lead product manager for MSN explained to EnterpriseVoIPplanet. "We had PSTN services that we delivered with partners, but at the time the infrastructure and the service just wasn't quite there in terms of what it was delivering, so we wound the service down a year ago and have been improving the PC-to-PC functionality."

Voice quality of PC-to-PC calls has steadily improved over the last several years, however, as the technology has evolved and broadband adoption has increased. Neither Microsoft, Yahoo!, nor AOL was able to break out voice minutes used for VoIPplanet but all indicated a non-trivial amount of usage.

MSN's Richard said that though she couldn't provide an accounting of total minutes used, 25 million MSN Messenger users have been using the service's audio and video capabilities on a monthly basis. Chamath Palihapitiya, vice president and general manager for AIM & ICQ, America Online, told VoIPplanet that penetration of voice services into AOL's Instant Messenger (AIM)'s user based was as high as 75 to 80 percent. "Everyone for the most part has tried it," Palihapitiya commented. "Though we don't disclose minutes, it's a service that clearly we've had interest in and we've seen enough pent up demand that we've sort of double-downed our efforts in the space."

AOL recently launched a new beta of AIM, called Triton, which places a heavy emphasis on voice. Yahoo! has also launched a new IM client which similarly has favored voice.

"Since the introduction of high-quality voice, we've seen a two-thirds increase in voice usage among beta users." Yahoo! spokesperson Terrell Karlsten said. "With the launch of our enhanced voice calling feature, we expect even more people will take advantage of the high quality service as well."

There are a lot of different reasons why VoIP quality over IM is improving, not the least of which are the improved codecs currently being used. Skype, which arguably first popularized high-quality PC-to-PC calling, makes use of the Global IP Sound (GIPS) codecs. Microsoft recently licensed those codecs as well and MSN's Richardson noted that they'll likely be included in a future version to help further Microsoft's voice capabilities. AOL's currently in-beta AIM client, Triton, also makes use of GIPS among a suite of codecs.

"The GIPS codec is a great codec," AOL's Palihapitiya said. "We've taken great pains to make sure we support the best codecs in the market."

Vonage's softphone makes use of the Xten codec, which also happens to be the same codec that Yahoo! Messenger now also uses. Yahoo's spokesperson noted that in a recent study three-fourths of those who have used the PC-to-PC calling feature rate the sound quality equal to or better than a traditional phone line.

"Yahoo! Messenger's voice capabilities are based on the industry standard SIP protocol, enabling us to easily evolve and advance our voice offering to consumers in the future," Karlsten said.

The Skype effect
Though the Skype software has been downloaded well over 140 million times and is arguably the most used PC based VoIP application, the major IM players and at least one analyst don't believe it has had an effect on IM usage.

"We do not believe that services such as Skype have had a significant impact on regular public IM use," Radicati Group Analyst Matthew Anderson told VoIPplanet. "Since services such as Skype are still emerging in the market place, we have yet to see what type of impact it will have on the market."

The new generation of IM clients, offering enhanced voice capabilities, amongst a myriad of other advanced features, means that users don't need to leave their IM client. "What we're trying to do is to delight our users," MSN's Richardson said. "With our unified contact store we want to help connect our customers however they want to be connected."

AOL's Palihapitiya sees the evolution of AIM Triton as an evolution of how users view not just IM but communication in general. "People will make less of a distinction about the type of communication and more of a distinction about what they use to initiate it," he explained.

Palihapitiya however sees a major difference between what AIM Triton offers in terms of voice quality and what Skype offers.

"When you're talking about voice quality, you really have to address where the voice modulation is actually occurring," Palihapitiya said. "Rather than running on public networks, we took the view that we should upgrade the codec technology and the voice quality so that it's equivalent to a land line and then make sure that we take some of the responsibility for the quality of service itself so that we don't rely as much on the public network."

Palihapitiya argued that when you compare AIM's offering to its competitors' the focus on not relying on a public network is a key differentiator. In particular, Palihapitiya noted, for example, that AIM is not running on the FastTrack network (first popularized by the peer to peer (P2P) sharing application Kazaa), which is the network that Skype uses.

"That's a public network that relies upon aggregation points and publicly available people," Palihapitiya said.

A Skype spokesperson confirmed that it does use the FastTrack network. "Skype was founded to develop the first P2P telephony network," the spokesperson explained. "A true P2P system is one where all nodes in a network join together dynamically to participate in traffic routing, processing, and bandwidth-intensive tasks that would otherwise be handled by central servers."

AOL sees the way to build out voice quality somewhat differently. "From our perspective, we're going to buy the muxes (multiplexors), we're going to put it into our data centers, and we're going to run it ourselves," Palihapitiya stated emphatically. "And we'll take great pains to ensure that the quality of service we demand of ourselves is as high as when we bring someone online in our access business."

"I'm very confident that when you compare us side by side, we'll stack up incredibly well, because we control as much of the experience as possible before we funnel it out onto the public networks."

Is VoIP the killer app for IM?
"I think VoIP will be the 'next big thing' for IM, but I do not think it will have as great an affect on the public IM networks as some may anticipate," Radicati Analyst Matthew Anderson cautioned. "I will say that it is a great tool that the average IM user will probably try at least once, and depending on their experience may use it somewhat regularly."

AOL's Palihapitiya however is somewhat more optimistic.

"It's a really big opportunity," Palihapitiya said. "If we cast the widest net possible and we have great relationships with our consumers so that they're all signing up to what is the equivalent of a softphone solution, that is fertile ground from which to up-sell to a primary line replacement, in my opinion."

Palihapitiya explained that the primary line partner could just as easily be Time Warner Cable as AOL, which gives AIM an advantage in his view. "Our view is that we're focused on the free tier and from there more people will connect to full VoIP."

"From the business side we're making sure that the offer is disruptive," Palihapitiya said. "That as much as possible what we can make free we make free, and whatever you have to pay for is competitively priced, and what you're paying for stands above our competitors."

Whether AOL, MSN, or Yahoo! adversely affect the Skypes, Vonages, and even traditional teclos of the world still remains to be seen.

One thing is likely though, with 867 million instant messaging accounts and counting, VoIP over IM is a market that simply cannot be ignored.

Source: Instant Messaging Planet


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