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FRIDAY - JANUARY 28, 2005 - ISSUE NO. 149

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

I have completed my move to Southern Illinois as announced two weeks ago. Thanks to some minor complications, I was not able to publish a newsletter last week as planned. Newsletters are scheduled to go out on "most Fridays"—subject to consulting trips, hurricanes, and other unpredictable events. I was able to dodge a couple of snow storms and deal with a flat tire on a U-Haul trailer. Since I was without access to the Internet for almost two weeks, there are many e-mails waiting for me to answer them. If yours is urgent, please send me a reminder.

The big news this week is the announcement from Michael Powell that he plans to step down as commissioner and chairman of the FCC some time in March. An FCC news release, down in the middle of the newsletter, reviews the accomplishments of the FCC under Mr. Powell's leadership. Some may discount this as "political bragging" but I found it very enlightening and an excellent review of the major topics in the field of telecommunications. Don't miss it!

There is an interesting article this week about Ofcom, the communications regulatory agency in the UK, and their on-going efforts to liberalize the regulation of the use of radio frequencies.

Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services. [source]

At the end of the newsletter, there is a "must read" article about Skype, the free VoIP service that millions of people (23 million in fact) are using to talk over the Internet.

TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services is looking for partners on their 152.480 MHz co-op paging network. Check out Ted Gaetjen's announcement in the READER'S COMMENTS section below.

To put it into "Telco slang" it has been reported that one of the baby Bells is trying to buy ma Bell. More correctly stated, SBC is in acquisition discussions with AT&T. I never thought I would see this.

Now on to this week's 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.

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WIRELESS NEWS

Deloitte Releases Global Telecom Prognostications For 2005

January 19, 2005

New Deloitte reports predict 2005 global telecom market developments; key forecasts include strong cellular growth, with VoIP adoption increasing, but still limited by quality concerns.

Deloitte has issued its Wire-line Predictions 2005 Report and Mobile and Wireless Predictions 2005 Report, which forecast trends for the coming year in the global telecommunications industry. The firm expects that, overall, the industry will maintain a positive trajectory in 2005. Key findings include:

  • There will be nearly 2 billion cellular mobile subscriptions worldwide by the end of the year. Subscriber growth will be strongest in developing countries. The most compelling and lucrative mobile content will continue to revolve around phone personalization such as ring tones, wallpapers, and games;
  • The vast majority of voice calls in 2005 will originate and terminate on the public switched telephony network (PSTN) due to superior call quality and overall reliability. Key convenience features, such as stored number dialing, text messaging, and conference calling will stimulate call volume over fixed lines, while PSTN operators reduce prices;
  • Call volume and the user base for VoIP will increase significantly among consumers and businesses. Nevertheless, VoIP growth will be limited by shortfalls in VoIP's quality, consistency, and reliability and the resulting slightly negative image in the marketplace. Broadband penetration will continue to grow in 2005, with broadband connections finally outnumbering dial-up in many countries.

Source: CommWeb.com


RIM Patent Case Goes into Extra Innings

January 26, 2005

rim photoThe three-year-old patent dispute between NTP Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), the maker of the BlackBerry e-mail device, saw a flurry of activity early this year as the Canadian government stepped into the fray.

The Canadian government argued in a brief filed Jan. 13 that a decision by the U.S. appeals court on Dec. 14 to uphold the patent infringement ruling against RIM and send the case back to a lower court for judgment could significantly harm Canadian technology companies and innovation.

Canada asked the U.S. court to consider RIM's appeal to rehear the case before 12 judges, or "en banc," rather than return the case to the lower court.

At the heart of RIM's defense is its argument that its Waterloo, Ontario-based servers, which handle all e-mails sent via BlackBerry devices, place it outside of U.S. patent laws. The Canadian government says any business with operations in both countries could be negatively affected by an "extraterritorial" ruling by the court finding RIM at fault, and asked the court to reconsider.

"Given the number and proliferation of businesses that conduct integrated operations across the Canada-United States border, the panel's decision affects a substantial number of businesses with Canadian operations, including those carried on using networks and telecommunications," the brief said.

"En banc review would allow the court to be assured that its interpretation would not lead to inappropriate application of U.S. patent law."

Josh Lerner, a Harvard professor and co-author of "Innovation and Its Discontents," a critique of the U.S. patent system, said the direct involvement of a foreign government in a patent case is fairly unique, and it's unclear whether this move will help RIM's case.

"There are a lot of efforts for governments to get involved in creating patent policy, but the involvement in actual, individual disputes tends to be an exception," Lerner said. "This will certainly raise the profile of the case and some of these issues."

NTP Inc., a licensing company that owns several e-mail patents, including the one it says RIM infringed upon, also filed several briefs to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in response to Canada's involvement, and believes the court will not grant the requests.

"It's likely the petition will be denied," said Donald Stout, NTP co-founder and the company's lawyer. "It's an extremely unusual move, and its premise is faulty."

Stout's brief and NTP's infringement case revolve around the sale and use of BlackBerry devices in the United States, he said, and one e-mail relay in Canada should not put RIM out of the law's reach.

"The court has been careful to say [in previous rulings] that this was not a basis to get out from underneath the law," Stout said. "Beneficial use in the U.S. was the basis for this infringement, and except for a single node, everything that occurs using a BlackBerry is in the U.S. This decision will not hurt Canadian business."

NTP's brief also took a shot at the Canadian government's late entry into the case: "Because the Canadian government did not participate in any previous proceedings, its principal source of information about this case appears to be the combined petition for panel rehearing by RIM. As a result, Canada's brief reflects the same disregard of the factual record and mischaracterizations of the panel's decision as in RIM's rehearing petition."

In addition to the Canadian filing, EarthLink Inc., the Information Technology Association of Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce all filed separate briefs in support of RIM. NTP then filed four other briefs asking the court to deny these requests as well.

RIM said it was unable to comment on the case as it is still in progress, and both the company's and the Canadian government's lawyers were unavailable before filing this story.

An initial ruling in the case in August 2003 ordered RIM to pay NTP $53.7 million in damages and to cease selling its BlackBerry devices in the United States. RIM immediately appealed and continued selling the devices.

The two sides, which have basically reargued their case via these filings, must now wait for the ruling, which is expected next month. RIM has said publicly it will take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

NTP's Stout said he believes it "extremely unlikely" that the Supreme Court would take the case, but Harvard's Lerner said the court has heard several patent cases in the past and could decide to take this one as well.

Source: eWeek.com


Sanswire Networks Signs Agreement to Launch Stratellites in South America

January 27, 2005

globetel logoPEMBROKE PINES, Fla.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Jan. 27, 2005—Sanswire Networks, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GlobeTel Communications Corp. (OTCBB:GTEL) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to build and launch Stratellites throughout South America.

The agreement calls for Sanswire to enter into a Joint-Venture Agreement with Orlando, Florida based Dynamic International Networks, Inc. to build and operate Sanswire's high-altitude airships called Stratellites in various South American countries. The Agreement calls for the first Stratellite to be launched over Lima, Peru to provide various wireless services to the Peruvian capital and surrounding areas.

Communications operations in Peru will be handled by Dynamic's affiliate, Beacon Supply Comunicaciones, S.A. of Lima. Sanswire will handle all matters associated with the Stratellite. The Joint-Venture operating company will be called Sanswire Peru and will offer new services such as wireless broadband, VOIP telephony, and video. Funding for the project will be provided by Dynamic International Networks in conjunction with support from their local Foundation partners.

"We knew our expansion into South America would be an important part of the Company's growth. This Agreement will significantly expedite that process," said Michael K. Molen, Chairman of Sanswire Networks. "Not only will we launch a Stratellite in Peru, but our partners have plans to expand into all parts of South America. Because of the limited infrastructure in that part of the world, the Stratellites are a perfect solution."

Founded in 1997 in Orlando, FL, Dynamic International Networks, Inc. offers consulting services in various state-of-the-art technologies. The Company does business in several South American countries, including Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and Venezuela. Currently, the Company is developing the Bolivar Telecommunications Project called "Bolivar" with the vision of integrating Bolivarian countries with state-of- the-art technologies and shared solutions that provide a variety of communications projects and strategic alliances.

"We have followed the progress of Sanswire and the Stratellite project for some time now and we are extremely excited about bringing this cutting edge technology to the people of South America," said Ernesto Uribe Abad, President of Dynamic International Networks. "Together with Sanswire, we will change wireless communications in South America forever."

A Stratellite is similar to a satellite, but is stationed in the stratosphere rather than in orbit. At an altitude of only 13 miles, each Stratellite will have clear line-of-sight to an entire major metropolitan area. A Stratellite will allow subscribers to easily communicate in "both directions" using readily available wireless devices. Proposed telecommunications uses include wireless broadband, cellular, 3G/4G mobile, MMDS, paging, fixed wireless telephony, HDTV and others. To learn more about the Stratellites, visit the Company's website at www.sanswire.com .

Safe Harbor Statements
Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements or statements which may be deemed or construed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Placement Act of 1995. The words "forecast", "project", "intend", "expect", "should", "would", and similar expressions and all statements, which are not historical facts, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause the Company's actual results, performance (finance or operating) or achievements to differ from future results, performance (financing and operating) or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Contacts
GlobeTel Communications Corp.
Leigh Coleman, 954.241.0590
investors@globetel.net

Source: Sanswire Networks Press Release


Energy Telecom Announces The Appointment of Henry L. Pujol as Advisor; The Company is Now Registered as a Pink Sheet Reporting Company

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Jan. 26, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Energy Telecom, Inc. (Pink Sheets:EYTL) today announced the appointment of Henry L. Pujol as Advisor to the company to coordinate its wireless system and component design.

Mr. Pujol previously served as Vice President and Director of Integrated Electrics System Sector, a division of Motorola. Mr. Pujol also served as Vice president of LinkWorks and was Vice President of The Paging Products group at Motorola as well as the Manager of Research and Engineering at Martin Marietta.

"Mr. Pujol brings to Energy his extensive experience in research and development, and management-level experience in business development, operations, marketing, and manufacturing," stated CEO Tom Rickards. "We firmly believe Mr. Pujol will best coordinate the design, testing and manufacturing resources Energy will use when bringing its wireless personal telecom products to the marketplace."

"We are also pleased to report," continued Mr. Rickards, "that Energy Telecom has completed its paperwork and is now a registered reporting company on the pink Sheets."

Energy Telecom holds United States and foreign patents designed to provide leading global manufacturers of wireless headsets, industrial eyewear and optical projection technology with the means of offering the world's first hands-free two-way wireless personal telecommunication eyewear systems. These systems are designed to be built into specialized eyewear worn by police, fire, rescue, military and security personnel as well as those used by bio-hazardous, mining, construction and heavy manufacturing workers.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain oral statements made by management from time to time and certain statements contained in press releases and periodic reports issued by Energy Telecom, Inc. (the "Company"), as well as those contained herein, that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 and, because such statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, including those in Management's Discussion and Analysis, if applicable, are statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations, estimates or projections of the Company, its Directors or its Officers about the Company and the industry in which it operates, and are based on assumptions made by management. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding: (a) the Company's strategies regarding growth and business expansion, including future acquisitions; (b) the Company's financing plans; (c) trends affecting the Company's financial condition or results of operations; (d) the Company's ability to continue to control costs and to meet its liquidity and other financing needs; (e) the declaration and payment of dividends; and (f) the Company's ability to respond to changes in customer demand and regulations. Although the Company believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that the anticipated results will occur. When issued in this report, the words "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Important factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among other items, (i) changes in the regulatory and general economic environment; (ii) conditions in the capital markets, including the interest rate environment and the availability of capital; (iii) changes in the competitive marketplace that could affect the Company's revenue and/or cost and expenses, such as increased competition, lack of qualified marketing, management or other personnel, and increased labor and inventory costs; (iv) changes in technology or customer requirements, which could render the Company's technologies noncompetitive or obsolete; (v) new product introductions, product sales mix and the geographic mix of sales. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: Energy Telecom Press Release


Ofcom to press ahead with radio spectrum liberalisation

Wednesday 26th January 2005

Ofcom is to press ahead with its proposed liberalisation of the radio spectrum. The industry watchdog says it plans to go ahead with the first phase within the next few months.

Traditionally the radio spectrum has been tightly controlled in the UK. Under the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1949, spectrum was allocated on a per-licence basis which not only set the frequency which could be used but also governed the purpose to which it could be put. The justification being that tight control meant that interference between users of the various frequencies would be kept to a minimum.

Ofcom recognises that the pace of technological change and the competing demands made on radio spectrum means that the traditional command and control model is no longer practical for the 21st Century.

After consultation, the regulator has decided to relax the wording of licences so that they are not tied to a particular technology or usage so that licensees can respond to changing market conditions or trade spectrum more easily.

The regulator rejected the alternative option of simply making the existing licence model more flexible. This would have allowed licensees to apply for changes to the usage of the spectrum they control. Whilst this would have the advantage of allowing Ofcom to review the effect of any change on other spectrum holders, for example whether it would cause unacceptable interference, it decided that the mechanism would be too cumbersome and bureaucratic.

The first licences to be liberalised are likely to be for Business Radio such as private business radio and national paging services, Fixed Wireless Access and communications between fixed links. Later in the year Ofcom is looking to loosen the licence requirements for wide area private radio services operated by organisations to provide mobile communications for their own workforces. Looking forward, Ofcom hopes to extend the process to the 2G and 3G bands.

Source: pcPRO.co.uk


SBC, AT&T in Acquisition Discussions

By Yuki Noguchi
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 27, 2005; 1:14 PM

Regional phone giant SBC Communications Inc. is in talks to buy the venerable long-distance provider AT&T Corp., a move that would create the largest telecommunications company.

San Antonio-based SBC would pay at least $15 billion for the long-distance giant, according to a source close to the deal. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is not yet finalized.

The source characterized the talks as "far along," having started several weeks ago, but said SBC "continues to consider other options." SBC could still open talks with Ashburn-based MCI, and AT&T could discuss other combinations with phone giants such as Verizon Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp., although sources suggested those combinations are not likely.

Spokespeople from AT&T, SBC, MCI, BellSouth and Verizon declined comment.

The proposed deal is the latest in a recent string of mergers in telecommunications, where companies are merging to gird against intense competition and changing technology trends. Late last year SBC's wireless unit Cingular Wireless completed a $41 billion deal to purchase AT&T's spin-off, AT&T Wireless. Last month, Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. announced their $35 billion plan to combine.

Once the nation's dominant phone company, AT&T has fallen on hard times of late, battered by an industry price war and regulatory changes that have strengthened many of its competitors. It sold off its cable television division to Comcast Corp. and stopped marketing phone service to residential customers last year. The company is now focused on selling telecommunications services to businesses.

SBC is the nation's second-largest telecommunications company, after Verizon. It is the biggest local phone company in 13 states, including California, Texas and Illinois.

Source: Washington Post


USA Mobility, Inc. President and CEO Rings The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell

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USA Mobility, Inc.
President and CEO
Rings The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell

Friday, January 21, 2005
at NASDAQ's MarketSite
in New York City.

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The NASDAQ Stock Market is proud to welcome USA Mobility, Inc. [USMO] and its CEO Vincent Kelly to the market open in recognition of the merger of Metrocall Holdings, Inc. [MTOH] and Arch Wireless, Inc. [AWIN]. Through this merger, USA Mobility has combined the two leading independent paging and wireless messaging companies in the United States.

About USA Mobility, Inc.
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 numeric, one-way text and two-way paging. In addition, the company offers mobile voice and data services through Nextel and AT&T Wireless/Cingular as well as wireless e-mail solutions. The company's product offerings include Integrated Resource Management Systems with wireless connectivity solutions for medical, business, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility focuses on the business-to-business marketplace and supplies wireless mobile connectivity solutions to businesses and organizations of all sizes. In addition to its reliable, nationwide one-way networks, USA Mobility's two-way networks have the largest high-powered terrestrial ReFLEX footprint in the United States with roaming partners in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. USA Mobility provides the preferred ReFLEX wireless data network for many of the largest telecommunication companies in the United States that source network services and resell under their own brand names. For further information visit www.usamobility.com.

Source: NASDAQ.COM

READER'S COMMENTS

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).

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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.

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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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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:

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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 platforms.

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

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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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ZigBee Alliance Celebrates a Successful Year

2004 Highlighted by Tripled Membership and Worldwide Specification Ratified

San Ramon, Calif.—January 25, 2005—The ZigBee™ Alliance, an association of companies working together to enable wirelessly networked monitoring and control products based on an open global standard, today announced it has tripled its membership from a year ago, adding 19 new member companies and bringing its total membership to 124 companies. New members include: Custom Manufacturing & Engineering, Inc.; ETRI; Ipcom Technologies, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd; EnOcean GmbH; BM SpA; connectBlue AB; Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft; Itron, Inc.; Maximedia Services, Ltd.; Mindteck (India) Limited; PMC-Sierra Ltd.; Point Six Wireless; Seiko Epson Corp.; Spectra Technology Holdings, Inc.; Stonestreet One, Inc.; Tendril Networks, Inc.; Winbond Electronics Corp.; and World Peace Group.

Among these new members include the Alliance’s first South American and African member companies, expanding its presence to 24 countries across six continents. This truly global membership helped contribute to finalizing the ZigBee specification, which was announced on December 14, 2004. All Alliance members will continue to participate in further developing the ZigBee standard as well as ongoing interoperability testing.

“Our membership represents a global presence, reinforcing the strong support and market need for the ZigBee standard,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “2004 was a very busy year for the Alliance, ending with our greatest milestone to date – ratifying the ZigBee specification. We expect to see member companies begin shipping ZigBee-compliant products in 2005. Additionally, in 2005 Alliance members will continue testing to ensure all ZigBee-certified products are interoperable throughout residential and commercial applications.”

Numerous applications of the ZigBee technology will be showcased at the next ZigBee Open House on March 2nd in San Francisco. Online registration and information are available at http://www.zigbee.org/en/events/membermeetingfeb2005.asp. ZigBee is the only standards-based technology designed to address the unique needs of low-cost, low-power, wireless sensor networks for remote monitoring, home control, and building automation network applications in the industrial and consumer markets. Companies who want to have input on developing the ZigBee specification and create ZigBee products can join by visiting http://www.zigbee.org/join/.

ZigBee: Wireless Control That Simply Works
The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance is a rapidly growing, non-profit industry consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, OEMs, and end-users worldwide. Membership is open to all. Additional information can be found at www.zigbee.org.

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January 21, 2005
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STATEMENT OF FCC CHAIRMAN MICHAEL K. POWELL
ON LEAVING THE COMMISSION

Today, I sent a letter to the President thanking him for the incredible privilege of chairing the Federal Communications Commission during his first term. With a mixture of pride and regret I informed him of my intention to step down as a commissioner and chairman some time in March.

Having completed a bold and aggressive agenda, it is time for me to pursue other opportunities and let someone else take the reins of the agency. During my tenure, we worked to get the law right in order to stimulate innovative technology that puts more power in the hands of the American people, giving them greater choices that enrich their lives. Evidence of our success can be seen increasingly in the offices, the automobiles and the living rooms of the American consumer.

The seeds of our policies are taking firm root in the marketplace and are starting to blossom. The use of cell phones, digital televisions, personal video recorders, and digital music players, is exploding. These devices are increasingly connected anytime, anywhere by a wide variety of broadband networks enabling a host of competitive services and new applications. Our children will inherit this exciting future.

My only significant regret is that I will no longer have the pleasure and privilege of working shoulder to shoulder with the most talented and dedicated staff and colleagues that I have known. I look forward to spending some time off with my wife and two boys, before taking up my next challenge. They have been wonderfully supportive and patient.

— FCC —

Attached are highlights from the Chairman’s tenure at the Commission.


Policy Highlights of
Michael K. Powell’s FCC Tenure

From the outset, Chairman Powell’s vision has been to get the law right to stimulate innovative technologies that put more power into the hands of consumers, and lets them live better and more enriched lives. This vision has taken many forms.

I. BROADBAND AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY

Under Chairman Powell’s leadership, the Commission promoted cable and DSL broadband, and a host of other strong and emerging broadband platforms that offer great possibilities for universal access to this critical technology, anytime, anywhere.

Broadband over Cable and Fiber Lines: A light touch to promote development

  • Eliminated risks to full scale deployment of cable modem service. Declared cable modem an “information service” to keep it in a minimally regulated environment (March 2002) and fought efforts to impose telephone regulation on broadband services (Supreme Court Brand X Case December 2004)
  • Put strong incentives in place to deploy fiber optics to the home. Deregulated a host of fiber options to promote broadband, including new fiber deployment (August 2003), fiber to the curb (October 2004) and fiber to apartment buildings (August 2004); eliminated other regulatory barriers to fiber deployment by telephone companies (October 2004)

Broadband Over the Airwaves: Unleashing the Wireless revolution

  • Increased WiFi Availability. Lets consumers surf the Internet throughout their homes, in coffee shops, airports and even in entire cities like Grand Haven, MI. Commission modified rules to allow wider commercial deployment of WiFi (November 2003, April 2004, July 2004), and made more spectrum available at 5 GHz for last mile unlicensed use (May 2003)
  • Advanced New Technologies—Ultrawideband. Led effort to enable this new technology to enter the market (February 2003, December 2004)
  • Much More Spectrum for Broadband. Adopted rules, reclaimed spectrum, and signed agreement with NTIA ultimately freeing up over 290 MHz of spectrum for new, licensed broadband uses (January 2003, October 2003, September 2004)

Broadband over Electric Lines: The third broadband pipe to the home

  • Broadband to power plugs would lower prices, expand deployment. Adopted new rules to minimize regulatory hurdles for broadband over power lines (October 2004)

Voice over the Internet: Clearing regulatory barriers to valuable new consumer services

  • Fought for an unhindered, innovative regulatory environment for VOIP. Consumers can now buy phone service off the shelf in local electronics stores that is now cheaper and more personalized, portable and more innovative than traditional telephone service. Pulver.com (February 2004) and Vonage (November 2004) decisions free Internet voice from old-world regulation and pre-empted onerous state regulations

II. REVOLUTIONARY WIRELESS REFORM

With over 170 million wireless phones in use, Americans have embraced the freedom and mobility of wireless and begun to use their wireless phone as their principal phone. Chairman Powell has led a dramatic shift away from a command and control model of spectrum management to a market model that allows more innovative and competitive spectrum uses.

Creating a New Model for the Airwaves: A consumer-oriented approach

  • Rewrote the book on spectrum management. Spectrum Policy Task Force created a new blueprint for managing spectrum (June 2002)
  • Reform orders implemented this blueprint. Allocated more spectrum for licensed and unlicensed use; Rural Wireless Services Reform (September 2003, July 2004); Secondary Spectrum Markets (May 2003, July 2004); Smart Radios (December 2003); launched Educational and Wireless Broadband Radio Services (June 2004); eliminated the spectrum cap (November 2001)
  • Adopted policies that let consumers and communities own spectrum. Promoted the commons model where consumers and entrepreneurs could use spectrum for free and without the government’s permission
  • Settled Nextwave case putting spectrum back into productive use (April 2004)

III. ENHANCING CONSUMER CHOICE

The Commission under Chairman Powell’s leadership sought to update consumer protections to reflect new communications options and enhance consumer choice.

New Choices for the Digital Age: Consumer protections

  • Stopped unwanted telemarketing calls. Gave consumers the option of avoiding telemarketing calls through the national Do Not Call registry, jointly enforced and developed with the Federal Trade Commission (October 2004)
  • Let Americans keep their cell numbers. Consumers no longer limited when they want to change carriers or drop their landline telephones (November 2003)
  • Ruled to stop cell phone spam. (March 2004)
  • Money Back to Consumers. Vigorously enforced slamming/cramming rules, returning $8 million annually to consumers
  • Blocked Direct TV/EchoStar merger to ensure continued competition and choice in satellite television. First major merger blocked by the FCC in 30 years (October 2002)

Digital Opportunities for Underserved Communities:

  • Major effort to help Indian Country. Developed and expanded the Indian Telecommunications Initiative and government-to-government consultation; developed Tribal land bidding credit; expanded partnership to protect Tribal lands
  • Diversity Committee to help women and minorities. Launched Diversity Federal Advisory Committee to expand opportunities in the Digital Age
  • Expanded Rural Health Care funding. Reformed support for rural healthcare communications and expanded funding (December 2004)
  • Rural Lands of Opportunity Program. Launched expanded outreach and partnership with Appalachia, Native Americans, Alaskan Native and the Delta regions
  • Disability Community. Expanded outreach and increased policy initiatives to reduce barriers to access, including first ever requirement for hearing aid compatibility for cell phones (July 2003)

IV. FACILITIES-BASED TELEPHONE COMPETITION

Chairman Powell has led an effort to rationalize economic incentives and unleash the potential of true competition. This competition is based on investment in facilities, which offers product differentiation, greater innovation and lower prices.

Creating a Competitive Structure: Better value for traditional phone service

  • Drove down long distance rates. Approved over 40 applications for regional companies to offer new competitive long distance service (December 2003)
  • Drove down international calling rates. Drove an international settlements policy that forces international calling rates down to more reflect true costs (International Settlement Rates Order March 2004)
  • Passed sound, rational local competition rules. Promulgated revised local competition rules designed to withstand judicial review, bringing certainty to the market (December 2004)

V. PUBLIC SAFETY & HOMELAND SECURITY

In a world where public safety is more critical than ever, Chairman Powell fought tirelessly to strengthen the hand of our nation’s first responders. The FCC worked to leverage the power of new technologies to increase personal security and improve our national telecommunications infrastructure.

Countering New Threats with New Technology: Communications security

  • Personally promoted the AMBER Alert system that has saved countless abducted children across the country (Chairman Powell awarded the top honor by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children for his efforts in May 2003)
  • Accelerated E911 for wireless phones. Put all wireless carriers on compliance schedules (October 2001) created E911 co-ordination initiative (April 2003) and an E911 Solutions Summit for VoIP (March 2004)
  • Untangled serious interference to public safety systems. Achieved a unanimous decision to free 800 MHz spectrum for unhindered public safety use (July 2004)
  • Cutting edge capability for cops and firefighters. Created public safety broadband service to enable first responders to have broadband access at the scene (April 2003)

VI. MEDIA POLICY FOR THE DIGITAL ERA

Media is changing, and so is its effect on our democracy and the marketplace of ideas. Currently, there are enormous pressures on traditional broadcasting and traditional regulatory models as broadband takes hold. As Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times, recently said, “Within our lifetimes, the distribution of news and information is going to shift to broadband.” There is a real need to drive digital television and new digital sources for media delivery in order to spur greater innovation and more sustained business models, while still advancing the public interest.

Driving the Transition to Digital TV: More than just a pretty picture

  • The Powell Plan dramatically accelerated DTV. Created DTV Task Force (October 2001), which called on broadcasters to build out DTV facilities (now 1,445 DTV broadcast stations on air—up from 75 in 2001); cable operators to carry and provide HD and digital programming (now offer HD in 177 of 210 DMAs); content providers in the TV industry to encourage new HD content (today, almost all of prime time and major sporting events is in HD and 18 cable channels are dedicated to HD programming)
  • Made sure consumer electronics could work easily with digital TV content. Issued Plug & Play rules to simplify issues for consumers (September 2003), and a broadcast flag (August 2002, November 2003, August 2004) and a DTV tuner mandate to ensure consumers can receive a digital signal (August 2002)
  • Reached out to help consumers understand the DTV transition. Created www.dtv.gov website and consumer tip sheets (October 2004)

Enhancing the Public Interest:

  • Required more children’s programming in broadcasting. Promulgated children’s public interest obligations for digital broadcasters (September 2004)
  • Strengthened decency on the public airwaves. Enforced decency laws in response to coarsening of content in broadcasting
  • Ensured equal employment opportunity in media. Set out sustainable equal employment rules (November 2002)
  • Conducted most comprehensive review of media marketplace in FCC history.

VII. RESTRUCTURING THE FCC

An agency is only as good as its people. For the FCC to keep pace with historic and dramatic changes, it needed to change. It had to stay current on cutting edge technologies, economics, industry analysis and law. While it never finds its way to the pages of newspapers, the internal management of the agency is the most important and enduring legacy.

A Smarter Agency to Tackle New Issues:

  • Built a university to keep FCC employees at the cutting edge. FCC University increased staff participation in training by 275%. Last year, employees took advantage of over 7,000 courses
  • Recruited top tech talent to meet the challenges of digital age policy. Improved the agency’s technical expertise by aggressively recruiting quality engineers. Since 2001, the Commission has hired 63 new engineers and invested in a state of the art laboratory facilities (an unprecedented $3 million)
  • Restructured the FCC to cope with convergence. Largest re-organization in years, moving toward a functional organization designed along market lines rather than technical ones
  • Directed a performance-based budgeting approach centered on six key goals: Broadband, Spectrum, Competition, Media, Homeland Security, and Modernize the FCC.
  • Largely eliminated backlog.
  • Offered public WiFi access. One of the first federal agencies to do so (August 2003)
  • Led the agency to give back to our community. Established the FCC Best! Program, which encourages serving the community, creating a more enjoyable workplace, and improving the efficiency of the FCC’s work. FCC Best! has donated thousands of books to local Southwest DC elementary schools and hundreds of hours to local charities, environmental organizations and homeless shelters.

Industry Trends
During Chairman Michael K. Powell’s FCC Tenure

 Then (2001)Now
Residential Broadband—all technologies5.1 million
(as of December 2000)
30.1 million
(as of June 2004)
Average Price Per Minute for Mobile Wireless$0.18
(as of December 2000)
$0.09
(as of June 2004)
Wireless Local Number Portability0
started November 24, 2003
9,484,000
(as of November 30, 2004)
Sales of Wi-Fi Hardware9.6 million units
(2001)
49.9 million units
(2003)
Average Long Distance Price Per Minute for Wireline$0.09
(2000)
$0.07
(2003)
Average International Price Per Minute$0.52
(2000)
$0.20
(2003)
VoIP SubscribersNot available722,000
(as of January 2005)
National Do Not Call Registry0
Launched June 27, 2003

64 million phone numbers
Annual DTV Sets Sold648,000
(2000)
7.3 million
(2004E)
Amount of New Enforcement Actions Taken$7.9 million
(2000)
$24.2 million
(2004)

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No-cost Skype strikes chord with businesses

Published: January 27, 2005, 7:31 AM PST
By Marguerite Reardon
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The Internet telephony software Skype has found its way into the business world, as corporate road warriors and remote workers use it to reduce long-distance and cell phone costs.

Most of today's Skype adherents use it for personal calls, but a growing number of them are also using it to make calls for work.

"I realized while I was traveling overseas how difficult it is for my remote staff and traveling salespeople to communicate with each other," said Don LeBeau, CEO of Aruba Wireless Networks, a maker of Wi-Fi networking gear. "Skype has been a great tool for helping us increase communication. Not to mention it saves us money."

Over the past year and a half, Skype's popularity has exploded. Currently, there are about 23 million users signed up for the service, which allows no-cost phone calls over the Internet, according to the company. By 2008, that number is expected to jump to between 140 million and 245 million, says market research company Evalueserve. As more business customers start using the software, Skype's subscriber numbers could grow even higher.

In October, LeBeau sent a memo to his top executives at Aruba urging them and the people who report to them to start using Skype, which bears the same name as the company that produces it. Today, many of Aruba's 170 employees use the software to communicate with colleagues on the road or in any of a dozen or so offices in the United States, Europe and Japan. Aruba has even placed a button on its home page to allow prospective customers to contact the company via Skype.

Aruba isn't the only company that has discovered Skype. Employees at Ruhrpumpen, an industrial pump manufacturer in Tulsa, Okla., started using Skype last summer to communicate with co-workers and business partners in Asia, Central America and Europe. The company has even put a directory with Skype contacts on its intranet. About 70 people out of the 1,000 that work for the company are registered Skype users.

"One of our business partners introduced it to us," said Tom Wallbank, an IT manager at Ruhrpumpen. "Now, I use it a few times a week to talk to our guys in Mexico and Germany. And I'm not even one of the heavy users."

Skype executives have already recognized there is opportunity in the business market. As a result, they plan to introduce a new set of business offerings later this year. The idea is to create a package similar to the free Skype, but with extra features, such as videoconferencing, user groupings and company directories, that business customers would be willing to pay for.

"The Skype for Business offering will address ways to better serve the business community and targeted toward individuals and workgroups, not CIOs for enterprise wide deployments," said Niklas Zennstrom, CEO and co-founder of Skype, during a keynote address at the Internet Telephony Expo in October.

Skype's newfound business users say they're very interested to see what the company has to offer. But selling a service to these companies for a fee won't be a slam dunk.

"We will definitely check out their new offering when it comes out," Wallbank said. "Of course, we'll have to compare it to what others offer. Nothing really beats free."

Source: c|net News.Com

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