|FRIDAY - OCTOBER 27, 2006 - ISSUE NO. 234|
Dear friends of Wireless Messaging,
So maybe next week. . . I have a good friend (he knows who he is) that still hasn't downloaded iTunes and QuickTime so he can experience the “Podcasting Revolution.” I am recommending that everyone try it out. Podcasts are nothing more than pre-recorded radio programs without the use of radio. Enhanced Podcasts have graphics imbedded in them—like an accompanying slide show. Come on! You are on the Internet if you are reading this newsletter. This was unheard of just a few years ago. Just imagine, four or five thousand people in about fifty countries read this newsletter each week. I am so amazed. Now is the time to take the next step and learn about podcasting.
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TELUS Launches Location Based Services With Openwave
Leading Canadian Operator Extends Relationship with Openwave in Delivery of Personalized Mobile Services for Subscribers
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: OPWV), the leading independent provider of software products and services for the communications industry, today announced that TELUS, a leading Canadian telecommunications company, has selected Openwave Location Manager Commercial Edition to help power its TELUS Navigator and TELUS Kid Find services, extending a well established relationship between the two companies.
Openwave Location Manager gathers a subscriber's location from multiple available sources and delivers encrypted data to the Kid Find service, allowing parents to locate their children in real-time from both the web and their TELUS mobile phone. Similarly, the TELUS Navigator service leverages location information to allow subscribers to use their handset to plan their route ahead, search for destinations from over 1.5 million points of interest and get results according to their preferred mode of travel. "We worked closely with TELUS during the deployment phase of this solution to satisfy their specific requirements," said John Trobough, vice-president of mobile infrastructure for Openwave. "By deploying our solution, TELUS benefits from our broad industry experience and market-leading position — more transactions go through our infrastructure than any other location infrastructure in the world."
"Providing clients with innovative products and services that make their lives simpler is a priority for TELUS. TELUS Navigator and Kid Find help subscribers locate destinations and family right from a mobile phone or computer, thereby helping provide peace of mind," said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS' senior vice-president of Products and Services. "With Openwave Location Manager Commercial Edition, we're confident that we are equipped with the controls necessary to secure our subscriber's location when they are using TELUS Navigator or Kid Find."
Openwave's Location Solutions
Openwave is a leading provider of high accuracy, end-to-end location solutions for both emergency and commercial location services. Openwave's location offerings power successful emergency and commercial services through market-leading deployments of Gateway Mobile Location Center (GMLC) and Mobile Positioning Center (MPC) infrastructure to mobile operators around the world.
Openwave's messaging, location, browsing and content services span networks and devices. Today, Openwave software is used by more than 100 mobile operators, broadband providers and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) to enable access to data services for more than 500 million consumers around the world.
About Openwave Systems
Openwave Systems Inc. is the leading independent provider of software solutions that ignite mobility for the communications and media industries. Openwave empowers its customers to rapidly transform their business by sparking new revenue streams and market opportunities, building loyal subscriber communities and reducing operational costs. Openwave's broad range of IP-based handset-to-network solutions enable the rapid launch of information, communication and entertainment services across networks and devices and include handset software, content delivery, adaptive messaging, location, music and video services. Openwave is a global company headquartered in Redwood City, California. For more information please visit http://www.openwave.com .
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $8.4 billion of annual revenue and 10.4 million customer connections including 4.7 million wireless subscribers, 4.6 million wireline network access lines and 1.05 million Internet subscribers. The company's strategic intent is to unleash the power of the Internet to deliver the best solutions to Canadians at home, in the workplace and on the move. TELUS provides customers with a wide range of wireline and wireless communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video services.
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Nighthawk Systems Hires Wireless Device Expert
SAN ANTONIO, TX – 10/26/06- Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: NIHK), a leading provider of intelligent wireless power control and emergency notification products, announced today that it has hired Reggie Rippetoe to serve as Director of Engineering – Product Development. Mr. Rippetoe brings to Nighthawk more than 20 years of expertise in networks, protocols, embedded devices and advanced wireless technologies. He has integrated wireless devices with enterprise systems in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America.
H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We’re extremely happy that Reggie has chosen to join the Nighthawk team. Reggie has extensive experience with mobile and stationary wireless devices, from both a product development and implementation perspective. Our markets have continued to develop, and Reggie will help us meet the needs of those customers that are now reaching out to Nighthawk for new and innovative control solutions.”
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Coaches text-message hot recruits
INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 25 (UPI) — U.S. college athletic coaches increasingly use text messaging to slip around the NCAA's oversight to contact prized recruits, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
Whereas coaches are allowed to make direct phone contact with recruit candidates no more than once a week, they are allowed to text-message recruits with no limits, The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association's 2004 bylaws endorse text messaging as a way for colleges and universities to “take advantage of technological advances.”
But the bylaws were written before text messaging became so pervasive, the governing organization said.
While not yet tightening the rules on text messaging, the NCAA is examining text messaging as coaches inundate hot recruits, the newspaper said.
“Technology definitely is changing, and it has been discussed within our membership and within our committees,” NCAA Associate Director of Public and Media Relations Gail Dent told the Pioneer Press. “It's a topic that's on their radar right now.”
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Orange joins 3 in Windows Live Messenger deal
Companies get hot and bothered about mobile messaging
Published Thursday 26th October 2006 15:14 GMT
Orange has announced that its customers in France would be able to access the Microsoft Live Messenger service (formally MSN Messenger) on some models of mobile phone from December. The UK and Spain are scheduled to follow next year.
But the software giant remains vague on who exactly will be able to use the service.
The rollout will be limited by the availability of compatible software, on a range of handsets, and not limited to those running Windows Mobile or its derivatives.
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said the software would differ from that already available on Windows Mobile, though the details aren't yet available.
In fact, very few details are being provided at all. When pushed for information about the software, capabilities, handsets supported, or what is so new about the service, neither Orange nor Microsoft would be drawn.
When it was suggested that applications such as IM+ already allowed mobile users to access Windows Live, in addition to various other messaging services, Microsoft initially stated that using such an application would be illegal, though it later backpedalled and stated: "With regard to third party applications . . . illegal is a harsh word . . . we have a team trying to ascertain where we are legally with that right now."
Microsoft certainly doesn't approve of users accessing its messaging service using uncertified software, on any platform, and the fact it is examining their legality might indicate a future locking out of such applications.
Meanwhile, 3, who launched a similar service 10 weeks ago, has seen over 100 million MSN messages across its network: most of them communication between mobile and fixed users. This is ideal for 3 as it doesn't impact its SMS revenues, and it's yet to notice any decline in SMS usage.
This should come to a great relief to many in the industry, who are terrified that the addition of Instant Messaging will eat into the greatest success story of mobile telephony - SMS revenues. But it also marks an aggressive stance for Microsoft which can see that if mobile users are mainly talking to fixed users, there is only room for one messaging network - and it intends to be that network.
Source: The Register (UK)
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eBuddy Secures 5 Million Euro in Series A Funding
Thursday October 26, 10:36 am ET
Lowland Capital Partners to Finance Further Growth
AMSTERDAM, October 26 /PRNewswire/ — eBuddy, world's first and largest independent provider of web-based messaging, today announced it has secured EUR 5 million in its series A financing from Lowland Capital Partners.
eBuddy has over 35 million users worldwide including 4 million mobile users and adds over 1.5 million new users to its network each month. "Instant messaging is catching up with e-mail and text messaging as a main communication tool, and we offer the best user experience," said CEO and co-founder Jan-Joost Rueb. "Given their track record in the European and worldwide internet space, we are very pleased to have Lowland Capital Partners on board as investor."
"We are excited to be involved with eBuddy. Its management's vision not only resulted in the offering of the first independent web browser-based instant messaging service, but also has been translated into a profitable company", says Frans Blommestein, LCP partner. "Now, eBuddy is well-positioned to lead the continued evolution of web and mobile-device based messaging."
Web and phone based messaging
eBuddy offers an internet service which enables users to chat with AOL, MSN and Yahoo accounts without having to install any program (www.ebuddy.com ). Users can also access eBuddy on their mobile phone, independent of carrier or device type via the WAP- or mobile internet- browser (mob.ebuddy.com)
eBuddy created the first, independent web browser-based instant messaging service as E-messenger in 2003. Its patent pending technology enables millions of unique users to chat over the web and mobile phones. Proprietary and Ajax technology are used for best user experience. eBuddy is a privately held, Netherlands based company. For more information, visit www.ebuddy.com
About Lowland Capital Partners
Lowland Capital Partners (LCP) is a venture capital firm based in the Netherlands focusing on early and growth stage ventures across Europe. Behind LCP is a wide group of successful international entrepreneurs, who have provided LCP with their trust to put their capital to work. Further information is available on www.lowlandcapital.com
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Computer defeats human text champ
October 25, 2006
Ben Cook, of Provo, Utah, recently crowned world champion of text messaging, takes his turn during a race against the Nuance Mobile Dictation speech recognition technology. —Photo: AP
Ben Cook's fingers flurried so fast you couldn't see what he was doing until he had done it. But when the mobile phone screens cleared, the world's fastest text messenger was handed his first head-to-head defeat: a voice-recognition computer had bested his record time on a complicated 27-word message.
"I'm a little humbled to have been beaten like that," the 18-year-old Provo, Utah, man said with a smile after the race.
The exhibition was sponsored by Nuance Communications In., a company that hopes to deploy its new software across several wireless carriers next year.
Nuance recruited Cook to test him against their software before he embarks on a two-year Mormon mission. He has gained celebrity for the text title and makes $US1000 a day doing public appearances for phone company Cricket.
Two Nuance employees also participated, one using a mobile phone with a predictive text program that turns partial words into full ones and another with a full QWERTY keyboard on a Blackberry.
Neither came close to Cook, who used basic "3-key typing," in which several letters share the same number key on a phone pad. To get the desired character it can take three or more clicks.
Each contestant took turns completing a text message in three rounds of increasing difficulty. All spelling, grammar and capitalisation had to match the sample text precisely.
The first message, "I'm on my way. I'll be there in 30 minutes," took over a minute with the predictive software, 29 seconds with a Blackberry and 16 seconds for the record holder. The voice recognition software finished it in under 8 seconds.
The final message was a duplicate of one that brought Cook a world record. It read "The razor toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygo centrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human."
Cook finished in 48 seconds, six seconds more than his record. But it took the Nuance program just 16 seconds before the 6m-wide screens set up on either side of the contestants flashed red to signal the finish.
Source: The Age.com
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Academic urges government-run emergency communications network
October 26, 2006
By Terry Kivlan, CongressDaily
A Carnegie Mellon University expert on Thursday called for the development of a government-run communications network that would enable police, firefighters and other emergency responders from different jurisdictions to talk to each other.
"A government system is feasible, and it would clearly be more cost effective than what we have today," Jon Peha, an engineering and public policy professor, said during the presentation of a paper on the issue at a forum sponsored by the New America Foundation.
Peha said that after the disastrous communications failures on Sept. 11, 2001, and during Hurricane Katrina, he could "not see why we should tolerate" the current decentralized emergency-response system, which gives the flexibility of local "first responder" agencies precedence over standardization and regional cooperation.
The need for promoting better interoperable communications among first responders was dramatically demonstrated on 9/11 when many of the firefighters operating inside the World Trade Center's North Tower failed to receive evacuation orders broadcast over the police radio system shortly before the building collapsed. More than 120 firefighters died in the tower.
Peha said a good starting place for a new system would be the congressionally mandated program to double the emergency broadcast bandwidth by reallocating 24 megahertz of prime spectrum from television to public safety as a part of the transition from analog to digital signals in 2009.
"This is a new place to play, a place where we can get the right technology and policy in place in the first place," Peha said.
He said the existing federal policy of "throwing grant money" at local agencies to make incremental improvements would only perpetuate the inefficiency and fragility of current communications networks.
Peha's proposal was applauded at the forum by David Aylward, the director of the Comcare Alliance, a national advocacy group for improved emergency response. "This is a powerful paper, and it's an indictment of current federal policy," Aylward said.
In other presentations at the forum, Nextel co-founder Morgan O'Brien outlined his plan to reserve 30 MHz of TV spectrum for a joint commercial-public safety network, and Michael Gottdenker, the CEO of the wireless consulting company Access Spectrum, gave a briefing on his firm's plan to reorganize 24 MHz of already reallocated spectrum for more efficient use.
Gottdenker said the Access Spectrum proposal has "widespread support" because it would not require legislation and offers benefits to both commercial interests and safety agencies.
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CALEA SYSTEMS AND SECURITY MANUALS’ NOV. 2 DEADLINE UNDER REVIEW
It appears that the November 2 date for submitting the CALEA Systems Security and Integrity Manuals for broadband Internet access and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers that have not previously been subject to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) is in doubt.
FCC staff has told several parties that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has not yet approved the information requirements, and that the Commission will release a Public Notice with respect to when this rule becomes effective. Further, our understanding is that, following the Public Notice, the security manuals will be due 90 days after publication of that notice in the Federal Register. However, the prudent course is to meet the deadline anyway.
As a matter of explanation, these systems and security manuals must describe the provider’s procedures for handling law enforcement surveillance requests, and for preventing security breaches (as well as certain other information).
Telephone companies, wireless carriers and other circuit-switched carriers that filed Manuals in May 2000 do not need to re-file at this time, even if they also provide broadband Internet access and/or VoIP services.
However, carriers whose 2000 CALEA contact person has left the Company, or that have subsequently adopted CALEA procedures different from those in their 2000 Manual, should file revisions. Such revisions may be filed any time.
Clients that need to file a new manual or revise an existing filing should contact Gerry Duffy
FCC PROPOSES $10,000 FINE FOR TOWER LIGHTING OUTAGE: The FCC has proposed to fine Tidewater Communications (TC) $10,000 for a tower lighting outage. On June 6, 2005, an FCC agent from the Norfolk Office interviewed employees of TC about the tower lighting outage observed by the agent on June 4, 2005. The employees stated that TC used a manual light indicating system to check the status of the lighting on the antenna structure once every 24 hours and then logged the results. According to written instructions, employees were to notify TC’s chief operator and the FAA immediately of any lighting problems. The agent inspected the lighting logs for the antenna structure and found that TC noted a lighting outage in its logs on June 3, 4, and 5, 2005, and did not notify the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the outage until June 5, 2005. Additionally, the agent observed that TC had listed a lighting outage in its logs on August 4, 2004, but did not notify the FAA of the outage until August 10, 2004. The chief operator for the station stated that he believed the logs were accurate. On June 6, 2005, TC employees stated that they were aware that the antenna structure was required to be painted and lit, that the structure’s lights were to be monitored once every 24 hours, and that they were required to notify the FAA immediately of any known extinguishments of top steady or flashing lights which last more than 30 minutes. The employees could not explain why TC failed to notify the FAA of the lighting outages, as required, on August 4, 2004, June 3, 2005, and June 4, 2005. In response to TC’s plea for a reduction in the amount of the forfeiture, the FCC said it has long held that licensees and other Commission regulatees are responsible for the acts and omissions of their employees and independent contractors, and when the actions of independent contractors or employees have resulted in violations, the Commission has consistently refused to excuse licensees from forfeiture penalties where actions of employees or independent contractors have resulted in violations.
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New K&L Microwave 941 MHz Notch Filter minimizes signal interference
K&L Microwave Inc. has released its new WSN-00256, 941 MHz Pager Interference Notch Filter. The new filter mitigates signal interference caused by co-location of paging and cellular systems in buildings and businesses of all types.
This custom Notch Filter is highly selective with 45 dB minimum rejection from 940 to 943 MHz and is temperature stabilized from 0 to 50° Celsius. The 941 MHz Notch Filter maximizes performance trade-offs between sharp-shape factors and band-edge insertion losses.
K&L Microwave’s interference mitigation products use Quasi-Elliptic responses coupled with high-Q ceramic resonators.
“High-power, co-location paging systems operating near or around 941 MHz can easily interfere with each other,” said Rafi Hershtig, vice president of advanced engineering and R and D for K&L Microwave. “The new 941 MHz Notch Filter minimizes this interference, enabling, for example, a clear channel through which healthcare providers can be contacted and called to duty.”
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Teletouch Communications Delays in Filing Its Consolidated Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and Amended Current Report on Form 8-K/A
October 25, 2006 05:52 PM Eastern Time
Company Receives AMEX Non-Compliance Notification Letter
FORT WORTH, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Teletouch Communications, Inc. (AMEX:TLL) today announced that due to continued difficulty in preparing its current and historical consolidated financial statements related to completing the audit of its recent acquisition of Progressive Concepts, Inc. (“PCI”), it is unable to file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the first fiscal period of 2007 ended August 31, 2006, which was originally due to be filed by October 23, 2006. Further, due to these same difficulties, the Company will be unable to file an Amended Current Report on Form 8-K/A reflecting the pro forma and historical effects of the PCI acquisition and subsequent disposition of its paging business assets by the October 27, 2006, required filing date. At this time, Teletouch is unable to provide a reliable estimate of its revised 10-Q and 8-K/A filing dates. However, the Company will provide updates regarding the filing dates as more reliable information becomes available.
As previously announced, Teletouch acquired PCI on August 11, 2006. The Company’s management estimates that its consolidated revenues for the three months ended August 31, 2006 were approximately $13.6 million, comprised of approximately $1.3 million in revenue from Teletouch’s two-way radio business and approximately $12.3 million in revenue from the newly acquired operations of PCI. Certain cellular service revenues related to PCI’s distribution agreement with Cingular are reported net of the costs paid to Cingular to purchase and provide these cellular services to PCI’s approximately 90,000 subscriber customers. PCI generated gross cellular billings for the quarter of approximately $21.7 million, which were reduced on a net revenue reporting basis by $9.4 million paid or payable to Cingular, resulting in reportable net revenues of approximately $12.3 million. PCI reports revenue in accordance with Emerging Issues Task Force Issue 99-19, Reporting Revenue Gross as a Principal versus Net as an Agent, (“EITF 99-19”), i.e., the net of the gross billing of Cingular cellular services that PCI provides to its customers and the related cost paid or payable to Cingular for these services. Under EITF 99-19, PCI is deemed to be an agent in its agreement with Cingular, as defined in EITF 99-19, under which PCI receives a fixed percentage of the customer billings as compensation for its acquisition, fulfillment, billing and ongoing customer support obligations. Net loss for the quarter is estimated to be between $2.4 and $3.0 million, or between $0.05 and $0.07 per share based upon 48.7 million weighted average shares outstanding for the three month period. During the quarter, and included in the net loss discussed above, the Company estimates that the income from its discontinued paging operations was approximately $0.5 million. Teletouch completed the sale of its legacy paging operations on August 14, 2006. The Company cautions shareholders and potential investors in the Company’s securities that BDO Seidman, LLP, the Company’s Independent Public Accountants, have not audited or reviewed these amounts and that such financial information is subject to further analysis and independent review. The Company disclaims any responsibility for them. These results are preliminary and are subject to change, possibly material in nature, following completion of the audit for the period ended May 31, 2006 and review for the period ended August 31, 2006.
The cause of the filing delay is due to Teletouch’s recent acquisition of PCI and the related accounting and audit issues related to PCI, its new wholly-owned subsidiary. As previously reported, on August 11, 2006, Teletouch acquired all of the issued and outstanding equity securities of PCI, through the contribution of 100% of the issued and outstanding equity securities of PCI to Teletouch by TLL Partners, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and the holder of approximately 80% of Teletouch’s outstanding common stock, without the issuance of any monetary or stock consideration by Teletouch. For a complete description of the transaction, see the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 17, 2006.
Prior to completion of the acquisition, Teletouch determined that the PCI transaction would be accounted for in a manner similar to a pooling-of-interest transaction for all periods presented, and that the assets, liabilities and operating results of PCI would be consolidated with those of Teletouch for financial reporting purposes for all periods presented in financial reports issued after the acquisition. The Company intended to report such consolidated results in its August 31, 2006 Quarterly Report to be filed within the statutorily prescribed timeframe in October 2006. Teletouch engaged its auditors, BDO Seidman LLP (“BDO”), to complete a PCI audit for the calendar 2005 and most recent stub-year fiscal period, and engaged PCI’s previous parent company’s auditors, Forth Worth-based Whitley Penn LLP, to audit PCI for the 2003 and 2004 calendar years. Subsequent to BDO’s commencement of its work on PCI’s 2005 calendar year audit, it became clear that a greater than originally estimated amount of time and effort would be required to complete the PCI audit, as described in more detail below.
Accounting Consolidation with Prior Parent. The financial statements of PCI were historically audited only as part of a consolidated group audit of Progressive Concepts Communications, Inc. (“PCCI”), its prior parent. Teletouch has had significant difficulty in segregating various business and related accounting events from the current and prior period PCCI consolidated financials, including related subsidiary transactions, discontinued (sold) operations and other accounting matters. Given the significant number of these business transactions conducted by PCI in 2005, the ability to create separate current and prior period financial reports for PCI’s operations on a stand-alone basis has caused substantial unanticipated delays.
Calendar Year Inconsistencies with Teletouch Fiscal Year. Prior to the acquisition, PCI was a privately held company with financial statements based on a calendar year which were historically included in the audited consolidated financial statements of PCCI. The most recent PCCI audit that had been completed was as of December 31, 2004. The calendar year conversion of certain PCI reporting periods to the Teletouch May 31st fiscal year-end, and related fiscal quarter reporting periods has caused a number of unanticipated delays.
Also as a result of the foregoing challenges and as noted above, the Company will not be able to complete a timely filing of certain pro forma and historic financial statements reflecting the effects of the PCI acquisition and recent disposition of its paging business assets. Teletouch intended to file its Amended Current Report on Form 8-K/A containing such presentations within the required timeframe before the end of October.
American Stock Exchange Non-Compliance Notification
The Company also reported that on October 24, 2006, after market close, the American Stock Exchange (“AMEX”) Listing Qualifications staff notified the Company that as a result of its inability to file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended August 31, 2006, the Company was no longer in compliance with Sections 134 and 1101 of the AMEX Company Guide requiring currency in public reporting of the AMEX listed issuers.
The AMEX staff invited the Company to submit a plan of compliance addressing the continued listing deficiency by no later than October 31, 2006. If the Company is not in compliance with the continued listing standards by November 30, 2006 or does not make progress consistent with the Plan during the plan period, the AMEX staff will initiate delisting proceedings as appropriate. The Company plans to make a timely submission to the AMEX staff in which it will outline the timeframe within which the Company intends to cure the listing deficiency and to regain its compliance with the AMEX continued listing requirements. In the event the AMEX staff accepts the Company’s plan for compliance, the Company’s stock will continue trading on the AMEX for the duration of the compliance period. Otherwise, the AMEX staff has indicated that it will initiate delisting proceedings. There is no assurance that the AMEX staff will accept the Company’s plan of compliance or that, even if such plan is accepted, the Company will be able to implement the plan within the prescribed timeframe.
The Company may appeal a staff determination to initiate such proceedings and seek a hearing before an AMEX panel. The time and place of such a hearing will be determined by the Panel. If the Panel does not grant the relief sought by the Company, its securities could be delisted from the exchange. In the event that the Company’s securities are delisted from AMEX, the Company will seek to cause them be quoted Over-The-Counter in the Pink Sheets, which provides electronic quotation information.
Within five days of the AMEX listing deficiency notification, the Company’s stock trading symbol will become subject to an additional indicator “.BC.LF” to denote its noncompliance. While the trading symbol itself will remain unchanged, the symbol will bear this additional indicator until the Company regains its compliance with the AMEX continued listing requirements.
About Teletouch Communications
For over 40 years, Teletouch has offered a comprehensive suite of telecommunications products and services, including cellular, two-way radio communications, GPS-telemetry and wireless messaging services throughout the United States. Teletouch’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Progressive Concepts, Inc., is a leading U.S. provider of wireless cellular voice, data, and entertainment products and branded wireless services to individuals, businesses, and government agencies. PCI provides these products and services through its chain of retail stores (under the “Hawk Electronics” brand), Hawk-branded agents, a direct sales force in Texas and Arkansas, and through the Internet (www.hawkelectronics.com). PCI also operates a significant national wholesale distribution business serving smaller cellular and automotive retailers, car dealers and cellular service providers throughout the country. Teletouch's common stock is traded on the American Stock Exchange under stock symbol: TLL. Additional information about Teletouch can be found at: www.teletouch.com.
All statements in this news release that are not based on historical fact are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (which Sections were adopted as part of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). While management has based any forward-looking statements contained herein on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, but are not necessarily limited to, those set forth under the caption "Additional Factors That May Affect Our Business" in the Company's most recent Form 10-K and 10-Q filings, and amendments thereto. In addition, we operate in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment, and new risks may arise. Accordingly, investors should not place any reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We disclaim any intention to, and undertake no obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statement.
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October 24, 2006
Proposal calls for high-speed Net service by end of 2007
By WAYNE HEILMAN THE GAZETTE
Wireless high-speed Internet service would be available throughout Colorado Springs by the end of 2007 under a proposal pitched Monday to the City Council.
Tropos Networks Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., and MobilePro Corp. of Bethesda, Md., plan to spend about a year building a citywide network of transmitters atop streetlights, traffic signals and power poles that would allow subscribing computer users to make a wireless connection to the Internet from anywhere in the city’s 185 square miles.
“We will be providing a low-cost broadband alternative that is competitive with those that are selling this service over cell phone networks,” Bill Somers, carrier municipal sales director for Tropos, told City Council members Monday.
He was alluding to Sprint’s PowerVision service, which provides wireless Internet service in much of Colorado Springs for $59.99 a month. Somers said the Tropos-MobilePro venture would charge $19.99 a month for its basic service.
The companies first must reach an agreement with city-owned Colorado Springs Utilities to pay a fee to install their equipment on utility-owned property.
Somers said no city money would be spent, and construction of the network could begin within two months of reaching an agreement.
André Sodbinow, director of the city’s Information Technology Division, said he doesn't expect the agreement to be a problem for Tropos and MobilePro. The city reached a similar agreement last year with SkyTel Corp. to offer wireless service downtown and in the Chapel Hills Mall area.
SkyTel, a Mississippi-based unit of Verizon Communications Corp., describes its service, available since since Feb. 1, as part of a pilot program to determine whether it could offer the service profitably and expand it.
A SkyTel spokeswoman said the company is still evaluating its next steps in Colorado Springs and declined to comment on the Tropos-MobilePro proposal.
The city is under no obligation to provide exclusive access to any wireless provider.
“This fits into our resolution to make wireless broadband access available to the entire city,” Mayor Lionel Rivera said after Somers described the company’s plans.
Tropos and MobilePro contacted city officials two months ago to begin talks about building the network, Somers said. The companies began construction in Longmont last month on a similar network that is scheduled to begin operations by early next year, he said.
The companies selected the Springs for their latest network because of the city’s size and proximity to Longmont, Somers said.
The Springs network would be built in phases and areas could begin operations three months after construction begins, Somers said. MobilePro will build and run the network while Tropos will supply equipment and provide engineering expertise, he said.
Tropos and MobilePro plan to sell access to its network on a wholesale basis to other high-speed Internet access providers who would then resell it to customers, Somers said. The companies also will sell to individuals at hourly, daily, weekly and monthly rates.
“This is exactly the model we have been looking for,” said Mike Schmidt, chairman of the city’s Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee. “We have been advocating for an open-service provider network for two years. We are very pleased with this proposal.”
Tropos supplies equipment used in more than 450 citywide networks nationwide, including a 600-square-mile network used by police and firefighters in Oklahoma City. The 6-year-old company is backed by venture capital investors that include Intel Corp.
MobilePro is building or operating networks in Brookline, Mass.; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Farmers Branch, Texas; and four Arizona cities under the WazMetro and Kite Networks brands. The company, founded in 2000, serves about 20,000 wireless broadband customers.
Another company — Santa Clara, Calif.-based SkyPilot Networks Inc. — is scheduled to meet with city officials Friday to discuss plans to build a wireless broadband network in the Springs, said Karrie Rockwell, the company’s southwest U.S. sales director.
Details of the company’s plans, including what areas would be covered and when the network would be built, have yet to be determined, Rockwell said.
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What: Wireless high-speed Internet access network.
Where: All populated areas of Colorado Springs.
When: Construction would begin 60 days after contract is signed with Colorado Springs Utilities to place transmitters on streetlights, traffic signals and power poles; construction would be completed in phases over 12 months with the first phases beginning operation within three months.
How much: $4.95 per hour; $9.95 per day; $19.95 per week for 512,000 bit-per-second (download and upload) service; $19.95 per month for 1 megabit-per-second service and $29.95 per month for 1.5 megabit-per-second service.
Who: MobilePro Corp. of Bethesda, Md., would build and operate the network, with equipment and technical expertise from Tropos Networks Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif.
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
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The EA1 is the solution for remotely activating public warning signage. Examples include tornado sirens, flash flood warnings, fire danger, Amber Alert, icy roads, etc. The EA1 can also send text messages to scrolling signs. This can occur in conjunction with the activation of audible alarms and visual strobes. This is ideal for public notification in buildings, schools, hotels, factories, etc. The group call feature allows for any number of signs or flashing lights to be activated at the same time over a wide geographic area. In addition, the EA1 Emergency Alert is the perfect solution for low cost yet highly effective alerting of volunteer fire fighters in their home. When activated the EA1 will emit an audible alarm and activate the power outlet on the units faceplate. A common setup is to simply place the EA1 on a table and plug a lamp into the faceplate. When paged from dispatch or any touch tone phone the EA1 will awaken the fire fighter to a lit room. As an option the EA1 can be ordered with a serial cable, allowing for attachment of a serial printer. When paged the alphanumeric message will be printed out at the same time the alarm sounds and the outlet is activated. The EA1 is an ideal complement to alphanumeric belt pagers common to volunteers.
The FAS-8 is designed for activating one or more relays in a firehouse and if desired, printing the alphanumeric message to a serial printer. For this application the FAS-8 is set to activate upon receiving the proper paging cap code sent from 911 dispatch. Up to eight different devices can be activated all with individual time functions. The most common devices to turn on include the PA amplifier, audible wake up alarm, and house lights. The most common device turned off is the stove. The FAS-8 can accept up to 8 different cap codes and have separate relay and time functions per cap code. This allows for different alerting to be accomplished at the same physical location depending upon which cap code is sent. This can be very helpful when fire crews and medical crews are housed in the same building.
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Accord OKs DoCoMo deal
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
By Ferdie de la Torre
The U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have signed an agreement with Guam Cellular and Paging Inc. and DoCoMo Guam Holdings Inc. to address national security, law enforcement, and public safety issues that were earlier raised in connection with the DoCoMo deal.
Following the agreement, the DOJ, FBI, and DHS have informed the Washington D.C.-based Federal Communications Commission that they have no objection to FCC granting NTT DoCoMo's application to purchase Guam Cellular and Paging Inc. and Guam Wireless Telephone Co. LLC, provided that FCC conditions its consent on DoCoMo's compliance with the commitments set forth in their agreement.
The Justice Department in June 2006 had asked FCC to defer action on Japan's NTT DoCoMo's application until such time that the DOJ, FBI, and DHS have looked at some security issues.
With the agreement, the DOJ, FBI and DHS-through deputy assistant attorney general Sigal P. Mandelker, deputy general counsel Elaine N. Lammert, and assistant secretary for policy Stewart A. Baker-filed a petition with the FCC, expressing their non-objection to the deal.
“After discussions with representatives of DoCoMo, the [DOJ, FBI, and DHS] have concluded that the commitments set forth in the agreement will help ensure that the agencies and other entities with responsibility for enforcing the law, protecting national security, and preserving public safety can proceed in a legal, secure, and confidential manner to satisfy these responsibilities,” the petition said.
The Japanese company proposes to acquire Guam Cellular and Paging Inc. and Guam Wireless Telephone Co. LLC for a total of $71.8 million and then merge the companies.
Guam Cellular operates Guamcell Communications and Saipancell Communications. Guam Wireless Telephone Co. LLC operates HafaTel.
With over 50 million subscribers, NTT DoCoMo reportedly has more than half of Japan's market share.
Gov. Benigno R. Fitial wrote on June 22, 2006 to FCC chair Kevin J. Martin, expressing his strong support to NTT DoCoMO's proposed acquisition.
“We strongly welcome NTT DoCoMo's investment in our market and expect that our citizens will benefit from their financial strength, technological expertise, and innovation,” Fitial said.
If the acquisition is approved, the governor pointed out, NTT DoCoMo will be able to offer CNMI residents better access to advanced services and technologies in the wireless industry.
Resident Representative to the U.S. Pedro A. Tenorio told FCC that any notion that the security of the U.S. or Guam will be jeopardized by the presence of Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc. in the Marianas “is far-fetched.”
Tenorio described NTT DoCoMo, which is partially owned by the Japan government, as “a respectable Japanese company.” Tenorio pointed out that Japan is a long-time economic partner of the U.S. and has substantial investments throughout the country.
Tenorio also cited that several years ago, FCC approved the license of Pacific Telecommunication Inc., a wholly owned Philippine corporation, after its purchase of Micronesian Telecommunications Corp. from Verizon NMI.
TeleGuam Holdings LLC had asked FCC to deny the proposed assignment and transfer of control, saying that foreign ownership of the leading wireless provider in Guam raises significant competitive issues and, because of the major military presence on Guam, presents a risk to national security.
Richard J. Metzger, TeleGuam's vice president for regulatory, said the proposed ownership by NTT DoCoMo presents additional concerns because it is the dominant wireless carrier in Japan and it is ultimately controlled by the Japan government.
TeleGuam, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, GTA Telecom and GTA Services, currently offers local landline and long distance services on Guam. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Pulse Mobile LLC, TeleGuam is also offering wireless services in Guam.
Source: Saipan Tribune
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From: Mark Crosby
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2006 12:15 PM
Subject: EWA Response to Sprint Nextel's 900 MHz STA Applications
Gentlemen ... we thought that you would be interested in reviewing EWA’s letter that was submitted to the FCC in response to the 900 MHz STA applications that have been filed by Sprint Nextel. Briefly, EWA informed the Commission that it supported the STA filings as a means to accommodate Sprint Nextel's “green space” requirements necessary to accommodate its 800 MHz reconfiguration obligations, accepted the assurances on the part of Sprint Nextel that it will limit the potential for interference to primary 900 MHz B/ILT licensees by complying with the separation requirements of Rule Section 90.621(b), and noted that “granting these and any subsequent STA applications consistent with these same parameters serves to mitigate the perceived (FCC) requirement to conduct an overlay ‘white space’ auction for the purpose of satisfying this same spectrum objective.”
If we can accomplish the latter objective, it certainly opens up the door to accommodate not only public safety-oriented, but perhaps other paging applications as well. Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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