|FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 3, 2006 - ISSUE NO. 235|
Dear friends of Wireless Messaging,
More input this week on good terms to describe what we do. Friend and colleague Dietmar Gollnick in Berlin suggests that we could be doing more to promote “Public Alerting” and “Early Warning.” Previously I had misquoted Chris Jones, Managing Director of PageOne Communications Limited in the UK as suggesting the use of “Critical Communications.” What he really said was: “Critical Messaging.” So here is a revised short list of recommended terms:
Dietmar points out that these terms will lower advertisement and explanation costs and unite our forces in one project where we really have a competitive advantage.
I thought you all might like to see some of the Wireless Messaging going on in Europe. Following are some clips from e*Message Wireless Information Service's web site.
For more information about e*Message Europe, please visit their web site: www.emessage.de/en/index.html
Regular readers know that I have been promoting mass alerting over paging systems for several years and now with all the emphasis on homeland security and natural disaster communications, I want to repeat one of our unique strong points. Common-capcode-group call. Our wireless messaging (paging) systems can send a common message out to an unlimited amount of people at the same time. OK? I think we all agree on that. In fact I may sound like a broken record on this point. (A broken record is one that constantly repeats the same selection of music or speech.)
My point is, what are we going to do if the governments of the world finally take notice and say, ”alright wireless messaging companies, now we want to use your service to notify everyone!” So that would be good news right? Not entirely. If that should happen, we would have to call in all the pagers on our systems and reprogram them with a common capcode. So, I want to encourage everyone to immediately start programming a common capcode into every pager that goes into service on their system. It is not necessary for us to follow any standard as to which capcodes to use or how to use them. If a message comes into your paging terminal you can choose to send it to any capcode that you want. That part of the process is under the control of each system operator. The important thing is to get started NOW. Just remember that on POCSAG systems, you should assign a group-call capcode to each of the eight POCSAG frames (Ø through 7) so that you don't ruin your pagers' battery saving feature. The pager's individual capcode and the group capcode should be in the same frame. That way the pager only has to “wake up” from sleep and listen to one frame. If it doesn't hear either code, it can go back to sleep.
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USA Mobility Declares First Quarterly Dividend
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging services, today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.65 per share of common stock. The dividend will be paid on December 7, 2006 to shareholders of record on November 16, 2006. The December dividend will be the Company's first quarterly dividend payment since the Board adopted a quarterly dividend policy in August. The Company expects the entire amount to be paid as a return of capital.
"The initiation of a regular quarterly dividend reflects our continued confidence to generate substantial cash flow, as well as a commitment to our stated strategy of returning cash to shareholders," said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer. Previously, USA Mobility had paid special dividends of $1.50 per share on December 21, 2005 and $3.00 per share on July 21, 2006.
About USA Mobility
USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a leading provider of paging products and other wireless services to the business, government, healthcare and emergency response sectors. USA Mobility offers traditional one-way and advanced two-way paging via its nationwide networks covering more than 90% of the U.S. population. In addition, the company offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel and Cingular Wireless, including BlackBerry and GPS location applications. The company's product offerings include wireless connectivity systems for medical, business, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility focuses on the business-to-business marketplace and supplies mobile connectivity solutions to over two-thirds of the Fortune 1000 companies. For further information visit http://www.usamobility.com.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: Statements contained herein or in prior press releases which are not historical fact, such as statements regarding USA Mobility's dividend policy and cash flow expectations, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause USA Mobility's actual results to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, declining demand for paging products and services, the ability to continue to reduce operating expenses, future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, government regulation, reliance upon third-party providers for certain equipment and services, as well as other risks described from time to time in periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although USA Mobility believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. USA Mobility disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
Contact: Bob Lougee (703) 721-3080
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Nighthawk Systems Receives Orders from Departments of Transportation
SAN ANTONIO, TX – 11/2/06- Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: NIHK), a leading provider of intelligent wireless power control and emergency notification products, announced today that it has received orders for its PT1000 remote control boards from the Connecticut and Oregon Departments of Transportation. Both organizations will utilize the PT1000 to wirelessly activate flashing beacon signs, which are commonly used in conjunction with highway advisory radio systems and weather related alerts.
The PT1000 is a popular choice for integration into signage and alarm systems because of its onboard ability to decode a wireless message, convert logic level signals and provide for control of almost any relay. No separate relay control board is necessary. It is also a popular choice in solar powered applications because of its extremely low power requirements.
H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We’re very pleased that the Oregon Department of Transportation has placed another order with us, and also pleased to receive our first order from the Connecticut Department of Transportation. We continue to gain traction in the transportation industry with new and existing customers because our products reliably extend reach into areas that are not serviced by traditional phone and electrical lines.”
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NIHK: Announces DoT Contracts; Management Comments on Company Happenings
Thursday , November 02, 2006 16:00ET
Wireless products are beginning to become more and more prevalent in society today. From the beginning with the advent of the cordless phone to one of the newest applications, wireless home entertainment speakers, being tied to walls or other devices is becoming a thing of the past.
One company benefiting from this type of technology is Nighthawk Systems (NIHK). The company's website is www.nighthawksystems.com.
The company is a provider of intelligent wireless power control products that enable simultaneous activation or de-activation of multiple assets or systems on demand. Nighthawk's installed customer base includes major electric utilities, internet service providers and fire departments in over 40 states. Nighthawk's products also enable custom message display, making them ideal for use in traffic control and emergency notification situations.
Knobias spoke with H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk's Chief Executive Officer, about the company's products and other recent happenings.
"The device is pretty simple," explained Saathoff, "It's comparable to walking into a room and switching on or off a light switch, except our product extends our customer's reach."
The device he was explaining is the PT1000. It is the company's intelligent remote control board that uses paging signals for activation. With a new easy wire terminal strip, the PT1000 can easily be integrated into any OEM equipment or industrial remote control system.
On Thursday, the company announced that it had received orders for its PT1000 remote control boards from the Connecticut and Oregon Departments of Transportation. It was noted that both organizations would utilize the PT1000 to wirelessly activate flashing beacon signs, which are commonly used in conjunction with highway advisory radio systems and weather related alerts.
"The PT1000 can communicate with 8 things at once. It uses alpha numeric paging that can also be used to push a message to the road signs on the side of the road," noted Saathoff, "The value proposition comes from the product being used in lieu of deploying humans to switch on or off devices or changing the message these devices display."
The company also has other customers besides the departments of transportation of varying states.
"Our largest customers are the electric utilities," said Saathoff. "The product can be used to control power to air conditioners, hot water heaters, or even entire houses. The utility can then decide to cut off groups of devices, houses or even neighborhoods for whatever reason they choose at the touch of a button."
One disruptive technology that could become a competitor in the market of electric utilities is Broadband over Power Lines or BPL. The technology uses already existing power lines to provide houses with not only electricity, but also internet connectivity. With the addition of a network running through the utilities lines to each customer, the collection of usage amounts of electricity can be accounted for in real time instead of deploying humans on foot to read meters on the end of each and every house.
But Saathoff noted, "The technology is having some problems." It is also expensive to reach some houses because of repeaters and other hardware pieces needed to sustain strong internet signals.
Saathoff also noted the company's revenues are beginning to become more even in terms of repeat and new business.
"We are about 50% new business and 50% repeat business. Its why I don't have a problem with a 2 unit sale because I know that there is a 90% chance that they will be back with a 50 unit or 100 unit order later after they realize the applications of the devices and their ease of use," said Saathoff.
The company also noted the addition of Reggie Rippetoe, a proclaimed wireless device expert to serve as Director of Engineering and Product Development.
"Reggie has years of experience and can hopefully help us garner some contracts with some potential customers that need customized product," finished Saathoff, "We started as a company with a solution to a problem. Because of our expertise, companies are now coming with problems and looking to us for solutions."
In any event, the company is certainly a name to watch over the coming months because of the huge market that they have entered. The proliferation of failed wireless applications and devices has become almost too hard to track for many, but this seems to have some staying power. With a continued commitment to increasing top line numbers as well as the expansion of the traction gained with some of the DoT contracts; this name could easily become a wireless success story in the near future.
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Mobile calls allowed on half of all airlines by 2008
By Andy McCue, Special to ZDNet Asia
Thursday , November 02 2006 10:08 AM
Almost half of all airlines plan to offer in-flight mobile phone connectivity for passengers by the end of 2008.
The figures in the annual Airline IT Trends survey show an appetite for a range of in-flight passenger communications, with 59 percent of airlines also planning to offer Internet and e-mail access by the end of 2008.
The in-flight use of mobile phones by passengers on short-haul airlines in Europe is expected to be approved by telecoms regulators by the end of this year and U.K. airline BMI has already signed up for trials of a satellite-based technology for in-flight mobile calls next year, along with Air France, Portugal's TAP and Ryanair.
Airbus is already planning to replace the out-dated illuminated "no smoking" signs above passenger seats with "no mobiles" to prevent their use during take-off and landing.
The Airline IT Trends survey also highlights the increasing adoption of self-service technology for passengers. Online check-in is now being used by 42 percent of airlines and this is expected to increase to almost three-quarters (72 percent) by the end of next year.
There has also been a huge rise in online bookings. A third of airline tickets worldwide are now sold online, compared with just 20 percent last year, and 72 percent of those tickets were sold through the airlines' own Web sites. The percentage of airlines issuing e-tickets has also doubled in the last year to 59 percent, and this is expected to rise further to almost 80 percent by next year.
Behind all this is a move to IP connectivity. More than 80 percent of airline locations now have IP connectivity, and this is predicted to rise to 93 percent within two years. Almost 80 percent of airline systems are also IP-enabled and this is expected to rise to 87 percent by the end of 2008.
Paul Coby, chairman of airline industry IT body SITA and CIO of British Airways, said airlines are on course to be the world's first fully Web-enabled industry.
The survey is conducted among the world's top 200 airlines by SITA and Airline Business magazine.
Andy McCue of Silicon.com reported from London.
Source: ZD Net Asia
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Xilinx Appoints Executive VP & General Manager to Lead Advanced Platforms Group
Thursday November 2, 4:30 pm ET
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX - News), the world's leading supplier of programmable chips, today announced the appointment of Iain Morris, 50, as executive vice president and general manager of the advanced platforms group (APG), reporting directly to Xilinx Chairman, President and CEO Wim Roelandts. At the helm of APG, Morris will lead divisional teams responsible for development and delivery of high-end solutions, building upon the company's flagship Virtex™ FPGA platform.
Morris has more than 30 years' experience with semiconductor and systems companies, managing operations in more than 11 countries and serving customers in a variety of vertical markets such as communications, computing and wireless. Most recently, Morris was senior vice president with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), with responsibility for the digital media and pervasive computing group. As part of AMD's microprocessor business, Morris was chartered with design, marketing and business management of the company's low power, high-performance system-on-chip (SOC) product lines.
Before joining AMD, Morris served as senior executive and corporate officer at Hewlett-Packard Co., where he was senior vice president of mobility and emerging business and president of embedded and personal systems, respectively.
Morris began his career at Motorola, where he spent nearly 25 years establishing a strong track record of results in engineering, product development, marketing, direct sales and large and small business management. Among the executive positions Morris held at Motorola were senior vice president, PCS (personal communications sector) Americas; corporate vice president and general manager, paging products group; corporate vice president and general manager, transmission products division; and vice president and general manager global paging infrastructure division.
Morris holds a bachelor's of science degree in technology and business studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
"I'm pleased to welcome Iain to the Xilinx executive leadership team," said Roelandts. "He brings a unique combination of skills and experience built over many years with semiconductor and systems companies that give him a keen understanding of system-level customer requirements. I'm fully confident that Iain will build upon Xilinx's undisputed leadership position in the market place to take the organization to new heights in the coming years, fulfilling APG's charter to support our customers with state-of-the-art, best-in-class Virtex products, solutions and services."
"Xilinx has a stellar reputation for its investment in its customers, its people and its technology," added Morris. "It's a privilege to join the executive management team and to have the opportunity to lead the advanced platforms group: a team of people that truly represent the 'heart and soul' of Xilinx, having invented the technology upon which this great company has been built. Together, we will fulfill our charter, paying utmost attention to satisfying today's customer needs and listening closely to deliver solutions in anticipation of their future requirements."
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.
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Investor Conference Call Scheduled
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging services, today announced it will report operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2006 on Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).
In addition, the Company plans to host a conference call for investors on its third quarter results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, November 9, 2006. The call-in number is 877-704-5378 (toll-free) or 913-312-1292 (toll). The pass code for the call is 9657441. A replay of the call will be available from 3:00 p.m. ET on November 9 until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22. The replay number is 888-203-1112 (toll-free) or 719-457-0820 (toll). The pass code for the replay is 9657441.
About USA Mobility
USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a leading provider of paging products and other wireless services to the business, government, healthcare and emergency response sectors. USA Mobility offers traditional one-way and advanced two-way paging via its nationwide networks covering more than 90% of the U.S. population. In addition, the Company offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel and Cingular Wireless, including BlackBerry and GPS location applications. The Company's product offerings include wireless connectivity systems for medical, business, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility focuses on the business-to-business marketplace and supplies mobile connectivity solutions to more than 80 percent of the Fortune 1000 companies. For further information visit http://www.usamobility.com.
Contact: Bob Lougee (703) 721-3080
Source: Investor Relations - Press Release
Cyren Call plan opened for public comment
Wednesday, 1 November 2006
US telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened a 30-day public consultation period on controversial proposals to construct a nationwide public safety and emergency wireless network. The Cyren Call initiative calls for a 30MHz block of spectrum in the 700 MHz band to be set aside for the network; the US Congress has previously said it would reserve 24 MHz of spectrum for its public safety system. A number of cellular operators, including Verizon Wireless, have also jumped on the public safety bandwagon, proposing that their own networks be used for such a system. The US government wants to construct a nationwide wireless network which will be used by emergency services in the event of natural disasters, terrorist attacks, etc.
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AT&T/BellSouth Pulled Off FCC Agenda
By Mark Rockwell
November 3, 2006
WASHINGTON-After weeks of negotiations and then being dropped from the last FCC meeting agenda, a vote on the AT&T/BellSouth merger seems to have fallen victim to election season politics.
The FCC was set to vote on the mega-merger at today's open meeting, but the item was pulled off the commission's agenda last night with no official explanation.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and the other Republican commissioners at the agency have been in a heated dispute with Democrats Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps over terms of the merger and how a merged BellSouth/AT&T would act competitively.
Washington observers say the agency's withdrawal of the vote from the meeting schedule may have more to do with not wanting another partisan argument just four days before the election.
Source: Wireless Week
Free Wi-Fi Router Promotion Slated For San Francisco
By W. Gardner
TechWeb Thu Oct 26, 7:59 PM ET
Spanish startup FON says it will offer free Wi-Fi wireless routers to San Francisco residents at an event Friday.
The company is promoting a Wi-Fi sharing model via which it hopes to build out a global Wi-Fi network.
FON members plug the routers, called La Foneras, into their home broadband and set up a private in-home hotspot. They also share a certain amount of wireless Internet access with other members, and in turn get free Wi-Fi at other Fonera access points.
"With FON's Wi-Fi sharing model, we can really build a city-wide Wi-Fi community today, by getting FON wireless routers in every neighborhood across San Francisco," said Joanna Rees, chairman of U.S. operations for FON, in a prepared statement.
San Francisco residents are still waiting for a free citywide Wi-Fi rollout that has been stalled.
FON said New York City will be the next target for a rollout of FON's routers.
FON is funded in large part by investments from Google, Skype and venture capitalists, and claims that it has already delivered 100,000 Wi-Fi routers worldwide.
Source: YAHOO! News (Thanks to Barry Kanne)
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Chairman Martin Warns Of Providing FCC With Too Much Discretion
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin last week kicked off his speech to the American Bar Association Administrative Law Conference in Washington, D.C., by saying “we should be cautious of providing any regulatory agency with too much discretion.” Martin focused his remarks on three aspects of administrative law that have recently affected telecommunications: (1) the Supreme Court’s recent National Cable & Telecommunications Association v. Brand X decision – and the ability of an agency’s interpretation to stand in the face of prior court decisions; (2) the legal standard for the FCC’s periodic Regulatory Review; and (3) the standard for forbearance petitions.
Regulatory Deference: Martin said that one of the challenges from the convergence resulting from technological change was how the FCC should classify cable modem services. Are they telecommunications services subject to Title II common carrier regulation, or information services subject only to the Commission’s more limited Title I ancillary jurisdiction? The Commission first addressed this issue in its 2002 Cable Modem Declaratory Ruling, which concluded that cable modem service is an information service and, therefore, is subject to a more limited regulatory regime.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated that decision, relying on a prior, contrary 9th Circuit opinion concluding that cable modem service was a telecommunications service. Last year, the Supreme Court reversed the 9th Circuit and upheld the Commission’s original decision. In the Brand X case, the Court held that even if a reviewing court had previously construed a statute differently, it must give Chevron deference to an expert agency’s subsequent interpretation unless the statute is subject to only one permissible construction. The Court further held that the Commission reasonably construed the meaning of the term “information service” in finding that cable modem service is an integrated information service, not a telecommunications service.
“Normally,” Martin said, “we are disposed to think judicial interpretations trump those of agencies. But the Court held that ‘Before a judicial construction of a statute, whether contained in a precedent or not, may trump an agency’s, the court must hold the statute unambiguously requires the court’s construction.’”
“The Court’s strong reaffirmation of Chevron deference means that an agency’s statutory interpretation may trump an earlier judicial one, and that it may even change its mind about a statute’s meaning after its earlier interpretation has been judicially affirmed.”
“In dissent,” Martin continued, “Justice [Antonin] Scalia argued this means that ‘every case that reaches step two of Chevron will be agency reversible.’ Having the ability to adopt a less burdensome regulatory scheme for broadband services was critical to the Commission from a policy perspective. But I note that I agree with some of the concerns about the breadth of discretion available to our or any administrative agency as a result of this decision.”
Biennial Review: “Now I’d like to discuss two provisions of the Communications Act that were specifically designed to force the Commission to respond to changes in the marketplace,” Martin said. These provisions require the Commission: (1) to review the continued need for certain telecommunications regulations every two years; and (2) to forbear from enforcing telecommunications regulations and even statutory provisions in some circumstances. Both of these provisions are now 10 years old, having been passed as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. But, they are also relatively young in that many interpretive questions remain to be resolved by the Commission and the courts. It is also noteworthy that both provisions are quite unusual from an administrative law point of view.
Section 11 of the Communications Act requires the Commission: (1) to review biennially its regulations that apply to the operations or activities of telecommunications service providers; and (2) to determine whether those regulations are “no longer necessary in the public interest as the result of meaningful economic competition between providers of such service.” Following such review, the Commission is required to modify or repeal any such regulations that are no longer necessary in the public interest.
In construing the meaning of Section 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has upheld a looser definition of the statutory term “necessary in the public interest” than the language of the statute suggests, Martin said. The Court accepted the FCC’s arguments that the term requires only that a regulation serve the public interest and does not require any higher showing of necessity. “I had dissented from that FCC decision, arguing that Section 11’s language requires a showing that a regulation is actually still ‘necessary,’” Martin said.
“The result of this decision gives the Commission substantially more discretion in deciding whether to retain rules, since it is not too difficult to justify a rule as in the public interest,” Martin added. “The FCC thus managed to take a tool intended by Congress to impose some rigor on the FCC’s analysis and turned it into more of a procedural hurdle. The Commission only has to explain periodically why regulations on the books are in the public interest.”
Forbearance: Like Section 11, Section 10’s forbearance provision was designed to keep the Commission rules current with the evolving competitive marketplace, Martin said. Section 10 of the Communications Act provides that the Commission “shall forbear” from applying any regulation or any provision of the Communications Act to a telecommunications carrier or service if the Commission finds that three conditions are met. The Commission must forbear if enforcement of the regulation or statutory provision: (1) is not necessary to ensure that charges or practices of the telecommunications carrier are just and reasonable and non-discriminatory; (2) is not necessary to protect consumers; and (3) forbearance is consistent with the public interest. A decision to forbear may be limited to the petitioner or may apply to all similarly situated carriers. The Commission may grant a forbearance petition in whole or in part and must explain its decision in writing.
Section 10 is unusual in several respects. First, it enables regulated entities to seek relief from otherwise applicable statutory mandates. In the usual course, an agency may not waive a statutory requirement since the agency is subordinate to Congress. But Section 10 delegates to the Commission the authority to forbear from applying sections of the Communications Act to telecommunications carriers and services.
A second unusual aspect of Section 10 is that it provides for the effective repeal of regulations outside the normal practice of notice and comment rulemaking. If the Commission determines that a petition for forbearance meets the three statutory criteria, it is required to forbear from applying the regulation to the telecommunications carrier or service. Although it is the Commission’s usual practice to seek public comment on petitions for forbearance, Section 10 does not expressly require this. Further, although the rule remains in the Code of Federal Regulations, it is no longer operative with respect to the carriers or services specified in the Commission’s forbearance order.
A third unusual aspect of Section 10 is that forbearance petitions are “deemed granted” unless the Commission denies the petition within one year, a period which the Commission may only extend for an additional three months.
This past March, the “deemed granted” provision again came into play. Verizon had filed a petition for forbearance concerning high capacity services. “Due to a vacancy, the FCC had only four Commissioners and could not reach a majority determination on whether to grant or deny the petition,” Martin said. “As a result, we were unable to issue a decision by the statutory deadline and the petition was deemed granted by operation of law. Some of Verizon’s competitors have petitioned for review of this grant, and those petitions are currently pending in the D.C. Circuit. This case raises many unique issues, including whether the court has jurisdiction to review the grant by operation of law since there is no Commission order to review. The outcome of this case, however, should give you plenty to talk about at next year’s conference. ”
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Bridgeway tower tumbles Temporarily interrupts radio, Internet broadcasts
By JONATHAN MOHR
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Local communications signals, including the broadcast of three area radio stations, were disrupted late Monday evening when a 475-foot tower at Bridgeway’s Deer Road facility came crashing down.
Bridgeway officials said an unofficial survey of the damage seemed to indicate a stake securing one of the tower’s guywires became corroded, which allowed it to be pulled loose from 12 feet of concrete.
High winds were reported Monday evening, which Bridgeway founder/president/CEO Jim Starnes said may have “just exacerbated the problem.
“It probably was in a state that it would have happened at some point in the future, given extra stress,” he noted.
A structural engineer visited the site Thursday to offer a professional assessment of the situation.
Kim Limkeman, who oversees two companies that leased space on the tower, estimated the structure collapsed at approximately 11:58 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30.
Limkeman is the owner/president of Logonix and the president of the nonprofit HOPE Broadcasting, both of which utilized the tower.
Verizon network engineer Gary Brandt said he received a call shortly after midnight reporting an unauthorized door intrusion at the company’s small on-site control room, which he said was probably caused by the impact of the collapsing tower.
Verizon leased space on the tower for cell phone coverage.
K100 and Arch Paging also used the tower.
Bridgeway owns the structure and utilizes it for radio service and for operating the McDonough County Public Transportation’s radio service.
K100 was temporarily off the air until approximately midnight Tuesday, when the station began broadcasting via a temporary transmitter located on top of their broadcast building. Consequently, the signal is not quite as powerful as before.
“From here to Good Hope and past Colchester, we've got a really strong signal,” said Prairie Radio Communications general manager Jamie Friend. “Considering we lost a 500-foot tower, and ... our antenna was around the 470-foot mark, and we’re broadcasting from about 30 feet right now, I'd say we’re quite happy with where we’re at.”
As soon as Bridgeway’s tower is rebuilt, K100 will resume broadcasting from that location.
HOPE Broadcasting’s WGCA 89.7 FM translator and WDLM 90.5 FM translator were still off the air at press time.
The collapse also cut service to approximately 25 percent of Logonix’s wireless Internet customers.
Limkeman began working early Tuesday morning to restore service.
Luckily, most of the company’s broadcast equipment survived the fall with “minimal damage,” Limkeman said.
“Our main link microwave antenna, we actually took out to the autobody shop and they tapped the dents out of it for us and got it back into line,” he added. “It came up fine.”
Logonix remounted broadcast equipment on an 80-foot tower Bridgeway owns. On Wednesday morning, Limkeman estimated that 85 percent of affected customers would have Internet access restored by early afternoon.
“Just looking at preliminary data and doing some interpolation, looks like maybe 15 percent of the people we can’t immediately get back up,” he said. “We’ve already got contingencies for that. It’ll just take us an extra couple days.”
Bridgeway utilized Logonix’s wireless Internet service for all 47 corporate offices, so when the tower crashed, so did much of the organization’s communication capabilities.
That sent Bridgeway’s information services team scrambling. Starnes praised their “heroic effort” in working all night to get the server operating again.
The affect on Verizon’s cellular coverage is minimal, Brandt said, because the company utilizes three area towers for cell phone coverage.
When the tower fell, part of it landed on some equipment owned by Laverdiere Construction Inc. The extent of the damage was not immediately apparent.
Laverdiere Construction is rebuilding Bridgeway’s recycling center, which was destroyed by fire this summer.
Starnes seemed to take his organization’s latest setback with a bit of good humor.
“It just seems like we’re having excitement all year long at Bridgeway,” he said.
Source: Eagle Publications
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Posted on : Thu, 02 Nov 2006 09:55:00 GMT | Author : LogicaCMG Plc
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LONDON, November 2 /PRNewswire/ — LogicaCMG Telecoms' Research Among Delegates at This Year's MessagingAsia Conference Forum Finds That:
A research study conducted by LogicaCMG telecoms among delegates at this year's Messaging Asia conference in Singapore has revealed that the future success of mobile messaging will be dependent upon closer interaction among mobile network operators, as well as with leading IM internet players. The research, conducted with 40 senior figures from the mobile industry, shows that in future successful mobile messaging will require operators to work closely together to deliver a common mobile IM community for end-users,regardless of their network.
Messaging Asia, which began at the Raffles Convention Centre in Singapore yesterday, 1st November, is attended by senior business managers, analysts,marketeers and technologists from major international network operators,vendors and manufacturers globally. During the show, LogicaCMG asked delegates for their thoughts on the future of mobile messaging over the next five years.
Nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of those questioned said they believed that interoperability with internet instant messaging domains, such as Yahoo!Messenger, MSN Messenger, GoogleTalk and AOL Instant Messenger was the most important factor for the success of mobile IM. In addition, a further 35 percent believe that interoperability with existing SMS and MMS services will be crucial. Delegates stressed that this integration needs to go beyond the user experience and even include revenue share of the services offered.
When asked about new revenue sources for operators, 45 per cent of all respondents believed that service plans that include discounted messaging services in return for advertising would only produce minimal profit for the operator, with a further 20 per cent saying they saw no benefit at all.
Boudewijn Pesch, managing director, LogicaCMG telecoms Asia, commented on the results: "This research has shown that a strong incentive exists for network operators to collaborate closely with one another, as well as with leading internet players as they look to establish themselves in the mobile space. Ultimately the success of future mobile messaging strategies will be determined by the end-user, and if mutual relationships between operators and internet players can lead to an increasingly seamless service then everyone will benefit. LogicaCMG provides mobile operators with innovative solutions which help them to meet consumers' messaging demands."
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In conjunction with the opening of its new offices, ParkMagic has also announced that Jim O’Connell will lead the company’s expansion in the US. Jim comes to ParkMagic with a strong track record of successfully growing profitable and vibrant companies in emerging technology markets. O’Connell was co-founder of Caradas Inc. His previous companies include Greenwich Technology Partners, SCM Microsystems and Securify Inc. and he is the former Business Development Director for the Smart Card Alliance in the US. He has been a strategic advisor to many Global 100 companies including Pfizer, Staples and Motorola.
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Published Friday 3rd November 2006 12:53 GMT
Dallas (TX) - Teenagers are turning away from e-mail as instant messaging becomes the primary means of cyber communication, according to a new study released by Parks Associates.
According to the survey, less than 20% of teens aged 13 - 17 use e-mail as the primary method of talking over the Internet with their friends. Instead, at least for 33% of the demographic, instant messaging takes over as the main means of communication among teenagers with Internet access.
In contrast, nearly 40% of adults aged 25 to 54 use e-mail primarily, and only 11% of them rely on instant messaging for their communication. Describing the generation gap, research director of Parks Associates John Barrett said, "Teens and young adults are increasingly accustomed to an always-on world where friends and family are instantly accessible."
However, Barrett says it's more of a matter of free time than it is age differential. "Once these individuals graduate and join the workforce, they may not have as much time to instant message," he said.
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