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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,
My father used to say, “give them enough rope, and they will hang themselves.” There are many familiar similar sayings and clichés like, “what goes around, comes around,” “they will always get what is coming to them,” etc. The dictionary definition is, “the effects of a person’s actions that determine his/her destiny.” (Cause/Effect) So, that Comverse got into trouble, was no surprise to me.
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Comverse Technology names new CEO
Andre Dahan, who will also serves as president, will take up the appointment on April 30.
Shiri Habib 11 Apr 07 18:51
Comverse Technology (Nasdaq: CMVT) has announced the appointment of Andre Dahan (58) as president and CEO of the company. Dahan will take up the appointment on April 30, and thereby bring to an end a period of five months in which the company has been without a chief executive.
Comverse Technology., through its Comverse, Inc. subsidiary, provides software and systems enabling communication and billing services. The group also includes Verint Systems (Nasdaq: VRNT), which provides solutions for communications interception, networked video security, and business intelligence; and Ulticom (Nasdaq: ULCM), a provider of service enabling signaling software, and mobile roaming technology company Starhome.
Incoming CEO Dahan began his career in technical jobs at MALAM, Israel Aircraft Industries, and IBM. He has more than 30 years of experience in the wireless and technology sectors, and was formerly president and CEO of AT&T Wireless' Mobile Multimedia Services. He has also held senior executive positions with Dun & Bradstreet, Teradata Corporation (now NCR), and Sequent Computer Systems.
Comverse technology chairman Mark Terrell said, "Andre Dahan is an exceptional leader with the vision, global experience and deep industry and technical knowledge to help make Comverse Technology even stronger for its investors, customers, partners and employees.
"In particular, Andre's operational background in key global markets for our products and services will be of great benefit as we move forward. Andre gets results, and as we continue to focus on building the value of our business, we are confident that he is the right leader at the right time."
"I am honored to have this opportunity and excited by the possibilities that lie ahead for Comverse Technology," Dahan said. "Comverse has earned a powerful reputation for technological innovation, commercial success and relentless focus on customers. I look forward to working with Comverse's talented board and employees to continue to build on this record of outstanding performance, with a focus on delivering superior shareholder return."
There have been many changes in Comverse Technology's management in recent months, since the departure of founder Kobi Alexander, CFO David Kreinberg, and senior general counsel William Sorin, in the wake of the options backdating scandal. Since then, interim CEO Raz Alon and chairman Ron Hiram have also been replaced, while Zeev Bregman resigned as CEO of subsidiary Comverse CNS, to be replaced by Yaron Tchwella.
Comverse Technology, which is traded on the Pink Sheets, has a market cap of $4.4 billion.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news — www.globes.co.il - on April 11, 2007
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TORONTO -- Shares of Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) fell almost 8% on Thursday as investors reacted with concern to the BlackBerry maker's results, which met but didn't exceed expectations.
The shares gave up US$11.05, or 7.6%, to US$134.97 on the Nasdaq, catching up with the after-hours trading drop marked by the stock late on Wednesday. On the Toronto Stock Exchange, the shares were down $13.34 at $153.12.
Late on Wednesday, RIM reported a fourth-quarter profit of US$187.9-million, or 99 cents a share, in line with its earlier forecasts. That was a surge from US$18.4-million, or 10 cents a share, in the same quarter a year ago.
It also said that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had upgraded its informal inquiry into stock-option grants at the company to a formal investigation. News of the investigation was noted by most analysts, but not raised as a top concern.
"We believe that RIM's opportunity for strong growth remains entirely intact and that their ability to execute also remains intact," Paradigm Capital analyst Barry Richards wrote in a note to clients.
"Relative to expectations, these results will disappoint some, but in absolute terms, the performance has been spectacular and there is no reason we think that will change going forward."
Ittai Kidron, an analyst at CIBC World Markets, wrote in a note that he expects a pullback in the stock, adding that a buying opportunity could arise depending on the magnitude of the selloff.
"The key questions are: have consensus estimates caught up with RIM's true earnings potential? And, is there more upside?" Kidron wrote. "We believe the answer to both is yes — yet we would wait for the stock to correct before re-evaluating our rating, and thus maintain our neutral rating at this point."
However, analysts Brian Modoff and Jonathan Goldberg at Deutsche Bank pointed out that Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM ended the quarter with an inventory buildup of 250,000 units.
"While management highlighted that the main reason for that was a delay in shipments to some carriers, we wonder whether it is a cause of concern," they wrote to clients. "The launch of new products could be crimping demand for older products, but could also be a sign of slowing upgrade cycles."
RIM counts on existing BlackBerry users upgrading and replacing their devices to help new sales.
The Deutsche Bank analysts also said they view the fall in RIM shares in after-hours trade on Wednesday "as a sign of over-the-top expectations going into the (earnings conference) call.
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A Failure to Communicate
By Chuck Goudie
April 11, 2007 — Five and a half years after 9/11, Chicago's most important emergency communications vehicle is parked and valuable city radio frequencies are in jeopardy.
When Chicago's emergency communications system flunked the test by federal Homeland Security officials this year, Mayor Daley blamed the media. But the ABC7 I-Team has uncovered evidence that Chicago failed to make the grade after city officials neglected to renew the licenses for dozens of emergency radio frequencies and after a serious flaw turned up in the mobile command center that was supposed to be the crown jewel of Chicago's emergency communications system.
"Chicago is far ahead of most other cities when it comes to using state of the art technology," said Mayor Richard Daley in September 2006.
Mayor Daley unveiled a state of the art communications truck eight months ago and it took center stage at the city's first high-rise evacuation drill. But the vehicle has never had the ability to do what the city paid $2 million for: send video, provide secured internet access and an emergency radio communications system.
According to a letter obtained by ABC7, the Federal Communications Commission last month denied Chicago use of its satellite transmitter that sits atop the much-heralded emergency communications vehicle, stating that the city did not satisfy several FCC requirements necessary to operate such equipment.
Chicago emergency management officials, who held a news conference Tuesday about weather safety, declined to be interviewed about serious problems with their primary communications truck.
A statement sent to the I-Team late today claims the truck "has been fully operational . . . since last year." But that's not true. It was just today — and only after our inquiries — that the city sent this emergency request to the FCC, citing "the safety of all citizens and property" in asking for an extraordinary, temporary FCC permit to operate the satellite truck in a crisis. But the FCC is allowing only a partial permit for processing 9-1-1 calls, not for video or data. This is the latest communications failure to embarrass the city since the I-Team began investigating four years ago.
In 2003, Mayor Daley claimed ownership of this first command center called InfraLynx. Despite the mayor's proclamation, the city never owned it. When the ABC7 I-Team found the truck in Washington, DC, and asked for an explanation in September 2005, the city's former emergency director responded:
"There were some challenges that we experienced with the procurement process," said Andrew Velasquez, former Chicago OEMC director.
Fast forward to last September, when they just bought a new truck:
"No city in the nation can boast of such a vehicle," said Velasquez.
But, as we discovered, neither could Chicago. The latest $2 million vehicle was unable to take part in a tactical communication exercise, because of at least 30 major high-tech problems, and last fall we found it stashed in DuPage County.
"At the time it was still being tested we were testing all the components," said Velasquez in September 2006.
So here's the communications breakdown: two unveilings, five excuses and six years of good luck that there was no citywide catastrophe.
In January, the US Department of Homeland Security ranked Chicago among the worst prepared for regional disaster communications. But its defunct 9-1-1 center on wheels was apparently only part of the reason. When the city blasted the report as inaccurate, an irate Mayor Daley blamed the media for tying up too many radio frequencies that the city could use to improve communications.
"We need the cooperation of your industry to give something up. If you gave a little bit up, then of course, not just Chicago but across the country, we'd basically have a better system," Mayor Daley said on January 23.
But the I-Team has examined federal records showing that the licenses for 37 City of Chicago radio frequencies will soon be terminated by the FCC because the city never utilized them, even though they have owned and paid for them since 2001. Despite Chicago receiving tens of millions of dollars in Homeland Security money, OEMC sources tell the I-Team the city has chosen not to upgrade its radio communications systems, which would allow them to use these frequencies. They say that has hindered interoperability between city departments and emergency agencies outside of Chicago.
City officials said Wednesday they have now applied to keep those long-lost radio frequencies and that they are not in jeopardy of losing them. But such confusion at a crucial city agency in charge of communication has some OEMC insiders wondering "who's on first?" Mayor Daley has yet to name a permanent replacement for former director Andrew Velasquez, who is now running emergency operations for the entire state.
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ATLANTA (April 9, 2007) — Lathem Time Corp., one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of time management products for business, has launched its RC Series™ Wireless GPS Clock System. Lathem's wireless wall clock system allows schools, hospitals, manufacturing and government facilities to wirelessly synchronize time to the exact second. Benefits include teaching students to be punctual and minimize disruptions due to tardiness, allowing physicians to rely on accurate time to determine when to check patients and administer medicine, and helping manufacturers improve productivity and reduce unnecessary confusion due to time-related delays.
"When time matters, this system offers the most innovative and reliable solution for wireless GPS time synchronization," said Jim Owen, product manager for Lathem's Wall Clock and Institutional Systems.
Utilizing a powerful microprocessor capable of synchronizing thousands of wireless analog or digital clocks in addition to signal control systems, the RC Master™ clock is the foundation of the RC Series Wireless GPS Clock System. The RC Master regularly updates its internal clock from the U.S. government's global positioning satellite (GPS) broadcast signal. In turn, this master control clock employs a single transmitter design to encode and transmit a powerful, commercially approved, FCC licensed UHF radio paging signal that accurately synchronizes the wireless clocks to the exact second.
The RC Series Wireless Wall Clocks incorporate the most advanced movement available on the market, automatically adjusting for Daylight Saving Time and power outages that can reduce operational and maintenance costs. The clocks are available in a wide variety of easy-to-install models with heavy-duty steel construction or impact-resistant ABS plastic, providing long-term quality and durability.
Illinois Time Recorder, Lathem's premier dealer in the greater Chicago area, has already begun to offer the RC Series Wireless Wall Clock System to its customers. Patrick Neville, president of Illinois Time Recorder, said, "The RC Series Wireless GPS Clock System is representative of the quality solutions we've come to expect from Lathem. Other wireless clock systems use low band or short-range signals, which typically require multiple transmitters to achieve adequate coverage, often resulting in additional system components to eliminate 'dead spots'. We are excited to offer Lathem's new wireless wall clock system because its single transmitter system design provides a highly reliable and scalable solution for campus-wide coverage."
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By Peter Sayer, IDG News Service
Vonage Holdings CEO Michael Snyder resigned, the company said Thursday, at the same time announcing moves to cut costs.
Snyder resigned, and also quit the company’s board of directors, Wednesday. Chairman and Chief Strategist Jeffrey A. Citron will fill in as CEO until a replacement is found.
The company announced plans to cut its costs by $140 million, including $110 million in unnecessary marketing expenses, in order to become more competitive.
Vonage may soon be able to cut back on customer recruitment costs: on Friday it won a temporary reprieve from a court order prohibiting it from signing up new customers as a result of a patent dispute with Verizon Communications Inc., but that order may be reinstated at a hearing on April 24. Vonage spends $275 on marketing for each new customer signed up, it said.
The VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) operator also plans to freeze staff recruitment, and to lay off 10 percent of its workforce during the second quarter, cutting costs by a further $20 million.
The company expects to report revenue for the first quarter of $195 million and 322,000 new customers signed up during the quarter. Allowing for departing customers, it expects to report a net gain of 166,000 subscribers. The company has around 2.4 million subscriber lines, bringing it an average monthly revenue per line of $28.17, it said.
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FCC Seeks Comment On CMRS Market Competition
Comments are due May 7, and replies are due May 22, on the FCC’s Twelfth Annual Report and Analysis of Competitive Market Conditions with Respect to Commercial Mobile Services. This year the FCC hopes to improve the granularity of the report’s data and analysis of coverage and service provision, particularly in rural and tribal areas. The Commission said it recognizes that its historical county-based analysis overstates to some degree the total coverage in terms of both geographic areas and population covered. Thus, this year, the FCC requests data and comment on methods to analyze service provision at geographic areas smaller than counties. Commenters are asked to submit the CMRS coverage maps they already make available to the public in brochures and on their Web sites. The Commission is also interested in detailed information regarding the provision of advanced wireless services in rural and tribal areas. For example, do carriers provide cove rage only in certain parts of these areas, such as near major roads, where they do not market service to residents of those areas? If this is true, could the FCC’s analysis be improved if carriers indicated the parts of their coverage areas in which they compete to offer service and the parts that are used only to provide coverage to traveling subscribers based in other locations? How do infrastructure-sharing agreements, such as those between carriers along highways in low-density areas, affect service availability in rural areas? These are only some of the questions in the WT Docket No. 07-71 proceeding that should be of interest to our clients. Rural telcos may want to file comments if they have seen larger wireless carriers abandon roaming or affiliation agreements that would have lead to rural buildout, because they reached an infrastructure sharing agreement with another large carrier to cover the relevant highways.
Vonage Dodges Bullet, Now Hopes Court Won’t Pull Plug
Once the darling of a fledgling Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service industry, Vonage Holdings Corp. now faces the battle of its life just to survive as a business. After a lower court ruling last Friday that Vonage could continue doing business but no longer market its services to new customers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit intervened and issued an emergency stay of that decision regarding a patent infringement suit involving Verizon. Thus, Vonage must still convince the appellate court that it should be granted a permanent stay. A hearing has been scheduled for April 24.
The case is an appeal of the recent decision by the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., citing Vonage for infringing on three major Internet telephony patents owned by Verizon. The technology lays out protocols and methods for passing calls between the Web and conventional phone networks. At that time, the court also ruled that Vonage must pay Verizon $58 million, plus possible future royalties, and the court issued but stayed a permanent injunction (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, March 28). Separately, the District Court required Vonage to post a bond of $66 million to secure Verizon's damages judgment.
Rather than a permanent injunction, Verizon last week had proposed a compromise — i.e., that Vonage could continue serving its existing customers but no longer market its services to new customers until it stopped infringing on Verizon’s patents. The district court accepted that compromise. But Vonage did not, and filed its emergency appeal with the Federal Appeals Court. Vonage’s attorney said that the compromise was “the difference of cutting off oxygen as opposed to the bullet in the head." The appeals court is allowing Vonage to dodge the bullet and to continue breathing for the time being.
The appeals court could decide to revise its emergency stay and eventually impose a new one along the same lines ordered by U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton. Either way, existing customers do not face the prospect of an immediate shutdown. In the longer term, however, the company's troubled finances could eventually lead to greater defections among both subscribers and investors, analysts said. The company’s stock has declined 80% since its initial public offering (IPO), which was also considered disappointing. Citigroup, which helped take the company public, recently put out a “sell” recommendation; and analysts are predicting that Vonage does not have the resources to sustain a prolonged court fight. The company’s stock has been hovering around $3 per share this week.
Vonage has claimed that it has a “workaround” solution — i.e., an alternative technology to the patented Verizon technology it has allegedly infringed on. But Vonage has yet to implement this solution. Instead, it has chosen to stake its future on an appeal of a patent infringement suit. This leads some analysts to wonder whether such a workaround solution actually exists. And this does not bode well for other small, entrepreneurial VoIP companies that may be using the same technology that Vonage is using. Without writing Vonage off just yet, analysts are now predicting that the future of VoIP lies with large telephone and cable companies.
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Nighthawk Systems Announces Sale to Oregon Electric Cooperative
SAN ANTONIO, TX — 4/13/07 — Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: NIHK), a leading provider of intelligent wireless power management and emergency notification solutions, today announced that it has received an order for CEO700 whole house disconnect units from Salem Electric Cooperative of Salem, Oregon. This order was placed by Salem Electric after successfully testing a Nighthawk unit in 2006. Salem Electric serves members in western Salem and Keizer, Oregon. General Pacific, Inc., a distributor of electrical apparatus and supplies in the Northwest U.S., assisted with the sale.
The CEO700 gives electric utilities the ability to wirelessly disconnect and reconnect power to residential electric meters from a centralized location, saving them significant time and money over the traditional manual disconnect method requiring multiple truck rolls and field personnel.
H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk’s CEO, stated, “I’m pleased that we continue to gain new customers in the electric utility market, and that the overall market for our products seems to be growing more rapidly. I’m also happy that we are making progress with distributors and resellers of our products, as they often have longstanding relationships with the customers that we are seeking.”
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