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FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 16, 2007 - ISSUE NO. 286

Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

I thought we had a monopoly on “politically-correct idiots” here in the USA, but I guess they have some of them “down under” as well. I heard this on CNN last night:

Santas warned “ho ho ho” offensive to women

SYDNEY (AFP) — Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional “ho ho ho” greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.

Sydney's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say “ha ha ha” instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.

One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use “ho ho ho” because it could frighten children and was too close to “ho”, a US slang term for prostitute.

“Gimme a break,” said Julie Gale, who runs the campaign against sexualising children called Kids Free 2B Kids.

“We are talking about little kids who do not understand that ‘ho, ho, ho’ has any other connotation and nor should they,” she told the Telegraph.

“Leave Santa alone.”

A local spokesman for the US-based Westaff recruitment firm said it was “misleading” to say the company had banned Santa's traditional greeting and it was being left up to the discretion of the individual Santa himself. [source]

Once in a while, I have to go “off topic.” Is the world going crazy or is it just me?

Don't answer that question.

Now on to more news and views . . . and back to the topic of wireless messaging.

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American Association of Paging Carriers (AAPC)
announces formal affiliation with
Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA)

AAPC wants to ensure that you are fully aware of its recent formal affiliation with the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA). Under the affiliation, AAPC will continue to function as an independent association with the objective to promote the paging industry, and will now have the advantage of offering the following benefits to its membership as a result of the new affiliation with EWA:

1. Joint regulatory advocacy efforts will be conducted with EWA providing AAPC with an enhanced voice before the Federal Communications Commission on matters concerned with the paging industry.

2. Our annual AAPC Wireless Forum conference will now be held in conjunction with the Enterprise Wireless event in the fall of 2008. While we know many of you will miss Myrtle Beach, we commit that we will have several sessions dedicated to pertinent topics within our industry. Further, our industry vendors will be an integral part of the event continuing their exhibition and participation. In addition, social activities, including an expanded golf tournament will be maintained. Plan now to attend this premier event in early November in Arizona. You will be notified of the exact dates and location when finalized.

3. The affiliation will expose you to the latest in wireless technologies, as well as provide our vendors the opportunity to promote their products and services to potential customers at the annual fall conference.

EWA is an FCC-certified frequency advisory committee serving enterprise, technology providers, and communications service organizations with licensing, spectrum management, and consulting services. Membership in the association is open to all users of wireless communications systems, manufacturers, system operators, and communication service providers. EWA produces a newsletter, regulatory updates, a magazine — Enterprise Wireless™, and will now welcome AAPC's active participation at their annual conference and trade show for new wireless products and business operations sessions. As of November 1, all AAPC members began receiving these additional membership benefits.

We believe this affiliation is a critical step forward in continuing to build AAPC by strengthening our industry's voice before the FCC and by increasing the benefits that our members receive. If you are not currently an AAPC member, now is the perfect time to take another look at this dynamic association. Please e-mail or go to our web site,, for an AAPC membership application.

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AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers   Northeast Paging
ATCOM Wireless
Ayrewave Corporation   Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
CPR Technology, Inc.   Port City Communications
Critical Response Systems (CRS)   Preferred Wireless
CVC Paging   Prism Paging
Daviscomms USA   Ron Mercer
EMMA—European Mobile Messaging Association   Swissphone
GTES LLC   Texas Association of Paging Services
Hark Systems   TH Communications
HMCE, Inc.   UCOM Paging
InfoRad, Inc.     Unication USA
Ira Wiesenfeld   United Communications Corp.
Minilec Service, Inc.   WiPath Communications
Nighthawk Systems, Inc.   Zetron Inc.


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U.S. Wireless Subscribership Passes 250 Million Mark

November 13, 2007

A Quarter-Billion Americans Now Using Wireless

WASHINGTON, DC – CTIA–The Wireless Association® announced today that the total estimated wireless subscribership in America officially passed the 250 million mark, reaching an all-time national high. Growth in subscribership has more than quadrupled over the past ten years from just over 55 million at year-end 1997 to more than 250 million today—an increase of 352%. [See the graphic below] to see the progression of growth over the past 22 years.

“This explosive growth shows that the mobile communications revolution is in full swing,” said CTIA-The Wireless Association® President and CEO, Steve Largent. “Wireless has become a way of life for more than 250 million Americans, and each year more and more consumers are experiencing the incredible benefits that only wireless can offer. Whether you work on Wall Street or at home, live in a small town or a big city, wireless reaches people exactly where they’re at and gives folks the ability to communicate and connect with friends and family while on the move,” continued Largent.

Today’s announcement follows recent reports from Merrill Lynch and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that further illustrate a thriving wireless marketplace in the U.S. that is working hard to meet the needs of consumers. According to Merrill Lynch’s Global Wireless Matrix 2Q07, Americans use more minutes for less cost than any other consumers in the developed world. The FCC reports 98% of Americans can choose from at least four service providers. The FCC also says mobile high speed subscribership increased by about 600% in 2006, to nearly 22 million, and that mobile wireless subscribers made up 60% of all new high speed lines.

“The statistics speak for themselves,” continued Largent. “The bottom line is that wireless companies are listening to their customers and in doing so are providing Americans of all walks of life with the mobile products and services that they want and need. Competition, innovation, and consumer value are driving the dynamic U.S. wireless marketplace, giving people access to amazing technology with plans almost anyone can afford and more choices than anywhere else in the world.”


CTIA is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry,
representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers.

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What To Do With Paging?

Article by Rex M. Lee

I started my career in wireless almost 25 years ago in paging. Back then it was referred to as “Radio Paging.” Paging was a niche product only for the working professional and first responder. I was on the front end of the business bell curve of the paging industry to see it’s rise from a niche product offering to a consumer commodity throughout the 80’s and 90’s. I also was on the front end of the business bell curve for nPCS (ReFLEX) two-way-text messaging the paging industry pioneered. I have seen the ups and downs of the paging industry. I have seen it fall back to a niche product and I have seen the mistakes in marketing the industry made in regards to two way text messaging. It would have been great to have had some forward thinkers just several years ago who would of thought about merging a two-way text device with an MP3/video player integrated with personal e-mail supporting music/movie/games and other media downloads. The under 30 year old market for that product is in the hundreds of millions as this generation seems to text 90% of the time vs. using old fashioned voice communications. Oh well we can lament on lost opportunity as the paging industry is at cross roads of either pioneering new innovation or heading off to the footnotes of the Smithsonian Institution.

Nearly 25 years later the paging industry is back to niche product serving mainly first responders and limited telemetry applications. Did I mention telemetry? This is only the next big billion dollar emerging market for wireless. Again paging is in the driver’s seat as the industry was when it pioneered two way text messaging (is there still a market for texting?). There are hundreds of thousands of machine to machine applications out there for telemetry on paging, yet the leaders of the paging industry still seem to be hell bent on capturing belt worn subscribers while offering other wireless services through MVNO relationships. Have these leaders recently polled their sales force and asked how they are doing cold calling for new paging subscribers? This is like selling black and white TVs from the trunk of your car. How about recruiting young-new-aggressive-sales professionals? Get the picture? For paging companies to survive they are going to need a new business model unless shrinking your system to meet subscriber demands is your business model. That is a recipe for being out of the paging business in the next 5 years or less.

The industry is at crossroads again as it was nearly 15 years ago when it was faced with traveling down the same path as a niche product, or taking the road to riches through consumer markets and explosive growth. Those days are long gone and there are a lot of people still in the industry but face a declining market in terms of subscribers. However, there is a grand opportunity to use the bandwidth for telemetry — and at a price point cellular cannot compete with. There are many web-application designers out there with exciting new applications to control machines via wireless with a huge market for one way blue collar on/off applications that do not require sophisticated two way criteria. The paging industry is in a key position to revitalize their networks with millions of machines that need simple automation. I made a career change to wireless automation many years ago and it has been very fulfilling. I see the opportunity paging presents, yet when I evangelize my message to paging industry leaders it seems to gain excitement for the moment, but these leaders seem to go back to the comfort zone of dropping the price of subscriber services in hopes of gaining positive net revenues. That well is drying up quickly — if not already dry.

I fortunately work for an innovative company that has interfaced our products with other forms of wireless yet our customers when presented with the opportunity to go CDMA/GSM/Spread Spectrum seem to choose paging because of cost and simplicity. Funny how there is a huge market for Simplicity. We are positioned to go in other directions. If you are a paging industry leader and happen to be reading this, what is your flexibility? Where are you going to find new customers for your paging network? How are your going to motivate your sales force to produce new revenue on your paging networks? What new products can you sell to your shrinking customer base or new products you can go back to former customers with to revitalize their interest in paging? You can no longer afford to be complacent — unless your ultimate goal is to kill off your paging network. My challenge for you is to get excited about what your network can do for the M2M market space. Reinvest capital into new marketing. Yes, spread the word to your customers and new customers on how they can make their machines smarter utilizing your existing infrastructure. If you are going down this road please contact me we would love to partner with you.

Industry leaders would be surprised to know that in our business we have some airtime providers who are actually putting in new sites to accommodate demand for M2M applications on paging. Industry leaders would also like to know that these customers pay cash up front for equipment, and recurring on airtime — plus pay for installment/equipment to support RF. It is also surprising to know that new messaging opportunities are created by servicing this market place. We have had municipally-owned utilities offer sites at a $0 lease in exchange for RF to support utility automation. At the same time messaging opportunities open up with the utility and other municipal departments while our carrier partners in many cases have been able to eliminate a site lease and still retain coverage. The other factor that makes this opportunity exciting is most of our customer base are in the Fortune 500. These customers will be around for a long time and they cannot change out automation as easily as subscribers removing a product from their belt. Plus there are other recurring revenue opportunities in web-applications.

I wrote this article in hopes that some forward thinkers would get the message that there is a huge emerging M2M market space out there worth billions of dollars to entrepreneurs who wish to capitalize on this fleeting opportunity for one-way paging. Are there any entrepreneurs left in the paging industry or are there just dinosaurs waiting for extinction? I did not write this article to plug the company I work for as most of you who know me, know where to find me. I would hate to see — in 5 years — that cellular or other forms of wireless are capturing these revenue opportunities that paging could take the lead in today. Kind of like that two-way texting thing, did that market ever mature? Hey maybe that texting/media opportunity is still out there at a price point only the paging industry can offer? Entrepreneurs Wanted!


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Bell Industries Reports Financial Results for 2007 Third Quarter, Nine Months

Wednesday November 14, 3:08 pm ET

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 14, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — Bell Industries, Inc. (AMEX:BI - News) today reported a 60% increase in net revenues for the third quarter ended September 30, 2007 to $58.7 million from $36.7 million a year ago, principally reflecting approximately $22.2 million in contributions from its SkyTel unit acquired January 31, 2007.

Bell recorded a net loss of $1.8 million, or $0.20 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2007. This compares with a net loss from continuing operations of $1.7 million, or $0.20 per share, in the prior-year third quarter, which included an income tax benefit of $843,000. In the 2006 third quarter, Bell posted a loss on sale of discontinued operations of $710,000, representing income taxes allocated to the company's J.W. Miller division which was sold during the 2006 second quarter. Including discontinued operations, the company incurred a net loss of $2.5 million, or $0.29 per share.

SkyTel contributed approximately $22.2 million in revenues for the 2007 third quarter and incurred an operating loss of $495,000, including depreciation, amortization and accretion expense of $1.2 million.

Net revenues for Bell's Technology Solutions division were modestly higher at $24.6 million for the 2007 third quarter, compared with $24.4 million in the prior-year period. Product revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2007 rose to $17.8 million from $16.4 million a year earlier. Services revenues totaled $6.8 million in the current third quarter, compared with $8.0 million in the same 2006 period with the decline primarily reflecting the closure of Bell's Springfield, Mo. call center following an unexpected notification from the facility's sole customer, SunRocket, Inc., that it was ceasing operations. Bell's Technology Solutions division posted an operating loss of $140,000 for the 2007 third quarter versus an operating loss of $1.6 million a year ago, which included approximately $1.5 million in losses from start-up and related costs associated with the SunRocket engagement.

As previously announced, Bell assigned the Springfield call center lease to an unrelated company effective August 1, 2007 and received $900,000 in proceeds from the sale of certain assets at the facility.

Bell's Recreational Products Group posted net revenues of $11.8 million for the 2007 third quarter, compared with $12.3 million a year ago. Operating income increased to $575,000 from $479,000 in the 2006 third quarter, benefiting from improved gross margins and a decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses.

For year-to-date period, net revenues rose 73% to $160.8 million from $92.8 million in the prior-year comparable period. Bell sustained a net loss of $8.1 million, equal to $0.94 per share, for the nine months of the current fiscal year, compared with a loss from continuing operations of $3.5 million, equal to $0.41 per share, for the comparable 2006 period or net income of $1.4 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, including income and a gain on sale from discontinued operations.

Subsequent to the close of the 2007 third quarter, Bell completed the sale of certain assets to Sprint Nextel Corp. for $13.5 million, receiving $12.5 million in cash, with the remaining balance due in 18 months, subject to certain conditions. The assets represented stock ownership interests in entities that hold Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licenses to operate wireless communications in certain bandwidths. Originally acquired as part of Bell's purchase of SkyTel Corp earlier this year, the company said the assets were not integral to the division's current business operations and have no impact on the services provided to SkyTel customers.

About Bell Industries, Inc.

Bell Industries is comprised of three diversified operating units, Bell's Technology Solutions business, SkyTel and its Recreational Products Group. The company's Technology Solutions business offers a comprehensive portfolio of customizable and scalable technology solutions ranging from managed technology services to reverse logistics and mobile/wireless solutions. SkyTel provides nationwide wireless data and messaging services, including email, interactive two-way messaging, wireless telemetry services, traditional text and numeric paging and automated vehicle location. Recreational Products Group is a wholesale distributor of aftermarket parts and accessories for the recreational vehicles and other leisure-related vehicle markets, including marine, snowmobile, cycle and ATV.

                         Bell Industries, Inc.
                    Consolidated Operating Results
                  (In thousands, except per share data)

                              Three months ended    Nine months ended
                                  September 30,        September 30,
                                 2007      2006       2007      2006
 Net revenues
   Products                   $ 29,601  $ 28,654   $ 72,665  $ 70,049
   Services                     29,055     8,025     88,138    22,754
                              --------- ---------  --------- ---------
                                58,656    36,679    160,803    92,803
                              --------- ---------  --------- ---------
 Costs and expenses
   Cost of products sold        24,996    23,867     60,585    57,023
   Cost of services provided    19,831     6,695     59,237    18,572
   Selling and administrative   14,948     8,826     49,378    22,841
   Interest expense
    (income), net                  672      (166)     1,665      (375)
   Gain on sale of assets          (39)       --     (2,012)       --
                              --------- ---------  --------- ---------
                                60,408    39,222    168,853    98,061
                              --------- ---------  --------- ---------

 Loss from continuing
  operations before income tax  (1,752)   (2,543)    (8,050)   (5,258)
 Income tax expense (benefit)        8      (843)        40    (1,720)
                              --------- ---------  --------- ---------
 Income (loss) from
  continuing operations         (1,760)   (1,700)    (8,090)   (3,538)
 Income (loss) from
  discontinued operations,
  net of tax                                 (85)                 492
 Gain (loss) on sale of
  discontinued operations,
  net of tax                                (710)               4,443
                              --------- ---------  --------- ---------
 Net income (loss)            $ (1,760) $ (2,495)  $ (8,090) $  1,397
                              ========= =========  ========= =========

 Basic and diluted share data
 Loss from continuing
   Basic                      $   (.20) $   (.20)  $   (.94) $   (.41)
                              ========= =========  ========= =========
   Diluted                    $   (.20) $   (.20)  $   (.94) $   (.41)
                              ========= =========  ========= =========
 Net income (loss)
   Basic                      $   (.20) $   (.29)  $   (.94) $    .16
                              ========= =========  ========= =========
   Diluted                    $   (.20) $   (.29)  $   (.94) $    .16
                              ========= =========  ========= =========
 Weighted average common stock
   Basic                         8,650     8,568      8,627     8,565
                              ========= =========  ========= =========
   Diluted                       8,650     8,568      8,627     8,603
                              ========= =========  ========= =========

 Net revenues
  Technology Solutions
   Products                   $ 17,759  $ 16,403   $ 36,185  $ 32,642
   Services                      6,827     8,025     25,816    22,754
                              --------- ---------  --------- ---------
                                24,586    24,428     62,001    55,396
 SkyTel                         22,228               62,322
 Recreational Products          11,842    12,251     36,479    37,407
                              --------- ---------  --------- ---------
                              $ 58,656  $ 36,679   $160,802  $ 92,803
                              ========= =========  ========= =========
 Operating income (loss)
   Technology Solutions       $   (140) $ (1,580)  $ (3,983) $ (2,798)
   SkyTel                         (495)                 218
   Recreational Products           575       479        790     1,695
   Corporate costs              (1,059)   (1,608)    (5,422)   (4,530)
                              --------- ---------  --------- ---------
                                (1,119)   (2,709)    (8,397)   (5,633)
 Gain on sale of assets            (39)              (2,012)
 Interest expense
  (income), net                    672      (166)     1,665      (375)
 Income tax benefit (expense)        8      (843)        40    (1,720)
                              --------- ---------  --------- ---------
 Loss from
  continuing operations       $ (1,760) $ (1,700)  $ (8,090) $ (3,538)
                              ========= =========  ========= =========

                        Bell Industries, Inc.
                Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheet
                           (In thousands)

                                                    Sept. 30, Dec. 31,
                                                      2007      2006

 Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents                       $    254  $  3,637
   Accounts receivable                               26,954    16,835
   Inventories                                        9,661     9,548
   Assets held for sale                              12,526
   Prepaid expenses and other                         6,253     2,761
                                                   --------- ---------
     Total current assets                            55,648    32,781
                                                   --------- ---------

 Fixed assets, net                                   19,373     3,553
 Intangible assets                                    3,097
 Acquisition deposit                                            3,450
 Acquisition related costs                                      1,689
 Other assets                                         2,565     1,641
                                                   --------- ---------
                                                   $ 80,683  $ 43,114
                                                   ========= =========

 Current liabilities:
   Floor plan payables                             $  2,609  $    213
   Revolving credit facility                         11,428
   Accounts payable                                  19,515    12,419
   Deferred revenue                                   6,555
   Accrued payroll and liabilities                   11,845     8,606
                                                   --------- ---------
     Total current liabilities                       51,952    21,238
                                                   --------- ---------

 Convertible note                                     8,760
 Long-term liabilities                                8,218     3,622
 Shareholders' equity                                11,753    18,254
                                                   --------- ---------
                                                   $ 80,683  $ 43,114
                                                   ========= =========
Contacts:  Bell Industries, Inc.
Kevin Thimjon, Chief Financial Officer
  PondelWilkinson Inc.
Roger S. Pondel
Angie H. Yang

Source: YAHOO! Finance

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Raytheon tapped for Navy sub paging tech

Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology

Raytheon Co. has landed a $5.2 million deal with the U.S. Navy.

The multimillion dollar contract calls for the Waltham-based defense contractor to provide the Navy with a tactical paging solution intended to improve submarine communications.

Raytheon's Deep Siren system employs acoustic, expendable buoys that enable long-range communications from a buoy to a submarine. The work is part of an effort to achieve real-time communications between Navy officials on land and inside submarines, according to the company.

Previously this week, Raytheon acquired Salt Lake City-based robotics company Sarcos Inc., and closed a deal to provide sensors to the U.S. Army that could be worth more than $1 billion.

Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide and reported a 2006 profit of $3.7 billion on revenue of $20.3 billion.


Deep Siren holds key to US submarine communications problem

By Tony Skinner
16 November 2007

The US Navy has awarded Raytheon a USD5.2 million development contract to work on technology central to resolving the 'submarine communications at speed and depth' conundrum.

Under the contract, Raytheon will work with UK companies RRK Technologies and Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems to develop the Deep Siren expendable long-range acoustic tactical pager.

Announcing the contract on 13 November, Raytheon said the Deep Siren system had the potential to allow the submarine to fully participate across the spectrum of naval missions rather than having to adhere to previously established communication schedules to make contact with commanders.

"Submarine communication protocols are much the same as they were 60 years ago," said Raytheon Network Centric Systems' Integrated Communications Systems Vice President Jerry Powlen.

Source: Jane's Naval Forces News


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U R SUED: Patent holding company targets 131 companies over SMS patents

By Jacqui Cheng | Published: November 13, 2007 - 03:38PM CT

Sometimes, it seems as if licensing and patent holding companies are holding a secret contest between themselves to see who can pack in the most defendants into a patent lawsuit. Technology Patents LLC may be the new champion for suing 131 companies worldwide—the list goes on and on, naming companies like Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, Telstra, AT&T, Cincinnati Bell, Motorola, Microsoft, Helio, Taiwan Mobile, O2, Rogers Wireless, China Resources Peoples Telephone Company, Yahoo, Sprint, and everyone in between. The company and its founder, Aris Mardirossian, are suing over what he believes to be infringement on two of his patents that address international text messaging.

The two patents in question are 6,646,542 and RE39,870 — the second of which is merely a continuation of the first. They are both titled "Global paging system using packet-switched digital data network and remote country designation" and discuss a method that would allow text messages to be sent from country to country while using the Internet as part of the process. The system requires the sender to specify which country the message is going to first, then sends the message over a packet-switched digital data network (the 'Net) before being broadcast in the destination country in order to reach the recipient. The continuation patent was issued just last month by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

In the complaint, Mardirossian asserts jurisdiction over all 131 companies because they all, in some way or another, enable text messages to be sent or received within his company's home state of Maryland. He accuses the companies of knowingly infringing on the two patents, which make them money by importing, selling, offering for sale, making, or advertising systems that do the same things.

Indeed, many mobile phone companies and Internet-based technologies allow users to send text messages all over the world, which Mardirossian would say infringes on his patents. However, given the Supreme Court's new standards for obviousness in patents, this case may hit a few speed bumps. A technology licensing company named Friskit recently lost a patent infringement suit against Real Networks due to the SCOTUS decision, giving the ruling another leg to stand on.

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The USPTO has been trying to cut down on the use of continuation patents, too, but has run into a few roadblocks of its own. A federal judge stopped the USPTO late last month from limiting how continuation patents—those that mirror the original patent but with modifications—can be used, but the office is determined to soldier on. "The USPTO continues to believe that the rules are an important component of modernizing the patent system. They are part of a package of initiatives designed to improve the quality and efficiency of the patent process," a USPTO spokesperson told InformationWeek in October.

Needless to say, Mardirossian has demonstrated with this suit that he is no ordinary guy. Typically, a company genuinely interested licensing out technology to other companies would sue a few small companies at a time in order to build its portfolio, not the entire world at once. The Patent Troll Tracker blog has also pointed out a number of other legal antics by Mardirossian, including his filing of frivilous defamation lawsuits and having been fined for attempting to donate money to political campaigns under his children's names. He also attempted to get a permit to chop down a number of trees after his neighbor, Washington Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder, did so, but said that his reasoning was to protect his kids from hickory nuts.

Nuts or not (*cough*), Mardirossian believes that he deserves some relief from these 131 companies. Mardirossian and Technology Patents LLC ask for a permanent injunction against the infringing parties, and to have the US-based carriers shut down international SMS capabilities for good. The complaint also asks for unspecified monetary damages. With interest.

Source: ARS

List of defendants


Posted Nov. 11 2007:  Maryland IP Litigation Cases for the Week of Nov. 5 2007

Technology Patents LLC v. Deutsche Telekom AG et al No. 8:2007cv03012 filed Nov. 8 2007

Deutsche Telekom AG T-Mobile International AG & CO. KG
T-Mobile USA Inc. T-Mobile Deutschland GMBH
T-Mobile (UK) LTD. T-Mobile Austria GMBH
T-Mobile Netherlands B.V. T-Mobile Czech Republic A.S.
T-Mobile Slovensko A.S. T-Mobile Hungary Co. LTD.
Vodafone Group PLC Vodafone Limited (a/k/a/ Vodafone UK)
Vodafone D2 GMBH (a//k/a Vodafone Germany) Cellco Partnership (d/b/a/Verizon Wireless)
Vodafone Australia LTD. Vodafone New Zealand
Vodafone Telekomunikasyon A.S. (a/k/a Vodafone Turkey) Vodafone Ireland LTD.
Vodafone Portugal Comunicacoes Pessoais S.A. Vodafone Hungary Mobile Telecommunications LTD.
Vodafone Espana S.A. Vodafone Libertel B.V.
Vodafone Omnitel N.V. Vodafone Czech Republic A.S.
Vodafone-Panafon Hellenic Telecommunications Company S.A. SFR (a/k/a Societe Francaise De Radiotelephone S.A.
Vodafone Essar LTD. France Telecom S.A.
Orange S.A. Orange France S.A.
Orange PLC (a/k/a Orange UK) Orange Communications S.A.
Orange Slovensko A.S. (a/k/a Orange Switzerland) Mobistar N.V.
Vox Mobile S.A. France Telecom Espana S.A. (a/k/a Orange Spain)
Orange Nederland N.V. Telefonica S.A.
Telefonica O2 Europe PLC (a/k/a O2 PLC) O2 (UK) Limited
O2 Communications (Ireland) LTD. O2 (Germany) GMBH & Co. OHG
Telefonica O2 Czech Republic A.S. Telefonica Moviles Espana S.A.U.
Telefonica Moviles Mexico S.A. De C.V. Telefonica Moviles Argentina S.A.
Vivo Participacoes S.A. Vivo S.A.
Telecom Italia S.P.A. Tim Participacoes S.A. (a/k/a Tim Brazil)
Tim Celular S.A. America Movil S.A.B. De C.V.
Radiomovil Dipsa S.A. De C.V. (a/k/a Telcel) BCP S.A. (a/k/a Claro Brazil)
CTI PCS S.A. CTI Compania De Telefonos Del Interior S.A.
Telecom Personal S.A. TNL PCS S.A.
Luxgsm S.A. TDC A/S
TDC Switzerland AG (a/k/a Sunrise) Belgacom Mobile S.A. (a/k/a Proximus)
Swisscom Mobile A.G. Mobilkom Austria AG
One GMBH Bouygues Telecom S.A.
Wind Telecomunicazioni SPA Wind Hellas Telecommunications S.A.
Koninklijke KPN N.V. KPN Mobile N.V.
E-Plus Mobilfunk GMBH & Co. KG Base N.V./S.A.
Telenor Mobile Communications A.S. Telenor Mobil A.S.
Pannon GSM Telecommunications LTD. Sonofon A/S
Total Access Communication PLC Netcom AS
Tango S.A. Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S.
Telia Denmark A/S Hutchison Whampoa Limited
Hutchison 3G Austria GMBH Hutchison 3G UK Limited
H3G S.P.A. (a/k/a 3 Italia) Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited
Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited Bharti Airtel Limited
China Resources Peoples Telephone Company Limited PCCW Limited
Kabushiki Kaisha NTT Docom T Telstra Corporation Limited
CSL New World Mobility Limited Idea Cellular Limited
Chunghwa Telecom Co. LTD. KDDI Corporation
Softbank Mobile Corp. TMN - Telecomunicacoes Moveis Nacionais S.A.
Optimus Telecomunicacoes S.A. Avea Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S.
Smartone Mobile Communications Limited Singapore Telecommunications Limited
Singtel Optus PTY Limited Singapore Telecom Mobile Private Limited
Advanced Info Service PLC True Move Company Limited
Mobileone LTD. Starhub Mobile PTE LTD.
Far Eastone Telecommunications Co. LTD. Taiwan Mobile Co. LTD.
KT Freetel Co. LTD Bell Mobility Inc.
Rogers Wireless Inc. Tele-Mobile Company
M3 Wireless LTD. Bermuda Digital Communcations LTD.
Telecom Mobile Limited AT&T Mobility LLC
Cincinnati Bell Wireless LLC Digicel Group Limited
Microsoft Corporation Yahoo! Inc.
Sprint Nextel Corporation Motorola Inc.
Palm Inc. Samsung Electronics Co. LTD.
Samsung Telecommunications America LLP LG Electronics Mobilecomm U.S.A. Inc.
Helio LLC Clickatell (PTY) LTD.
Upside Wireless Inc.  

Source: Maryland Intellectual Property Law Blog

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

Published by the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP

[Selected portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.]

   Vol. 10, No. 43 November 14, 2007   

Clients Should Implement New CPNI Procedures Amid Uncertainty Over Effective Date Of Rules

As reported in last week’s issue, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is still in the process of approving the new information collection requirements that were adopted by the FCC earlier this year as part of its Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) proceeding. Among the new obligations is a requirement that carriers file with the FCC their annual CPNI compliance certification (by March 1 of the following year), and include in the filing information about any actions taken against data brokers, and any CPNI-related consumer complaints it has received. Last week we recommended that our clients voluntarily bolster their compliance certification for 2007 by including information about data broker actions and consumer CPNI complaints, so that the effective date uncertainty does not become an issue. For this same reason, we recommend that our clients go ahead and implement the added CPNI protection procedures required by the FCC’s revised rules.

It is theoretically possible that OMB may act by the target date of December 7; but even if it does not, the new rules will almost certainly become effective by January 2008.

To this end, clients should implement one or more of the procedural options which the FCC indicates must be utilized to prevent the improper release of CPNI to unauthorized persons: In order to release CPNI upon an apparent customer request, the carrier’s employees must: (a) be furnished the customer’s pre-established password (or correct answers to the pre-established back-up “shared secret” combinations); (b) send the requested information to the customer’s postal or electronic “address of record” (see definition above);” or (c) call the customer back at the customer’s “telephone number of record” (see definition above) with the requested information.

If the company intends to rely on passwords as a method of protecting against improper CPNI disclosures, it should begin acquiring customer CPNI passwords if it has not done so already, in anticipation of the effective date. One method for rural telcos and other small clients to implement a password procedure is to: (1) establish a password for each new customer; (2) prior to the effective date of the new rules, establish a password for every authenticated customer who comes to the office, or calls customer service with a problem or question – for future use after the rules become effective; (3) after the effective date, use the mail or call-back options initially, and invite customers with a question or problem to establish a password for future calls; and (4) periodically put a note on bills inviting customers to establish a password, and telling them how to do so.

As described last week, our clients should also begin keeping track of customer complaints regarding unauthorized access to their CPNI and begin keeping track of the actions, if any, they take against pretexters. Consumer CPNI complaints must be reported by category, such as unauthorized pretexter requests, unauthorized access by carrier employees, and unauthorized online access.

If you have already executed your CPNI certification for 2007, we recommend that you either amend it or re-execute a version addressing the new disclosures, by the end of 2007. Clients that have purchased the BloostonLaw CPNI Compliance Manual can supplement the 2007 certification to achieve compliance with the new reporting requirements by completing and attaching to your certification the documents labeled “Exhibit 2” (Data brokers report) and “Exhibit 3” (customer complaints) in the Manual. Clients interested in purchasing the manual should contact the firm.

For more information or questions, contact Gerry Duffy (202-828-5528) or Mary Sisak (202-828-5554).


MARTIN PROPOSES ALLOWING NEWSPAPER/TV OR RADIO STATION OWNERSHIP IN LARGE MARKETS: In an extremely unusual approach to an FCC proceeding, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has issued a news release proposing a revision to the newspaper/ broadcast cross-ownership rule that the Commission has under consideration. Martin says in his news release that he would allow a newspaper to own one TV station or one radio station “but only in the very largest markets and subject to certain criteria and limitations.” He also said that he would make no changes to the other media ownership rules currently under review. Martin’s proposal would permit cross ownership only in the largest markets; under this approach, the FCC would presume a proposed newspaper/broadcast transaction is in the public interest if it meets the following test: (1) the market is one of the 20 largest Nielsen Designated Market Areas (DMAs); (2) the transaction involves the combination of a major daily and one TV or radio station; (3) if the transaction involves a TV station, at least eight independently owned and operating voices (defined to include major newspapers and full-power commercial TV stations) would remain in the DMA following the transaction; and (4) if the transaction involves a TV station, that station is not among the top four ranked station in the DMA. In a separate news release Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein said that the Chairman can try to characterize his plan as affecting only the “largest markets,” but consider: (1) The top 20 markets account for over 43% of U.S. households. Even on its face, this proposal directly affects over 120 million Americans; (2) The Chairman then creates a loophole that Big Media will drive a truck through, permitting a newspaper-broadcast combination in any market in the country. (3) We have seen how loosely the Commission has granted waivers in the past. If this proposal goes through, the FCC could grant cross-ownership applications in such small towns as Meridian, Mississippi and Bend, Oregon. When big conglomerates can’t get their way in a general rule, they press for loopholes that swallow the rule, and they would succeed with this approach. “The non-top four stations that major newspapers will now be competing for are precisely the stations more likely to be owned by small, independent broadcasters. If we ever got serious about women and minority ownership, these are also the stations most available to them. Chairman Martin’s rule pretty much reserves these outlets for the big guys. So this proposal actually perpetuates the shamefully low levels of minority and female media ownership,” the Commissioners said. “The Martin rules are clearly not ready for prime time. Under the Chairman’s timetable, we count 19 working days for public comment. That is grossly insufficient.” BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

DETROIT FREE PRESS FILES PETITION REGARDING DECEPTIVE INTERNET PRACTICES: In what appears to be an unusual argument, the Detroit Free Press and several consumer groups have filed a petition for declaratory ruling asking the FCC to clarify that an Internet service provider (ISP) violates the Commission’s 2005 Internet Policy Statement when it intentionally degrades a targeted Internet application without informing Internet users, and that this constitutes a deceptive practice. In 2005, the Free Press says, when the FCC adopted an order reclassifying wireline broadband as an information service, it sought to ensure that network providers of Internet services, like phone and cable companies would not violate network neutrality. The FCC unanimously adopted an Internet Policy Statement enumerating certain consumer entitlements—access to all applications, services, and content of the consumer’s choice, as well as competition among providers of networks, applications, services, and content. “A footnote acknowledges that network providers can engage in ‘reasonable network management,’” the Free Press says. In its summary, the Free Press states that Comcast has been “engaging in the paradigmatic network neutrality violation,” and that Comcast has been “intentionally degrading lawful peer-to-peer traffic while repeatedly denying accusations that it was engaging in this practice.” It appears that the Free Press petition asks the FCC to clarify that “secretly degrading an Internet application, while advertising access to the Internet and not prominently notifying consumers, constitutes a deceptive practice.” The petitioners ask the FCC to declare that Internet service providers cannot intentionally degrade any applications, and that such discrimination is not reasonable network management, and that misleading the public about such discrimination is deceptive. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

FCC SETS COMMENT DATES FOR NPRM ON 2155-2175 MHz BAND: The FCC has established a comment cycle for its Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) regarding proposed service rules for the 2155-2175 MHz band, which has been allocated for fixed and mobile services, including Advanced Wireless Services (AWS). This spectrum band has been designated as the AWS-3 band. This rulemaking not only points towards a future auction of more AWS spectrum, but will directly affect our clients holding Broadband Radio Service (BRS, formerly MMDS) and microwave spectrum. In the NPRM, the FCC notes that the 2155-2175 MHz band is currently occupied by over 1,800 active, incumbent Fixed Service (FS) and BRS licenses, which are subject to relocation by AWS entrants. This spectrum consists of a single, unpaired, 20-megahertz block, rather than two, separate paired blocks. Therefore, a symmetrical pairing approach – in which one block is used for base station transmissions and another, equally-sized block is used for mobile handset transmissions – cannot be adopted in the rules for this spectrum. The FCC, as a result, seeks comment on several different technological approaches to use in the 2155-2175 MHz band in light of this characteristic of the spectrum. Comments in this WT Docket No. 07-195 proceeding are due December 14, and replies are due January 14. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Cary Mitchell.

NARUC CONSIDERING DRAFT RESOLUTIONS ON NUMBERING: At its annual convention in Anaheim, California, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) plans to consider two telecommunications resolutions dealing with numbering. The first is titled “Resolution Regarding Revising Guidelines for Number Porting.” When customers change landline or wireless phone service providers, frequently, they can take their phone number with them (e.g., local number portability). The customer’s former service provider has to “port” the phone number to the new provider. Currently, it takes different types of carriers longer to port numbers. This resolution suggests the FCC establish a standard “one business day interval” for simple ports requested by service providers for new customers via an electronic interface. The second resolution is titled “Resolution Concerning Availability of Numbers to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Providers and IP-Enabled Services.” The resolution points out that NARUC remains concerned about the potential impacts upon consumers of inefficient number assignment and use, accelerated area code exhaust, and delayed or incorrect number ports between services providers, and urges the FCC to reinterpret its Part 52 numbering rules to allow interconnected VoIP providers to obtain numbering resources directly from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) and the Pooling Administrator (PA) and to obtain service provider access to the Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC). BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

L.A. MAN AGREES TO PLEAD GUILTY TO INFECTING 250,000 COMPUTERS: Reuters reports that a Los Angeles man has admitted infecting 250,000 computers and stealing the identities of thousands of people by wiretapping their communications and accessing their bank accounts. John Schiefer agreed to plead guilty to fraud and wiretap charges that could lead to a $1.75 million fine and send him to prison for up to 60 years, according to Reuters. Los Angeles prosecutors said Schiefer and an unspecified number of conspirators installed malicious computer codes that acted as a wiretap on compromised computers and intercepted messages to and similar Web sites. He retrieved usernames and passwords and used them to access an unknown number of bank accounts. Prosecutors said they were still investigating how much money was stolen and the number of victims. According to Reuters, Schiefer worked by day as an information security consultant but was a well-known "Botmaster" among the underground network of hackers skilled in so-called "botnet attacks." A bot is a program that surreptitiously installs itself on computer so a hacker can control it. A botnet is a network of such computers that can harness their collective powers to wreak havoc. In another scheme, Reuters said, Schiefer installed malicious codes on computers running Microsoft operating systems, causing them to disgorge usernames and passwords from a secure area that led him to access the victims' bank accounts. He is expected to be arraigned on December 3.


DECEMBER 30: FCC FORM 507, ICLS QUARTERLY LINE COUNT UPDATE: All wireline and wireless eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs), with competitors (CETCs) operating in their study areas, must file quarterly line count updates with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to receive Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). The December 30 report includes lines served as of June 30, 2007. This data is used to calculate an ETC’s per-line universal service support. CETCs are also required to file quarterly line count updates. However, an ETC without competition is not required to file Form 507, but may do so on a voluntary basis. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

JANUARY 1: CARRIERS MUST NOTIFY CUSTOMERS OF “DO NOT CALL” OPTIONS: The FCC requires each common carrier (wireline and wireless) offering local exchange service to inform subscribers of the opportunity to provide notification to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that the subscriber objects to receiving telephone solicitations. The carrier must inform subscribers of (1) their right to give or revoke a notification of their objection to receiving telephone solicitations pursuant to the national “Do Not Call” database; and (2) the methods by which such rights may be exercised. Beginning on January 1, 2004, and annually thereafter, such common carriers shall provide an annual notice, via an insert in the customer’s bill, to inform their subscribers of the opportunity to register or revoke registrations on the national Do Not Call database. BloostonLaw will provide clients with the wording for an appropriate notice upon request. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

FEBRUARY 1: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT: Any wireless or wireline carrier (including paging companies) that have received number blocks--including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks--from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by February 1. Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer’s service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transferring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. New this year is that reporting carriers are required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN). Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending June 30. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP

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The European Mobile Messaging Association

Second Semi-Annual Conference and
Round Table Meeting
October 17-19, 2007
Maryborough Hotel
Cork, Ireland

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To view all the presentations made at this conference click here. This is a very large "pdf" file.

Starting on a new page

A Cork-based company is flying the flag for paging technology and winning, despite fears that mobile phone technology could spell the death knell for this popular means of communication. Linda Daly reports

THE emergence of mobile phone technology had the potential of relegating paging to the scrap heap, but a recent resurgence in the market is showing there is enough room for both technologies.

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THE NEXT GENERATION: (from left) Dan Kiely, managing director, VoxPro; Jacques Couvas, president, EMMA; Derek Banner, chairman, EMMA; and Linda Kiely, director, VoxPro at the organisation’s recent conference, held in the Maryborough Hotel, Douglas, Co Cork and hosted by VoxPro.

Global business is now becoming increasingly focused on increased availability and higher consumer expectations, and, for this reason, many companies are recognising the benefits of using wireless messaging, the term given to paging in the industry. In addition, recent events such as Hurricane Katrina and the London bombings have focused people’s minds on the need to plan for emergencies. In both incidents, mainstream mobile technology systems didn’t operate normally, but paging did.

Dan Kiely, managing director of Cork-based company VoxPro, says there has been a resurgence of growth in the wireless messaging industry over the past 18 months. This comes after five years of a declining market.

“People’s preconception was that paging technology was old and that text could replace it, but this isn’t the case.”

Kiely says many companies are now realising that paging has huge benefits. He uses the example of one multinational that came to VoxPro recently after testing the text option. “ The bottom line was the text message option failed the company’s needs but wireless messaging met their requirements. The firm ended up putting it across all of its offices.”

In fact, a growing number of companies have recognised the merits of using wireless messaging technology. VoxPro lists Google and O2 among its clients.

Wireless messaging has one clear advantage over normal GSM messaging in that it is quicker to transmit. It also has the ability to send one message out that will hit an unlimited amount of devices at the same time.

“First of all, you have guaranteed instant delivery of messages,” says Kiely, speaking of the benefits of the technology. “ The wireless messaging solution is far more reliable as it can often take about two or three hours for a normal message to get through. Therefore, for emergency response and contingency in business it is a far better option. Secondly, it offers a unique group-calling facility, which enables a whole group of people to work with one call.”

Established in 1973 under the name Pageboy Communications, VoxPro was the first company to introduce wireless messaging to the Irish market. Its business has gone from strength to strength since and, despite a decline in the market, it has continued to perform steadily. It now employs 70 people at its state-of-the-art facility in Blackrock, Co Cork. Kiely runs the firm with his wife, Linda.

VoxPro is a very different organisation today to the one that started life as Pageboy and the Kielys have expanded their service offerings accordingly. The company has become a specialist in medical- appointment generation, risk management solutions for lone workers and is now entering the outsourcing market.

“We plan to significantly grow the business process of outsourcing. We’re also working on solutions at the moment that would use this technology from a domestic point of view,” says Kiely.

For companies, VoxPro provides a variety of paging and SMS messaging services. Premium-rate services are provided to companies or individuals on either premium-rate telephone or SMS numbers. This can include providing customers with general information such as weather forecasting, traffic, news or stock-exchange reports. Business can share in the charges paid by the end consumer.

A direct- access paging service allows businesses to access the messaging network directly from a telephone handset or a PC. Email paging provides users with a unique email address linked to their pager number, enabling any email user to send a plain text message directly to the pager. Businesses can be notified, via their pager unit, of any new messages that have arrived in their inbox.

VoxPro also offers a dual paging facility, which sends a message to both the pager unit and mobile phone in real time, providing users with a safe solution.

SMS services offered by VoxPro include having all calls answered by a live operator who can relay the message using either text, page or email. The company also offers: SMS direct access; email SMS; email notification; group SMS; and server monitoring and contingency.

Recently, VoxPro was asked to stage the first-ever Irish conference for the European Mobile Messaging Association (EMMA), which allowed it to play host to various international companies. The event offered the firm a great platform to display its wares and involved some of the most influential names in the wireless messaging industry from around the world.

It examined the need for innovation in the wireless messaging industry. In particular, it focused on the need to educate customers about the benefits of wireless messaging and national paging in comparison to using the congested GSM networks.

“We felt incredibly honoured to be selected as the host to so many leading lights from the wireless messaging industry around the world. Events of this nature provide a great chance for VoxPro to showcase our business globally and demonstrate how Ireland is at the forefront of wireless messaging technology.”

Source: The Irish Sunday Independent Business Section

The future use of the 169 MHz Ex-ERMES Band

High Power Band 169.6125 to 169.8125 MHz

Executive Summary

1.1 Ofcom is seeking comments on its proposals for the use of the high power (-1-) section of the ex-ERMES band 169.4 to 169.8125 MHz, as it considers its approach to managing the spectrum in the 169 MHz band. This follows the decision by the European Commission to repeal Directive 544/EEC of 9 October 1990 (known as the ERMES Directive) on the frequency band 169.4 to 169.8 MHz in order to adopt and mandate a new harmonised spectrum band 169.4 to169.8125 MHz under Decision 2005/928/EC for a number of preferred applications. The band had previously been designated for pan-European land based public radio paging in Europe.

1.2 In the UK and the EU there has been very little use of the ex-ERMES band for designated ERMES paging systems. The demand for paging systems or radio messaging has been superseded in Europe by the use of other technologies such as short messaging systems (SMS) over GSM . The European Commission therefore decided that this band was not being used efficiently and could be better employed for other purposes. The band is currently used for short term assignments by Private Mobile Radio (PMR) and Programme Making and Special Event (PMSE) systems, typically only for a few days duration.

1.3 The new Decision 2005/928/EC divides the ex-ERMES band into low and high power parts. The low power part of the band was addressed in a previous Ofcom consultation in July 2006 entitled, ‘Wireless Telegraphy Licence Exemption’, which set out our proposals for licence exemption of the low power applications detailed in Decision 2005/928/EC. This consultation only details Ofcom’s proposals on the future use of the high power part of the band (169.6125 to 169.8125 MHz).

1.4 The EC Decision 2005/928/EC requires that national regulators make this spectrum available to the market for services such as paging and high power asset tracking systems. As this is a mandatory requirement, the paging and asset tracking market within the UK was consulted informally by Ofcom to determine the future demand for these services in this band. The consensus of opinion was that the major paging and asset tracking operators within the UK had mature networks and therefore had no intention of migrating into the ex-ERMES spectrum. The companies in question were also operating mature networks in other parts of Europe in other frequency bands.

1.5 This confirmed the findings of a previous consultation conducted by the legacy regulator the Radiocommunications Agency in May 2002, which clearly showed that existing UK paging and asset tracking network operators were not interested in taking up assignments in the ex-ERMES band.

1.6 However, in order to comply with the EC Decision 2005/928/EC, Ofcom will make spectrum available in the high power part of the ex ERMES band for operators who want to roll out a national or regional paging or asset tracking service. The licence fees will be in line with the fees applicable to equivalent licences in this frequency band (High Band). The 2005 fees order can be found at:

1.7 In the event that, following this consultation period, no organisations indicated a desire to use the spectrum for the designated services outlined in EC Decision 2005/928/EC, we propose to licence this spectrum for PMR and PMSE systems on a secondary basis for periods of up to a maximum of six months. These licences could be repeatedly extended for further periods of six months. In order to comply with the mandate, these PMR systems would be required to vacate their assignments to accommodate the use of the Directive’s preferred primary applications (paging or asset tracking services) should they require access to the spectrum. The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on this proposal.

1.8 Information obtained from the responses to this consultation, may be used to support any future requests for the EC Decision 2005/928/EC to be amended to allow permanent use in this band on a technology neutral basis.


The full document is available below:

The future use of the 169MHz Ex-ERMES Band [pdf]
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Source: Ofcom


General Secretariat

02 November 2007

Ref: BDTIMD-07/1036 
Contact: Cosmas L Zavazava, Head Least Developed CEOs, ITU Sector
  Countries, Small Island Developing States and Members
  Emergency Telecommunications 
Tel: +41227305447 
Fax: +41227305484 
Subject: Invitation to the Global forum on Effective Use of Telecommunications/ICT for Disaster Management: Saving Lives, Geneva, Switzerland, 10-12 December 2007

Dear Sir/Madam,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the ITU organized Global Forum on Effective Use of Telecommunications/lCT for Disaster Management: Saving Lives scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 10 to 12 December 2007. This Forum will launch a number of key ICT related initiatives aimed at helping countries respond better to disasters that have in recent years tended to occur with high frequency resulting in many deaths, annual economic losses, and massive telecommunication infrastructure disruption and destruction. In 2006, over 22 thousand people were killed by disasters. Annually, economic losses of more than US$65 billion dollars have been experienced worldwide. Owing to the importance of this issue a CEO Round Table has been organized and it will be held on 11 December 2007 to provide industry leaders with an opportunity to explore how the private sector could be more actively involved in helping countries, disaster first responders, and victims of disasters through timely deployment of telecommunications/ICT resources. The CEO Roundtable will also discuss the critical issues of Business Continuity in times of disaster.

The main initiative to be launched at this august assembly is the lTU's Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies (IFCE) which seeks to implement an integrated, technology-neutral, multi-hazard, and easily transportable telecommunications system that can be deployed within the first 48 hours to any country affected by a disaster anywhere in the world. The IFCE is an innovative multi-stakeholder approach that will enable ITU to make emergency telecommunications resources easily accessible to government agencies, rescue workers and other first responders involved in disaster response and relief. The initiative has three clusters: technology cluster, finance cluster, and logistics cluster. The technology cluster brings together all providers of different kinds of technologies that can be used by countries to prepare better for disasters as well as respond to disasters in a timely manner especially in the immediate aftermath of disasters. The finance cluster is aimed at creating a stand-by fund to be used to finance the deployment of telecommunications resources when disasters strike. Finally, the logistics cluster seeks to ensure that arrangements with transport operators, freight companies, international couriers, and other service providers are put in place for the timely and reliable transportation of telecommunications equipment to needy locations.

Some 600-1000 high level participants from Governments, Regulatory Authorities, Private Sector (satellite companies, fixed and mobile telecommunications operators, airlines, etc.), Development Banks, Regional Disaster Management Organizations, United Nations Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations and the Media are expected to attend.

Leaders at both the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) that was held in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan from 18 to 22 January 2005, and at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) recognized the significant role of telecommunications/ICT in mitigating the impact of disasters especially for the least developed countries and the Small Island Developing States which remain the most vulnerable. It is these disasters that have in many respects impeded economic growth and threatened the chances of many countries to attain the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the year 2015.

To facilitate preparations for this results-oriented event, I would be grateful if you could confirm your participation at your earliest convenience. A detailed draft programme of the Global Forum is hereto attached and additional information is available at:

For an initiative of this magnitude, and importance to succeed, it requires full involvement of the private sector and particularly that of the captains of the telecommunications industry. I therefore look forward to meeting with you and join our efforts in trying to save lives.

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré


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Public Emergency Notification & Volunteer Alerting

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.

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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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From: Ira Wiesenfeld
Subject: Article in MRT by Ira
Date: November 10, 2007 9:17:26 AM CST
To: Brad Dye


I hope that all is well your way.

Here is an article that I wrote for MRT that is in this month's issue. I thought you might want to look at this: left arrow

I look forward to every Friday to get my newsletter from you. Keep up the good work.


From: Vic Jackson
Subject: New Subscriber
Date: November 9, 2007 3:28:51 PM CST
To: Brad Dye


I have tried to keep my mouth shut about the foul tempered fruitcake that bad mouthed you a couple of weeks ago on the assumption the anonymous comments deserved to be summarily deposited in the trash. Personally, I would have not given the jerk any press whatsoever. You are a much more forgiving person than most of us! In any case, I hope you realize you and your newsletter have become an institution and inspiration for the paging industry! Keep up the good work and ignore the critics.

"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain — and most fools do." (Dale Carnegie).

In line with your request in the Nov. 9 Newsletter, please add:

Larry Schafer
President of SMR Systems, and Mr.Radioman's Surplus
Angleton, TX 77515


to your mail list. Larry has operated paging systems in Texas since the 1980s.

FYI, I told Larry I would request he be added to the Newsletter mail list.


Vic Jackson
Interconnection Services, Inc.
2377 Seminole Dr.
Okemos MI 48864
OFC: 517 381 0744
FAX: 805 980 5887


From: Gary Blair
Subject: Re: Wireless Messaging Newsletter for Gary Blair
Date: November 9, 2007 1:39:45 PM CST
To: Brad Dye

Hi Brad,
Thanks for this week's newsletter. Can you additionally add a new colleague to your week newsletter forward.

His name is Gary Lalonde. His position is Director of Sales and his email address is

Thanks in advance and best regards,


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Metro-Montreal Communications Inc./Communications Métro-Montréal Inc.
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That's all for this week folks. Please get one friend or co-worker to sign up for the newsletter..

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