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Friday — May 22, 2020 — Issue No. 909

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Keep your distance. Wear a Mask. Be safe.

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A new issue of the Wireless Messaging Newsletter is posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the web. That way it doesn’t fill up your incoming e-mail account.

There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world’s major Paging and Wireless Messaging companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers — so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It’s all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology.

I regularly get readers’ comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Messaging communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

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Advertiser Index

Easy Solutions  (Vaughan Bowden)
IWA Technical Services, Inc.  (Ira Wiesenfeld)
Leavitt Communications  (Phil Leavitt)
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Prism-IPX Systems  (Jim Nelson & John Bishop)
Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC  (Ron Mercer)
Wex International Limited

Service Monitors and Frequency Standards for Sale

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(Images are typical units, not actual photos of items offered for sale here.)

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4 Motorola R 2400 and 2410A  
5 Motorola R 2600 and R 2660 late S/Ns  
4 Motorola R 1200  
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Of course there are more “Hi-Fi” ways to listen to audio on your smartphone but who would want to plug an elegant smartphone into some cheap, plastic gadget? Or even use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, which are a pain in the neck to set up, even on a smartphone.

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Allan Angus

The two large horns — the trombone and the gramophone — are difficult to pack and ship to they are for local pickup only. The remainder can be sent to you. I have the cowboy horn and the rest are in stock at the Colorado coffee shop.

Please call for pricing and availability or stop in for a demo and a great cup of espresso.

P.S. Allan, Virginia and I worked together at WebLink Wireless in Dallas.

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BLEEPING HELL Social distancing beeper will BLEEP if you’re closer than two metres to someone else

Charlotte Edwards, Digital Technology and Science Reporter
20 May 2020, 11:01 Updated: 20 May 2020, 12:47

A SOCIAL distancing gadget that beeps whenever you're not keeping two metres from someone could help people return to work.

The beeper has been invented by Pathfindr and aims to helps companies keep their workers safe

The beepers being worn in an office in a Sky News report Credit: Sky News

In the UK and the US, two metres apart is the recommended distance to stand in order to try and not spread Covid-19.

Pathfindr, based in Norfolk in the UK, usually provides Internet-based technical solutions for companies.

However, since the coronavirus pandemic broke out the company has received thousands of concerns about keeping workers safe in the office.

This is why Pathfindr has now entirely switched its production to focus on beepers.

You can wear it round your neck, in your pocket or on your belt Credit: pathfindr

The device beeps if you stand too close to someone Credit: pathfindr

The company's chief technical officer, Ben Sturgess, told Sky News: "It's very simple to use. You wear it round your neck, on a belt or in your pocket, and it pings out a signal constantly at a rate of about two per second.

"If there are any other devices nearby, it sends the message back, calculating how far that other person is away, and if you're within two metres it emits an audible beep."

The company tried to harness Bluetooth technology at first but realised this was bouncing off objects and being blocked by people's bodies.

Two metres is the recommended distance to stand away from someone to try and
stop the spread of Coronavirus
Credit: pathfindr

Sturgess added: "We are using technology called ultra wideband which is a much higher frequency.

"The device measures how long a radio wave takes to travel at the speed of light from one device to another and back again."

The devices send constant signals to each other that are measuring distance
Credit: pathfindr

Pathfindr managed to create a useable device in less than four weeks.

Hundreds of units per week are already being sold but international demand is surging.

The company is expecting many thousands of orders per week by next month.

Companies enquiring about the device are said to include pharmaceutical companies in Europe and a martial arts clubs in New York.

Pathfindr managing director, Matt Isherwood, told Sky News that the beepers could be useful for the hospitality industry.

The devices are already being used by Saxon Air in the UK Credit: Sky News

He said: "Any customers would wear them whilst in the building to keep socially distant from other customers and staff, and then hand them back at the end of their visit to be sterilised and used again."

Saxon Air, a British-based private charter airline company, is currently using the beepers.

The beeper gadget could help people return to work in a safe environment Credit: pathfindr

Luke Frost, Saxon's safety manager, told Sky News: "Social distancing is so abnormal for all of us, and yet overnight there's an expectation we maintain that distance.

"So we've been using the device to help remind everyone in our workspace to keep that two metre distance."

Construction workers are already being issued with similar wristband technology.

The bands buzz when they get within two metres of a colleague, as bosses try to enforce social distancing on building sites.

Civil engineering firm Keltbray is one of the first to trial the new system.

In other news, the BBC is launching a new experimental tool that lets you watch TV with loved ones that aren't in your household.

Google’s free Zoom rival lets you call 100 people with no time limit.

And, coronavirus could soon be detected ‘within a minute’ by coughing onto your smartphone.

Source: The Sun (UK)  


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Technical Specifications of Receiver Decoder Board

Frequency Range
Channel Spacing
Signal Format
Data Transmission Rate
Modulation System
Frequency Deviation
Receiving Sensitivity
Spurious Rejection
Image Rejection
Frequency Stability

928-932 MHz band
1600bps, 3200bps or 6400bps
carrier frequency shift keying (NRZ)
1600bps 8µV/m, 3200bps 10µV/m, 6400bps 12µV/m
50 dB
more than 50 dB
40dB (928-932 MHz)
±3PPM (928-932 MHz)



  Technical Specifications of the POCSAG Decoder Board

Frequency Range
Channel Spacing
Signal Format
Data Transmission Rate
Modulation System
Frequency Deviation
Receiving Sensitivity
Image Rejection
Spurious Rejection
Frequency Stability
Operating Current
Operating Voltage
Operating Temperature and Humidity
RF Input
Data Output
Storing Temperature and Humidity
RS232 Format
Baud Rate
Data Bit
Stop Bit
Check Bit

137-174MHz, 417-472MHz, 928-932MHz
512bps, 1200bps or 2400bps
carrier frequency shift keying (NRZ)
-122dBm (Min)
60dB ±25KHz
-10 ℃ to 40℃ , 95% (at 40℃ )
50 OHM (SMA)
-30℃ to 70℃ , 95% (at 40℃ )

1200 BPS
8 bit
1 bit



  Technical Specifications of the 900 MHz FLEX Decoder Board

Frequency Range
Channel Spacing
Signal Format

Data Transmission Rate
Modulation System
Frequency Deviation
Receiving Sensitivity

Spurious Rejection
Image Rejection
Frequency Stability
Tone Alert Output
Operating Voltage
Operating Temperature and Humidity
Storing Temperature and Humidity

928-932MHz band
25KHz and 20KHz
compatible with Motorola-FLEX Paging protocol, G.1.8 version
1600bps or 3200bps or 6400bps
carrier frequency shift keying (NRZ)
1600bps 8µV/m, 3200bps 10µV/m, 6400bps 12µV/m
40dB (928-932MHz)
more than 50dB
35dB (928-932MHz)
±2.5ppm (928-932MHz)
1.5V and 3.0V
-20℃ to 60℃, 95% (at 40℃)
-30℃ to 70℃, 95% (at 40℃)


Paging Transmitters 150/900 MHz

The RFI High Performance Paging Transmitter is designed for use in campus, city, state and country-wide paging systems. Designed for use where reliable simulcast systems where RF signal overlap coverage is critical.

  • Commercial Paging systems.
  • Healthcare Paging systems.
  • Public Safety Emergency Services Paging systems.
  • Demand Response Energy Grid Management.

Built-in custom interface for Prism-IPX ipBSC Base Controller for remote control, management and alarm reporting.

  • Use as a stand-alone unit or in wide area network.
  • Mix with other transmitter brands in an existing paging network.
  • Adjustable from 20-250 watts.
  • 110/240 VAC or 48VDC.
  • Absolute Delay Correction.
  • Remote Diagnostics.
  • Configurable alarm thresholds.
  • Integrated Isolator.
  • Superb Reliability.
  • Improved amplifier efficiency.
  • Most reliable high-powered paging transmitter available.

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

11175 Cicero Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30022
Ph: 678-242-5290 Email:


“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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  • Click here for German. (Berlin Revision: November 8, 2016)
  • Click here for French.

Here is an English PDF edit of this paper formatted with page breaks and suitable for printing.

Volunteers needed for translations into other languages.

Board of Advisors

The Wireless Messaging News
Board of Advisors

Frank McNeill
Founder & CEO
Communications Specialists
Jim Nelson
President & CEO
Prism Systems International
Kevin D. McFarland, MSCIS
Sr. Application Systems Analyst
Medical Center
Paul Lauttamus, President
Lauttamus Communications & Security
R.H. (Ron) Mercer
Wireless Consultant
Barry Kanne
Paging Industry Veteran
Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E.
Consulting Engineer
Allan Angus
Consulting Engineer

The Board of Advisor members are people with whom I have developed a special rapport, and have met personally. They are not obligated to support the newsletter in any way, except with advice, and maybe an occasional letter to the editor.


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Easy Solutions

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Providing Expert Support and Service Contracts for all Glenayre Paging Systems.

The GL3000 is the most prolific paging system in the world and Easy Solutions gladly welcomes you to join us in providing reliable support to the paging industry for many more decades in the future.

Easy Solutions provides cost effective computer and wireless solutions at affordable prices. We can help in most any situation with your communications systems. We have many years of experience and a vast network of resources to support the industry, your system and an ever changing completive landscape.

  • We treat our customers like family. We don’t just fix problems . . . We recommend and implement better cost-effective solutions.
  • We are not just another vendor . . . We are a part of your team. All the advantages of high priced full-time employment without the cost.
  • We are not in the Technical Services business . . . We are in the Customer Satisfaction business.

Experts in Paging Infrastructure

  • Glenayre, Motorola, Unipage, etc.
  • Excellent Service Contracts
  • Full Service—Beyond Factory Support
  • Making systems More Reliable and MORE PROFITABLE for over 30 years.

Please see our web site for exciting solutions designed specifically for the Wireless Industry. We also maintain a diagnostic lab and provide important repair and replacement parts services for Motorola and Glenayre equipment. Call or  e-mail  us for more information.

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Vaughan Bowden
Telephone: 972-898-1119
Telephone: 214 785-8255


I would like to recommend Easy Solutions for Support of all Glenayre Paging Equipment. This Texas company is owned and operated by Vaughan Bowden. I have known Vaughan for over 35 years. Without going into a long list of his experience and qualifications, let me just say that he was the V.P. of Engineering at PageNet which was—at that time—the largest paging company in the world. So Vaughan knows Paging.

GTES is no longer offering support contracts. GTES was the original group from Vancouver that was setup to offer support to customers that wanted to continue with the legacy Glenayre support. Many U.S. customers chose not to use this service because of the price and the original requirement to upgrade to version 8.0 software (which required expensive hardware upgrades, etc.). Most contracts ended as of February 2018.

If you are at all concerned about future support of Glenayre products, especially the “king of the hill” the GL3000 paging control terminal, I encourage you to talk to Vaughan about a service contract and please tell him about my recommendation.

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Internet Protocol Terminal

The IPT accepts Internet or serial messaging using various protocols and can easily convert them to different protocols, or send them out as paging messages.

An ideal platform for hospitals, on-site paging applications, or converting legacy systems to modern protocols.

Input Protocols: Serial and IP
Output Protocols: Serial and IP
FLEX (optional PURC control)   POCSAG (optional PURC control)

Additional/Optional Features

  • Database of up to 5000 subscribers.
  • 4 serial ports on board.
  • Up to 8 phone lines (DID or POTS).
  • Can be configured for auto-fail-over to hot swap standby.
  • 1RU rack mount unit appliance—no moving parts.
  • Easily secure legacy system messages leaving site for HIPAA compliance.
  • Only purchase the protocols/options you need.
  • Add Paging Encryption for HIPAA compliance on site.

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

11175 Cicero Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30022
Ph: 678-242-5290 e-mail:

EWA Elects New Board Members

For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea Cumpston, Communications Director
Phone: 703-797-5111

May 19, 2020 (Herndon, VA) – The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) is pleased to announce the election of new members to its Board of Directors, which occurred during the first day of its Spring meeting on May 19. Newly elected EWA Directors are:

  • James Goldstein, Senior Counsel-Spectrum, T-Mobile, Washington, D.C.
  • Ziad Habayeb, RF Engineer, Chevron, Houston, Texas.
  • Charles Packard, Senior Manager, Dallas-Fort Worth Int’l Airport, DFW Airport, Texas.
  • Mike Smith, Senior Vice President, Bearcom Wireless Worldwide, Garland, Texas.

On the election, EWA President Mark Crosby made the following statement:

“The Enterprise Wireless Alliance becomes an even greater advocate for the private land mobile industry through the guidance and participation of distinguished leaders like those elected today. They join a group of executives whose business and professional knowledge propels EWA’s industry leadership.”

About the Enterprise Wireless Alliance

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance is an FCC-certified frequency advisory committee and leading advocate for business enterprises that rely on wireless communications systems. EWA has 65 years of experience in meeting the needs of business enterprises that rely on wireless communications systems. EWA provides its members and clients with consulting services, frequency coordination, license preparation, spectrum management and associated services. Membership in EWA is open to users of wireless communications systems, vendors, system operators and service organizations. EWA is the developer of Cevo®, a powerful online frequency coordination solution, which simplifies the FCC license application process and allows users to select their own frequencies and is the creator of Cevo Go™ a mobile app that delivers certified frequencies in hours, not days. More information about membership and services is available at

Source: The Enterprise Wireless Alliance  

Paging Data Receiver PDR-4

The PDR-4 is a multi-function paging data receiver that decodes paging messages and outputs them via the serial port, USB or Ethernet connectors.

Designed for use with Prism-IPX ECHO software Message Logging Software to receive messages and log the information for proof of transmission over the air, and if the data was error free.

  • Option—decode capcode list or all messages.
  • Large capcode capacity.
  • Serial, USB and Ethernet output.
  • POCSAG or FLEX page decoding, special SA protocols.
  • Receivers for paging bands in VHF, UHF, 900 MHz.
  • Message activated Alarm Output.
  • 8 programmable relay outputs.
  • Send notifications of a system problem.
  • Synthesized Receiver Tuning.
  • Selectivity better than 60 dB.
  • Frequencies 148-174, 450-470, 929-932 MHz.
  • Image Rejection better than 55 dB.
  • Spurious Rejection better than 55 dB.
  • Channel Spacing 12.5 or 25 kHz.
  • Power 5VDC.
  • Receiving Sensitivity 5µV at 1200 bps.

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

11175 Cicero Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30022
Ph: 678-242-5290 e-mail:

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Everything You Need to Know About Slow Internet Speeds

Our crummy connections are the biggest tech headache in the pandemic. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what to do about them.

Glenn Harvey

By Brian X. Chen
May 20, 2020

Restricted to our homes for months now, many of us have been putting up with a persistent annoyance: a lousy Internet connection.

When we are working, a video call with colleagues becomes pixelated, with delayed audio. When we are relaxing, movies and video games take ages to download. In the worst cases, the connection drops altogether.

As people have hunkered down to contain the spread of the coronavirus, average Internet speeds all over the world have slowed. Some broadband providers are feeling crushed by the heavy traffic. And dated Internet equipment can create a bottleneck for our speeds.

Even the most tech savvy are affected. Keerti Melkote, the founder of Aruba Networks, a division of Hewlett Packard Enterprise that offers Wi-Fi products for businesses, said that in recent weeks, his DSL service from AT&T had dropped periodically. He waited several days for a technician to arrive and is now contemplating subscribing to Comcast for a second Internet connection.

“I had three or four days of calls, and I had to go find a particular spot in my house where I had better coverage,” Mr. Melkote said.

At the beginning of the pandemic, my Internet also became unbearably slow and suffered several outages. So I asked experts to explain what’s causing our Internet problems — and the different remedies.

First, diagnose the problem.

What’s causing your slow speeds — your Internet provider or your equipment at home? Here’s a method to figuring that out.

  • Download an Internet speed test app on your phone, like Speedtest by Ookla (free for iPhones and Android phones).
  • Stand near your router and use the app to run a speed test.
  • Move to a room farther away from the router and run the speed test again.
  • Compare the results.

Less than 15 megabits a second is pretty slow. Speeds of about 25 megabits a second are sufficient for streaming high-definition video; more than 40 megabits a second is ideal for streaming lots of video and playing video games.

If it’s your router, here’s what to do.

If you have pinpointed that the problem is your router, the bad news is that you may have to buy new equipment. The good news is that there are many approaches to improving your Wi-Fi connection.

Start by asking yourself these questions:

  • How old is my router? If it’s more than five years old, you should definitely replace it. In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission removed restrictions that had limited the wireless transmission power of Wi-Fi routers, allowing new routers to be 20 times more powerful than they were before. Upgrading to a newer router will probably be one of your most life-changing tech purchases.
  • Where is my router placed? Ideally, your router should be in a central location in your home so that the signal covers as many rooms as possible. In addition, your router should be out in the open, like on top of a shelf, not hidden inside cabinets or under a desk, to beam a clear signal. You should also avoid placing the router near objects and materials that cause interference, like large fish tanks and metal.
  • How big is my home? If you have a home with multiple stories and lots of rooms, and your Wi-Fi is weak in some areas, the best solution is to buy a so-called mesh network system. It’s a system of multiple Wi-Fi access points, including a main router and satellite hubs, that lets you connect multiple wireless access points together to blanket your home with a strong Internet connection.

    My favorite mesh systems are Google Wifi and Amazon’s Eero, which start at $99 for a single router and can be bundled with additional access points. In general, I recommend mesh systems even for smaller homes, because they are fast and very easy to install.
  • Are my other devices slowing down my connection? Gadgets with slower Internet technology can slow down speeds for all your other devices.

    For example, the iPhone 5 from 2012 uses an older-generation Wi-Fi standard. Newer iPhones, from 2014 and later, use a faster wireless standard.

    Let’s say you own a new iPhone and your teenager owns the iPhone 5. If your teenager begins downloading a video on the iPhone 5 and then you start downloading something on your iPhone, the older phone will take longer to finish before the signal frees up for your phone to download at maximum speed.

    As a remedy, many modern Wi-Fi routers offer settings that can give specific devices a priority for faster speeds. Consult your router’s instruction manual for the steps. In this hypothetical example, you would want to give your new iPhone top priority and move your teenager’s old iPhone to the bottom.
  • Are my neighbors slowing down my connection? In apartment buildings crowded with gadgets, the devices’ signals are fighting for room on the same radio channels. You can see what radio channels your neighbors’ devices are using with scanning apps like WiFi Analyzer. Then consult your router’s instruction manual for steps on picking a clearer radio channel.

    This step is tedious, and many modern routers automatically choose the clearest radio channel for you. In general, replacing an outdated router is the most practical solution.

If it’s your service provider, there’s not much to do.

If you have determined that your Internet provider’s service is the root of the issue, your only option is to call your Internet service provider and ask for help.

When you call, ask a support agent these questions:

  • Why are my speeds slow? Occasionally a support agent can analyze your Internet performance and make changes to speed up your connection. This rarely happens, and more often a technician will need to pay a visit.
  • Does my modem need to be replaced? The modem, which is the box that connects your home to the Internet provider’s service, also can become outdated and occasionally needs to be replaced. If the support agent confirms the modem is old, you can schedule an appointment for a technician to install a new one.

    Or you can buy your own modem and call the Internet provider to activate it. Wirecutter, our sister publication that tests products, recommends modems from Motorola and Netgear, which cost about $80 to $90.
  • Can I buy faster speeds? Your provider may offer packages with more bandwidth meant for higher-quality video streaming and faster downloads. Ask about your options.

As a last resort, you can turn to backups. Many modern phones come with a hot spot feature, which turns the device’s cellular connection into a miniature Wi-Fi network. (Apple and Google list steps on their websites on how to use the hot spot feature on iPhones and Androids.)

Whatever you do, be patient. In these trying times, everything takes longer.

As for me, I confirmed my slow speeds were related to my Internet provider, Monkeybrains. I called to report the issue, and after more than a month, a technician replaced the antenna on our roof. Now my speeds are even faster than before the pandemic, so it was well worth the wait.

Source: The New York Times  

Consulting Alliance

Brad Dye, Ron Mercer, Allan Angus, Vic Jackson, and Ira Wiesenfeld are friends and colleagues who work both together and independently, on wireline and wireless communications projects.

Click here left arrow for a summary of their qualifications and experience. Each one has unique abilities. We would be happy to help you with a project, and maybe save you some time and money.

Note: We do not like Patent Trolls, i.e. “a person or company who enforces patent rights against accused infringers in an attempt to collect licensing fees, but does not manufacture products or supply services based upon the patents in question.” We have helped some prominent law firms defend their clients against this annoyance, and would be happy to do some more of this same kind of work.

Some people use the title “consultant” when they don't have a real job. We actually do consulting work, and help others based on our many years of experience.

“If you would know the road ahead, ask someone who has traveled it.”
— Chinese Proverb

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Remote AB Switches

ABX-1 switches are often used at remote transmitter sites to convert from old, outdated and unsupported controllers to the new modern Prism-IPX ipBSC base station controllers. Remotely switch to new controllers with GUI commands.


ABX-3 switches are widely used for enabling or disabling remote equipment and switching I/O connections between redundant messaging systems.


Common Features:

  • RJ45 for A, B and Common connectors.
  • Manual push button or use Prism IP commands to switch one or more relays.
  • Single or Dual Port Control card for IP or Serial connection.
  • Form C relay—control local connection.
  • Power Loss Indicator.
  • Rear Panel Connector for controlling the switch externally.
  • Power Source: 5VDC for ABX-1; 12VDC for ABX-3.

Prism-IPX Systems LLC.

11175 Cicero Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30022
Ph: 678-242-5290 e-mail:

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Friday, May 22, 2020 Volume 8 | Issue 100

Adapting Mobile Devices to Private LTE/CBRS Networks

The potential for many new dedicated secure and private LTE/CBRS networks is on the rise. An important question is: how will commercially available mobile devices connect on these networks?

Three elements are needed for a private LTE network:

  • Access to 3GPP LTE compatible spectrum, either owned or leased,
  • Dedicated infrastructure, radio access network (RAN), evolved packet core (EPC) equipment, either owned or leased, and
  • Private Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards with a Private Network Profile, encryption, and Network ID.

The global inventory of LTE spectrum is becoming more and more accessible. Not too long ago, there were about 30 LTE bands; today, there are over 70 bands. In the U.S., the newly created Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz range delivers outstanding possibilities, value, and ecosystem (see Strategies for Securing CBRS 3.5 GHz Spectrum). At the same time, many Enterprise and industrial organizations already own LTE spectrum, or they can arrange to subordinate (lease) spectrum that is not in use from public wireless service providers.

RAN equipment (radios, antennas, cables, power) is available from many large and small radio manufacturers alike. A fit-for-purpose dedicated EPC is critical for an LTE network to be Private. Per the 3GPP standard, the EPC is the intelligence of the LTE network, managing connections, services, QoS, and all the network traffic routing.

Keep in mind that most private LTE networks will be supporting hundreds to tens of thousands of devices versus the millions of subscribers on a public cellular network. Hence, a private LTE EPC does not need to be as broad and complex.

Consequently, private LTE network RAN and EPC can be scaled down from an expensive, extensive multi-rack configuration designed for large public networks, like those supplied by multinational carrier equipment vendors.

“The comprehensive end-to-end industrial-grade private LTE RAN, SIM Profile, EPC and even private push-to-talk application needed for a private network, can be affordable secure, dedicated, and hosted on a single small server, or even on a private or public cloud service,” said Louis Lambert, Redline Communications’ SVP Marketing & Business Development at a recent Entelec Conference.

The larger question relates to what fixed and mobile devices can be used on a private LTE/CBRS network. Many of the newer smartphones, tablets, and sensors used on public cellular communications are already capable of connecting to a private, dedicated CBRS LTE network.

Device support in the CBRS band comes with programming the SIM card incorporated into every cellular phone. The SIM stores the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) number for each public cellular carrier and its corresponding authentication code. These data allows users to connect to the public cellular network to which they subscribe but does not allow unauthorized user access.

In earlier cell phone versions, the SIM card, which is smaller than a postage stamp, would be programmed by the cellular carrier for use on its network then inserted into a slot on the side of the phone. Once programmed, the same SIM technically could be swapped between more than one phone to work in the same network.

Single SIM cell phones can be set for use in a private LTE/CBRS network, but the programming is hosted by the public carrier. As a result, users may incur roaming charges when they move off the public network and into the specified private network coverage area.

Today’s newer devices not only support the CBRS band on the radio side but most of the new user equipment (UE) also offers two SIM cards. The SIM cards can be either embedded SIM (eSIM) integrated into the phone as well as a removable SIM.

This dual SIM arrangement allows a mobile device to be recognized and operated both in a private LTE/CBRS network as well as on a public cellular carrier when the user moves outside the private LTE/CBRS network coverage area.

This way, the private/public network identification, and authentication codes are kept separate with no roaming requirements. Enterprise or Industrial users can now build a Private LTE/CBRS network established in one or more sites with the same network ID.

Dual-SIM operation allows users to move seamlessly between public and private networks just as we do today when we step in and out of WiFi hotspots.

In the U.S., there are already over three dozen makes and models of dual SIM smartphones, mobile routers, fixed remotes, and sensors that are CBRS-ready with two SIM cards.

By John Celentano, Inside Towers Business Editor Reader Interactions

Source: Inside Towers newsletter Courtesy of the editor of Inside Towers Jim Fryer.
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Selected portions [sometimes more — sometimes less — sometimes the whole updates] of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update and/or the BloostonLaw Private Users Update — newsletters from the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP — are reproduced in this section of The Wireless Messaging News with kind permission from the firm's partners. The firm's contact information is included at the end of this section of the newsletter.

  BloostonLaw Telecom Update Vol. 23, No. 21 May 20, 2020  

FCC Corrects Population Count for Certain Auction 105 Licenses

On May 18, the FCC issued a Public Notice correcting “anomalies” in the population figures for certain license areas. Specifically, the population has been changed in the updated file for all 91 license areas in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as for three areas in Alaska and one area in Virginia. According to the Public Notice, in all but a few of those cases (where the change in population was relatively small), the bidding units, upfront payment amounts, and minimum opening bid amounts have changed accordingly. The revised numbers are higher for some areas and lower for others. The updated file is available on the Auction 105 website at at the “Updated (May 18, 2020)” link under the “Attachment A Files” heading.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Sal Taillefer.


FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting

On May 19, the FCC issued a Press Release announcing that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the June Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020:

  • Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Final Auction Procedures: a Public Notice that would establish procedures for the Phase I auction) of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (Auction 904), awarding up to $16 billion in support over 10 years for deployment of broadband services in unserved areas. (AU Docket No. 20-34, WC Docket Nos. 19-126, 10-90)
  • Modernizing and Expanding Access to the 70/80/90 GHz Bands: a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order that would explore innovative new uses of the 71–76 GHz, 81–86 GHz, 92–94 GHz, and 94.1–95 GHz bands, including potential rule changes to allow for the provision of wireless backhaul for 5G and the deployment of broadband services to aircraft and ships. (WT Docket Nos. 20-133, 10-153, 15-244; RM-11824, RM-11825)
  • State/Local Approval of Wireless Equipment Modifications: a Declaratory Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would clarify, and seek comment on changes to, the Commission’s rules implementing section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act of 2012 in order to accelerate the deployment of communications infrastructure by facilitating the upgrade of existing sites for 5G networks. (WT Docket No. 19-250; RM-11849)
  • Promoting Broadcast Internet Innovation through ATSC 3.0: a Declaratory Ruling that would remove regulatory uncertainty concerning use of Broadcast Internet services provided by broadcast TV licensees as an ancillary and supplementary service, and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on modifying and clarifying existing rules to promote the deployment of Broadcast Internet services as part of the transition to ATSC 3.0. (MB Docket No. 20-145).

The links in each of the descriptions above lead to draft versions of the document to be considered and a one-page summary prepared by FCC staff. It is important to note that the final item actually considered at the Open Meeting may differ from the draft.

The Open Meeting will be webcast live at

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

FCC To Consider RDOF Procedures Order at June Open Meeting

At its June 9, 2020 Open Meeting, the FCC will be considering a Public Notice establishing procedures for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), which will allocate up to $20.4 billion through a two-phase competitive auction. According to the draft Public Notice, the auction would commence on October 29, 2020; the short-form filing window would open on July 1, 2020, and the short-form application deadline would be July 15, 2020.

The Public Notice also adopts census block groups as the minimum geographic area in which areas eligible for support can be grouped for bidding in the auction; pre-auction short-form application procedures; post-auction long-form application procedures; and a simplified multi-round, descending clock auction format where bidders will indicate in each round whether they will bid to provide service to an area at a given performance tier and latency. The auction will end after the aggregate support amount of all bids is less than or equal to the total budget and there is no longer competition for support in any area.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Sal Taillefer.

FCC Adopts 900 MHz Band Transition Order

On May 13, the FCC adopted a Report and Order realigning the 900 MHz band to make available six of the band’s ten megahertz for the deployment of broadband services and technologies on a county-by-county basis. To accomplish this transition, the FCC has chosen to primarily rely on a negotiation-based mechanism that uses private agreements between interested parties with knowledge of the existing spectral and operational environment.

The Report and Order creates a regulatory framework for 900 MHz broadband licensing by establishing procedures for obtaining a broadband license and by adopting operational and technical rules to minimize harmful interference to narrowband operations. To further facilitate 900 MHz broadband opportunities while maintaining narrowband operations, the FCC also issued an Order of Proposed Modification regarding the 900 MHz nationwide ribbon license held by the Association of American Railroads. Finally, the FCC announced that it is partially lifting of the 900 MHz application freeze to allow applications for relocation under certain conditions.

The 900 MHz band is currently designated for narrowband land mobile radio communications and primarily used by land transportation, utility, manufacturing, and petrochemical companies.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Richard Rubino and John Prendergast.

Chairman Pai Circulates T-Band Auction NPRM; Reiterates Call for Repeal of Auction Mandate

On May 15, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reiterated his call for Congressional repeal of the T-band auction mandate, a requirement of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (the Spectrum Act), while simultaneously announcing he has circulated to his fellow Commissioners a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which would take the next statutorily required step to implement this mandate.

The Chairman issued the following statement:

“An FCC auction of the T-band is a bad idea. But as of today, the law mandates that we do it. It’s unfortunate that Commission resources must be dedicated to laying the groundwork for an auction that will likely fail. This is especially true at a time when we are making every effort to keep Americans safe and connected, including allowing expanded temporary use of this very spectrum to help first responders save lives.

“Fortunately, there is bipartisan legislation in Congress to repeal this mandate, including bills that couple repeal with 911 fee diversion reform as reported out by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the U.S. Senate and the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the U.S. House of Representatives. I hope legislation passes soon so first responders who rely on this spectrum no longer need to worry about a potential loss of or significant disruption to their mission-critical radio systems. I remain committed to helping Congress in any way I can to ensure that such harms to public safety operations do not come to pass.”

By way of background, Congress passed the Spectrum Act requiring the FCC to reallocate T-band spectrum used by public safety licensees and “begin a system of competitive bidding” for reallocated spectrum by 2021 (the T-band mandate). The FCC reported to Congress that, based on its record on the T-band, an auction is unlikely to yield sufficient revenue to cover the costs to move public safety users out of the band. Because the auction is mandated by law, the FCC has nevertheless circulated an NPRM that would, if adopted, take the next steps to begin a system of competitive bidding for the T-band if Congress fails to repeal the T-band mandate.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Sal Taillefer.

FCC Seeks Comment on Executive Branch Review Process

On May 19, the FCC published in the Federal Register a Request for Comments seeking to refresh the record in its proceeding to improve the timeliness and transparency of the process involving referral of certain applications with reportable foreign ownership to Executive Branch agencies. Specifically, the FCC seeks comment on the effect of the Executive Order 13913 on the Commission’s proposed rules and procedures in the existing proceeding. Comments are due June 18, 2020, and reply comments are due July 2, 2020.

The Executive Order establishes the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector, and sets out procedures and time-frames for the Committee’s review of applications referred by the Commission. It sets out the following time frames for the Committee’s review of an application for a ‘‘license’’ or transfer of a license referred by the Commission: 120 days for an initial review and a 90-day secondary assessment of an application if the Committee determines that the risk to national security or law enforcement interests cannot be mitigated by standard mitigation measures.

In the FCC’s original NPRM of 2016, the FCC sought comment on: (1) The types of applications to be referred to the Executive Branch; (2) the information that should be provided by an applicant with reportable foreign ownership in order to facilitate Executive Branch review; (3) certifications to be made by an applicant that it will comply with several mitigation measures; and (4) time frames for Executive Branch review of the applications. The Commission proposed a 90-day review period for applications referred to the Executive Branch, with a one-time additional 90- day extension for circumstances where the Executive Branch required additional review time beyond the initial period.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

Law and Regulation

Public Disclosures Regarding Satellite Relocation Could Make C-band Auction More Complex

In the recent 3.7 GHz Report and Order, the FCC reformed use of the satellite C-band (3.7-4.2 GHz) to clear the way for an auction of flexible use overlay licenses scheduled for this December. The Order relocates existing Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) operations to the upper 200 megahertz of the band (4.0-4.2 GHz), creates a 20-megahertz guard band (3.98-4.0 GHz) and makes 280 megahertz (3.7-3.98 GHz) available for licensing as 20 megahertz Partial Economic Area (PEA) blocks.

These 280 megahertz of spectrum will be transitioned to flexible use no later than December 5, 2025. Under the Report and Order, eligible space station operators will be able to receive accelerated relocation payments totaling $9.7 billion if they commit to, and succeed in, clearing the spectrum early. To be eligible for Phase I payments, operators must clear 120 megahertz of spectrum (3.7-3.82 GHz) in 46 Partial Economic Areas by December 5, 2021. To be eligible for Phase II payments, they must clear the remaining 180 megahertz of spectrum (3.82-4.0 GHz) by December 5, 2023. New flexible-use licensees will be responsible for these accelerated relocation payments as well as for reasonable relocation costs (which are estimated at $3 billion to $5 billion).

The FCC is creating a Relocation Payment Clearinghouse (RPC) to manage this process as well as oversee relocation funds available to incumbents. The FCC is also creating a Relocation Coordinator (RC) to ensure that all incumbent space station operators are relocating in a timely manner, and to be responsible for receiving notice from earth station operators or other satellite customers of any disputes related to comparability of facilities, workmanship, or preservation of service during the transition and notify the Commission of disputes and recommendations for resolution.

Because information received by the RPC and RC during the 3.7 GHz Band Auction could have significant impact on bidding, the FCC will require the Relocation Coordinator to make real-time public disclosures of the content and timing of, and the parties to, communications, if any, from or to applicants in the auction.

BloostonLaw Contact: John Prendergast.

FCC Extends Relay Services Waiver

On May 14, the FCC issued a Press Release announcing that it has extended temporary waivers through June 30, 2020 for Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) providers to ensure relay services remain available during the COVID-19 pandemic for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have a speech disability.

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, these waivers extend actions previously taken to grant TRS providers flexibility to deal with reduced staffing and increased call volumes, to enable more of their employees to provide services from their homes, and to expand the pool of contractors qualified to provide American Sign Language interpretation services for Video Relay Service.

The Bureau today also temporarily waived two additional TRS rules to enable Internet Protocol Relay Service communications assistants to provide service from home workstations and to allow registered VRS users to make calls to the U.S. from abroad during the national emergency.

“As the national emergency continues, with uncertainty about how long stay-at-home and social distancing restrictions will remain in effect in many jurisdictions, we feel it is vitally important that we take action to ensure robust, reliable TRS is available for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have speech disabilities,” said Patrick Webre, Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. “The waivers have been essential to ensuring uninterrupted service for hundreds of thousands of Americans during the current COVID-19 crisis.”

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Sal Taillefer.

FCC Extends Comment Deadline for Human RF Exposure Proceeding

On May 15, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that it has extended the comment and reply comment deadlines on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in its proceeding on human exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (ET Docket No. 19-266), released on December 4, 2019 (NPRM). Comments are now due on June 17, 2020, and reply comments are now due July 20, 2020.

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC sought comment on establishing rules formalizing its existing methods of determining compliance with the RF exposure standard for high-frequency devices. Specifically, the FCC proposed to formalize an additional limit for localized RF exposure and the associated methodology for compliance for portable devices operating at high frequencies (gigahertz (GHz) frequencies) on top of its already-existing limits that apply at these frequencies, and proposed to extend this to terahertz (THz) frequencies as well. The FCC also proposed to allow wireless power transfer (WPT) equipment under Part 15 and 18 of the Commission's rules and propose specific exposure limits for such operations.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.


774 Providers Extend Keep Americans Connected Pledge

On May 14, the FCC announced that 774 broadband and telephone providers have taken the Keep Americans Connected Pledge and extended that commitment through June 30. As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom update, Chairman Pai announced last month he was extending the Pledge, originally set to expire on May 12, to June 30. And since that announcement, the number of companies covered by the Pledge has reportedly increased rather than decreased, as more companies have signed onto the Pledge for the first time than declined to extend it.

By taking the Pledge, each of these companies has committed through June 30 to (1) not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic; (2) waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and (3) open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.

“I’m pleased that the overwhelming majority of companies taking the Pledge has agreed to extend that commitment through the end of June and that new companies have joined this effort,” said Chairman Pai. “This will help ensure that Americans can continue to communicate with loved ones, access education, and get healthcare remotely as they practice social distancing. I am grateful to all who are working to keep Americans connected and those who continue to go above and beyond to help consumers during this pandemic.”

FCC Releases Mobility Fund Phase II 4G LTE Coverage Maps

On May 18, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the release of carrier-specific 4G LTE coverage maps derived from coverage data submitted pursuant to the Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process Order. Because AT&T objected to the release of its coverage maps, the FCC did not release AT&T’s maps at this time. The FCC also released a version of the Mobility Fund Phase II Investigation Staff Report with unredacted maps. The coverage maps and the report with unredacted maps are now publicly available on the Commission’s website.

As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC released a public notice proposing to release maps based upon these data and providing filers with an opportunity to object to the release of their data. As indicated in the public notice, the maps to be released show coverage aggregated across spectrum bands and show only 4G LTE coverage as reported for the Mobility Fund Phase II collection. The coverage maps neither show a carrier’s complete and current mobile broadband coverage nor do they reveal information about the spectrum bands over which a carrier reports to have deployed service meeting the Mobility Fund Phase II specifications. The data also do not include link budget or clutter information.

According to the Public Notice, only one carrier, AT&T, objects to public release of its data. AT&T argues that releasing its Mobility Fund Phase II maps would be competitively harmful both due to the granularity of its data and because, according to AT&T, the maps it submitted comply with the Mobility Fund Phase II specification for 4G LTE coverage and thus show less coverage than its public-facing maps which reflect other areas where 4G LTE service is provided. As the only carrier objecting to release of its maps, the FCC found that AT&T’s objection is best addressed separately. The FCC was careful to note, however that it has made no determination that the data were confidential. Although Commission staff set up a process by which challengers could access Mobility Fund Phase II coverage data only after agreeing to keep such data confidential during the challenge process, the FCC itself never made any findings regarding the confidentiality or competitive sensitivity of the data.


JUNE 1: FCC FORM 395, EMPLOYMENT REPORT. Common carriers, including wireless carriers, with 16 or more full-time employees must file their annual Common Carrier Employment Reports (FCC Form 395) by May 31. However, because the 31st is a Sunday this year, the filing will be due on June 1. This report tracks carrier compliance with rules requiring recruitment of minority employees. Further, the FCC requires all common carriers to report any employment discrimination complaints they received during the past year. That information is also due on June 1. The FCC encourages carriers to complete the discrimination report requirement by filling out Section V of Form 395, rather than submitting a separate report.

BloostonLaw Contact: Richard Rubino.

JULY 1: FCC FORM 481 (CARRIER ANNUAL REPORTING DATA COLLECTION FORM). All eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) must report the information required by Section 54.313, which includes information on the ETC’s holding company, operating companies, ETC affiliates and any branding in response to section 54.313(a)(8); its CAF-ICC certification, if applicable; its financial information, if a privately held rate-of-return carrier; and its satellite backhaul certification, if applicable.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Sal Taillefer.

JULY 1: MOBILITY FUND PHASE I ANNUAL REPORT. Winning bidders in Auction 901 that are authorized to receive Mobility Fund Phase I support are required to submit to the FCC an annual report each year on July 1 for the five years following authorization. Each annual report must be submitted to the Office of the Secretary, clearly referencing WT Docket No. 10-208; the Universal Service Administrator; and the relevant state commissions, relevant authority in a U.S. Territory, or Tribal governments, as appropriate. The information and certifications required to be included in the annual report are described in Section 54.1009 of the FCC’s rules.

BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Sal Taillefer.

JULY 31: CARRIER IDENTIFICATION CODE (CIC) REPORTS. Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Reports must be filed by the last business day of July (this year, July 31). These reports are required of all carriers who have been assigned a CIC code by NANPA. Failure to file could result in an effort by NANPA to reclaim it, although according to the Guidelines this process is initiated with a letter from NANPA regarding the apparent non-use of the CIC code. The assignee can then respond with an explanation. (Guidelines Section 6.2). The CIC Reporting Requirement is included in the CIC Assignment Guidelines, produced by ATIS. According to section 1.4 of that document: At the direction of the NANPA, the access providers and the entities who are assigned CICs will be requested to provide access and usage information to the NANPA, on a semi-annual basis to ensure effective management of the CIC resource. (Holders of codes may respond to the request at their own election). Access provider and entity reports shall be submitted to NANPA no later than January 31 for the period ending December 31, and no later than July 31 for the period ending June 30. It is also referenced in the NANPA Technical Requirements Document, which states at 7.18.6.

CIC holders shall provide a usage report to the NANPA per the industry CIC guidelines … The NAS shall be capable of accepting CIC usage reports per guideline requirements on January 31 for the period ending December 31 and no later than July 31 for the period ending June 30. These reports may also be mailed and accepted by the NANPA in paper form. Finally, according to the NANPA website, if no local exchange carrier reports access or usage for a given CIC, NANPA is obliged to reclaim it. The semi-annual utilization and access reporting mechanism is described at length in the guidelines.

BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

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