Archive | March, 1998

WHAT THE C-BLOCK RECON ORDER DOES:

Eliminates the requirement that a licensee elect the same restructuring option for all its licenses. Instead, the licensee must elect the same option for all the licenses it holds within a given MTA. Allows licensees to disaggregate and prepay the remaining outstanding balance due on the disaggregated license. A licensee who chooses the installment plan [...]

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SCI OFFERS WIN-BASED PREPAID BILLING

IRVINE, Calif.-Subscriber Computing Inc. introduced a wireless intelligent network-based prepaid billing solution, which uses Oracle Corp.’s scalable RDBMS technology on a Sun Microsystems Inc. Sun Solaris platform. SCI’s first installation of the PrePay Metered Billing solution, for “one of the largest wireless prepaid carriers in the world,” is expected to be complete during the first [...]

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METROMEDIA GAINS STAKE IN RUSSIAN PAGING FIRM

MOSCOW-The Radio Paging Group of Metromedia International Telecommunications Inc. agreed to become a co-owner of Russian paging company ZAO Mobile TeleCom by acquiring shares held by the company’s western partner. Mobile TeleCom holds the largest share of the Russian paging marketplace, according to Pyramid Research Inc., with more than 60,000 paging subscribers in 75 cities. [...]

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ROGERS THREATENS TO BLOCK FCC BUDGET BILL

WASHINGTON-House Commerce appropriations subcommittee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) last week threatened to block a Federal Communications Commission budget bill and vowed not to fund the relocation of agency headquarters to the Portals. Rogers, echoing sentiments of Senate appropriators, said he will not act on a fiscal 1999 appropriations bill until he receives assurances from FCC [...]

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SEVERAL FACTORS WEIGH ON FUTURE OF RESALE

BOSTON-The future of wireless reselling is based on the resellers’ ability to realize economies of scale, provide a wide scope of services and achieve brand awareness, according to a recently published report by the Yankee Group. Titled “Wireless Resale: Is There a Future?,” the report estimated the wireless resale industry generated about $500 million in [...]

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QUALCOMM FORMS RESEARCH PROGRAM

SAN DIEGO-Qualcomm Inc. announced it will engage in a joint research program with Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, which will focus on Qualcomm’s Code Division Multiple Access technology. The university is a major center for training scientists and technicians, said Qualcomm. In the 40 years since its founding, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications [...]

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PRICE NET ADDS GROW MORE THAN 31 PERCENT

NEW YORK-Price Communications Wireless Inc. said its service revenues increased 22 percent to a record $40.1 million during the fourth quarter, compared with service revenues of $32.8 million during the fourth quarter of 1996. Service revenues for the year totaled $152.2 million, 19.6 percent more than revenues of $127.3 million during 1996. The company said [...]

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PALMPILOT ACCESS $50 FOR UNLIMITED USE

HACKENSACK, N.J.-GoAmerica Communications Corp. introduced a new pricing plan that offers unlimited wireless data access for PalmPilot users with Novatel Wireless Inc.’s new Minstrel wireless IP (Internet Protocol) modem and GoAmerica’s Go.Mail and Go.Web service features. The plan is priced at $50 per month to customers signing up for six months of service. GoAmerica also [...]

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POCKET CREDITORS MAY GET DALLAS, CHICAGO LICENSES

WASHINGTON-Unless it receives as-yet-undefined “higher and better alternatives” from potential buyers who would like to purchase the Dallas and Chicago C-block licenses from bankrupt Pocket Communications Inc., a group of Pocket’s creditors may end up with those properties, with Pocket’s remaining 41 licenses returning to the commission for debt relief. A public notice issued March [...]

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FCC PHASE I E911 DEADLINE APPROACHES

The Federal Communications Commission’s Phase I E911 deadline is set for Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean that dispatchers across the nation this week will begin receiving the extra information called for in the mandate. Phase I requires carriers to relay the Automatic Number Identification of the originator of a 911 call and the location of [...]

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