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POSSIBLE THREAT FROM PCS SPURS CELLULAR CONSTRUCTION SHOSTECK

WHEATON, Md.-The threat of personal communications services encroaching on the cellular telephone industry and a good economy with an expanding consumer market led to accelerated growth in the cellular phone industry last year, according to a report by Hershel Shosteck Associates Ltd.Shosteck recently released...

SUN INTRODUCES SOLSTIC FAMILY TO ENABLE SYSTEM MANAGEMENT

Targeting a wireless industry with complicated network management needs, Sun Microsystems Inc. said it has introduced its Solstice family of products to wireless manufacturers and operators as an easier way to manage their networks.Sun said it plans to offer network management via software-based solutions...

D.C. NOTEBOOK

In the wake of the Oklahoma city bombing, the Clinton adminstration and Congress are pressing for changes on telecommunications laws to combat terrorism. Clinton ans Senate Majority Leader Robert Doyle, R-Kan., likely combatants in nexy year's presidental race, each gave preposed to expand the...

THE RCR TOP 20 CELLULAR MARKETS

Most carriers are unwilling to reveal subscriber numbers because of the highly competitive nature of the business. RCR tallies for total market subscribers, population base and penetration are estimates.Data was provided by Economic and Management Consultants International Inc. and Herschel Shosteck Associates Ltd., and...

METRICOM'S DATA SYSTEM BRINGS CITYWIDE COVERAGE TO PALO ALTO

As cellular carriers attempt to roll out nationwide coverage with new mobile data services, Los Gatos, Calif.-based Metricom Inc. is focused on establishing its Ricochet data network in two major computer industry centers-Silicon Valley and Seattle.The company just completed an agreement with the city...

PRONET INKS PACTS TO BUY PAGING ASSETS FROM FIRMS FOR A TOTAL OF $9.5 MILLION

PLANO, Texas-ProNet Inc. signed letters of intent to purchase the paging assets of four privately owned companies for a total of $9.5 million.The companies are Lewis Paging Inc. of Georgia, Gold Coast Paging Inc. of Florida, Denton Enterprises Inc. of Virginia and MetroTones Inc....

METRICOM’S DATA SYSTEM BRINGS CITYWIDE COVERAGE TO PALO ALTO

As cellular carriers attempt to roll out nationwide coverage with new mobile data services, Los Gatos, Calif.-based Metricom Inc. is focused on establishing its Ricochet data network in two major computer industry centers-Silicon Valley and Seattle.The company just completed an agreement with the city...

CREATING 4 RADIO SERVICE GROUPS COULD END ALLOCATION INEQUITIES

Editor's Note: Portions of this article will be submitted to the Federal Communications Commission in a White Paper by the Industrial Telecommunications Association.I have been reading Fred Day's book, "Policies and Practices in the Regulation of Private Radio Communications Systems," lately. My favorite chapter is...

WALL STREET GUARDED, OPTIMISTIC OVER MCCAW-NEXTEL PARTNERSHIP

Wall Street is cautiously optimistic about Craig McCaw's ability to work wireless wonders for Nextel Communications Inc., whose quest to convert radio dispatch systems around the country into one nationwide digital network has been fraught with technical, financial and legal problems in recent years.Despite...

D.C. NOTEBOOK

With the heavy lifting on telecommunicatins reform legislation nearly complete, it's all politics from here on out.The Senate bill, engineered by Commerce Committee Chairman Larry Pressler, R-S.D., is ripe for floor action as early as next week. In the House, Telecommunications Subcommittee Chairman Jack...

AMSC LAUNCHES NEW INDUSTRY WITH SATELLITE LIFT-OFF

Culminating seven years of development and fine-tuning, American Mobile Satellite Corp. has launched the country's first satellite for mobile communications, giving lift-off to a new form of wireless services.Hughes Communications Inc., a division of GM Hughes Electronics, built AMSC's geostationary satellite, supporting mobile voice...

CPUC’S MOVE TO ALLOW BUNDLING HELPS STATE IN REGULATION BATTLE

The decision by the California Public Utilities Commission to allow bundling of cellular telephones gives the commission a card to play as it seeks permission from the Federal Communications Commission to maintain control of cellular rates."It is one way we can show that California...

JAY KITCHEN'S KNOCK FOR MIXING BODES WELL FOR NEW ASSOCIATION

WASHINGTON-Jay Kitchen has always had a knack for being able to talk to folks, whether they be mom-and-pop two-way radio dealers who for years have looked to him for representation in Washington, D.C., or Fortune 500 executives, engineers and policymakers whom he mixes with...

VIEWPOINT

Hail the birth of broadband PCS! Hail more competition in the marketplace! And hail to what likely will be continued growth for the wireless industry!But while the industry revels in its inaugural week of auctions to award broadband PCS licenses, some techno-types are working...

JAY KITCHEN’S KNOCK FOR MIXING BODES WELL FOR NEW ASSOCIATION

WASHINGTON-Jay Kitchen has always had a knack for being able to talk to folks, whether they be mom-and-pop two-way radio dealers who for years have looked to him for representation in Washington, D.C., or Fortune 500 executives, engineers and policymakers whom he mixes with...

RCR’S TOP 20 MOBILE DATA OPERATORS

Editor's Note: The RCR research and editorial staffs have compiles this list of two-way mobile data operators based on survey responses and interviews with industry contacts. Ther chart is arranged alphabetically since many of the companies are just starting to offer mobile data service.Although most...

BIG AND SMALL SMR COMPANIES ARE FACING SEPARATE CHALLENGES

WASHINGTON-The industry created two decades ago to foster dispatch wireless communications in the United States stands at a crossroads as regulatory, technological and market forces conspire to put mom-and-pop two-way radio businesses out to pasture.Nextel Communications Inc., the largest specialized mobile radio operator, has...

PCS QUARTET FORCED TO ADDRESS MARKET AND TECHNOLOGY ISSUES

Overlapping markets and conflicting decisions on digital technology are two issues the new quartet of Bell Atlantic Corp., Nynex Corp., U S West Inc. and AirTouch Communications has to address. But the potential conflicts are all manageable, said company leaders.The foursome announced last month...

POINT-OF-SALE CUSTOMR CONTACT KEY TO MANAGING CELLULAR CHURN

Recent research on cellular subscriber churn conducted by customer satisfaction powerhouse J.D. Power and Associates calls into question the industry's "more-is-better" approach to retail distribution of service.J.D. Power for years has conducted customer satisfaction studies for a broad range of consumer products and services,...

FIRM USES A `COOL’ TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE CLEARER BASE STATIONS

Illinois Superconductor Corp. said it has introduced an interference filter for cellular base station receivers that uses superconductor technology, enabling the base station to hear weaker signals more clearly.Superconductivity involves cooling certain metals and alloys to a very low temperature so electrical currents can...

PRODUCTS

Motorola Inc. has teamed with NewsPager Corporation of America to introduce its Inflo information receiver, which is an alphanumeric pager that acts as an information device, constantly updating its display with news, sports, financial news, world headlines and more. The compact Motorola information receiver...

CELLULAR DATA AT A GLANCE

Following is a laundry list of current and future cellular technologies: Circuit-switched networkThe most widespread option for transmitting cellular data is over the circuit-switched network, which is the existing analog cellular network, technically known as the AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone Services) network. The circuit-switched network...

NOKIA TO PHASE OUT TECHNOPHONE BRAND IN ITS U.S. MARKETS

A rose by any other name still smells as sweet.Finnish-based Nokia Corp. hopes the same holds true for cellular telephones.The company's Nokia Mobile Phones Inc. announced late last month it will focus its marketing efforts in the United States on one brand name. The...

BELLCOS FORM UNIBRIDGE VENTURE TO OFFER SERVICE TO PCS CARRIERS

Six regional Bell telephone companies have signed a joint marketing agreement to offer their individual network services and products to new personal communications services providers.Ameritech, Bell Atlantic Corp., BellSouth Telecommunications, Nynex Corp., Pacific Bell and U S West Communications have joined together to offer...

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