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GOVERNMENT PLANS WIRELESS ROLE FOR INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY

WASHINGTON - The structure of the wireless telecommunications industry will be in a constant state of flux for the near future due to evolving regulatory, technological and economic changes, according to a new government report.Nevertheless, according to Congress' Office of Technology Assessment, the role...

PCS SHOULD JUST GIVE RELOCATION A FAIR CHANCE, SAY INCUMBENTS

For more than 30 years, microwave communications systems have been used by utilities, oil and gas pipeline companies, railroads and municipalities to provide basic services to the American public including energy and transportation services, heating, air conditioning, power and fuel. Even public-safety agencies rely...

PCS TRAILBLAZERS TAKE ON RISKS FOR CHANCE AT BOUNTIFUL MARKET

ierre Dogan, David Patton and Ray Nettleton Two observations can be drawn from the recent personal communications services license auctions. First, PCS participants are willing to assume enormous financial risk, on the order of tens of billions of dollars-an unprecedented level of risk-taking by...

NTIA DEFENDS ROLE AS CONGRESS MULLS GIVING COMMERCE THE AX

WASHINGTON-William Roth, R-Del., chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, will offer legislation this week or next to abolish the agency that advises the president on telecommunications policy and manages federal government spectrum.The move is part of a broader effort to dismantle the Commerce...

DATA TRANSFER SYSTEM PROVIDES WIRELESS NETWORK COMPATIBILITY

Padcom Inc. has developed a point-to-multipoint, transparent wireless data transfer system that the company says can overcome technical incompatibilities in wireless data systems and establish pathways between any remote device and land-based wireline networks."Transparent technology is a major breakthrough for the wireless data industry...

VIEWPOINT

Oops!Someone told the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors about language included in the House's version of the telecom reform bill that could take away some local authority over where antenna towers are placed.The associations...

APPLE WORKS TOWARD UNLICENSED 5 GHZ HIGH-SPEED DATA SYSTEM

Groups battling for unlicensed spectrum at 5 GHz to create a high-speed data system agree there is industry support for such a service, but the details now are in the hands of the Federal Communications Commission.Apple Computer Inc. petitioned the FCC in May to...

CONSORTIA PLACE BIDS IN IRELAND FOR COUNTRY’S SECOND NETWORK

Six consortia met the August deadline to apply for Ireland's second mobile phone license, which could be awarded by the Irish Department of Transport, Energy and Communications by the end of the year.Scattered among the groups hoping to capture the 15-year license to operate...

COX ENDS THREE YEARS OF TESTING WITH CDMA CHOICE FOR NETWORK

Convergence shows its colors as cable TV provider Cox Communications Inc. charts its course into next-generation wireless telephony, underscored by its announcement last month of plans to use Code Division Multiple Access technology on its personal communications services networks.The company is a PCS pioneer's...

WIRELESS CARRIERS WORK TO KEEP ANTENNA SITING PROVISION VIABLE

WASHINGTON-Commercial wireless carriers last week fought off a challenge by two Virginia congressmen and local government officials to kill the antenna siting amendment in the House telecommunications reform bill.The legislation, significantly revised at the request of House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., on behalf of...

COMMISSION CONSIDERS CHANGES TO 220 MHZ LICENSING BLUEPRINT

WASHINGTON-The Federal Communications Commission is considering abandoning the 220-222 MHz test-bed for narrowband technology in favor of a flexible licensing scheme that would permit alternative technologies for services other than dispatch such as paging, data and fixed wireless.The July 28 proposal comes in the...

TDMA FORUM COMPLETES IS-136 BENCH, LAB TESTS

CLEVELAND-The TDMA Forum said it has successfully completed bench and laboratory testing of prototype Interim Standard-136 compatible mobile stations on the infrastructures of AT&T Corp., L.M. Ericsson, Hughes Networks Systems Inc. and Northern Telecom Ltd.The IS-136 standard provides dual-mode, analog-digital service on Time Division...

GRANGER, UNISYS AND LORAL JOIN TO OFFER CDMA-BASED LOCAL LOOP

A joint venture is underway to deliver "last mile"-or in this case last 20 miles-digital wireless connections for wireline phones in regions worldwide where phone service is costly, inadequate or nonexistent.Together, Granger Telecom, Loral Communications Systems and Unisys Corp. plan to implement wireless local...

RESALE’S ROLE TO BE REJUVENATED WITH ONSET OF PCS COMPETITION

WASHINGTON-Resale could become a powerful force in wireless telephony in the coming years, bringing an odd mix of competition and commerce to facilities-based carriers.Resale has experienced modest success in the 12-year-old cellular industry, but the infusion of more spectrum (120 megahertz) and new competition...

ORTEL OFFERS WIRELESS NETWORKS FOR HONG KONG TRANSIT SYSTEM

Applying its linear fiber optics technology, Ortel Corp. is providing wireless networks a vital supplement for communicating in environments that are limited by physical barriers, like underground transit.Together with Andrew Corp., Ortel will help provide clear communications for cellular customers in Hong Kong's Mass...

VIEWPOINT

The Federal Communications Commission ruled earlier this month that state public utilities commissions can no longer regulate local rates of commercial wireless carriers. This ruling affects not only the cellular industry, but the paging, specialized mobile radio and new personal communications services industries as...

PRODUCTS

Personal Communications Technologies Ltd. announced a new patent-pending product to enhance the capabilities of portable cellular telephones. Porta-Boost transforms a low-power portable cellular phone into a full powered 3-watt transportable cellular telephone system. The product is manufactured from original equipment manufacturer parts and is...

BE YOUR OWN FCC LEGAL COUNSEL TO SAVE FRUSTRATION AND MONEY

With all the recent regulatory changes from the Federal Communications Commission, mobile service providers now, more than ever, need to keep abreast of new rules and regulations affecting their services.Most private carriers and specialized mobile radio operators do just fine without consulting attorneys and...

D.C. NOTEBOOK

To comprehend the scope of what happened (and didn't happen) on Capotol Hill last week, one needs to appreciate history. For history repeated itself. Some new ground was broken, too. Call this cahpter "A Tale of Two Toms."Tom Wheeler, who in 1993 as president...

BILL WOULD CREATE FEDERAL SITE GUIDELINES

WASHINGTON-The House telecommunications subcommittee last week approved creating an industry-government panel to craft federal antenna siting guidelines and temporarily derailed a wireless resale proposal to regulate commercial mobile radio carriers like regional Bell telephone companies.The antenna siting measure, offered by Scott Klug, R-Wis., and...

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...

MICROCELL CHOOSES NORTEL TO SUPPLY PCE EQUIPMENT

DALLAS-MicroCell 1-2-1 Inc. of Montreal selected Northern Telecom to supply more than $90 million of personal communications services network equipment and services over the next three years.MicroCell said it plans to deploy a national network in Canada based on the Global System for Mobile...

ERICSSON AND SWEDISH OPERATOR JOINTLY TESTING DUAL-MODE PHONE

With plans to target the corporate market, Swedish telecommunications operator Telia and Ericsson Inc. are testing a new dual-mode telephone that will allow users to seamlessly switch from private wireless networks to the public cellular network.Telia and Ericsson said they are jointly testing a...

UTILITIES ABLE TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO NATION'S INFORMATION HIGHWAY

Recently, the Senate Commerce Committee approved "The Telecommunications Competition and Deregulation Act of 1995," which included the following provision: "Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary*...*an electric, gas, water, or steam utility, and any subsidiary company, affiliate or associate company of such a...

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