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GLOBAL MARKETS MUST USE WLL TO MEET TELECOM SERVICE NEEDS

The quickening pace of competition and regulatory liberalization in global telecommunications markets is increasing demand for wireless local loop technology, with annual equipment expenditures expected to reach $7.6 billion by the year 2000, according to a new report from Northern Business Information.In "Global Wireless...

BUSINESS BRIEFS

CellStar Corp. said it formed a distribution relationship with Cellular One Group. The company said the agreement is a nationwide strategic cellular accessory program encompassing original equipment manufacturer products from Motorola Inc., NEC Corp., Nokia Inc., Ericsson Inc. and Oki telecom, as well as...

THE WORLD

Ameritech Corp. announced it has formed a consortium with Singapore Telecom and Tele Danmark to pursue a partnership with Belgacom S.A., the national telecommunications operator in Belgium. The Belgian government this summer selected Ameritech as a final bidder for the consolidation of Belgacom. The...

TWO FUTURES EXCHANGES TO USE FREESET NETWORK

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - Ericsson Inc. announced winning contracts to place its Freeset Business Wireless System at the world's two largest futures exchanges, both located in Chicago.The Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange selected Freeset to enhance their Chicago Loop...

PCS SERVICE BEGINS IN NATION’S CAPITAL

WASHINGTON-The future is here.Vice President Al Gore, father of the information superhighway, christened the broadband personal communications services industry with a call to Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke Nov. 15 on the Sprint Spectrum system operated by American Personal Communications."I'm proud to speak to you...

VIEWPOINT

The nation's major cellular handset manufacturers caused a little commotion on Wall Street recently when they noted handset sales hadn't grown at the phenomenal rate that analysts and industry execs are used to seeing.Does this mean the cellular marketplace is finally slowing down? Should...

PRODUCTS

Datum Inc.'s Timing Division announced the release of a small high-performance Global Positioning Satellite system receiver. Datum said the StarTime GPS Clock is designed for applications that require not only high performance but small physical size and low price. The clock consists of an...

CHEAPER CELL PHONE PRICES A FACTOR IN SLOWER GROWTH

The cellular industry's major handset manufacturers reported lower growth figures in third quarter reports, a sign that the wireless phone industry could be slowing down in the United States.Low cellular phone prices were one of the contributing factors that led to the slower growth...

TRIMBLE, ERICSSON AGREE TO COMBINE AVL, EDACS FOR EFFICIENT RADIO SERVICE

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Trimble Navigation Ltd. and L.M. Ericsson have agreed to license technology that allows dispatch centers such as ambulance and other public-safety services to use radio bandwidth more efficiently in tracking their vehicles.Trimble said it will offer Automatic Vehicle Location and data messaging products...

CABLE OPERATORS CHOOSE CDMA AS THE FINANCIALLY SMART OPTION

While the personal communications services industry in general remains locked in a three-way split over an airlink standard for systems deployment, cable TV operators in the PCS business so far have pitched their tents in the Code Division Multiple Access camp.CDMA got a large...

APC ATTACKS TOWER SITING SPATS BY PLAYING ITS TECHNOLOGY CARDS

American Personal Communications has cracked a deal with Baltimore Gas & Electric that will allow APC to put full-sector antenna configurations on electric transmission towers.The relationship could help APC leap over some of cellular's long-time site acquisition hurdles-zoning board battles. Electric utilities are well...

WIRELESS INDUSTRY PLEDGES TO FIX HEARING AID TROUBLES

WASHINGTON-The wireless telecommunications industry told the Federal Communications Commission it will work with the hearing-impaired community, hearing aid manufacturers and audiologists during the next six months to develop short-term and long-term solutions to hearing aid interference and compatibility problems posed by digital pocket telephones."We...

THE WORLD

Telemac Cellular Corp. agreed to license its patent-pending debit technology to Trimax Inc. of Taiwan. Trimax will use the technology to manufacture a switch independent cellular debit phone. The license is expected to result in the distribution of 500,000 phones into China during a...

WIRELESS PRODUCTS GROW IN INDO NESIAN MARKETS

JAKARTA, Indonesia-Wireless activity in Indonesia is heating up as two more telecommunications giants jump into the market.L. M. Ericsson and Indonesian partner PT Erindo Utama received a contract from Indonesian operator PT Telkom to deliver a Digital European Cordless Telephone radio access system to...

THE NATION

Allen Telecom Group Inc. announced it has reached a purchase agreement with Pacific Bell Mobile Services. The three-year, non-exclusive agreement allows Pac Bell to purchase Allen's omni-directional and panel antennas and accessories in preparation for building its personal communications services infrastructure for its base...

PRODUCTS

Standard Telecom America Inc. introduced a line-up of Nixxo pagers including Nixxo Tutti, Nixxo AirFly and the alphanumeric Nixxo, to American and Latin American markets. The company is a new player in the U.S. paging market but is a leading manufacturer in South Korea...

PCS FIRMS PREPARE FOR ROLLOUT, PLANS ARE BASED ON TECHNOLOGY

As the entrepreneurial block auctions for broadband personal communications services get underway this December, the first broadband PCS services also are scheduled to become reality. But a later rollout schedule is par for the course among major PCS license holders, resulting in part from...

PEOPLE

Sue Cardillo was named manager of public affairs at AT&T Wireless Services. Cardillo will be responsible for media relations, charitable giving, community relations and employee communications. She has 10 years experience in the public relations field, most recently as the senior media/community relations specialist...

THE NATION

DCR Communications Inc. and Westinghouse Electric Corp. reached an agreement in principle for a multimillion-dollar investment commitment by Westinghouse in the new personal communications services company. Westinghouse's communications systems division will become DCR's primary network systems integrator and provide technical services to support the...

HUNDT REQUESTS PLAN TO HANDLE GSM PHONE, HEARING-AID ISSUE

WASHINGTON-Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt directed the wireless telecommunications industry to develop a plan by next week to address interference from European-designed digital pocket telephones to hearing aids.Hundt, according to sources, met last Monday with representatives from the Personal Communications Industry Association, the...

PICKING PROPER PCS TECHNOLOGY IS WEIGHTY CHOICE FOR OPERATORS

Nearly half of the 20 companies holding licenses for broadband personal communications services have made firm technology decisions, but others continue the difficult task of weighing options."It is like building 10 years of cellular all at once," said Jack Finlayson, vice president and general...

APC RELATES STRUGGLES, TRIUMPHS AS IT BRINGS PCS TO WASHINGTON

The road to launching the first commercial personal communications services network in the United States, which American Personal Communications plans to do this fall, began at the Personal Communications Industry Association (then called Telocator) annual convention in Washington, D.C., in 1989. It is fitting...

THE WORLD

Olivetti SpA and Northern Telecom Ltd. have formed a joint venture to distribute and service Nortel telecommunications products in Italy. As part of the agreement, Nortel has acquired 49 percent of Sixtel SpA, a subsidiary of Olivetti. Olivetti is an equity partner in Omnitel...

SMR AUCTION RULES COMPLETE

Federal regulators late last week approved final rules for the 900 MHz specialized mobile radio service auction on Nov. 28.The Federal Communications Commission said 1,020 licenses, or 20 1-channel blocks in 51 major trading areas, will be sold in a simultaneous multiple round auction.The...

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