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Time Trippin’: McCaw saves Iridium; towers on the rise … 13 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: The RCR Wireless News Time Machine is a way to take advantage of our extensive history in covering the wireless space to fire up the DeLorean and take a trip back in time to re-visit some of the more interesting headlines from...

RCR Wireless News Time Machine: 13 years ago this week – this week in July 1999

Editor’s Note: The RCR Wireless News Time Machine is a way to take advantage of our extensive history in covering the wireless space to fire up the DeLorean and take a trip back in time to re-visit some of the more interesting headlines from...

Kore acquires M2M counterpart Mach

Kore Wireless Group Inc. announced it has acquired Australian-based M2M provider Mach Communications Pty.Ltd. to grow its machine-to-machine business for multinational companies. Terms of the acquisition were not announced between the two privately held companies. Melbourne, Australia-based Mach is set to become Kore Wireless...

Contracts: Alcatel-Lucent wins SPTE; Alvarion deploys Houston 4G network; and more

Following are infrastructure contracts announced during the past week:Alvarion Ltd.United States: With the City of Houston for the deployment of a 4G municipal network. Alvarion’s 4G wireless broadband network is enabling the City of Houston’s local government to offer advanced municipal services, such as...

UDATED: Iridium looks to poach Globalstar customers

Iridium Satellite L.L.C. is relaunching a program in an effort to score customers from struggling rival Globalstar.The company has announced it will once again offer Trade-Up to Iridium because of the much-publicized degradation of Globalstar's voice service. The program provides pricing incentives for customers...

Wireless History Foundation scores more support, announces details of Oct. 13 dinner

It's a big year for wireless. As cellular communications celebrates its 25th anniversary with a lavish celebration planned for this October, more wireless luminaries have voiced support for the Wireless History Foundation. The Foundation, designed to preserve and promote the rich history of wireless,...

TIA,WCA warn against Globalstar ‘cellular’moves: Mobile satellite provider wants to deploy WiMAX network using terrestrial component in rural areas

Globalstar Inc.'s bid to secure additional mobile satellite service spectrum for land-based networks - including a possible WiMAX system covering hundreds of rural communities - is drawing criticism based on fears of interference to wireless broadband licensees. Competitive concerns could be at work as...

FCC grants Globalstar, Iridium L-band spectrum, ATC plans out for comment

The Federal Communications Commission agreed to divide mobile satellite service L-band spectrum between CDMA operator Globalstar Inc. and TDMA operator Iridium Satellite L.L.C., while soliciting public comment on a plan to give Globalstar ancillary terrestrial component authority on most of its MSS frequencies.The agency's...

FCC set to rule on MSS’ terrestrial plans: Decision could bolster sagging sector

Federal regulators appear poised to take actions that could enable Globalstar Inc. to integrate terrestrial wireless facilities in most of its mobile satellite service frequencies and allow Iridium Satellite L.L.C. to share more of Globalstar's MSS frequencies, possible outcomes that could bolster both companies-as...

WCA: Globalstar’s rule change could cause interference

The wireless broadband industry opposes on interference grounds Globalstar Inc.'s push to have federal regulators consider an ancillary terrestrial component rule change that the mobile satellite service operator claims would put it on equal footing with competitors. Globalstar last year petitioned the Federal Communications...

TerreStar snares more spectrum at 2 GHz

The Federal Communications Commission agreed to reserve a spectrum block for mobile satellite services provider TerreStar Networks Inc., one of a handful of firms trying to avoid past mistakes that nearly wiped out the MSS sector in the previous decade.How does TerreStar expect to...

Hedgehogging

Welcome to Hedgehogging. As you know from your own jobs, something is always happening in the wireless space. Some of it makes us stop what we're doing to clap, boo or question these developments. This week's column is a roundup of some of the...

Motient investors back board’s direction

Motient Corp. scored a solid win against Highland Capital Management L.P. and its president, James Dondero, with news that Motient stockholders voted to elect all of the company's six nominees to the board of directors at its annual stockholder's meeting. "Today's vote is a...

Mobliss, Mobile 365 get new CEOs

SEATTLE—Two prominent mobile messaging firms announced leadership changes. First up, Mobliss tapped a longtime console-gaming executive in an effort to create space on the wireless gaming playground. The company said Jim Merrick, a former Nintendo Co. Ltd. executive, will take the reins as Mobliss’...

Weekly wireless ratings wrap-up

The following list includes ratings changes and financial information for wireless companies announced this week by investment-banking and financial-services firms. Click here for wireless ratings from past weeks from RCR Wireless News.CarrierR.W. Baird lowered its rating on Sprint Nextel Corp. to neutral from outperform...

Inmarsat enters ‘broadband’ biz

Inmarsat plc may have raised the ante for mobile satellite services by launching land-based "broadband" voice and data service in the United States, close on the heels of launches in Europe and Asia. The London-based MSS provider's BGAN service, enabled by the launch of...

Inmarsat set to launch BGAN satellite service in the U.S.

NEW YORK—London-based Inmarsat plc last week received permission from the Federal Communications Commission to begin offering satellite-based broadband service in the United States, where the company said it will focus initially on emergency workers dealing with the fallout from the upcoming hurricane season and...

Will MSS spectrum holdings attract cellular carriers?

The advent of ancillary terrestrial component, or ATC, will revolutionize the mobile satellite services industry in the long run, according to a new report from Northern Sky Research, a market research firm that focuses on the mobile satellite sector. The prospects have brought renewed...

Inmarsat to Earth: We’re joining MSS handheld voice space

Inmarsat plc intends to join the mobile satellite services sector's handheld voice market, which it sees as a potential outgrowth of its existing, maritime customer base that could use excess capacity on its recently completed constellation of next-generation satellites. The company said it expects...

Weekly infrastructure awards wrap-up

The following list details this week's infrastructure awards for the cellular and Wi-Fi industries. The contracts are broken down by transmission technology, country and vendor. The value of the contract is included when available. CellularBrazil: Motorola Inc. said it has been selected by Vivo to...

Public-safety card gives MSS industry more spectrum

WASHINGTON-The Federal Communications Commission late last week granted idle 2 GHz mobile satellite service spectrum to ICO Satellite Services and TMI Communications and Co., a stinging defeat with potential competitive implications for the mobile-phone industry. As part of its decision, the FCC agreed to...

Action on MSS auction

The Federal Communications Commission should auction the 24 megahertz of spectrum at 2 GHz that mobile satellite service companies gave back to the government. To do anything else would set a bad precedent for spectrum policy.The spectrum in question was returned to the FCC...

Lobbying ratchets up for 2 GHz MSS spectrum

WASHINGTON-Mobile-phone carriers and others are urging the government to launch a rulemaking to decide what to do with discarded mobile satellite services frequencies rather than unilaterally giving more radio channels to the two remaining non-operational 2 GHz MSS operators. The 2 GHz MSS controversy...

Inmarsat applies for 2 GHz MSS license

WASHINGTON-U.K.-based Inmarsat Ltd. applied to the Federal Communications Commission for a 2 GHz mobile satellite service license that would allow it to offer interoperable communications to first responders and homeland defense officials, adding a new twist to current efforts by satellite companies to regain...

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