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FCC confirms Jan. 12 NextWave license re-auction: AMTS auction ends

WASHINGTON-The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau late Thursday said it is going forward with plans to auction Jan. 12 the licenses returned by bankrupt NextWave Telecom Inc. and other PCS licenses and said a request by the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association to open the...

Mobex buys Regionet Wireless

LAFAYETTE, Calif.-Mobex Communications Inc. acquired Regionet Wireless, which holds more than 3,900 channels in the Automated Maritime Telecommunications System band in states and metropolitan areas along the United States' East and West coasts, as well as the Great Lakes.The acquisition comes on the heels...

SMRs (and the rest of the industry) need more spectrum

WASHINGTON-The No. 1 issue for the wireless telecommunications industry is access to additional spectrum, whether it is the incumbent cellular operators wanting the spectrum cap lifted (and start-up operator attempts to thwart that), spectrum for third-generation wireless or uses for spectrum made available with...

NEXTEL LIKELY TO GET CONSENT DECREE RELAXED

WASHINGTON-The Justice Department has urged U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan to relax a 1995 antitrust consent decree imposed on Nextel Communications Inc., saying competition likely will occur in the dispatch industry, but noting it has not developed yet."Although the United States cannot predict...

PCIA, ITA OPPOSE NEXTEL TREATMENT

WASHINGTON-New allegations surfaced last week that the Federal Communications Commission is giving Nextel Communications Inc. preferential treatment, claims that come on the coattails of a proposed antitrust settlement between Nextel and the Justice Department that many dispatch operators strongly oppose, and as the agency...

GEOTEK CREDITORS MUST DECIDE WHAT TO DO WITH SMR LICENSES

WASHINGTON-Just days before going to trial last month, high-level Justice Department officials may have overruled government antitrust lawyers who appeared ready to make a strong case in federal court against lifting a 1995 consent decree imposed on Nextel Communications Inc.Charles James, a lawyer for...

NEXTEL LICENSE TRANSFER REMAINS STICKY ISSUE

WASHINGTON - Nextel Communications Inc. last week met stiff opposition to efforts to secure private wireless spectrum and approval for the transfer of 900 MHz dispatch licenses from bankrupt Geotek Communications Inc."Because of the inter-category sharing freeze and the strict prohibition against commercial ...

NEXTEL, JUSTICE SETTLE 900 MHZ DISPUTE

WASHINGTON-In reaching an out-of-court antitrust settlement with Nextel Communications Inc. last week, the Department of Justice found itself defending a deal on grounds that its own antitrust lawyers shot down just months earlier.The proposed settlement would halt Nextel's purchase of Geotek Communications Inc. for...

PEOPLE

AndrewAndrew Corp. elected Guy Campbell group president of wireless products and distributed communications systems. Campbell joined Andrew from Ericsson Inc., where most recently he was vice president of wireless business systems.Alaska DigiTelAlaska DigiTel selected Kris Perry as general manager. She will supervise all sales,...

LETTERS

Striking nervesDear Editor: I have been in the two-way radio communications business for over 35 years. Regardless of my field, one thing I have noticed over the past 35+ years, the CEO of a company does not complain publicly or in print unless someone has...

NEXTEL CASE TO BE SCRUTINIZED BY COURT

WASHINGTON-Nextel Communications Inc., already up against strong opposition from the Justice Department and dispatch radio operators, faces a heavy legal burden in convincing a federal judge here to vacate a 1995 antitrust consent decree designed to protect competition in the specialized mobile radio market.U.S....

JUDGE TO HEAR NEXTEL CONSENT CASE

WASHINGTON-U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan last week rejected the Justice Department's motion to deny Nextel Communications Inc.'s lawsuit to vacate a 1995 antitrust consent decree, opening the way for a full-blown evidentiary hearing this spring and keeping alive Nextel's $150 million conditional purchase...

NEXTEL TAKES CONSENT DECREE TO COURT

WASHINGTON-Nextel Communications Inc. lawyer Thomas Cullen, attempting to convince U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan last Friday to accept the dispatch giant's request to vacate a 1995 antitrust consent decree, argued 900 MHz is not the best spectrum for specialized mobile radio entry but...

JUDGE COULD RULE ON NEXTEL BID TO BUY GEOTEK LICENSES

WASHINGTON-U.S. District Judge Thomas J. Hogan later this week could rule on the Justice Department's expected motion for summary judgment against Nextel Communications Inc.'s lawsuit to vacate a 1995 antitrust consent decree.The decree prohibits Nextel, the nation's top dispatch operator, and Motorola Inc., from...

NEXTEL SUES TO LIFT DECREE; BANK RUPTCY JUDGE APPROVES GEOTEK SPECTRUM SALE

WILMINGTON, Del.-A bankruptcy court here last week approved Nextel Communications Inc.'s $150 million purchase of Geotek Communications Inc.'s 191 dispatch radio licenses, setting the stage for a fierce fight in the coming months over whether a 1995 antitrust consent decree-which Nextel is accused of...

GEOTEK BANKRUPTCY SALE RESET FOR TUESDAY

WASHINGTON-Geotek Communications Inc., in conflict over competing bids for its 900 MHz dispatch radio licenses, may be ready to end weeks of delay and speculation by announcing a buyer at a Delaware bankruptcy court hearing tomorrow.Recent delays, manifested in last-minute postponements of court hearings...

NEXTEL TO BUY GEOTEK LICENSES

MONTVALE, N.J.-Geotek Communications Inc. Friday said it plans to sell to Nextel Communications Inc. its portfolio of 191 specialized mobile radio 900 MHz licenses. The deal is valued at $150 million.Geotek declared bankruptcy last year and is selling off its assets to repay its...

GEOTEK SALE DELAYED–AGAIN

WASHINGTON-The bankruptcy sale of Geotek Communications Inc.'s 900 MHz specialized mobile radio licenses continued to be embroiled in uncertainty last week as company officials and creditors struggled over whether to roll the dice with a higher-albeit uncertain-bulk bid rather than take the solid $54...

MOBEX EXPANDS SMR AND TWO-WAY PAGING

LAFAYETTE, Calif.-Mobex Communications Inc. announced it acquired Indianapolis-based Communications Maintenance Inc. and Richmond, Va.-based Radio Communications for its Commercial Services sector, expanding the reach of its specialized mobile radio and two-way paging services to 19 markets in 13 states. The acquisitions cost $12 million.From...

GEOTEK LICENSES UP FOR GRABS TODAY

WASHINGTON-Rothschild Inc. this week will learn whether bulk bidders can top the $54 million fetched from bidders for Geotek Communications Inc.'s 900 MHz specialized mobile radio licenses in a bankruptcy auction late last month.Both individual bidders and bulk bidders have a chance on Monday...

JUSTICE BLOCKS NEXTEL BID FOR GEOTEK LICENSES

WASHINGTON-The Justice Department's denial of Nextel Communications Inc.'s request to modify a 1994 antitrust consent decree kept the nation's top dispatch radio operator from bidding on bankrupt Geotek Communications Inc.'s licenses last week, a potentially major setback that could stifle the highly leveraged wireless...

MOBEX WINS PACIFIC GAS CONTRACT

LAFAYETTE, Calif.-Mobex Communications said it will centralize mobile phone services for San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co.The first phase of the project will consolidate about 8,000 of the utility's wireless phones under one carrier to streamline accounting processes, said Mobex. Responsibilities also could...

WILD THINGS HAPPENING IN DISPATCH

ORLANDO, Fla.-To paraphrase a Bell Atlantic commercial, "wild things are happening" in dispatch radio, according to speakers at the recent PCS '98 show.Just outside the spotlight, which is focused on the apparent dominance of Nextel Communications Inc. and the demise of Geotek Communications Inc.,...

VENTURE-CAPITAL FINANCING STRONG FOR WIRELESS

NEW YORK-Venture-backed investments in the second quarter reached an all-time high of $3.7 billion, breaking the prior record of $3.3 billion set in the last quarter of 1997.These investments increased by 26 percent from the $2.99 billion reported for the second quarter of last...

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