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STANDING BY CDMA: ANALYSIS, PART 1

Depending on who is doing the talking, Code Division Multiple Access technology either is venerated or vilified. While several major A-, B-and C-block personal communications services operators have committed to the nascent technology, others are wondering if CDMA is worth the wait. Part 1...

DSP FILES ADD-ON STOCK OFFER OF 3.5 MILLION SHARES FOR CAPITAL

NEW YORK-DSP Communications Inc. priced Thursday for sale Friday a common stock offering of 3.5 million shares at $26 each. The new add-on issuance is the company's first since its initial public offering in March 1995.Some 901,368 of the shares were to be sold...

JACOBS DEFENDS CDMA DESPITE LAUNCH DELAYS

Expenses were significant for Qualcomm Inc. in the second quarter, deeply affecting its earnings and sending its stock down 10 points.The San Diego company said it expects to build up its supplier side and manufacturing capabilities in coming quarters, and it defended the ability...

QUALCOMM SIGNS JAPAN AGREEMENT

SAN DIEGO-Qualcomm Inc. announced it has signed a multimillion dollar worldwide subscriber equipment license with Nippondenso Co. Ltd., a Japanese manufacturer and worldwide automotive component supplier.The license allows Nippondenso to manufacture and sell subscriber products based on Qualcomm's Code Division Multiple Access technology, Qualcomm...

AMSC TROUBLES COULD END UP IN BANKRUPTCY

WASHINGTON-American Mobile Satellite Corp. may be in enough financial trouble that bankruptcy has been added to the list of possible solutions.The five-year-old, Reston, Va.-based mobile satellite concern filed its annual Form 10-K at the Securities and Exchange Commission April 1, but it was not...

SHINSEGI TELECOMM LAUNCHES CDMA NETWORK IN SOUTH KOREA

Shinsegi Telecomm Inc. is open for CDMA business in South Korea. AirTouch Communications Inc., 11 percent owner and lead technical partner in Shinsegi, said the cellular venture launched Code Division Multiple Access service commercially April 1, in the Seoul and Taejon regions of South...

GTE ALLIANCE PURSUES BRAZIL CEL LULAR MARKET

STAMFORD, Conn.-GTE Corp. has announced it intends to get a foothold in the Brazilian cellular phone market through an alliance with a Brazilian investment group and a Brazilian equipment manufacturer.The trio has its eyes on one of the B-band cellular licenses the Brazilian government...

PRODUCTS

Telex Communications Inc. has introduced a lightweight headset specifically for cellular phones and other mobile applications. The company said its Telex Nomad Headset is a lightweight, ear-worn device with an adjustable boom microphone and high-fidelity speaker. The headset is designed to improve the sound...

VIEWPOINT

Although I promised myself a break from any columns that have to do with CDMA vs. GSM technology and hearing aid interference, I'm breaking the rule-because something positive happened and, frankly, there hasn't been that much positive to comment about on the issue.However, Dr....

QUALCOMM, INTER-TEL TO WORK ON LOCAL LOOP

SAN DIEGO-Qualcomm Inc. and Inter-Tel Inc. announced they have signed a development, supply and license agreement for telephone switching equipment for wireless local loop applications based on Qualcomm's Code Division Multiple Access technology.The contract calls for Qualcomm to incorporate Inter-Tel's Axxess digital platform into...

PEOPLE

Robert Franke is now director of distribution for AirTouch Cellular, a subsidiary of AirTouch Communications Inc. In his new position, Franke will be responsible for customer acquisition and dealer development through the distribution and retail channel for AirTouch inland California and northern Nevada markets....

INDUSTRY GROUPS MAKE PROGRESS ON HEARING INTERFERENCE ISSUE

WASHINGTON-Consumer and industry groups are not expected to offer a clear cut fix to hearing aid interference from digital pocket telephones in the report they submit to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt next month.But even without a magic bullet, engineers have begun to...

QUALCOMM WILL SUPPLY NORTEL WITH STV GOODS

SAN DIEGO-Qualcomm Inc. announced it will supply Northern Telecom Inc. with 1900 MHz digital infrastructure equipment and radio frequency services as part of Nortel's $1 billion award from Sprint Telecommunications Venture.Qualcomm said it has a strategic relationship with Nortel to jointly design, develop and...

CDMA RECEIVES A COOL RECEPTION IN SOUTH KOREA

A cellular network using Code Division Multiple Access technology is live in South Korea, but so far enduring only a lukewarm reception. Current analog operator Korea Mobile Telecommunications Corp. introduced CDMA service Jan. 1 in Inchon, a port city west of Seoul, and plans...

WORLD BRIEFS

L.M. Ericsson announced its subsidiary, Ericsson Australia Pty. Ltd., has signed a contract to install a switching system for 4,000 mobile telephones in Rangoon, Burma's capital. Ericsson said it will also build four radio transmitting stations to expand the city's phone network. This is...

MSS CARRIERS BEAM SERVICE TO A VARIETY OF CUSTOMERS

A galaxy of new wireless services may soon beam down on the telephony-poor regions of the world.Mobile satellite systems-just like terrestrial-based wireless networks-are evolving from serving specialized markets to providing consumer pocket telephony as well as plain old telephone service. Right now, many of...

LITHIUM BATTERIES MORE POPULAR IN WIRELESS DEVICES: EVEREADY TO CONSTRUCT 70M FACIL ITY IN FLORIDA

A U.S. battery manufacturer has announced it will produce lithium ion batteries for wireless telecommunications devices, delving into a market previously dominated by Japanese companies such as Sony Battery and Toshiba Corp.Eveready Battery Co. said it will build lithium ion rechargeable batteries for portable...

SCT SIGNS DUPONT PACT, TESTING REACH WITH NOKIA

GOLDEN, Colo.-Superconducting Core Technologies announced it concluded an exclusive purchase and supply agreement for superconducting thin films with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.SCT said it is guaranteed an exclusive supply of superconducting thin films and patterned components for commercial wireless communications applications...

VALENTINE ASKS FCC TO PROBE IS-661 PERMIT

WASHINGTON-In a potential blow to Omnipoint Corp.'s planned initial public offering this week, wireless investor James Valentine has asked federal regulators to investigate whether the small Colorado firm is violating its pioneer's preference for a personal communications services license in New York. Valentine claims...

GLOBALSTAR PREDICTS BRIGHT PATH AS LEO BECOMES FREE FROM DEBT

Now that the flap over Lockheed Martin's acquisition of Loral's defense electronics and system integration divisions earlier this month has died down, strategists at Loral Space & Communications-which owns a 31 percent stake in low-earth-orbit satellite licensee Globalstar L.P.-have had a chance to assess...

LATEST CLAIM IN PCS WARS SAYS GSM DISRUPTS LISTENING DEVICES

WASHINGTON-The recently completed summit on hearing aid interference from next-generation pocket telephones was hailed a success by the wireless telecommunications industry and hearing disability advocates, but controversy simmering beneath the surface could thwart further progress.An undercurrent of mistrust between the two sides still exists,...

FCC DENIES QUALCOMM IN PIONEER RULES PETITION

WASHINGTON-The Federal Communications Commission has denied Qualcomm Inc.'s petition for reconsideration of the commission's second Report and Order concerning pioneer's preference rules.The commission did, however, grant Celsat America Inc.'s petition for reconsideration of the FCC's third pioneer's preference report and order.In ruling against Qualcomm,...

FOUR CITIES COULD LAND CDMA SERVICE IN 1996

This may be the year that Code Division Multiple Access technology becomes a commercial reality for cellular operators, with one system already running in Hong Kong and four nearing completion in the United States.Systems launched today are deployed with an 8-kilobit vocoder chips for...

HEARING AID COMMUNITY FURIOUS WITH INDUSTRY AS SUMMIT STARTS

WASHINGTON-Hearing disability advocates are privately furious with the wireless telecommunications industry over the agenda for this week's conference on hearing aid interference from next-generation pocket phones and with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt for suggesting the problem can be solved by the marketplace.Publicly,...

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