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QUALCOMM PE RACKS UP $850M IN HANDSET PACTS

Qualcomm Personal Electronics has won significant handset contracts from Sprint Spectrum L.P. and PrimeCo Personal Communications L.P., with a combined value of $850 million.The Sprint Spectrum agreement requires that Qualcomm begin shipping Code Division Multiple Access phones next month, a tall order for a...

VIEWPOINT

Oh, the shifting winds of Washington.The bill-and-keep interconnection proposal has been called the greatest issue facing the cellular industry this year. And when the Federal Communications Commission last December an nounced it would propose reforms that would no longer force commercial mobile radio service...

NEXTWAVE PLANS IPO: EXTENSIVE INVESTORS PART OF FIRM’S PLAN

WASHINGTON-Raising capital for the extensive buildout of NextWave Telecom Inc.'s 56 markets appears to be less of a problem for the C-block personal communications services auction winner than it will be for other tentative licensees, according to Allen Salmasi, NextWave's chairman, president and chief...

SOME EASTERN EUROPEAN NATIONS STEP UP EFFORTS TO OFFER GSM

Eastern European countries and those of the former Soviet republics launched cellular services in the early 1990s using the Nordic Mobile Telephone-450 standard, an analog technology developed to operate at 450 MHz. Most nations initially selected NMT- 450 instead of Global System for Mobile...

CARRIERS TRY TO MANAGE EXPECA TIONS OF NEW SERVICE

Launching new technology into a market involves more than just technological know-how. The expectations of all parties must be managed in order to control the risks, analysts say.System operators must be responsible for the expectations they create in the minds of customers. Equipment manufacturers...

SAMSUNG COMMITTED TO DEVELOP ING CDMA EQUIPMENT FOR KOREA

Samsung Electronics Co. has committed $25.8 million to manufacture prototype Code Division Multiple Access equipment for PCS, illustrating confidence that its PCS partnership will win a license for personal communications services spectrum.The Korean government is expected to award three PCS licenses in mid-June. One...

LG TO PUT DOWN STAKES IN SAN DIEGO: KOREAN KINGPIN TO PLAY IN U.S. PCS

LG Information & Communications Ltd. of South Korea is wagering its hand in the U.S. personal communications services market with plans to begin large scale PCS technology and equipment manufacturing in San Diego in the second half of this year.The telecommunications subsidiary of Korean...

CDMA WORLD NEWS

SINGAPORE-Numerous announcements about Code Division Multiple Access technology came out of last week's CDMA World Congress in Singapore. The event was attended by about 600 people from 40 countries.Motorola Inc. has formed a joint venture with two Chinese entities to manufacture CDMA infrastructure products...

PRODUCTS

Qualcomm Inc. announced the availability of a single-chip vocodor that utilizes PureVoice, the latest version of the 13 kilobit Qualcomm Code Excited Linear Predictive speech coding algorithm. PureVoice was developed for use in Qualcomm's cellular and personal communications services products featuring the company's Code...

CDMA WAITING CONTINUES ON

Code Division Multiple Access has been touted as a success story in Seoul, South Korea and in Hong Kong. Many U.S. personal communications services licensees have based their access technology decision on CDMA's reported superior performance, high capacity and low cost. Many analysts put...

CABLE OFFERS ALTERNATIVE TO TOWERS FOR PCS BUILDS

Cable television infrastructure is making a comeback as a solution to help companies mix-and-match architectures to deliver personal communications services in the face of community resistance to tower build-outs.Cox California PCS Inc. has long advocated such a cable-based solution.The San Diego-based company began exploring...

DUAL-MODE PHONES ENTER MARKET ALONGSIDE PCS

NEW YORK-With the advent of a personal communications services overlay onto the nation's traditional cellular landscape, 1996 also will mark the debut of the dual-mode wireless phone as a consumer product.To Terrence Valeski, vice president of marketing for Pacific Bell Mobile Services, Pleasanton, Calif.,...

INTERFERENCE IS PRESENT IN SOME DIGITAL PHONES

NORMAN, Okla.-The first phase of University of Oklahoma research has concluded that different digital phone technologies can interfere with hearing aids, but researchers have yet to settle on how to resolve the problem."This clinical study is the most comprehensive scientific effort to date in...

TRUE GOALS OF WTR QUESTIONED BY INDUSTRY

WASHINGTON-Wireless Technology Research, L.L.P., the entity created with funding from the wireless telecommunications industry three years ago after a highly publicized lawsuit claimed pocket phones cause brain cancer, is losing the support of some manufacturers and members of the scientific community amid charges that...

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...

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