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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....

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....

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...

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...

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