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A retrospective look at the future of communications (Reader Forum)

It’s become an annual tradition to publish my thoughts and opinions on where I foresee advancements, trends and growth in the communications industry.  Before crafting this year’s forecast, I looked back at previous years and noticed four trends that repeatedly showed up as they...

Mobility and electronic health records take root at Trinity Health

NOVI, Mich. — Healthcare and wireless technology are colliding more than ever today and the points of convergence are being driven in large part by the massive adoption of electronic health records. Here at Trinity Health's headquarters, VP and CIO Jim Elert is tasked...

Movers & Shakers: T-Mobile's director moves; MMA announces Turkcell exec as Global Chair; and more

The MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) announced that it has elected a new Global Board Executive Committee with Melis Ertem of Turkcell as its new Global Chair. Ertem who has lead the mobile marketing business within Turkcell to become a $USD 100 million dollar business...

FCC seeks comment on next-generation 911

The Federal Communications Commission opened a Notice of Inquiry into next-generation 911 services. The NOI seeks comment on how to include new communications forms, including Internet-protocol based communications and wireless communications.More than 650,000 911 calls are made daily, and nearly 70% of those calls...

Alcatel-Lucent to demo LTE network for oil and gas industry: Working with Texas Energy Network on broadband network

While WiMAX technology is often spoken of as the wireless protocol best suited for smart-grid applications, Alcatel Lucent and Texas Energy Network are planning to demonstrate next week that LTE technology is also well suited for the energy industry's communications networks.The week-long demo, set...

Spectrum Bridge deploys smart-grid with utility co-op, Google

Spectrum Bridge Inc. said it is working with a California utility to use white-spaces technology to deploy a smart-grid network in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and offer wireless broadband service to area residents.Spectrum Bridge is working with the Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative to manage...

Reality Check: Wireless earnings and Neapolitan ice cream

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We've gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace.It’s hard to believe we are six days into April. But we are, and, as most of...

Reality Check: CTIA – Any new news?

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We've gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace.The spring CTIA has a very tough role – trying to be new and different on the...

Reality Check: A three step program to an 802.11n world

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We've gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace.The final ratification of 802.11n arrived with a whimper. The real bang happened when the Draft 2.0...

Wireless will be used to make electrical grid smart: Effort starts with smart meters, but moves quickly up the grid

Wireless technology will be used to help utility grids become smarter as the technology can help better manage in the delivery of electricity in real time in a more efficient manner. But how great a role wireless plays in the evolving smart grid has...

Report: 95M M2M modules shipped by 2013

A new report from ABI Research predicts 95 million cellular machine-to-machine modules will ship in 2013.Of those, about 34 million devices are expected to be for telematics and 39 million for telemetry, said ABI. The third main market segment is wireless local loop."Until about...

Phoenix Stadium: built for wireless from ground up

It sits in the desert as a shimmering star, an example of state-of-the-art technology. From its retractable roof to its grass field that can roll out of the steel and concrete structure, University of Phoenix Stadium was also built with wireless in mind.The $455...

Motorola combines M2M module with WiMAX technology

Motorola Inc. said it has begun a proof-of-concept trial for its X24 machine-to-machine wireless module that includes mobile WiMAX connectivity. The product will be on display this week at WiMAX World 2008 and will be part of a live demo using real WiMAX infrastructure....

Startup proposes online spectrum exchange: Spectrum Bridge claims commitments from license holders worth $250M

It's eBay for the wireless age.Spectrum Bridge Inc. launched a new, first-of-its-kind online trading exchange for spectrum, saying it has commitments from license holders with wireless assets worth $250 million."Our online marketplace solves many problems people face when trying to buy, sell and lease...

FCC set to again test white-spaces devices

The Federal Communications Commission said it will begin field testing prototype TV white-spaces devices next week, a strong signal that agency chairman Kevin Martin remains committed to opening up more airwaves to Wi-Fi and other unlicensed wireless devices if interference to digital broadcast signals...

Velocita nabs SkyTel’s paging service for $7.5M

Bell Industries Inc. has finally gotten SkyTel off its plate. Velocita Wireless L.L.C. bought the division for $7.5 million, paying $3 million in closing, $3 million in 30 days and $1.5 million in deferred payments over the next year. SkyTel offers paging, messaging and...

Amateur hour

A perfect storm could be forming for high-tech giants and their campaign to secure vacant TV spectrum - known as white spaces - for Wi-Fi and other unlicensed wireless devices. It may be one of those things - owing to a confluence of factors...

700 MHz trial balloon

Telecom policymakers and special-interest groups are fond of talking about ubiquity, making sure communications -- wireless, wireline, Internet and video -- are within reach of all Americans. Indeed, there are government subsidy programs that address this very issue. Take the stressed universal service regime...

High-tech, broadcasters continue to spar over white spaces

A high-tech group urged the broadcast industry to stop mischaracterizing government testing of unlicensed wireless devices. The testing, which is set to enter a second round, is being conducted to determine whether portable wireless gadgets can operate in vacant television channels - called white...

Sprint Nextel sells Mobitex network

Sprint Nextel Corp. announced it sold its Mobitex subsidiary, Velocita Wireless L.P., to United Wireless Holdings Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Velocita Wireless operates a nationwide Mobitex wireless data network covering 93% of the U.S. business population. The slow-speed network supports data...

M2M market is low-churn, low-ARPU game: In U.S., carriers defer to MVNOs

Machine-to-machine communication is all about efficiency: collecting data from far-flung locations with less labor, less danger, lower power and in real-time. Thus one might conclude that the perennial drive for business efficiency would make M2M applications equally attractive everywhere. Certainly that's the promise. But...

Turner Broadcasting: Striving for third-screen content partnerships

From its recent partnership with L.M. Ericsson to develop and deliver its suite of news and entertainment content to the handheld to a variety of other collaborative efforts that reflect the company's forward-thinking strategies in the arena, it's clear that Turner Broadcasting System Inc....

Weekly infrastructure awards wrap-up

The following list details this week's infrastructure awards for the cellular, Wi-Fi and WiMAX industries. The contracts are broken down by transmission technology, country and vendor. The value of the contract is included when available. CellularGermany: E-Plus said it signed an agreement to oursource...

Aeris eyes evolving telematics market

Machine-to-machine wireless network operator Aeris Communications Inc. reported recent enhancements to its data services to support asset tracking, automotive telematics and stolen vehicle recovery using CDMA and GSM networks nationwide-a move that puts the company in the same space as telematics veteran OnStar.In fact,...

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