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Smart grids gain traction worldwide

Advances in smart-grid utility networks are taking place steadily, with announcements in the United States, China and Europe this month. Notably, Duke Energy Corp. (DUK) said it would support using cellular networks for its smart-grid backbone; Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) is working with a Chinese utility...

Pole attachment order seeks price parity between cable and telecom

The Federal Communications Commission new regulations on pole attachments are designed to get mobile broadband services to market more quickly, but are already meeting resistance from the utility industry. The agency released details of the order, which among other things sets a maximum timeframes for...

@ UTC in Dallas with PPL Energy Services

Kenneth Hill covers the advantages of joint-use pole attachment between carriers and utilities and the major trends in infrastructure including the challenges of moving to 4G coverage.

Inaugural Utilities Joint Use and Wireless Collocation Summit in Dallas concludes

Issues addressed include wireless collocation, expansion DALLAS, Texas--The nationwide push to expand broadband access is forcing utilities to cooperate with wireless companies on collocating wireless equipment on utility poles. As such, leaders from both groups spent Friday at the Marriott Dallas City Center...

Australian utility to deploy WiMAX smart-grid network : Motorola, GE lead contractors

SP AusNet, one of Australia's largest utility companies, is deploying the world's first smart-metering solution using WiMAX technology. SP AusNet said its four-year rollout of smart-metering technology will cover 680,000 smart meters to homes and small businesses in eastern and northeastern Victoria. Of those,...

Utilities urged to ask lawmakers for 700 MHz spectrum

WASHINGTON-The United Telecom Council is urging members to tell their lawmakers that utilities need a 10-megahertz allocation of spectrum in the 700 MHz band."UTC's position continues to be that true interoperability must include critical infrastructures for better emergency response and recovery and to ensure...

Utilities are urged to ask lawmakers for 700 MHz spectrum

WASHINGTON-The United Telecom Council Thursday urged its members to tell their lawmakers that utilities need a 10-megahertz allocation of spectrum in the 700 MHz band."UTC's position continues to be that true interoperability must include critical infrastructures for better emergency response and recovery and to...

All quiet on 800 MHz front

WASHINGTON-The official wireless world was strangely silent last week with everyone from Nextel Communications Inc. to Verizon Wireless refusing to say what happens now that the Federal Communications Commission has released the details of its plan to solve public-safety interference in the 800 MHz...

UTC says 'Balanced Approach Plan' is the way to solve 800 MHz interference

WASHINGTON-Just as public safety confirmed its support for the Consensus Plan, the United Telecom Council, a major proponent of the Balanced Approach Plan, confirmed that it believes this plan will solve the interference problems in the 800 MHz band. "Nextel's statements about the commercial...

Interference

The Federal Communications Commission is trying diligently to come up with its own plan for solving the interference problem at 800 MHz in a way to satisfy public-safety users, private-wireless companies, Nextel Communications Inc. and other mobile-phone carriers and be fair to the American...

Interference

The Federal Communications Commission would be wise to continue to explore possible technical solutions to the interference problem to public-safety systems caused in some areas by Nextel Communications Inc.One proposed solution before the FCC, called the Consensus Plan, is controversial and rightly so. Perhaps...

Utilities study offers hope for telecom equipment vendors

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United Telecom Council's recently released report "What Utilities Buy: Evaluating the Market for Telecom Equipment and Services Sold to Utilities" covers the results of a survey of utility telecom managers and engineers throughout the United States."This report is a breath of fresh...

Victory to speak at UTC meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United Telecom Council announced Nancy J. Victory, assistant secretary of commerce, will give the keynote address at UTC Telecom 2002 this June in Las Vegas.Victory plays a lead role in the telecommunications industry serving as administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information...

People

Heinz Corp.Heinz Corp., which provides services to wireless carriers, has promoted Rick Vogt to senior project manager. In his new position he will be responsible for Heinz's projects for Cingular Wireless. Vogt has been with Heinz for about a year, and most recently supervised...

UTC expands frequency coordination activities

WASHINGTON-The United Telecom Council, a global trade association for utilities, pipelines, other critical infrastructure companies and their technology partners, announced it will expand its spectrum services to incorporate enhanced frequency coordination, communications system design, training and engineering services for its customers.The expansion is facilitated...

AMTA to take over frequency coordination from ATA

WASHINGTON-Refuting rumors of slowing revenue growth and decreasing membership, the American Mobile Telecommunications Association said last week it is taking over the frequency coordination duties of the American Trucking Association."There isn't that much money for frequency coordination. What we are adding to the party...

FCC lifts MAS freeze, adopts licensing, service rules

WASHINGTON-In its last decision impacting the wireless industry for 1999, the Federal Communications Commission lifted the freeze and adopted licensing and service rules for the 3.2 megahertz of spectrum designated for multiple address systems."MAS frequencies continue to grow in importance to private industry. I...

PRODUCTS

TadiranTadiran Inc. introduced the Pulses Plus battery, a high-energy lithium thionyl chloride battery designed specifically for global positioning system tracking, radio-frequency interference detection and other high pulse applications. The Pulses Plus battery offers 3.6 volts of power, 19Ah of capacity, low self discharge and...

UTC ANNOUNCES BRAZILIAN GROUP

WASHINGTON, D.C.-UTC, The Telecommunications Association, announced the inauguration of Associacao dos Proprietarios de Infra-estrutura e Sistemas Privados de Telecommunicacoes, a sister organization in Brazil.APTEL will represent the owners of infrastructures and private telecommunication systems and will work with UTC to build a global alliance...

PCIA IN THE MIDDLE OF COORDINATION DISPUTES

WASHINGTON-As the private wireless industry prepares to enter the battle against auctioning spectrum, competing private wireless groups are fighting over how spectrum should be coordinated.At the middle of two disputes is the Personal Communications Industry Association, which has been criticized by some for spending...

PUBLIC SERVICE POOL PROPOSAL CRITICIZED BY FREQUENCY COORDINATORS

WASHINGTON-A petition by three trade associations representing railroads, utilities and the petroleum industry is being criticized soundly by other frequency coordinators, which claim the request for a separate "public service pool" would destroy refarming goals.The petition, filed Aug. 14, asked the Federal Communications Commission...

UTC COUNTERS ITA REFARMING BLUEPRINT WITH A PLAN OF ITS OWN

WASHINGTON-The Utilities Telecommunications Council, has taken issue with a recent technical blueprint regarding pool consolidation floated at the Federal Communications Commission by the Industrial Telecommunications Association, and the group has submitted a plan of its own that it said better protects utilities and public-safety...

UTC CLAIMS FIVE YEARS IS TOO LONG TO WAIT ON MAS APPLICATIONS

WASHINGTON-Utility and energy companies want a federal court to force the Federal Communications Commission to process 50,000 multiple address system applications pending since 1992, a delay regulators say is necessary to consider auctioning the spectrum.UTC, a trade group representing electric, gas and water utilities...

E.F. JOHNSON VENTURE ASKS TO REVERSE RULING ON REJECTED APPS

WASHINGTON-Viking Dispatch Services Inc., whose 42 applications to build cooperative, non-profit private radio networks were rejected by the Federal Communications Commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau June 7, continues to fight for a review of the decision based on facts it has uncovered since the decision.Following...

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