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Person of the Year: Kevin Martin: FCC Chairman is this year’s most influential wireless player

Official Washington is big on labels, quick to pigeonhole this elected official or that presidential appointee based on party affiliation, past government actions and off-the-record scuttlebutt. It is a convenient baseline utilized by lobbyists, journalists, political operatives and others to establish battle lines and...

Both sides argue freedom in text messaging debate: Public Knowledge says carriers will discriminate, operators say they should get to choose marketing partners

Public-interest groups reiterated their call for federal regulators to protect text-messaging rights, framing the debate as far-reaching in terms of the potential implications for free speech, disability access and competition in the wireless industry.Public Knowledge and other organizations want the Federal Communications Commission to...

Microsoft to embed Flash Lite in Windows Mobile: Deal a coup for Adobe’s continued push into mobile space

Microsoft Corp. said it will embed Adobe Systmes Inc.'s Flash Lite on Windows Mobile devices alongside its own streaming video technology.The software giant licensed Flash Lite, a stripped-down version of the popular Internet technology, as well as its Reader software for viewing PDF documents....

Internet post vexes MobiTV: HowardForums.com posts instructions to access TV service free

MobiTV Inc. claimed it is not trying to shut down a popular Web site that carried instructions on how to access its video service free.Howardforums.com, a forum for cellphone enthusiasts that claims nearly 800,000 users, drew attention after a user posted instructions that grant...

WiMAX should offer simple solutions to avoid confusion

Those venturing into the world of WiMAX don't want to further confuse consumers with yet another choice in technology. They want to simplify it, and by that they mean enabling people to access their personal content (and content that lives online) from anywhere on...

Alcatel-Lucent moves to ‘Can you see me now?’world

A friend in need is a friend indeed. This mantra seems to ring remarkably true at Alcatel-Lucent, evident by its wide reach and the position it finds itself in the telecom industry.The telecom equipment maker fused a breadth of French and American experience together...

Open access: Questions and consequences

CONCEPTUALLY, AT LEAST, FEW THINGS could be more appealing to mobile consumers than open wireless access.Richard Whitt, Google Inc.'s telecom and media counsel, painted a picture of a veritable mobile utopia on the company's blog last week as Google and its allies lobbied the...

Exhibit features cameraphone photos

"Alleyways are good except you run into homeless people, and people think you're crazy because you're walking around with a phone," photographer Patrice Elmi said recently at an art gallery showcasing her work. So goes the photographer's newly inspired art form, which she calls...

Swimming against the current: Two Chinese vendors ready to take the plunge in U.S.

IF NOKIA CORP. HAS TO REFRESH its efforts in the United States to solidify carrier relationships, as it said last week, two Chinese handset vendors entering the market may similarly have to gird for the long haul-though ambition is a good place to start.The...

Carrier control of networks in cross hairs: Skype argues carriers must heed to 1960s Carterfone decision

THE MOBILE-PHONE INDUSTRY INCREASINGLY finds itself confronted with disruptive digital technologies, a phenomenon that is challenging carriers' tight control of wireless networks and forcing policy-makers to grapple with how to promote consumer choice without unduly interfering with companies' ability to manage their businesses. The...

Skype pushes for wireless net neutrality

Disruptive Voice over Internet Protocol phone company Skype asked the Federal Communications Commission to rule that consumers have the right to use Internet communications software and that they can attach whatever devices they want to mobile phone networks."As the wireless market has matured and...

Inouye joins network-neutrality effort; House committee enters telecom-reform debate

WASHINGTON—After expressing concerns that the network-neutrality provisions in the Senate Commerce Committee’s telecommunications-reform bill weren’t strong enough, Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), a ranking member of the committee, signed onto a bill Friday praised by network-neutrality proponents. The Internet Preservation Freedom Act does not allow...

Sweeping back the veil for a closer look at India’s handset market

In the wireless universe, one outstanding fact about India trumps its ancient history, heterogeneous society and complex political and economic mix: With more than 1 billion people, India is the second-most-populous country in the world, and with rising prosperity, its citizens are buying wireless...

GOP initiative garners praise ahead of announcement

WASHINGTON—The Information Technology Council offered advance praise for a House GOP innovation initiative being unveiled on Capitol Hill this afternoon. "The Republican leadership’s competitiveness act will create jobs and keep the American tech industry vibrant and growing," said Rhett Dawson, president of the Information...

Wireless pushes for longer education spectrum leases

WASHINGTON-Top wireless broadband licensees are at odds with schools and churches over whether federal regulators should mandate a 15-year cap on education spectrum leases, a feud that could force Bush administration telecom officials to choose between two highly popular and politically connected interest groups....

Abernathy to leave FCC Dec. 9

WASHINGTON-FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy said Thursday she will leave the Federal Communications Commission Dec. 9, even though the White House has yet to name a replacement. Abernathy's announcement was expected. Her term expired in June 2005, and she had to leave when Congress adjourns...

Public wireless access launched in San Francisco, Las Vegas

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Wireless Internet access got a little easier in two Western U.S. cities with separate announcements this week. AnchorFree Wireless launched free Wi-Fi service in the commercial segment of San Francisco's Castro District. The hot spot, said to be one of the first such...

Vibrant, Netezza garner Tier 1 carrier contract

PHILADELPHIA-Vibrant Solutions and Netezza said they have scored a multimillion-dollar contract with a Tier 1 North American wireless carrier, which they declined to name. The contract calls for the carrier to deploy Vibrant's Hyperanalytics solution to manage reciprocal compensation. They product uses Netezza's Performance...

Motorola deploys GSM circuit core in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria-Motorola Inc. said it has launched its first GSM circuit core solution as part of its $50 million end-to-end system the company is deploying for M-Tel, an operator in Nigeria."By working with M-Tel to strengthen its network and service offering, Motorola will contribute...

Motorola deploys GSM circuit core in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria-Motorola Inc. said it has launched its first GSM circuit core solution as part of its $50 million end-to-end system the company is deploying for M-Tel, an operator in Nigeria."By working with M-Tel to strengthen its network and service offering, Motorola will contribute...

Hollings to retire in ’05

WASHINGTON-Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (D-S.C.), ranking member on both the Senate Commerce Committee and the appropriations subcommittee with control over the Federal Communications Commission's budget, said he would not seek re-election and would retire when his term expires in January 2005."With all of this...

Hollings to retire in 2005, will not seek re-election

WASHINGTON-Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (D-S.C.), ranking member on both the Senate Commerce Committee and the appropriations subcommittee with control over the Federal Communications Commission's budget, said Monday he would not seek re-election and would retire when his term expires in January 2005."With all of...

DoCoMo trades on NY, London exchanges

NEW YORK—NTT DoCoMo Inc., Japan's largest mobile communications operator, began trading its American depositary shares on the New York Stock Exchange and its common shares on the London Stock Exchange March 1."Combined with our listing earlier today on the London Stock Exchange and our...

Nortel, Ericsson, Siemens take hold of European market

Nortel Networks Corp., L.M. Ericsson and Siemens AG may be the major vendors to improve their harvests from the new balance of power that the third generation of technologies will generate in the European GSM infrastructure space, according to a new report by The...

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