black line

independent news

black line

FRIDAY — MAY 31, 2013 — ISSUE NO. 557

black line

Paging and Wireless Messaging Home Page image Newsletter Archive image Carrier Directory image Recommended Products and Services
imageimageimageimage
Reference Papers Consulting Glossary of Terms Send an e-mail to Brad Dye

black line

Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Plan by Google's Motorola to open Tex. factory signals shift as tech firms look to add U.S. jobs

schmidt
Jin lee/Bloomberg News — Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, speaks during a news conference in New York in 2012 photo. Google bought Motorola Mobility last year for $12.5 billion.

By Craig Timberg
Published: May 29
The Washington Post

Motorola Mobility, once a pioneer in shifting manufacturing to China, is opening a smartphone factory in Texas, the company said Wednesday, joining a small but growing movement toward bringing technology jobs to the United States.

The decision follows announcements by major tech firms, including Apple and Lenovo , planning to add U.S. manufacturing capacity after more than a decade in which the flow was almost exclusively in the other direction — with millions of jobs going to East Asian factories known for low wages and minimal labor protections.

The shifts to the United States are fledgling, and some industry experts say the companies are motivated less by long-term manufacturing needs than by public relations strategy. At a time of rising governmental scrutiny of technology companies, analysts say, there are few better ways to acquire allies on Capitol Hill than to create manufacturing jobs in lawmakers' home districts.

But Motorola Mobility officials said they see significant business logic to having a factory close to the engineers who are designing a new flagship smartphone and the customers they hope will buy it. Officials say it aids innovation while allowing for leaner inventories and lower shipping costs.

"Doing that work of actually assembling the phone close to home will allow us to fix things faster, innovate faster," said Dennis Woodside, chief executive of Motorola Mobility, a division that was bought by Google last year for $12.5 billion.

The new smartphone, the Moto X, will be the first designed entirely under Google's ownership. It also will allow the company to capitalize on rising consumer preference for U.S. manufacturing; nearly two out of three Americans said they would pay more for an American-made product, a Gallup poll found in April.

The Moto X will be the first smartphone assembled in significant numbers in the United States since the launch of the iPhone made sophisticated mobile devices a key driver of growth in the technology industry, Motorola officials said. Americans are estimated to own 130 million smartphones, overwhelmingly built in East Asian factories. Many of the Moto X's roughly 1,100 component parts will still be made overseas, the company said.

The competitiveness of American factories is helped by rising labor costs in East Asia — though wages there are still much lower than in the United States — and falling energy costs.

East Asia remains home to most suppliers of electronics components, a long-term advantage that will make it difficult for a large percentage of high-tech manufacturing jobs to move to the United States, some analysts say. Previous pushes to attract more factory jobs have largely fizzled in the face of competition from East Asia and Latin America.

"This is Groundhog Day, big time," said Timothy Sturgeon, an MIT researcher on globalization. "On the other hand, this doesn't mean that this isn't significant news."

The United States lost 5.5 million manufacturing jobs, about one third of the nation's industrial workforce, between 2000 and 2009, said the Alliance for American Manufacturing, an advocacy group founded jointly by industry and the United Steelworkers union. The outward flow of jobs has stabilized in recent years, with the numbers of factories opening and closing roughly equal.

Within the tech industry, Chinese computer maker Lenovo announced in October that it would build laptops and tablets in North Carolina, and Apple said this month that it would invest $100 million in a plant to assemble some of its Mac computers in Texas. Google, meanwhile, is producing the initial versions of its wearable Glass mobile devices in California.

"You would have said five years ago this would have been impossible," said Scott N. Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. "It's interesting that you're seeing this getting started now. It's possible this could be part of a larger trend."

Motorola was among the earliest and most aggressive U.S. companies in moving manufacturing to China in the 1990s, at a time when relations between the countries were still raw after the bloody crackdown at Tiananmen Square. Motorola developed a commanding position in the cellphone market, but its market share has gradually eroded as Apple, Google and Samsung have emerged as the industry's key innovators. (Motorola later spun off its cellphone division, Motorola Mobility, and renamed the remaining parts of the company Motorola Solutions.)

Motorola's partner in the Texas project, global contract manufacturer Flextronics, has leased a 481,000-square-foot factory — about the size of eight football fields — in Fort Worth and has begun recruiting the nearly 2,000 workers who will assemble the Moto X, due to be released this summer. The factory, built by cellphone maker Nokia in the 1990s, employed 3,800 people at its peak before it was closed in 2007, according to news reports at the time.

The Moto X, company officials said, will streamline some common functions, such as taking a picture, to make the process faster and easier for users. The Texas factory will produce smartphones for the U.S. and Mexican markets, allowing faster shipping times and making it easier for engineers to make design tweaks — such as colors beyond the standard black or white — in response to shifting customer tastes, officials said.

Company officials hope to make millions of smartphones in Texas, though the volume of production will depend on the popularity of the Moto X. "It's definitely designed to have a much different look and feel than other smartphones and a much purer Google experience," said Mark Randall, senior vice president for supply chain and operations for Motorola Mobility.

The Fort Worth factory is in a foreign trade zone, which has tax advantages for exporters, and is near an international airport, a FedEx shipping hub and a distribution center for AT&T, a wireless carrier that is a major seller of smartphones.

"Motorola Mobility's decision to manufacture its new smartphone and create thousands of new jobs in Texas is great news for our growing state," Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement. "Our strong, healthy economy, built on a foundation of low taxes, smart regulation, fair legal system and a skilled workforce is attracting companies from across the country and around the world."

Governors and members of Congress typically are avid protectors of major manufacturing employers, a potentially important development at a time when tech firms are under fire in Washington for their tax strategies, privacy policies and, in the case of Motorola parent company Google, allegations of monopolistic behavior. Reports about labor unrest and dangerous working conditions at East Asian technology plants also have generated unwanted publicity for some tech companies.

[ source ]

black line

Now on to more news.

Wayne County, Illinois Weather

black line

Wireless Messaging News
  • Emergency Radio Communications
  • Wireless Messaging
  • Critical Messaging
  • Telemetry
  • Paging
  • WiMAX
  • Wi-Fi
WIRELESS
wireless logo medium
MESSAGING

black line

About Us

A new issue of the Wireless Messaging Newsletter is posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the web. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Messaging companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers — so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology.

I regularly get readers' comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Messaging communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

I spend the whole week searching the Internet for news that I think may be of interest to you — so you won't have to. This newsletter is an aggregator — a service that aggregates news from other news sources. You can help our community by sharing any interesting news that you find.

black line

Editorial Policy

Editorial Opinion pieces present only the opinions of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of any of advertisers or supporters. This newsletter is independent of any trade association.

black line

left arrow

You can help support the Wireless Messaging News by clicking on the PayPal Donate button above.

Voluntary Reader Support

Newspapers generally cost 75¢ a copy and they hardly ever mention paging. If you receive some benefit from this publication maybe you would like to help support it financially? A donation of $25.00 would represent approximately 50¢ a copy for one year. If you are willing and able, please click on the PayPal Donate button above.

black line

pagerman

black line

Subscriptions

signup left arrow CLICK HERE

CLICK ON THE LOGO ABOVE FOR A FREE NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIPTION

free There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology.

free

black line

lopok

Newsletter Advertising

advertise here

If you are reading this, your potential customers are probably reading it as well. Please click here to find out how.

black line

black line

Wireless Messaging News

made on a mac

black line

ADVERTISERS SUPPORTING THE NEWSLETTER

black line

Please Support Our Advertisers
They Make This Newsletter Possible

Advertiser Index

American Messaging
Critical Alert Systems
Critical Response Systems
Easy Solutions
Hahntech USA
Hark Technologies
Ira Wiesenfeld & Associates
Ivycorp
Leavitt Communications
Preferred Wireless
Prism Paging
Product Support Services — (PSSI)
Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC — (Ron Mercer)
Specialty Answering Service
STI Engineering
VCP International
WiPath Communications

black line

STI Engineering

black line

 
sti header
 

250W VHF Paging Transmitter

STI Engineering is delighted to announce the release of the RFI-148 250 high performance paging transmitter. The transmitter features true DDS frequency generation that enables precise control and flexibility for a wide range of data transmission applications.

The transmitter is particularly suitable for large simulcast POCSAG and FLEX paging networks and can be used as drop-in replacement of older and obsolete transmitters.

sti tx
  • High power output
    (selectable from 20 W - 250 W)
  • SNMP Diagnostics and alarms
  • Full VHF Band coverage
    (138-174 MHz)
  • DSP precision modulation
  • Integrated isolator
  • Sniffer port for in-rack receiver
  • Remote firmware upgrade capability
  • Software selectable frequency offset
  • Adjustable absolute delay correction
  • Front panel diagnostics
  • Hardware alarm outputs
  • High frequency stability
  • External reference option
  • FCC and ACMA approved
  • CE compliant version in development
sti logo sm22 Boulder Road Malaga 6090 Western Australia
Telephone:  +61 8 9209 0900
Email:   sales@stiengineering.com.au
Facsimile:  +61 8 9248 2833
Web:  www.stiengineering.com.au

black line

vcp international

black line

ivy ad

       CHECK THIS OUT

   left arrow

black line

Moto X smartphone is real and will be launched by October

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside said the entire product line would be revamped this summer and fall, and the Moto X would be manufactured in the U.S.

by Dan Farber
May 29, 2013 4:16 PM PDT
c|net

moto x
Walt Mossberg (left) with Dennis Woodside and Regina Dugan of Motorola at D11.
(Credit: ATD)

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility has not been the search giant's finest hour, at least so far. Motorola lost $271 million for Google in the first quarter of 2013, and it's unclear at this point what the plan is to reinvent the division. And, some Android phone makers aren't totally believing that Motorola won't have some kind of unfair advantage as part of Google. In addition, the European Commission has been looking into how Motorola Mobility might be using its market position to seek and enforce a patent-related injunction against Apple.

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside attempted to address concerns in an interview Wednesday and let the world know that the company will be launching the rumored Moto X smartphone sometime between now and October. In fact, the entire product line of Motorola smartphones will be revamped, Woodside said during an the D: All Things Digital conference here . "We'll launch a handful of smartphones that aren't the end, but show where the company is heading," he said.

Woodside wouldn't show the Moto X, which he said was in his pocket, but said it was contextually aware of what's going on around it. It can fire up the camera when he takes it out his pocket (he didn't explain how), and it will act differently if you are driving 60 miles an hour in a car .

A phone that persistently understands changes has an impact on battery life. "Motorola has come up with two processors that allow you to do those things" that won't destroy battery life, Woodside said.

"The ability to engage with the phone is different than competitors," he said. The Moto X will be manufactured in the U.S., in a plant outside of Fort Worth, Texas, and employ 2,000 people, Woodside said. He added that carriers are excited about where Motorola is heading.

Woodside addressed how much Google is involved in Motorola's business. He said it is supported by parts of Google, such as finance and legal, but Android is completely independent and Motorola is managed like any other partner. "We are treated as a separate company," he said.

That said, Motorola is doing a deep mind-meld with Google and going for more moonshots, attempting to bring back what Woodside called the "audaciousness and confidence" of the old Motorola, which pioneered the cell phone industry and took its own moonshots, like the failed Iridium satellite project.

"I sat down with (Google CEO) Larry Page about what we are going to do. We will take it back to the roots of innovation and build devices that have the potential to change people's lives," Woodside said.

Regina Dugan, head of Motorola Advanced Technology & Projects and the former director of DARPA, exhibited some of the projects the company is working on. She showed a wearable, electronic tattoo that could be used for user authentication, as well as a pill with a small chip inside and a battery, from a company called Proteus, that creates a signal in the body and the entire body becomes an authentication token. "That becomes my first superpower," Dugan said. "We aren't shipping this right way.

"Having the boldness to think differently about problems people have every day is a new mindset," Woodside said. He believes that Motorola is now an underdog, despite having Google's money and DNA added to its historic roots, and some of the best and brightest engineers from Google, Apple, and Samsung joining the ranks.

"If you think back to transformative changes in the industry, it's almost never led by a big, incumbent company," Woodside said, noting how Android started as a small company and is now on almost a billion phones. "You don't need to be the biggest guy."

Clearly Apple and Samsung are the dominant smartphone players, but an underdog powered by Google, even at a distance, is a very big dog in the hunt.

dab farber

About Dan Farber

Dan has more than 20 years of journalism experience. He has served as editor in chief of CBSNews.com, CNET News, ZDNet, PC Week, and MacWeek.

Source: c|net  (Thanks to Barry Kanne)

black line

leavitt

Specialists in sales and service of equipment from these leading manufacturers, as well as other two-way radio and paging products:

UNICATIONbendix king
ZETRON

motorola blue Motorola SOLUTIONS

COMmotorola red Motorola MOBILITY spacer
Philip C. Leavitt
Manager
Leavitt Communications
7508 N. Red Ledge Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
CONTACT INFORMATION
E-mail: pcleavitt@leavittcom.com
Web Site: www.leavittcom.com
Mobile phone:847-494-0000
Telephone:847-955-0511
Fax:270-447-1909
Skype ID:pcleavitt

black line

black line

Specialty Answering Service

black line

sas logo

Why Should You Choose Specialty Answering Service?

Specialty Answering Service is one of the most trusted call center service-providers in the industry. We have combined an amazing business answering service with a passion for technology and customer service to develop an essential solution for any company looking to stay ahead in our “on demand” world. Your customers want information and answers now. Are you ready to help them? We are!

We are able to integrate with any paging or messaging service that our clients already subscribe to.

Phone: 888-532-4794
Fax: 888-644-4129
E-mail   left arrow Web   left arrow Support   left arrow

black line

Specialty Answering Service

black line

black line

American Messaging

black line

amsi

black line

American Messaging

black line

black line

Easy Solutions

black line

easy solutions

Easy Solutions provides cost effective computer and wireless solutions at affordable prices. We can help in most any situation with your communications systems. We have many years of experience and a vast network of resources to support the industry, your system and an ever changing completive landscape.

  • We treat our customers like family. We don't just fix problems...
    • We recommend and implement better cost effective solutions.
  • We are not just another vendor — We are a part of your team.
    • All the advantages of high priced full time employment without the cost.
  • We are not in the Technical Services business...
    • We are in the Customer Satisfaction business.

Experts in Paging Infrastructure
Glenayre, Motorola, Unipage, etc.
Excellent Service Contracts
Full Service—Beyond Factory Support
Contracts for Glenayre and other Systems starting at $100
Making systems More Reliable and MORE PROFITABLE for over 28 years.

Please see our web site for exciting solutions designed specifically for the Wireless Industry. We also maintain a diagnostic lab and provide important repair and replacement parts services for Motorola and Glenayre equipment. Call or e-mail us for more information.

Easy Solutions
3220 San Simeon Way
Plano, Texas 75023

Vaughan Bowden
Telephone: 972-898-1119
Website: www.EasySolutions4You.com
E-mail: vaughan@easysolutions4you.com

black line

Easy Solutions

black line

black line

2013 Wireless Hall of Fame Inductees Announced (5/24/13)

The Wireless History Foundation announced four individuals who will be inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame during the foundation's Oct. 15, 2013, dinner in San Jose, Calif. The 2013 inductees are:

  • Craig Farril l — Farrill has a long record of leadership and experience in the wireless industry. Early in his 38-year career, he worked with Communications Industries, one of the first modern wireless companies. He also served as chief technology officer (CTO) for major international wireless carriers, including Vodafone AirTouch, PacTel and AirTouch Communications. He is a founder of the CDMA Development Group (CDG), an international industry association furthering digital wireless technology. He is one of the original board members of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and served as acting general manager during its organizational phase.
  • George Schmitt — Schmitt has broad telecom experience in wireless and wireline companies gained over a 40-year career. At Pacific Telesis, he was responsible for building the first GSM system in the world in Germany for the Mannesmann consortium. As President of Omnipoint, he built the largest American Personal Communications Services (PCS) network at the time and was on the forefront of advanced wireless technologies including GSM, GPRS packet data, EDGE, positioning and Internet access. As executive vice president of International Operations for Airtouch he built the world's first CDMA network in South Korea. He also served as the first American chair of the GSM Association.
  • Kris Rinne — With more than 30 years of experience in the telecom industry, Rinne's early leadership in deploying GSM technology in the U.S. set the stage for the success of the 3GPP family of technologies. She has served many roles at AT&T, where she is currently senior vice president (SVP), Network Technologies, AT&T Labs, and oversaw the HSPA rollout. She formerly held the position of vice president, technology strategy for SBC Wireless and managing director, operations at Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems. She has also contributed to the industry as the chairperson of the Board of Governors at 3G Americas and as a director of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS).
  • Mark Warner — Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008 from the Commonwealth of Virginia and served as Governor of Virginia from 2002 – 2006. Before entering public office, Warner was managing director of Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm, and invested in many startups in the cellular telephone business. He was one of the initial investors in FleetCall, the company that became Nextel. Through these ventures, he either founded or co-founded of MRW Enterprises, Capital Cellular and Columbia Cellular.

"We are honored to welcome these individuals into the Wireless Hall of Fame," said WHF Board Member Rob Mechaley, CEO of Mobilesphere Holdings, and chairman of the 2013 selection committee. "Their achievements in the wireless industry continue the level of excellence and accomplishment that members of the Wireless Hall of Fame represent."

The Wireless Hall of Fame program recognizes outstanding achievement across all disciplines of the wireless industry. Thirty-six individuals have been inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame through 2012. The 2013 selection committee was composed of an anonymous panel of Hall of Fame members.

Source: Mission Critical Communications

black line

Product Support Services, Inc.

black line

 

Wireless and Cellular Repair — Pagers, Coasters, Handsets, Infrastructure and other Electronics

pssi logo

pssi

repairmanrepairman

Product Support Services, Inc.

511 South Royal Lane
Coppell, Texas 75019
(972) 462-3970 Ext. 261
sales@pssirl.com left arrow
www.pssirl.com left arrow

PSSI is the industry leader in reverse logistics, our services include depot repair, product returns management, RMA and RTV management, product audit, test, refurbishment, re-kitting and value recovery.

PSSI Offers Customers —

  • Centralized Returns and Repair Services at our 125,000 Sq. Ft. Facility, in a Triple Free Port Zone, 3 Miles North of DFW Airport.
  • Experience, PSSI repairs 5,000 units a day and has capacity for more.
  • ISO9001:2008 Certified Operation, with integrated Lean Manufacturing processes and systems for best-in class performance and turn-times.
  • Authorized Service Center for Level I, II and III Repair by a wide variety of OEMs including LG, Motorola, Samsung, Nokia and others.
  • State-of-the-art facility for multiple wireless test environments, including infrastructure and board-level test and repair capabilities.
  • Serialized Tracking through PSSI's proprietary Work-In-Process (WIP) and shop floor management system PSS.Net. This system allows PSSI to track each product received by employee, work center, lot, model, work order, serial number and location, tracking parts allocated, service, repair and refurbishment actions through each stage of the reverse logistics process. Access to order status and repair reports can be transmitted electronically in formats like FTP, EDI, API, XML or CSV.
  • Expertise, PSSI's executive team has 125+ years of industry experience.

 

black line

LEAVITT Communications

black line

its stil here

It's still here — the tried and true Motorola Alphamate 250. Now owned, supported, and available from Leavitt Communications. Call us for new or reconditioned units, parts, manuals, and repairs.

We also offer refurbished Alphamate 250's, Alphamate IIs, the original Alphamate and new and refurbished pagers, pager repairs, pager parts and accessories. We are FULL SERVICE in Paging!

E-mail Phil Leavitt ( pcleavitt@leavittcom.com ) for pricing and delivery information or for a list of other available paging and two-way related equipment.

black line

Phil Leavitt
847-955-0511
pcleavitt@leavittcom.com

leavitt logo

7508 N. Red Ledge Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
www.leavittcom.com

black line

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Critical Messaging Company Expands its Business During Difficult Economic Times

ALPHARETTA, Georgia, U.S.A. (May27, 2013) — Prism-IPX Systems LLC, an industry leading critical messaging system manufacturer based in Alpharetta, Ga., U.S.A., announced it has acquired the assets of Onix Electronic Systems, Inc. of Summerville, S.C. which does business as Hark Technologies.

The transaction includes technology and products that Prism-IPX and Hark Technology will cross-integrate into both product lines, extending the combined companies' lead with innovative products for paging and other critical messaging technologies. The two companies lead the industry with integrated and external secure message encryption solutions.

"Our acquisition of the Hark Technologies business further enhances Prism-IPX's product and support services portfolio and increases our ability to bring new and innovative products to our to customers.  said Jim Nelson, President and CEO of Prism-IPX Systems. "With our focus on critical messaging our combined products provide secure, encrypted messaging from text input all the way to message display on compatible devices. This is vital to the healthcare, public safety and utility producers to protect access to and confidentiality of their internal communications."

David George and William (Bill) Noyes, previous owners of the Onix company, have joined Prism-IPX Systems as Senior Development Engineers and will work on new product development and existing product enhancements as well as help with product support.

"This is an ideal fit for our company and provides the development resources, distribution and support we needed for the products we have developed. We look forward to joining the Prism-IPX team and." said David George, Onix President.

"I am delighted to have David and Bill join the company and bring with them the products and technologies they have developed over the years" said John Bishop, Prism-IPX Systems COO. "Their combination of knowledge and experience will immediately help our company offer more of the products and services our customers need."

Prism-IPX designs powerful and robust software and hardware systems using modern network technologies (IP, SIP, VoIP) along with secure network technology to manage connections to control local and remote broadcast sites and deliver highly reliable text messaging to people and devices. The company's products are used extensively for private and commercial systems in healthcare, public safety, energy production and many other markets where mission critical messaging is required.

With the combined resources of its Australian owned partner, Xacom International, Prism-IPX has increased its staff in its Alpharetta, Ga. office to handle its growth in providing critical messaging systems.  Increased demand for Prism-IPX products and services in the U.S. and International markets is fueling growth.  Recent additions to administrative staff along with software development, sales and technical support, increased the need to expand its office space.  More company growth is expected and future plans are to bring more jobs in both locations with the addition of staff positions. Current staff for Australia, US and UK combined is over 40 employees plus indirect sales channels, contact engineering and support providers.

Critical messaging, especially systems utilizing paging technology, works when other technology does not.  During disasters and/or terrorist attacks, paging systems have proven to be effective and reliable and can reach millions of users simultaneously. The dependable performance is based on the way messages are received and equipment functions.  Paging systems, unlike cellular systems, operate from a dedicated radio channel and do not compete with other devices for signals, thereby providing high availability and redundancy.  Additionally, paging towers have a broad reach and can be located a further distance from the heart of a disaster and still provide critical paging where needed. In emergency situations, backup towers can be erected quickly and easily, if necessary, with no major interruption of service or critical message delivery.

About Prism-IPX Systems LLC:
Prism-IPX Systems LLC is a partnership between U.S. companies Prism Systems International, Inc. and Xacom International, LLC which is wholly owned by Australian company Xacom Pty Ltd, a leading developer and supplier of healthcare and commercial messaging and monitoring systems. By combining products and development resources the companies now provide critical messaging solutions around the world for country-wide, regional and local commercial and private paging system operators, healthcare, public safety, energy producers and government facilities.

About Onix Electronic Systems, Inc. / d.b.a. Hark Technologies:
Hark Technologies  designs communication software and servers for the personal messaging industry. This includes paging carriers and cellular phone companies. The company's Omega communication servers have been in use since 1996 including one of the first voice mail systems to add Internet messaging features. In recent years Hark Technologies has concentrated, with great success, on developing appliance based messaging products to complement its software messaging platforms.

Contacts:
Public Relations
Prism-IPX Systems LLC
Alpharetta, GA USA
Tel: +1 678 242 5290

###

black line

black line

Consulting Alliance

black line

Brad Dye, Ron Mercer, Allan Angus, Vic Jackson, and Ira Wiesenfeld are friends and colleagues who work both together and independently, on wireline and wireless communications projects. Click here left arrow for a summary of their qualifications and experience. Each one has unique abilities. We would be happy to help you with a project, and maybe save you some time and money.

black line

Consulting Alliance

black line

 

advertise

 

black line

HahntechUSA

black line

HahntechUSA

Telemetry solution

Easy Application & Better Performance

 

NPCS Telemetry Modem

BLUE LINE

(ReFLEX 2.7.5)

telemetry

finger

E-mail: sales@hahntechUSA.com

Website: hahntechUSA.com

 

black line

HahntechUSA

black line

 

black line

Preferred Wireless

black line

preferred logo

Terminals & Controllers:
1Motorola ASC1500
2GL3100 RF Director 
7SkyData 8466 B Receivers
1GL3000L Complete w/Spares
2GL3000ES Chassis, can configure
1Zetron 2200 Terminals
 Unipage—Many Unipage Cards & Chassis
Link Transmitters:
4Glenayre QT4201 & 6201, 25 & 100W Midband Link TX
2Glenayre QT6201 Link Repeater and Link Station in Hot Standby
1Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
3Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2Motorola 30W, Midband Link TX (C42JZB6106AC)
2Eagle 900 MHz Link Transmitters, 60 & 80W
5Glenayre GL C2100 Link Repeaters
2 (NEW ITEM) Motorola Q2630A, 30W, UHF Link TX
VHF Paging Transmitters
1 (NEW ITEM) Glenayre QT7505
1 (NEW ITEM) Glenayre QT8505
12Motorola VHF 350W Nucleus NAC Transmitters
9Motorola VHF 350W Nucleus C-Net Transmitters
3Motorola PURC-5000, VHF, 350W, ACB Control 
UHF Paging Transmitters:
20Glenayre UHF GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
3Motorola PURC-5000 110W ACB Transmitters
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
3Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
2Glenayre GLT8200, 25W (NEW)
15Glenayre GLT-8500 250W
2Motorola Nucleus 900MHz 300W CNET Transmitters
9 (NEW ITEM) Motorola PURC 5000 300W, 900MHz ACB Control

1

Hennessy Outdoor Cabinet w/AC unit, model 214327

Weatherproof fiberglass outdoor cabinet with front and rear doors and 2 side panels that can be easily removed for ease of working on equipment.

Inside the cabinet there are 2, 19" adjustable racks, cable trays and electrical cabling. There is also a Transtector surge protector wired into the main power input.

This unit is light due to the fiberglass sides. Shipping via truck is necessary but should not be expensive.

Outside Dimensions: 60" tall x 40" deep x 35" wide.

Inside Dimensions: 58" tall x 38" deep x 34" wide.

The AC unit is a Kooltronic 220VAC, rated at 4000 BTU. It has been tested and cools nicely.

Price $1,000 OBO.

SEE WEB FOR COMPLETE LIST:

www.preferredwireless.com/equipment left arrow

Too Much To List • Call or E-Mail

Rick McMichael
Preferred Wireless, Inc.
10658 St. Charles Rock Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63074
888-429-4171 or 314-429-3000
rickm@preferredwireless.com left arrow

black line

Preferred Wireless

black line

black line

 
critical alert CA Partner’s Program
 

Providing better communications solutions to hospitals across the country — together!

For CAS, strong partnerships remain key to providing our software-based communications solutions to our customers. These solutions include:

ca dr and nurse
nurse call systemscritical messaging solutionsmobile health applications

We provide the communication, training and resources required to become a CA partner. In turn, our partners provide customers with the highest levels of local service & support. CA Partners may come from any number of business sectors, including:

  • Service Providers
  • System Integrators
  • Value Added Resellers and Distributors
  • Expert Contractors
If you would like to hear more about our CA Partners program, we’d love to hear from you. criticalalert.com

black line

Selected portions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, and/or the BloostonLaw Private Users Update — newsletters from the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP are reproduced in this section with the firm's permission.

black line

BloostonLaw Telecom Update Vol. 16, No. 19 May 29, 2013

Tensions Flare between Vitter and TracFone over Lifeline Legislation

Legislative news outlet The Hill reports that Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and TracFone Wireless are butting heads over recently proposed legislation aimed at ending the cellular phone subsidy.

As reported in the May 15, 2013 edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, Vitter introduced legislation into the Senate that would prohibit Lifeline funds from being used to subsidize cellular phones entirely. Readers will also recall that just one day before Vitter introduced his anti-cellular Lifeline bill, TracFone filed a Petition for Rulemaking asking the FCC to amend its Lifeline rules to prohibit in-person distribution of handsets to prospective Lifeline consumers, instead requiring carriers to verify the eligibility of the customer first.

According to the article, TracFone ran an advertisement in New Orleans attacking Vitter and his bill, claiming that, "Lifeline's wireless benefit was born out of Katrina ... Senator David Vitter must have forgotten." The Hill goes on to report that Vitter responded with, "a sardonic "thank you" to TracFone for paying for an ad that draws attention to 'this out-of-control, fraud-ridden entitlement program,'" before proceeding to claim TracFone's ad was misleading for a number of reasons.

Headlines

Comment Date Set on VoIP, NG911 and Wireline to Wireless Trials

Comments are due on July 8, 2013 and reply comments are due on August 7, 2013 on the trials proposed by the FCC's Technology Transitions Policy Task Force to examine issues and gather data related to the ongoing transitions from wireline to wireless service, time-division multiplexing (TDM) to internet protocol (IP), and the implementation of next generation 911 (NG911) in GN Docket No. 13-5, originally reported in the May 15, 2013 of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update. While participation in the trials will be voluntary for communications providers, carriers should anticipate that the trials will be used to generate data that will support the goals of carriers like AT&T and Verizon and the FCC, including the sunset of TDM and its regulatory environment and the promotion of wireless-only service for high cost rural areas.

As previously reported, the VoIP trial is intended to gather real-world data on the need and scope for technical or industry standards for the exchange of voice traffic in Internet protocol formats, including data to evaluate which policies to implement with regard to physical points of interconnection, pricing, transit, numbering and number portability, service level agreements, quality of service, and other terms and conditions.

In the wireline-to-wireless trial, the FCC asks whether the LEC should be able to force all residential and business customers in the trial area to move from wireline voice and broadband products to a wireless only product. The trial would then evaluate the benefits of such a transition in terms of quality and terms of service, price, product functionalities, E-911 performance, accessibility options, reliability, and potential carrier cost savings in the delivery of voice and data services to higher cost areas.

The NG911 trial will deploy an "all-IP" NG911 service on an accelerated basis in a number of geographic areas where public safety authorities are already prepared to deploy NG911 for one or more PSAPs (the Task Force is also seeking comment on what areas would be appropriate for such a test). The Task Force also seeks comment on the impact of consumer migration to wireless and IP-based services that are dependent on commercial power and network resiliency and public safety services generally.

FCC Announces Five VoIP Numbering Trial Proposals Submitted

On May 23, 2013, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing that it has received five numbering proposals to participate in a six-month technical trial of direct access to telephone numbers by Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers.

As reported in the April 24, 2013 edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC released an Order on April 18 establishing a six-month technical trial of direct access to telephone numbers by granting a conditional waiver to Vonage Holdings Corp. (Vonage) and other interconnected VoIP providers that had pending petitions for waiver of Section 52.15(g)(2)(i) of the Commission's rules (and that otherwise meet the terms and conditions outlined in the Order).

Specifically, the numbering proposals must (1) include a certification that the provider will comply with the terms and conditions of the six month trial waiver, including any FCC and State reporting requirements, (2) identify the rate centers or LATAs in which the provider wishes to have numbers directly assigned, and note how many numbers it proposes to receive as new numbers and to port in from existing or new customers, and (3) detail the phase-in process to implement the trial.

Proposals were submitted by Vonage, SmartEdgeNet, LLC, WilTel Communications, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Level 3 Communications, LLC), Intelepeer, Inc., and Millicorp. Vonage's proposal included LATAs in Georgia, Massachusetts, Arizona; SmartEdge's proposal included LATAs in Florida and Texas; WilTel's proposal included LATAs in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, Colorado, California, and New York, and Milicorp's proposal included LATAs in Florida and Georgia. Intelepeer's filing redacted this information.

According to the Public Notice, each of the proposals will be approved thirty days after its respective filing date unless the FCC finds that the proposal fails to comply with the requirements of the Order. Specifically, the FCC may reject any proposal from a provider that is currently "red-lighted" by the FCC, is out of compliance with any FCC obligation, or is "otherwise determined to pose a risk that is not outweighed by the benefits of permitting the VoIP provider to participate in the trial."

NOTE: FCC goes electronic for FY2014, changing how carriers make fee payments!

The Commission has also announced various administrative changes that will be effective October 1, 2013 for FY2014. These changes involve the annual mailing of CMRS assessments to wireless carriers and the acceptance of manual payments for regulatory fee payments. As a result, starting next year, our CMRS clients will need to log into the FCC's Fee Filer Program to view the CMRS Regulatory Fee Assessment. Additionally, as part of the U.S. Treasury's paperless initiative, the FCC will no longer accept manual paper checks and the Form 159 Remittance Advice for the payment of regulatory fees. Instead, the FCC will require that regulatory fees be paid electronically by credit card, wire transfer or ACH payment. The FCC has stated that any other form of payment will be rejected and sent back to the payor — which could result in the imposition of late fees and other penalties. In order to get ready for next year, we recommend that our clients consider using electronic payments this year. Additionally, for those of our clients who have used our office to make the regulatory fee payments, we have been utilizing the FCC's electronic payment system to make the payments.

The FCC is also working with the US Treasury to implement procedures that will reduce its accounts receivable and increase its recovery of unpaid regulatory fees. As part of this effort, the FCC is planning to transfer unpaid regulatory fees to the US Treasury for collection action at the end of the window for annual regulatory fee payments instead of waiting for a period of 180 days from the "delinquency date" as is the current practice. As part of this change, delinquent regulatees will see different notifications, including instructions on making delinquent payments directly to the US Treasury or its designated collection agent rather than to the FCC.

While the FCC has not indicated when this year's filing window for annual regulatory fee payments will open, we anticipate that it will either be in late August or early September as in past years. It is important to note that regulatory fees are payable as of the first day of the fiscal year (October 1) even though they are not actually collected until the FCC opens the filing window.

black line

Law & Regulation

FCC Seeks Comment on LNP Passcodes and Provisioning Flows

In a Public Notice released May 22, 2013, the FCC sought comment on the North American Numbering Council (NANC) request for clarification of the use of passcodes for non-simple ports and local number portability (LNP) provisioning flows. Comments are due June 5, 2013.

In 2010, the FCC adopted LNP provisioning flows, which included a one-business day porting interval for simple ports of a subscriber's telephone number from one service provider to another. In adopting these process flows, the FCC indicated that carrier-assigned passcodes for a customer's account may not be required to be supplied by a new provider in order to obtain a customer service record (CSR) from another provider, and that the adopted porting flows would remain in effect until the NANC recommended, and the FCC approved, revised provisioning flows for the porting process.

In a letter filed September 19, 2012, the NANC asked the FCC to clarify that the LNP flows and recommendations apply to all ports, not just simple ports, thereby prohibiting the use of a carrier-initiated passcode for any porting request. In a second letter dated December 10, 2012, the NANC asked the FCC to adopt clarifying revisions to LNP provisioning flows for cancellations and disconnections.

black line

Industry

Senators Urge FCC To Consider Security Risk Of Sprint-Softbank Deal

"As I am sure the Commission is aware, Sprint holds strategic assets, such as its wireless spectrum and fiber network, and has extensive and ongoing relationships throughout the whole government," McCain wrote. "With all other relevant facts and circumstances surrounding Softbank's proposed acquisition of Sprint, I hope the Commission duly considers these facts when reviewing this matter."

Sen. Schumer's letter, which was also sent to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, was more direct.

"There are several reasons this deal requires careful scrutiny," Schumer wrote. "SoftBank, which proposes to acquire Sprint as well as its spectrum, is a Japanese company with alleged ties to China, the country that is currently the leading source of cyber breaches."

The letters came as the California Public Utilities Commission last week voted to approve the transaction, giving the companies the final state approval needed to close the deal. The companies filed applications in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

Industry watchers believe that Dish Network is behind this latest campaign to frame SoftBank's $20.1 billion offer for a 70% stake in Sprint as a national security issue. Dish proposed a $25.5 billion rival bid in April and is seeking to trump the Japanese firm's offer.

However, to address these security concerns, SoftBank has promised not to use Chinese telecommunications equipment in its networks, and it has reportedly also agreed to allow the U.S. government to approve.

But these same insiders also think that Dish's 11th hour efforts may come as too little, too late. Dish representatives, including CEO Charlie Ergen, attended ex parte meetings on the FCC's Eighth Floor last week, urging the Commissioners to hold the merger proceeding in abeyance while the Sprint Board of Directors consider Dish's competing offer. Yesterday marked day 180 of the FCC's non-binding 180-day timeline for completing reviews of mergers and acquisitions, so we would not be surprised if a proposed order approving the deal has already been written and is circulating among acting Chairman Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Commissioner Ajit Pai.

Google Looks to Get Emerging Markets Online

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google. Inc. is deep into a broad-based effort to bring internet service for the first time to a billion or more new people in emerging markets such as sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The company has a variety of projects underway, in both rural and urban areas, but it reportedly plans to use TV white space spectrum in areas where government regulations allow, and to team up with local telecom firms and equipment providers to develop the networks and create business models to support them.

"White space has the advantage that low frequency signals can travel longer distances," said the Company in a Google Africa Blog posting this past Spring. "The technology is well suited to provide low cost connectivity to rural communities with poor telecommunications infrastructure, and for expanding coverage of wireless broadband in densely populated urban areas."

As part of the larger initiative, Google is said to be developing an ecosystem of microprocessors and low cost Android smartphones through its Motorola Mobility operating unit (which it acquired in May of 2012), and it has been working with telecom regulators in South Africa and Kenya to modify their regulations so that use of unlicensed TV white space spectrum is permitted.

According to the Journal's article, Google has also worked "on making special balloons or blimps, known as high-altitude platforms, to transmit signals to an area of hundreds of square miles, though such a network would involve frequencies other than the TV broadcast ones."

A Google Africa field trial launched in Cape Town this past March uses white space technology from three terrestrial transmitters to serve ten nearby schools. A goal of the trial is to show that broadband can be offered over white spaces without causing interference to with licensed spectrum operations. The network uses Google's spectrum database to determine white space availability.

While it is unknown whether Google has plans to use high-altitude platforms to deploy services outside the developing world, the company was chosen as one of several TV white space database administrators in the United States, and along with Microsoft Corporation has been instrumental in shaping policies and rules applicable to white space operations in the US. Testing of TV white space equipment and networks in developing markets would certainly have applicability in the US as well, where white space research and development have been complicated by FCC plans to "repack" broadcasters into a smaller portion of the TV broadcast band and to license broadcast spectrum that has been voluntarily returned to the FCC to be awarded to wireless carriers in "incentive" auctions.

The use of terrestrial white space networks in some areas and licensed aerial networks in other areas would also be consistent with Google statements that "there's not going to be one technology that's a silver bullet." In this regard, Google has recently deployed a gigabit fiber internet service in Kansas City and the Company bid for the Upper 700 MHz D-Block license in FCC Auction No. 73 to ensure that open access conditions that it lobbied for would be applicable to the spectrum, which is now held by Verizon Wireless. News reports from last year indicated that Google was in talks with Dish Network to help Dish deploy a terrestrial 700 MHz network, and Google's January 2013 FCC application for a 2.5 GHz experimental radio network at the Company headquarters in Mountain View, CA, led to speculation that Google could be working on last-mile technologies and services in conjunction with Clearwire Corp. to better compete with Verizon and AT&T.

black line

Deadlines

AUGUST 1: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION AND FORECAST REPORT: Any wireless or wireline carrier ( including paging companies ) that have received number blocks—including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks—from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by August 1. Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer's service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transferring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending June 30.

black line

Calendar At-A-Glance

May 31 — FCC Form 395, Employment Report, is due.
May 31 — Reply Comments on Petition filed by a group of competitive carriers asking the FCC to Reverse Forbearance for Special Access are due.
Jun. 3 — Comments/Oppositions to Rural Associations Petition for Reconsideration of Sixth Order on Reconsideration are due.
Jun. 3 — Comments/Oppositions on USTelecom Petition for Reconsideration of 54.313 Reporting Requirements are due.
Jun. 5 — Comments are due on LNP Passcode and Provisioning Flow Public Notice.
Jun. 8 — Electronic filing deadline for Form 497 for carriers seeking support for the preceding month and wishing to receive reimbursement by month's end.
Jun. 11 — Reply Comments on Options for Disposition of UHF T-Band (470-512 MHz) are due.
Jun. 11 — Replies to comments/oppositions to Rural Associations Petition for Reconsideration of Sixth Order on Reconsideration are due.
Jun. 11 — Replies to comments/oppositions USTelecom Petition for Reconsideration of 54.313 Reporting Requirements are due.
Jun. 11 — Reply comments on Rural Call Completion are due.
Jun. 14 — Comments on Broadcast TV Incentive Auction NPRM are due.
Jun. 17 — Comments on TracFone Petition for Rulemaking Prohibiting Distribution of Lifeline Handsets are due.
Jun. 19 — Comments are due on 2013-2014 Regulatory Fee Structure NPRM.
Jun. 26 — Reply comments are due on 2013-2014 Regulatory Fee Structure NPRM.
Jun. 28 — Deadline for State Commissions to submit and certify the data included in shapefiles.
Jun. 28 — Reply comments on Broadcast TV Incentive Auction NPRM are due.
Jul. 1 — Annual High Cost ETC Report Due under Rule 54.313.
Jul. 1 — Annual Mobility Fund Phase I Report Due under Rule 54.1009
Jul. 2 — Reply comments on TracFone Petition for Rulemaking Prohibiting Distribution of Lifeline Handsets are due.
Jul. 8 — Electronic filing deadline for Form 497 for carriers seeking support for the preceding month and wishing to receive reimbursement by month's end.
Jul. 8 — Comments are due on VoIP, NG911, and Wireline-to-Wireless Transition Trials.
July 16 — Paperwork Reduction Act Comments on Proposed Collection of Urban Rates Survey Information are due.
Jul. 25 — Comments are due on the FCC Staff Report on Rate of Return Re-Prescription.
Jul. 31 — FCC Form 507 due (Universal Service Quarterly Line Count Update).
Jul. 31 — FCC Form 525 due (Competitive Carrier Line Count Quarterly Report).

BloostonLaw Private Users Update Vol. 14, No. 5 May 2013

Tom Wheeler Nominated to FCC Chair

President Obama has officially nominated Tom Wheeler as the next FCC Chairman.

Leading up to the announcement, Reuters, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal Online all ran articles indicating that Obama would give Wheeler the nod. According to Reuters, "[Wheeler] has the rare support of both industry groups and a number of consumer advocates." Bloomberg reported on a number of issues currently before the FCC upon which Wheeler has, in the past, gone on record, including whether to limit the amount of spectrum a company can hold in a given area (Wheeler pushed for elimination of a cap in 2001), whether US standards on cellular radiation need to be updated (Wheeler indicated no connection between cancer and mobile phone use had been established in 1999), and whether AT&T should be able to merge with T-Mobile (Wheeler supported the merger, suggesting it was an opportunity to regulate broadband through conditions, in a 2011 letter).

While Wheeler's appointment is pending confirmation, Mignon Clyburn, an FCC Commissioner since 2009, will act as interim chairwoman.

FCC Unsympathetic to Failed Do-it-Yourself Attempts to Renew Licenses — Denies Waiver Requests

The FCC has recently denied waiver requests that would have permitted the filing and acceptance of late-filed applications for renewal of licenses. In both instances, inadvertent errors involving the FCC's Universal Licensing System resulted in the expiration of the licenses. In the first case, the licensee intended to file an application for renewal and modification of its license the day before the license expiration. Unfortunately, it only filed a request for Administrative Update to correct its licensee contact phone number and e-mail address. As a result, the license expired the very next day because a license renewal application had not been filed. In the second case, the licensee discovered a few days after the license expiration date that it had inadvertently overlooked the filing of the license renewal application and immediately filed a request for waiver of the FCC's rules for reinstatement of the license. Unfortunately, ULS reflects that while the second licensee filed its waiver request, it never actually filed the required application for renewal/reinstatement of the license.

In both cases, the FCC concluded that even though the licensees had clearly made attempts to make the necessary renewal filing, they had not made an adequate showing to justify the grant of a waiver.

While the FCC has taken steps to encourage licensees to make do-it-yourself filings, it is important to note that the FCC is not always forgiving when mistakes are inadvertently made. Aside from the licensing area, the FCC has also taken significant enforcement actions in connection with the annual CPNI and HAC reporting requirements associated with telecommunications services. Significant fines and loss of a license can also be imposed for allowing license authorizations to expire or not making other required filings in a timely manner. We are available to assist you with your various regulatory filings. However, if you chose to make filings on your own, please contact us if you have any questions.

FCC Holds Licensee Liable for Tower Violations, Despite Claim of Non-Ownership

The FCC has imposed an $11,000 fine on Ely Radio, LLC, for failing to ensure that the tower lighting was in proper working order. At the time of the violation, Ely Radio, LLC was the licensee for Station KWNA (AM) in Winnemucca, Nevada. While the FCC's Rules impose primary liability on the tower owner, licensees should be aware that the FCC may hold all licensees on a tower jointly and severally liable for ensuring that the tower is in compliance with the FCC's rules. This secondary liability for licensees will generally occur where the tower owner is either unwilling to take action or the FCC is unable to locate the tower owner.

This case has a unique twist since Ely claimed that while it had purchased the license for station KWNA (AM), it did not purchase the antenna tower. This claim was contrary to the seller's position, who claimed that the purchase agreement between the parties included not only the station itself, but "all of the equipment necessary" to run the station – including the tower. In the face of this contractual dispute, the FCC determined that Ely owned the tower and had also violated the FCC's rules since it did not make a filing to reflect the ownership change. Bolstering the FCC's conclusion that Ely was liable – irrespective of whether Ely was the tower owner, was the fact that (a) Ely was the only user on the tower, (b) Ely had access to and control over the tower lighting, (c) it was Ely's personnel that had improperly extinguished the tower lighting and (d) Ely knew that the seller had taken the position that the tower was included as an asset in the transaction and that the seller had not been involved in the maintenance of the tower since the station had been sold to Ely.

There are several lessons that can be learned from this case, including:

1. Notify the FCC promptly if you purchase an antenna tower or structure that is registered with the FCC.
2. Ensure that your purchase agreement clearly identifies the specific assets that are included or not included in your transaction.
3. While tower owners are primarily responsible for compliance with the FCC's tower marking and lighting rules, there may be circumstances where the licensees can be held liable. As a result, licensees should ensure that the tower owner is fulfilling its obligations. In this regard, if the FCC is unable to get a response from the tower owner, it may look to the licensee(s) to correct the deficiency (and pay any fines!).
4. It is critically important to maintain obstruction marking and lighting in order to protect safety to air navigation.

FCC Enters Into $450K Consent Decree Against Radio Manufacturer

The FCC has entered into a consent decree whereby New Sensor Corporation d/b/a Electro Harmonix will contribute $450,000 to the US Treasury, as a result of issues relating to the sale of digital RF devices, such as bass amplifiers and vocal processors. The FCC initiated an investigation of New Sensor when it determined that the company was marketing devices that were classified as "unintentional radiators" (i.e., generating RF not to send communications signals but incidental to some other purpose), yet had not met the FCC's authorization and labeling requirements. New Sensor stated to the FCC that it was unaware of FCC regulation of such devices.

Clients that manufacture, market or sell any devices that include any sort of electronics, even if not intended to act as a communications device, should be aware of the need to comply with the FCC's filing and labeling requirements for unintentional radiators.

FCC Adopts Revised and Streamlined Rules for the Experimental Radio Service effective May 29, 2013

On April 29, 2013, the FCC published its new rules in the Federal Register (Volume 78, No. 82). These new Rules significantly change some aspects of the Part 5 Experimental Radio Service (ERS) requirements. The new Rules were set forth in the FCC's Report and Order, ET Docket No. 10-236 and 06-155, FCC 13-15, adopted and released on January 31, 2013. The rule changes will go into effect on May 29, 2013. It is anticipated that the revisions should create a more flexible framework to support the rapid pace of technological innovation and to further implement the recommendations of the Commission's March 2010 National Broadband Plan. To carry out this transition, the Commission created three new types of experimental licenses to advance the development of new technologies, expedite their initiation into the marketplace, and unleash the full power of innovators to keep the United States at the forefront of the communications industry. The Commission's actions also revise the market trial rules to eliminate confusion and more plainly express its policies with respect to marketing products prior to equipment certification.

The three new types of experimental licenses include:

1) Program experimental license : This license will allow colleges, research laboratories, health care institutions, and manufacturers with demonstrated experience in RF technology to conduct an ongoing series of research experiments and tests.
2) Medical testing license : This license will be available to health care facilities with RF expertise to assess newly developed RF-based medical devices for patient compatibility, electromagnetic compatibility, and to conduct clinical trials at patients' homes or in other geographic areas that are not within the health care licensee's control.
3) Compliance testing license : This license will provide Commission-recognized laboratories the flexibility to undertake RF product compliance testing under the Commission's equipment authorization procedures.

Along with the new flexibility, the Commission will also ensure that critical services (i.e. commercial mobile radio services, emergency notifications, and public safety radio services) are protected by requiring experimenters using this augmented authority to provide notice to such licensees, and to develop a specific plan to avoid harmful interference to those operations. In addition, as with current experimental licenses, experimentation under these new licenses must be accomplished on a non-interference basis. Finally, the Commission will create a new web-based registration system to track and administer individual experiments for program and medical testing licenses.

All experimental radio provisions will be consolidated into Part 5 of the Commission's Rules by creating a new sub-part for broadcast experiments and eliminating the developmental licensing rules that are scattered across multiple Commission rule parts. The Commission also clarified, simplified, and expanded the existing ERS rules that provide for market trials, including allowing a greater number of RF devices to enter the U.S. for testing and evaluation purposes.

West Virginia Dept. Health Granted Waiver to Use UHF Industrial Pool Frequencies for Public Safety Communications System

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources/Bureau of Public Health/State office of Emergency Medical Services filed fifteen applications which specified the use of Industrial/Business Pool UHF channel pairs at various locations throughout the State of West Virginia.

West Virginia currently operates a state-wide interoperable communications system comprised of a UHF digital Project 25-compliant, trunked radio system. This system currently has approximately 15,000 radios and serves 530 agencies through 63 transmitter sites across the state. West Virginia is proposing an additional 22 sites over the next two years. In order to complete the build out, West Virginia needs six channel pairs at each site in order to meet current and future public safety communications needs. West Virginia initially attempted to coordinate its frequency request through APCO, but was informed that no UHF frequency pairs were available. As a result, West Virginia worked with PCIA, and Industrial/Business Pool frequency coordinator to identify possible Industrial/Business Pool frequencies that might meet the state's requirements.

In order to justify a waiver, West Virginia must demonstrate, among other things, that there are no suitable alternatives that would meet its needs. In this regard, West Virginia demonstrated that its system is based upon UHF architecture and that integrating 700/800 MHz into its system would be unduly expensive and that the 700/800 MHz band does not have propagation characteristics that are usable given West Virginia's unique geographic topography. Additionally, given the fact that West Virginia has already deployed a UHF trunked system throughout the state with 15,000 subscriber units, it would not be cost effective to replace these radios since they are incompatible with the 700/800 MHz band. West Virginia also concluded that the VHF band would not be suitable since the VHF band consists of unpaired frequencies that are not suitable for trunking.

In granting the waiver, the FCC gave great weight to PCIA's conclusion that a grant of West Virginia's applications would "not create an inadequate supply of Industrial/Business channels for use in conventional or trunked systems in the relevant geographic areas for future Industrial/Business Pool eligible applicants." As a result, the FCC concluded that a grant of West Virginia's frequency request would not result in an inadequate supply of spectrum for the industrial/business community.

United States and Canada Reach Agreement on Spectrum Sharing in the Border Region

The FCC and its Canadian counterpart, Industry Canada have reached an agreement on ten interim spectrum sharing arrangements that cover various frequency bands along the US/Canadian border area. Among the sharing arrangements is an agreement covering the 700 MHz band that will allow public safety licensees on both sides of the border to fully implement their 700 MHz narrowband systems by "harmonizing" the US and Canadian public safety 700 MHz channel plans to provide "efficient, interference-free public safety operations in the border area."

The agreement also includes the 3650-3700 MHz band which will allow the deployment of wireless broadband and high-speed internet services to coexist on both sides of the US-Canadian border through the use of "contention-based protocols" to avoid harmful interference while sharing the spectrum. The "contention-based protocols" will allow multiple users to share the same spectrum by defining the events that must occur when two or more devices attempt to simultaneously access the same channel and establishing the rules by which each device is provided a reasonable opportunity to operate. The "contention-based protocols" are incorporated into, and thus automatically implemented by, the system equipment.

The US and Canada have also agreed to several other spectrum sharing arrangements that involve the Personal Communications Services, Advanced Wireless Services, public safety operations in the 4.9 GHz band and railway communications systems. Additionally, the arrangements concluded by the US and Canada also provide for coordination and sharing protocols for spectrum used for Wireless LAN, Mesh Network and Wi-Fi hotspots, fixed point-to-point/multipoint services and broadband traffic.

This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm. For additional information, please contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or halmor@bloostonlaw.com

black line

VOLUNTARY NEWSLETTER SUPPORTERS BY DONATION

black line

Kansas City

mobilfone

Premium Newsletter Supporter

mobilfone

black line

gcs logo

Premium Newsletter Supporter

black line

CANYON RIDGE Communications

canyon ridge

Premium Newsletter Supporter

(Above and beyond the call of duty.)

black line

ProPage Inc.

propage

Newsletter Supporter

black line

 

The Premium Supporters have made repeated, and generous donations to help keep the newsletter going.

black line

Le Réseau Mobilité Plus
Montreal, Quebec

reseau

Newsletter Supporter

black line

Communication Specialists

communication specialists

Newsletter Supporter

black line

Cook Paging

cook paging

Premium Newsletter Supporter

black line

MethodLink

methodlink

Premium Newsletter Supporter

black line

Citipage Ltd.
Edmonton, Alberta

citipage

Newsletter Supporter

black line

black line

News

ARRL Comments on Proposed Expansion of 5 GHz Unlicensed Broadband

05/30/2013

freq chart
This chart, published by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), shows the allocation of frequencies in the US. Click here for a larger version.

Observing that "a decision in the near term with respect to the addition of [unlicensed National Information Infrastructure] U-NII devices to the 5.85-5.925 GHz band would be premature," the ARRL has commented in response to an FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making ( ET Docket No. 13-49 ) that proposes to authorize U-NII use of an additional 195 megahertz of spectrum in the 5.35-5.47 GHz and 5.85-5.925 GHz bands. The Commission was obligated, pursuant to Section 6406(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Public Law No. 112-96), to begin a proceeding to allow U-NII devices in the 5.35-5.47 GHz band. As the ARRL comments note, "There is no legislative obligation, however, to make available the 5.85-5.925 GHz band for U-NII use."

The Amateur Radio Service has a longstanding secondary allocation of 5.65-5.925 GHz, with an amateur-satellite uplink band at 5.65-5.67 GHz and a downlink at 5.83-5.85 GHz. In its 14-page filing, the ARRL traces the history of "a continuing series of overlays" to which the band has been subjected over the past 16 years, progressively reducing the utility of the amateur allocation. In 1999, the Commission allocated 5.85-5.925 GHz for direct vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside, or "Dedicated Short Range Communications" (DSRC). Amateurs may continue to operate in this segment, but only to the extent that they do not interfere with DSRC operations. In support of its argument that the introduction of U-NII into this segment would be premature, the ARRL observes that "…a U-NII overlay at the present time requires a good deal of compatibility analysis, none of which has been completed to date."

The full text of the ARRL's comments is available below. The comments were filed on the deadline date of May 28, 2013. Reply comments are due by June 24.

ARRL 5 GHz Docket 13-49-Comments (278.4 kB) 

Source: ARRL.org

black line

FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES

black line

Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E.

black line

Complete Technical Services For The Communications and Electronics Industries Design • Installation • Maintenance • Training • Engineering • Licensing • Technical Assistance

black line

Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E.
Consulting Engineer
Registered Professional Engineer

Tel/Fax: 972-960-9336
Cell: 214-707-7711
Web: IWA-RADIO.com
7711 Scotia Dr.
Dallas, TX 75248-3112
E-mail: iwiesenfel@aol.com

black line

Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E.

black line

subscribe free

black line

Wireless Network Planners

black line

WIRELESS NETWORK PLANNERS LLC
WIRELESS SPECIALISTS

www.wirelessplanners.com
rmercer@wirelessplanners.com

R.H. (Ron) Mercer
Consultant
217 First Street South
East Northport, NY 11731
ron mercer
Telephone: 631-266-2604
Cellphone: 631-786-9359

black line

Wireless Network Planners

black line

black line

PRISM PAGING

black line

prism
white line

PRISM IP MESSAGE GATEWAY

white line

THE ULTIMATE IN COMMERCIAL AND PRIVATE RADIO PAGING SYSTEMS

prism
  • VoIP telephone access — eliminate interconnect expense
  • Call from anywhere — Prism SIP Gateway allows calls from PSTN and PBX
  • All the Features for Paging, Voicemail, Text-to-Pager, Wireless and DECT phones
  • Prism Inet, the new IP interface for TAP, TNPP, SNPP, SMTP — Industry standard message input
  • Direct Connect to NurseCall, Assisted Living, Aged Care, Remote Monitoring, Access Control Systems
prism
prism

black line

TeleDNA announces CBC platform for LTE / 4G deployment

TelecomLead.com
May 29, 2013

Telecom Lead India: VAS infrastructure company TeleDNA says its TeleDNA CBC platform is ready for LTE / 4G deployment.

Cell Broadcast System is emerging as an important broadcast medium for emergency alerts worldwide. Disaster management agencies are debating on the possibility of using social medium for emergency alerts, Smart phones are making this possible.

Cell Broadcast System has made it possible for the agencies to make announcement to millions of citizens in seconds.

As per GSMA, there will be more than 200 Live LTE Networks in over 70 countries by end of 2015. It's crucial to have the VAS product platform ready for migration to the next generation network.

teledna

Udit Shanker, CEO, TeleDNA, said: "CBC launch on LTE is a significant step in the LTE evolution. We are strongly committed to provide the latest and best technology for our partners and end consumers."

TeleDNA CBC Platform allows telecom operators to control cell broadcast message on its network.

Cell Broadcast messages such as emergency alerts, breaking news, traffic conditions, sports news, stock news, interactive cell broadcast message, etc. can be broadcasted to entire network or a designated geographical area using TeleDNA CBC. The geographical broadcast range can vary from a small area (single cell) to the entire network coverage area (PLMN).

Source: TelecomLead

black line

black line

WiPath Communications

black line

wipath header

Intelligent Solutions for Paging & Wireless Data

WiPath manufactures a wide range of highly unique and innovative hardware and software solutions in paging and mobile data for:

  • Emergency Mass Alert & Messaging
  • Emergency Services Communications
  • Utilities Job Management
  • Telemetry and Remote Switching
  • Fire House Automation
  • Load Shedding and Electrical Services Control

black line

PDT3000 Paging Data Terminal

pdt 2000 image

  • FLEX & POCSAG
  • Built-in POCSAG encoder
  • Huge capcode capacity
  • Parallel, 2 serial ports, 4 relays
  • Message & system monitoring

black line

Paging Controlled Moving Message LED Displays

welcom wipath

  • Variety of sizes
  • Indoor/outdoor
  • Integrated paging receiver

black line

PDR3000/PSR3000 Paging Data Receivers

paging data receiver

  • Highly programmable, off-air decoders
  • Message Logging & remote control
  • Multiple I/O combinations and capabilities
  • Network monitoring and alarm reporting

black line

Specialized Paging Solutions

paging data receiver

  • Emergency Mass Alerting
  • Remote telemetry switching & control
  • Fire station automation
  • PC interfacing and message management
  • Paging software and customized solutions
  • Message interception, filtering, redirection, printing & logging Cross band repeating, paging coverage infill, store and forward
  • Alarm interfaces, satellite linking, IP transmitters, on-site systems

black line

Mobile Data Terminals & Two Way Wireless  Solutions

mobile data terminal

radio interface

  • Fleet tracking, messaging, job processing, and field service management
  • Automatic vehicle location (AVL), GPS
  • CDMA, GPRS, ReFLEX, conventional, and trunked radio interfaces

black line

Contact
Postal
Address:
WiPath Communications LLC
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
Street
Address:
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
Web site: www.wipath.com left arrow CLICK
E-mail: info@wipath.com left arrow CLICK
Phone:770-844-6218
Fax:770-844-6574
WiPath Communications

black line

black line

Hark Technologies

black line hark logo Wireless Communication Solutions black line USB Paging Encoder paging encoder

  • Single channel up to eight zones
  • Connects to Linux computer via USB
  • Programmable timeouts and batch sizes
  • Supports 2-tone, 5/6-tone, POCSAG 512/1200/2400, GOLAY
  • Supports Tone Only, Voice, Numeric, and Alphanumeric
  • PURC or direct connect
  • Pictured version mounts in 5.25" drive bay
  • Other mounting options available
  • Available as a daughter board for our embedded Internet Paging Terminal (IPT)

black line Paging Data Receiver (PDR) pdr

  • Frequency agile—only one receiver to stock
  • USB or RS-232 interface
  • Two contact closures
  • End-user programmable w/o requiring special hardware
  • 16 capcodes
  • POCSAG
  • Eight contact closure version also available
  • Product customization available

black line Other products

  • Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.
Contact
Hark Technologies
717 Old Trolley Rd Ste 6 #163
Summerville, SC 29485
Tel: 843-821-6888
Fax: 843-821-6894
E-mail: sales@harktech.com left arrow CLICK
Web: http://www.harktech.com left arrow CLICK
black line

HARK—EXHIBITS AT CONFERENCE

hark David George and Bill Noyes
of Hark Technologies.

black line

Hark Technologies

black line

advertise

Click on the logo above for more info.

black line

An Amazing Offer

allison dye Hi, I want to let you know about an amazing offer and service that I'm really excited about. Check this out — unlimited nationwide 4G voice, text and data for only $49. Amazing value, right? For more information contact me at allie7371@hotmail.com or go to: www.solavei.com/allie7371

Allison Dye (Kornberger)
Telephone: 918-814-8142
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Learn more on Solavei.com   Enroll today!

black line

WHAT IS SOLAVEI?

solavei

Solavei offers Unlimited Voice, Text, and Data, 4G Nationwide, for only $49 per month, and the opportunity to earn when you share and sign up new members.

Check out the video here left arrow

This is a commercial message from Solavei, LLC

black line

CRITICAL RESPONSE SYSTEMS

black line

top background

Over 70% of first responders are volunteers.
Without an alert, interoperability means nothing.

Get the Alert.

M1501 Acknowledgent Pager

With the M1501 Acknowledgement Pager and a SPARKGAP wireless data system, you know when your volunteers have been alerted, when they've read the message, and how they're going to respond — all in the first minutes of an event. Only the M1501 delivers what agencies need — reliable, rugged, secure alerting with acknowledgement.

Learn More

FEATURES
  • 5-Second Message Delivery
  • Acknowledged Personal Messaging
  • Acknowledged Group Messaging
  • 16 Group Addresses
  • 128-Bit Encryption
  • Network-Synchronized Time Display
  • Simple User Interface
  • Programming/Charging Base
  • Secondary Features Supporting Public Safety and Healthcare

black line

UNTIL NEXT WEEK

black line

bfd

With best regards,
brad's signature
Newsletter Editor
73 DE K9IQY

Wireless Messaging News
Brad Dye, Editor
P.O. Box 266
Fairfield, IL 62837 USA

 

mensa member animated gif
xxiii

CONTACT INFO & LINKS
Skype: braddye
Twitter: @BradDye1
Telephone: 618-599-7869
E–mail: brad@braddye.com
Wireless: Consulting page
Paging: Home Page
Marketing & Engineering Papers
K9IQY: Ham Radio Page

pagerman WIRELESS
wireless logo medium
MESSAGING

black line

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

black line

dl moody

“If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.”

— D.L. Moody

black line

advertise free

CLICK ON THE LOGO ABOVE FOR A FREE NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIPTION

black line

left arrow Newspapers generally cost 75¢ a copy and they hardly ever mention paging. If you receive some benefit from this publication maybe you would like to help support it financially? A donation of $25.00 would represent approximately 50¢ a copy for one year. If you are willing and able, please click on the PayPal Donate button to the left.

black line

Wireless Messaging News

made on a mac

black line

Home Page | Directory | Consulting | Newsletters
Products | Reference | Glossary | Send e-mail