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Purdue to test the limits of text messaging

Published: 17:30 EST, September 18, 2007

Purdue University will conduct what is believed to be the first large-scale, real-world test of using text messaging to issue emergency alerts.

text messaging The test, which will begin on Monday, Sept. 24, will involve more than 7,200 volunteers who will accept the test messages and respond so that researchers can track the actual time it takes to deliver messages to a mass audience.

Following recent highly publicized events, universities have been challenged to find ways to quickly communicate with students in crisis situations. But the limits of current technology are not well understood, and high-volume testing of technologies like text messaging has not been previously conducted.

Scott Ksander, Purdue’s executive director of information technology networks and security, says there are many variables that can delay the delivery of messages, including cell tower proximity, signal strength and system traffic volume.

"When we need to send an emergency message, time is the most critical factor. We have seen reports of messaging rates as low as 200 to 300 per minute in some environments, while we have some vendors making unbelievable claims of thousands per second,” Ksander says. “We need to measure the environment available at Purdue, do a good engineering analysis on the systems, and understand technical and process changes we need to make to ensure that delivery time are at an acceptable level for mass emergency notification."

Ksander says the results of the study will be shared with other universities and emergency planners after the results are calculated.

If the testing is successful, Purdue may add text messaging capabilities to an existing integrated emergency notification system.


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September 19, 2007

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Enterprise Wireless 2007 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 24

8:00 a.m. Paging Technical Conference
11:30 a.m. Motorola Service Conference
4:00 p.m. AAPC Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, October 25

8:00 a.m. Opening Session
9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker - Martin C. Cooper, ArrayComm, Inc.
10:45 a.m. Exhibits Open
12:15 p.m. Lunch on Show Floor
1:30 p.m. USMSS General Membership Session
2:30 p.m. USMSS Regional Meetings
3:30 p.m. New Opportunities with Public Safety DAS
Distributed Antenna Systems are now mandated for buildings due to new state and city ordinances. Learn about the requirements of in-building wireless systems and proactive monitoring of these systems, which can produce ongoing revenue opportunities for wireless system providers.
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The special Motorola Service Conference on October 24th has some space still available, so register today! Updated details on this half-day event is at the EWA web site.

Martin C. Cooper to Keynote Enterprise Wireless 2007

As reported in MRT, Mission Critical, RCR, Wireless Week and other publications, Martin (Marty) C. Cooper will be the keynote speaker on October 25th at the Enterprise Wireless 2007. Cooper is a pioneer in wireless, credited as the inventor of the cell phone and known as a technology futurist. Cooper serves on the U.S. Commerce Department Spectrum Advisory Committee and recipient of numerous awards of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Do you know what’s ahead for your company in the 2008 regulatory environment? Only Enterprise Wireless 2007 will give you vital information and analysis into the future of spectrum use for enterprise. The Opening Session on October 25th at 8AM is where you need to be to find out what the recent decisions in 700 MHz mean for your business and more crucial advocacy issues.

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AAPC is pleased to co-sponsor the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) fall conference and we encourage you to join the AAPC board of directors and attend this outstanding event consisting of regulatory updates, compelling industry forecasts, and expert speakers to help make wireless communications more productive. AAPC members receive EWA member rates on both conference registration and exhibit space for the Enterprise Wireless 2007.

Keynote Speaker: Martin (Marty) C. Cooper
Marty Cooper is a pioneer in wireless and is known as a technology futurist. Cooper, while known as the father of portable cellular telephony, continues to focus his energy and work on consumer freedom in his vision of the wireless Internet and is widely recognized as an innovator in spectrum management. He is Executive Chairman of ArrayComm, Inc., the world leader in smart antenna technology.  On a side note, his wife, Arlene Harris was the first woman inducted into the RCR/Wireless Hall of Fame. 

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Global Fax Network Services   Swissphone
GTES LLC   Texas Association of Paging Services
Hark Systems   TH Communications
Heartland Communications   UCOM Paging
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Methods of safety in emergency situations on campus were discusses at the Faculty Senate meeting this Wednesday.

With incidents like 9/11, the Virginia Tech shootings, Hurricane Katrina and the October Surprise storm influencing UB's Critical Incident Management plan, the possibilities for emergency preparation are endless, according to Beau Willis, executive vice president for University Support Services.

Improvements in UB's emergency preparedness plan that occurred over the summer as well as future concerns for the University were addressed in a panel discussion held at the Faculty Senate Executive Committee (FSEC) meeting this past Wednesday.

"We're trying to promote the notion of UBSafe," Willis said. "In thinking about the responsibility of the University to me, at the core, is making sure we have a place where students, faculty and staff can live, learn and work."

In the presentation, Willis listed several on-campus resources for emergency planning, including the University Police, University Facilities and Counseling Services. However, the student government did not make it onto this list.

"We can use student a resource," said Peter Grollitsch, SA president. "The more informed we can be...the more information we can relate to students. Every little bit counts."

Since the VA Tech incident, several upgrades have been made to UBSafe. According to Willis, an All-Hazard emergency plan was created, along with an Extended Operations Group. The group consists of 30 to 40 people who will be called upon in the event of an incident that requires their area of expertise. Upgrades have also been made to the communication infrastructure on campuses with the addition of the text message alert system, he said.

"This summer we spent a lot of time making sure we have the right policies and procedures in place," Willis said.

According to Dennis Black, vice president for Student Affairs, two main issues that came from the Virginia Tech incident that the panel is focusing on this year are getting the word out in an emergency situation and watching for warning signs.

UB Police Chief Gerald Schoenle thinks that communication is a main problem in dealing with disasters in the country, and UB is not an exception to this.

Willis believes communication was a weakness of the University's response to the October Surprise blizzard last year.

"I think we handled it quite well in most regards," he said. "Where we fell down is in our communications."

Moreover, Virginia Tech brought attention to the need for communication in all college communities, Willis said.

"Just like 9/11 changed the world, VA Tech changed our world," said Scott Nostaja, interim vice president for Human Resources.

For this reason, emergency "blue light" stations on South Campus will be replaced with high-tech systems that have a camera with a closed-circuit TV on them so that UP can see the person at the light, Schoenle said. Speakers are also built in for public address and communication.

The panel is also looking to implement a closed-circuit television system that will better connect the intercampus communications over the next year, Willis said.

"The solutions we're putting in place today really have to do with technology," he added.

The FSEC also addressed the logistics of watching for "risk behaviors" in students.

"One thing that came out of VA Tech is that probably most universities in the nation aren't prepared to deal with mental health situations," Nostaja said.

According to Dean of Students Barbara Ricotta, faculty can confidentially report a student who is exhibiting one or more of these "risk behaviors," such as talking about suicide or homicide often. A committee called "Students of Concern" addresses the state of these students. Each week, this committee meets and talks about students who have shown troubled behavior and makes sure there is a counselor following up with the student, she said.

Willis thinks the University is set up for success in this area, but there are still gaps that need to be filled.

"Within the Student Affairs division, we have a very professional staff that addresses student health and counseling," he said. "We're in the process of putting together a formal training program for faculty . . . for safety in the classroom."

According to Willis, information about how to deal with emergency situations and dealing with students of concern may have been available previously, but wasn't as accessible as it will be in the future.

"It hits home to everybody that we all have the responsibility to know what to do in an emergency situation," he said.

Source: University at Buffalo

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – 9/18/07 – Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: NIHK), a leading provider of intelligent wireless power management and emergency notification solutions, announced today that it has received a second order for CEO700 whole house disconnect units from the Town of Smyrna, Delaware. Nighthawk announced in May 2007 that Smyrna had placed the largest initial order for CEO700’s in Company history, and this second order matches the original order of 300 units. Both sales were made with the assistance of Rumsey Electric, one of the nation’s leading electrical wholesalers.

Smyrna is using a pre-production version of Nighthawk’s Utility WebConnect™ software platform to manage and control their devices. Nighthawk expects to begin marketing and selling Utility WebConnect™ during the fourth quarter of 2007.

The CEO700 gives electric utilities the ability to remotely connect and disconnect power to residential electric meters on a moment’s notice, improving customer service response times and saving the utilities significant time and money compared to the traditional manual method that requires truck rolls and field personnel. Smyrna is utilizing the CEO700 to decrease the time and expense associated with frequent connects and disconnects at transient housing locations such as apartments.

H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “I’m extremely pleased to receive this order from the Town of Smyrna, especially less than four months after the original order from them. I have no doubt that the pre-production version of our Utility WebConnect™ software has played an important role in the quick progress we've made on this account. The ability to connect or disconnect power to customers is only a mouse click away with the software. We’re coming off of our biggest quarter in four years, and we’ve kept the momentum going. I believe the near-term release of the production version of Utility WebConnect™ has the potential to more than double our current sales rate.”

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Nighthawk is a leading provider of intelligent wireless power control products that enable simultaneous activation or de-activation of multiple assets or systems on demand. Nighthawk's installed customer base includes major electric utilities, internet service providers and fire departments in over 40 states. Nighthawk's products also enable custom message display, making them ideal for use in traffic control and emergency notification situations.

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TomTom, Garmin developing branded GPS handsets?

September 18, 2007

Taiwanese handset makers including HTC, Mitac International, E-Ten Information Systems and Gigabyte Communications are all gearing up to introduce their latest GPS-enabled handsets this month, following their respective domestic launches with international rollouts. But Digitimes reports that navigation technology giants TomTom and Garmin are also at work on branded GPS-enabled handsets of their own, developed in partnership with firms including Inventec Appliances, Quanta Computer and Compal Communications. Details are still scarce.

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  • Message Logging & remote control
  • Multiple I/O combinations and capabilities
  • Network monitoring and alarm reporting

Specialized Paging Solutions

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  • Remote switching & control
  • Fire station automation
  • PC interfacing & 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

Mobile Data Terminals & Two Way Wireless  Solutions
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  • Fleet tracking, messaging, job processing, and Field service management
  • Automatic vehicle location (AVL), GPS
  • CDMA, GPRS, ReFLEX, conventional, and trunked radio interfaces
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WiPath Communications LLC
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
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770-844-6574 Fax
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Preferred Wireless
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Equipment For Sale
2 Aluminum Equipment racks
1 Outdoor Motorola Cabinet (many others)
1 Outdoor Hennessey Cab w/AC
10 Glenayre PM-250C (NEW) Power Monitor Panels w/Alarms
13 RL-70 XC Midband Link Receivers
  Several New 900 MHz Antennas
Link Transmitters:
1 Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
3 Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband Link TX
3 Glenayre Hot Standby Panels
3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2 Motorola 30W, Midband Link TX (C42JZB6106AC)
VHF Paging Transmitters
8 QT-100C, 100W VHF, TCC, RL70XC
1 Glenayre GL-T8311, 125W
1 Motorola PURC 5000, 350W, ACB
5 Motorola PURC 5000, 125W, ACB or TRC
2 Motorola PURC 5000, 350W, ACB or TRC
6 Motorola Nucleus 350W, NAC
UHF Paging Transmitters:
10 Glenayre GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
3 Motorola PURC 5000, 110W, ACB
2 Motorola PURC 5000, 225W, ACB
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
1 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
35 Glenayre GLT-8500, 250W, C2000, I20
10 Motorola PURC 5000, 300W, DRC or ACB
6 Glenayre QT-7995, 250W (will part out)
GL3000 & Unipage Cards—Many misc. cards.
1 Complete GL3000L w/ T1s, 2.2G HD, LCC

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Satellite Uplink
As Low As $500/month

  • Data input speeds up to 38.4 Kbps
  • Dial-in modem access for Admin
  • Extremely reliable & secure
  • Hot standby up link components

Knowledgeable Tech Support 24/7

Contact Alan Carle Now!
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  • 75,000+ units repaired annually
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815-477-8130 ext. 130
Rick Van Dyne

Governator approves ban on teens using phones while driving

SEPTEMBER 16, 2007

no cell phone Governor Schwarzenegger of California recently signed a bill banning anyone of the ages 16 or 17 from using a mobile phone, pager, laptop, or handheld computer while driving.

Schwarzenegger made the following statement addressing the ban, which only takes effect in California:

"The simple fact is that teenage drivers are more easily distracted. They are young, inexperienced and have a slower reaction time. We want to eliminate any extra distractions so they can focus on paying attention to the road and being good drivers."

According to a press release, the law takes effect July 1, 2008, which also marks the day that makes it illegal to use a cell phone while driving for anyone not using a hands free device.

Those who break the ban on teen cell phone use while driving can look to being fined $20 for the first offense and $50 for every recurring incident.

According to the California Highway Patrol, cell phone use is the leading cause of distracted driver accidents in the state, and just car crashes alone are the leading cause of death among 16 to 20 year olds. Drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 have a fatality rate that's four times the rate of drivers 25-69.



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Russ Allen, President
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cell: 360-820-3888


GTES has recently made the strategic decision to expanding its development activities to include wireless location technologies; a market that researchers forecast could reach $3.6 billion by 2010. In support of this new strategic direction, GTES has developed SHERLOC™ a complete one-stop wireless location service, providing the flexibility of being protocol neutral and network agnostic. Targeted at business customers who need to track their high-value shipments or better manage their service or delivery fleets, SHERLOC™ is a hosted application that combines configuration flexibility with ease of use.

GTES is offering SHERLOC™ services both directly and through authorized resellers. If your company has an interest in finding out how location services can enhance your revenue stream, and has the contacts and expertise to make you successful in the location marketplace, please contact us for further information at and select “Reseller Opportunities,” or call us at 770-754-1666 for more information.
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GTES is the only Glenayre authorized software support provider in the Paging industry. With over 200 years of combined experience in Glenayre hardware and software support, GTES offers the industry the most professional support and engineering development staff available.

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Prism Paging

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Prism Message Gateway Systems
Modular and Configurable

Your Choice of Options

  • Radio Paging Terminals
  • Voicemail Systems
  • E-mail and Network Text Messaging Systems
  • Digital Trunk Switching Systems
  • Digital Trunk and Voicemail Concentrators
  • Remote Network Encoders
  • TNPP Network Routers

Popular Choice for Domestic and International

  • Commercial Paging Carriers
  • Private Paging Systems
  • Hospitals
  • Public Safety
  • Federal, State and Local Government
  • Industrial Paging
  • Energy Companies – Load Management

Logical Choice

  • Replace Outdated, UNLICENSED Paging Terminals
  • Eliminate Outrageously High Support Costs
  • Add New Paging System with ALL THE FEATURES
  • Provide Your Customers With Features They Want
  • Designed and Supported by Industry Experts

Go ahead . . . be choosy . . . choose Prism Systems International

Prism Paging
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076 USA
Telephone: 678-353-3366
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Hong Kong Calling

Stephen Vines
19 September 2007

An unlikely suitor goes after the territory’s unloved fixed-line telephone company, PCCW

There is an almost perfect yet absurd symmetry to the latest attempt to seize control of PCCW, the former Hong Kong Telecom. It was once the largest listed entity on the Hong Kong stock exchange but has slowly been reduced to second-tier status since falling under the ownership of Richard Li, the youngest son of Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong’s most powerful businessman.

In the latest episode of the PCCW saga, Nelson Wong Kam-fu, the inventor of the Chinese telephone paging system, announced a HK$68 billion ($7.8bn) bid for PCCW on Tuesday 18 Sept. This compares with the HK$279.6 billion ($36bn) that Li Junior paid for the company in 2000.

Like Nelson Wong, Richard Li made his bid by scrambling together a host of loans and a plan to raise the balance of the cash from an expanded flotation of the target company’s shares. And like Wong, he arrived at the negotiating table claiming support of the authorities in Beijing and armed with a small band of blue chip advisors who, in Li’s case, successfully led the deal to a conclusion.

Unlike Richard Li, Nelson Wong is not the son of Hong Kong’s most powerful businessman. On the contrary he is a largely self-made man who earned decent money out of his first big company, Star Paging Communications, and subsequently faltered as paging went out of fashion and he tried his hand at mobile telephony on the Chinese mainland, then dabbled in bio-tech and then came up with a credit card security system. Since then he has turned his attention to energy financing and it is his Smart Rich Energy Finance Company that has become the vehicle for the current bid.

The bid is being treated with considerable skepticism, not least by PCCW, which on September 19 issued a statement saying that, “The company wishes to clarify that Mr. Wong's statements are unsolicited”. It added that PCCW had not received any credible acquisition proposal from Wong or his advisers.

There is also some doubt about whether Wong’s alleged advisers are acting on his behalf; neither the Australian-controlled Macquarie Bank nor the French based investment bank Societe Generale have confirmed their participation in this deal.

However there is no disguising Li’s recent desire to sell the company. In June 2006 he was in talks to sell the company to two consortia, one led by Macquarie and the other by the American private equity company TPG-Newbridge, the Asian investment arm of Texas Pacific Group. These negotiations largely faltered due to the opposition of the Chinese state-controlled but publicly listed China Netcom Group, which acquired 20 per cent of PCCW in January 2005. It appears that Netcom was miffed that the takeover talks were underway without its knowledge and this fueled its general disquiet about the proposals.

Once these deals fell through, Richard Li turned to the investment banker Francis Leung, his father’s longtime advisor and business associate, to buy his 23.6 per cent stake in PCCW through a consortium he was putting together with the help of Li Senior. But there were few takers for Leung’s plan, aside from the Spanish-based Telefonica group.

Li Junior suffered a bout of extreme embarrassment when his father’s involvement in the deal became known and ultimately the plan was vetoed by the minority shareholders in the Singapore listed Pacific Century Regional Developments which held the stake Richard Li was proposing to sell in a complex transaction which would have allowed him to exit both companies.

Leung, incidentally, put a HK$9.2 billion price tag on his bid, which values the whole company at something like almost half the price now supposedly on the table. Nevertheless the bid is roughly twice PCCW’s current market capitalization, which stands at around HK$33 billion.

While there is furious activity on the corporate front most analysts question whether there is a real strategy for moving PCCW forward. It once held Hong Kong’s fixed-line telephone monopoly but this has now disappeared. It dabbled disastrously in an ambitious internet television venture that was subsequently closed down and replaced by a far more successful telephone cable-carried network that mainly broadcasts programs made by US companies. Having sold its lucrative mobile telephone network to Australia’s Telstra to raise cash, PCCW has bought a smaller network to get back in the business just as competition is peaking and rates of return are low.

Meanwhile almost all its valuable property portfolio has been hived off into a separately listed vehicle, Pacific Century Premium Developments.

PCCW’s share price continues to flounder and by most measures it is the worst performing stock in the blue chip Hang Seng Index. From a position at the top of the Hong Kong market capitalization league PCCW now ranks somewhere around the 90th mark.

Meanwhile and, rather ominously, there is the statement from Wong declaring that he has support from Beijing for his bid. When Li targeted Hong Kong Telecom one of the first things he did was to ensure that the Chinese government was on board. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is supposed to enjoy a high degree of autonomy from the government in Beijing, especially in business matters, the affairs of PCCW tell another story.

Following the debacle of the three bids in the last two years Li declared his commitment to developing the company and indicated that he was not looking for a buyer. This declaration is being treated with almost as much skepticism as Wong’s bid. Strange things happen at this company so it is anyone’s guess what exactly is in store for PCCW.

Source: Asia Sentinel

Unication USA




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The Paging Industry expects quality, reliable, and high performance paging products.

We at Unication have listened and delivered.


M90™ Messenger™—Our newest ReFLEX 2-Way Advanced Messaging solution. Finally the Industry has a true replacement for the Motorola T900 but with more features and improved RF performance.

  • One-Way Pagers
    • Alpha Elite and Alpha Gold—Our top of the line FLEX™ / POCSAG, 4-line alphanumeric pagers with an identical user interface and comparable RF performance to the Motorola Elite and Gold pagers.
    • NP88—Our newest numeric FLEX / POCSAG pager with the best backlight in the Industry.
  • Telemetry
    • We offer RF and decoding solutions.
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About Unication Co., Ltd.

  • A Taiwan company founded in 1992 with extensive experience designing and manufacturing paging and broadband products.
  • An ODM to major telecommunications companies.
  • More than 300 associates worldwide with Engineering Design Centers in Taipei, China and Vancouver, BC. The engineering team has years of experience in wireless systems, embedded SW, RF design and protocols for infrastructure and pagers.
  • Our Accelerated Life Testing facility ensures the highest quality of products for our customers.
  • ISO 9001 and 14001 Certified
  • Fully licensed by Motorola for product design technology and the FLEX Family of Protocols.
  • Sales and Engineering support office in Arlington, Texas.
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  Kirk Alland
  Unication USA
  1901 E. Lamar Blvd.
  Arlington, TX 76006
  (817) 926-6771

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Hark Technologies

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Wireless Communication Solutions

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ISI-LX Internet Serial Interface with Protocol Conversion

  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP, SMTP, or WCTP
  • Pass through Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Supports Ethernet or PPP Connection to Internet w/Dial Backup
  • Includes 4 Serial Ports for Multiplexing Traffic
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IPG Internet Paging Gateway

  • No Moving Parts Such as Hard Drives or Fans to Fail
  • Supports 10Base-T Network Connection to Internet
  • Accepts HTTP, SMTP, SNPP, and WCTP from Internet
  • Sends TAP or TNPP to Your Paging Terminal


  • Inexpensive method of automating your paging monitoring
  • Uses standard paging receiver
  • Available in 152-158 POCSAG or 929 FLEX (call for others)
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Omega Unified Messaging Server

  • Full Featured Internet Messaging Gateway
  • TAP Concentrator and TNPP Routing Functions w/TNPP over Internet
  • Serial Protocols Supported: GCP, SMDI, SMS, TAP, TNPP
  • Internet Protocols Supported: AIM, HTTP, SMPP (out only), SMTP, SNPP, and WCTP
  • Full Featured, Easy-to-use Voice/Fax/Numeric Mail Interface
  • One Number For All Your Messaging
  • Optional Hot-swap Hard Drives and Power Supplies Available
Please see our web site for even more products designed specifically for Personal Messaging carriers. For example, the Omega Messaging Gateway and Email Throttling Gateway (anti-spam).
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BloostonLaw Telecom Update
Vol. 10, No. 35
September 19, 2007

Reminder That Ownership Changes May Require FCC Approval

We want to remind our clients that many types of reorganizations and other transactions require prior FCC approval; and given the frequent need to implement such transactions by the end of the year, companies engaging in such transactions should immediately evaluate whether they must file an application for FCC approval, and obtain a grant, before closing on a year-end deal. Transactions requiring prior FCC approval include (but are not limited to): *Any sale of a company that holds FCC licenses;

  • Any transfer of stock that results in a shareholder attaining a 50% or greater ownership level, or a shareholder relinquishing a 50% or greater ownership level;
  • Any transfer of stock, partnership or LLC interests that would have a cumulative affect on 50% or more of the ownership.
  • The creation of a holding company or trust to hold the stock of an FCC license holder;
  • The distribution of stock to family members, if there are changes the control levels discussed above;
  • The creation of new classes of stockholders that affect the control structure of an FCC license holder.
  • Certain minority ownership changes can require FCC approval (e.g., transfer of a minority stock interest, giving the recipient extraordinary voting rights or powers through officer or board position).

Fortunately, transactions involving many types of licenses can often be approved on an expedited basis. But this is not always the case, especially if microwave licenses are involved. Also, in some instances Section 214 authority is required, especially in the case of wireless and other telephony services. Clients planning year-end transactions should contact us as soon as possible to determine if FCC approval is needed.

BloostonLaw Private Users Update
Vol. 7, No. 9
September 2007

FCC Sets New Benchmarks For 800 MHz Rebanding

The FCC, at its September 11 open meeting, adopted a Memorandum Opinion and Order and a companion Public Notice to expedite the 800 MHz rebanding process. In the Order, the Commission determined that Sprint Nextel did not meet the interim 18-month rebanding benchmark established by prior orders, and set additional benchmarks to ensure that the rebanding process proceeds expeditiously. The Order also requires Sprint to complete clearing of all Channel 1-120 incumbents in non-border areas, other than Sprint and SouthernLINC, by December 26, 2007. In addition, Sprint must clear its own Channel 1-120 facilities, and those of SouthernLINC, within 90 days of a request by a public safety licensee to use those channels. For any public safety request made on or after January 1, 2008, Sprint will be required to clear the necessary spectrum within 60 days of the request.

The Commission also affirmed that at the end of the 36- month transition period on June 26, 2008, Sprint must vacate its remaining spectrum in Channels 1-120, as well as other portions of the 800 MHz band that are to be made available to public safety in accordance with prior Commission orders. Under limited circumstances, Sprint may petition to remain on Channel 1-120 channels.

Finally, the Order granted requests by six National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) licensees in Georgia and Pennsylvania for additional time through March 2009 to complete rebanding because of their close proximity to incumbent analog broadcasters using TV Channel 69. The Commission allowed the petitioners to postpone their base station infrastructure retuning until after these broadcasters have vacated the spectrum as part of the nationwide digital television transition.

In the companion Public Notice, the Commission set forth new procedures and guidance to expedite the rebanding process for all parties involved, including public safety, Sprint, equipment vendors, and the 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA).

The new procedures and guidelines are intended to expedite: (1) rebanding planning activities undertaken by NPSPAC licensees; (2) negotiation of Frequency Reconfiguration Agreements (FRAs) with Sprint; and (3) physical implementation of rebanding.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said: “As the companion Public Notice makes clear, the obligation to complete the rebanding process does not fall on Sprint alone, but requires all stakeholders to redouble their efforts. The Commission will continue to do its part to ensure that the 800 MHz rebanding process is completed in a timely and efficient manner, minimizing the burden on public safety, and preserving public safety’s ability to operate during the transition. To do otherwise would abdicate our responsibility at a time when it is more important than ever to ensure that first responders have the communications capabilities they need to provide for the safety of our nation and its citizens.”

In his separate statement, Commissioner Michael Copps said: “The two items … make clear that both sides of the table in the ongoing negotiations—industry and public safety—bear equal measures of responsibility to move forward expeditiously. We will not tolerate commercial users remaining in their existing section of the band too long, nor will we grant requests for extension from public safety users that have not acted diligently and expeditiously to move this process along.”

According to the Public Notice, certain time limits shall apply to planning activities for NPSPAC licensees that have negotiated a Planning Funding Agreement (PFA) with Sprint or are engaged in planning without a PFA. All NPSPAC licensees must complete planning (either with or without a PFA) and submit a cost estimate to Sprint in accordance with the following timelines: NPSPAC licensees with systems of up to 5,000 subscriber units must complete planning and submit a cost estimate within 90 days of TA approval of the PFA. NPSPAC licensees with 5,001-10,000 units must complete planning and submit a cost estimate in 100 days; and those with more than 10,000 units must complete planning and submit a cost estimate in 110 days.

NPSPAC licensees in Waves 1-3 that are already engaged in planning their transition on the release date of this Public Notice must complete planning and submit a cost estimate to Sprint as follows: Wave 1– by October 15, 2007; Wave 2 – by November 15, 2007; and Wave 3 – by December 15, 2007.

Sprint has been instructed to cooperate with and fully support NPSPAC licensee planning efforts in accordance with these time limits. The FCC discourages licensees from requesting extensions of time for planning that assert delays by Sprint as the basis. Requests for extension based on delay caused by Sprint will not be routinely granted.

Frequency Reconfiguration Agreement Negotiations: The following time limits shall apply to FRA negotiations between NPSPAC licensees and Sprint: Following completion of planning and submission of a cost estimate to Sprint by the licensee, parties have 30 days to negotiate an FRA. Licensees shall complete their cost estimate in accordance with the Cost Estimate guidance provided by the TA. Negotiations shall be subject to monitoring by the TA mediator, who shall confirm the date on which a cost estimate was submitted to Sprint, but the mediator is not required to participate in negotiations.

If the parties are unable to negotiate an FRA within 30 days, the parties shall participate in mediation for 20 days. The TA shall refer any remaining disputed issues to PSHSB within 10 days of the close of the mediation period, during which time the parties will complete the briefing of such issues. In referring such disputes, the TA mediator shall provide a record summary to the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB), and shall provide a Recommended Resolution unless the Bureau notifies the mediator that a mediator recommendation is not required.

Change Notice Process: The Change Notice process is designed to address unanticipated changes in cost, scope, or schedule that occur during implementation or in the case of an emergency. Some NPSPAC licensees have expressed concern that uncertainty regarding the Change Notice process has prolonged initial planning and FRA negotiations. The FCC therefore offers the following guidance with respect to the Change Notice process:

  • The Change Notice process is subject to the Commission’s Rebanding Cost Clarification Order. Accordingly, the negotiation and approval of Change Notice requests should take into account the overall goals of this proceeding, not just the issue of minimum cost.
  • Licensees may not use the Change Notice process to recover costs that were reasonably foreseeable during planning or FRA negotiations but were not raised in negotiations, or that were considered and rejected. However, licensees that comply with the planning and FRA time limits discussed above may seek to recover costs incurred that could not reasonably be anticipated within such time limits.
  • Licensees should submit Change Notice requests concurrently to Sprint and the TA. To facilitate Change Notice review and approval, both Sprint and the TA should have requests reviewed by personnel that are already familiar with the licensee’s FRA and rebanding requirements wherever possible.
  • Sprint shall respond to all Change Notices requests within 10 working days of receipt. If negotiations are unsuccessful, either party may request mediation from the TA and parties shall participate in mediation for 15 working days, with any remaining disputes referred to PSHSB at that time. If parties agree to an amendment to their FRA, the TA shall review all such amendments within 10 working days from the date submitted by the parties for approval.

Rebanding Implementation: Rebanding implementation consists of: (1) replacement and retuning of subscriber equipment; (2) retuning of base stations to the licensee’s new channel assignments and commencement of system operations on the new channels (sometimes referred to as the system “cutover”); and (3) additional post-cutover system modifications (e.g., disposal of temporary or legacy equipment, removal of pre-rebanding channels from subscriber units). NPSPAC licensees should initiate specific tasks and activities associated with these implementation steps as early in the rebanding process as possible. Some of these tasks can be initiated prior to the conclusion of FRA negotiations, and licensees should be prepared to proceed rapidly with implementation once the FRA is finalized. The FCC encourages NPSPAC licensees to take the following steps:

  • Use the resources offered by the TA to prepare for and expedite system reconfiguration. Guidance on key processes and procedures is available on the TA’s website at g1.asp.
  • Provide for early replacement/retuning of equipment. Engage vendors and consultants in reconfiguration implementation and begin to replace or retune equipment as early as possible.
  • Finalize contracts with vendors and consultants to ensure that equipment will be delivered and implementation work completed in accordance with the FRA rebanding schedule and FCC requirements.
  • Create and distribute lists of key licensee personnel and contacts, as well as contacts for vendors, consultants, Sprint, and the TA. Designate an internal or vendor contact who will respond to requests from the TA for status updates regarding the implementation schedule and progress.
  • Maintain an inventory of all subscriber and infrastructure equipment affected by rebanding, and verify the receipt of all loaner and replacement equipment.
  • Notify Sprint when channels in the new NPSPAC band need to be made available to allow system testing or operation on the licensee’s new channel assignments. Coordinate with Sprint regarding filing license modifications needed to add the new frequencies to the licensee’s authorizations.
  • For systems that use mutual aid channels, have a plan in place to maintain mutual aid operations during reconfiguration. Coordinate efforts to ensure continuity of mutual aid interoperability arrangements with neighboring licensees.
  • Notify the TA if an issue affecting implementation is identified that vendors, consultants, or Sprint cannot quickly resolve, or that materially affects the implementation schedule.

Regional Implementation Planning: NPSPAC licensees and Sprint are encouraged to define implementation schedules, including the clearing of necessary frequencies for licensee reconfiguration and filing of license modifications, in the FRA wherever feasible. For licensees in areas with few, if any, other NPSPAC licensees; or licensees without significant interoperability dependencies, this should be a specific goal of the FRA negotiation. This will help reduce the amount of additional time and planning resources required from all parties for subsequent efforts.

As part of implementation preparation in certain (but not all) areas, the TA is conducting a series of NPSPAC rebanding implementation planning sessions for NPSPAC licensees on a regional or state-wide basis. NPSPAC licensees in such areas are expected to participate in these sessions, regardless of whether they have executed an FRA with Sprint. The purpose of the sessions is to develop a comprehensive implementation schedule, including proper identification of issues, risks, dependencies and next steps. The FCC provides the following guidance to NPSPAC licensees attending planning sessions:

  • Licensees should be prepared to discuss their overall timelines and implementation plans for reconfiguration, as well as interoperability, vendor commitments, and other dependencies, key assumptions, and open issues.
  • Licensees are encouraged to proceed with all possible reconfiguration implementation activities for their own systems while the regional planning process is under way.
  • Licensees that have executed an FRA without an implementation schedule that can reconfigure their infrastructure in advance of the regional planning process and independently of other systems (such as a statewide mutual aid network) should notify both Sprint and the TA concurrently of the date by which channels in the new NPSPAC band need to be made available. Sprint shall respond to all such requests with a schedule for making new NPSPAC channels available to the licensee within 15 working days.
  • Multiple licensees that propose to reconfigure as a coordinated group may present a single timeline and plan (even if they have separate FRAs).
  • For licensees in mediation with Sprint, discussions at regional planning sessions will not be treated as part of the official mediation record. Wave 4 Border Area Planning: The negotiation periods for border area licensees in Wave 4 have been extended pending resolution of ongoing international discussions on US-Canada and US-Mexico border issues. During this extended period, Wave 4 border area licensees are not required to engage in planning or negotiation prior to receipt of frequency designations from the TA. However, the FCC encourages licensees to engage in such activities to the extent that they are not frequency-dependent and would not result in unnecessary duplication of costs. For example, border area licensees may conduct system inventories and develop plans for replacement and retuning of equipment. If licensees choose to engage in such activities, Sprint shall pay licensees’ reasonable costs in accordance with the requirements of the Commission’s orders in this proceeding.

Public Safety Licensee Requests for Extension of 36- Month Deadline: Some public safety licensees have expressed concern that they will be unable to complete their system rebanding by the June 26, 2008 deadline established by the Commission. The FCC offers the following guidance for public safety licensees who anticipate that they may need to file requests to extend the deadline:

  • In general, the FCC discourages public safety licensees from filing extension requests at this time. Requests that are filed may be held in abeyance pending further review of progress in rebanding implementation.
  • Requests for extension will be subject to a high level of scrutiny. Licensees will be expected to demonstrate that they have worked diligently and in good faith to complete rebanding expeditiously, and that the amount of additional time requested is no more than is reasonably necessary to complete the rebanding process.
  • Factors that will be considered in evaluating requests will include system size and complexity, degree of interoperability with other systems, and level of effort required to complete rebanding implementation.
  • The FCC clarifies that public safety licensees do not need to file extension requests in order to be assured of continued funding by Sprint in the event that their rebanding activities extend past the 36-month deadline. Sprint is required to pay all licensee rebanding expenses that are reasonable, prudent, and necessary regardless of when such costs are incurred. The FCC directs the TA to approve FRAs that provide for recovery of rebanding costs incurred after June 26, 2008, provided such costs are otherwise recoverable under the TA’s standards.

FCC Proposes BRS Regulatory Fees

The FCC has established comment dates for its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) addressing the methodology for calculating regulatory fee payments in the Broadband Radio Service (BRS). Pursuant to an earlier decision in the FY 2006 Decision, BRS licensees will pay a fee in one of three categories based on their Basic Trading Area (BTA) size as ranked by population instead of the flat fee now assessed. The FCC is proposing to use a weighted average approach based on its 2006 Decision to establish three tiers of regulatory fees using a 3:2:1 ratio (i.e., 3x for Tier 1, 2x for Tier 2 and 1x for Tier 3) where Tier 1 would be the top 60 markets, Tier 2 would be markets 61 – 200 and Tier 3 would be markets 201 to 493 (which have populations of less than 250,000). The comment cycle in this MD Docket No. 07- 81 proceeding will close October 15.

FCC Launches Automated Disaster Reporting System

The FCC has launched a newly designed and automated Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS). DIRS is a voluntary, efficient, web-based system that communications companies, including wireless, wireline, broadcast, and cable providers, can use to report communications infrastructure status and situational awareness information during times of crisis. This will better streamline the reporting process and enable communications providers to share network status information with the Commission quickly and efficiently, the FCC said. It also noted that establishment of this database addresses many of the recommendations submitted by the Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks regarding the collection of disaster-related outage and other situational awareness information. DIRS includes data templates for different communications sectors (i.e. wireless, wireline, broadcast, and cable). Participating communications providers will initially log onto the system to input their emergency contact information. Once this is done, participating communications providers that serve areas affected by disasters will be able to voluntarily submit information regarding, inter alia, the status of their communications equipment, restoration efforts, power (i.e., whether they are using commercial power, generator or battery), and access to fuel.

Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP

For additional information, contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or


City holds out for ‘WIMAX’

Wi-Fi not financially viable, official says

September 19, 2007 - 8:22AM

Colorado Springs officials won’t pursue plans for a citywide Wi-Fi network and instead will wait for a more advanced wireless broadband network to be built as soon as next year, the chairman of a city panel studying the technology said Tuesday.

“I don’t believe citywide Wi-Fi networks are financially viable,” Gerry Geyer, chairman of the city’s Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee, said during the panel’s monthly meeting. “The business case just can’t be supported. No vendor is willing to do the whole city without some financial help from the city.”

Three companies indicated in July that they were interested in building a citywide wireless network only if the city agreed to become a major customer or help finance the project, Geyer said.

The city is unlikely to make such a commitment as it faces budget shortfalls, he said.

Meanwhile, SkyTel Corp. shut down two pilot networks it operated for 1½ years in downtown Colorado Springs and near Chapel Hills Mall. SkyTel officials said the network didn't attract enough customers to be profitable.

Several other cities, including Chicago, have scrapped plans to seek bids for citywide Wi-Fi networks.

And some major providers, such as EarthLink Inc., are pulling back on ambitious plans to build such networks, calling the business model “unworkable.”

Wi-Fi is used in restaurants, bookstores and other locations to provide wireless Internet access in a small area. Promoters of the technology envisioned using thousands of transmitters to cover the city.

Chicago instead is slated, along with Washington, D.C., to get a network built by Sprint Nextel Corp. and a partner later this year. The network uses “WiMax” technology that can cover entire cities with a handful of transmitters. WiMax is expected to be included in laptop and notebook computers and eventually digital cameras and other electronic gadgets.

WiMax generally makes more economic sense than WiFi, “but there are millions of devices that are already equipped for Wi-Fi, while WiMax users will need new cards or devices to connect,” said Berge Ayvazian, who leads technology researcher Yankee Group’s wireless broadband initiative.

Sprint plans to spend up to $5 billion to build a network along with partner Clearwire Corp. to reach 100 million Americans by the end of next year at speeds comparable to DSL and cable television modems.

Monthly prices are expected to be $20 to $60.

Kirtland, Wash.-based Clearwire plans to expand the network to the Springs, but hasn't yet released a buildout schedule. The company hasn't sought city help.

Clearwire thinks “there is pent-up demand for mobile broadband service that can go where you are without being tethered to a wire,” Ayvazian said.

The three companies that proposed to build citywide Wi-Fi networks here were Boulder-based Affinity Telecom Inc., Chicago-based Federal Signal Corp. and Fort Collins-based Front Range Internet Inc.

Sprint and Verizon Wireless offer wireless Internet access in the Springs to customers with laptop computers using special cards but at speeds that are generally slower than available from DSL or cable television modem connections.

AT&T Inc.’s wireless unit said in November it planned to have a similar offering this year but hasn't yet launched the service.



Wi-Fi: used in restaurants, bookstores and other places to provide wireless Internet access in a small area. For a citywide network, promoters of the technology envisioned using thousands of transmitters with a range of 300 to 400 feet and costing $3,000 to $4,000 each.

WiMax: can cover entire cities with a handful of base stations that have a range of several miles and cost about $100,000 each.

SOURCE: Berge Ayvazian, chief strategy officer and wireless broadband initiative leader, Yankee Group Research Inc., Boston

Source: The Gazette (Colorado Springs)


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From: Derek Banner
Subject: EMMA conference in Cork, October 17th to 19th 2007.
Date: September 4, 2007 4:58:33 AM CDT
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please find attached the hotel reservation form and the updated programme for the next EMMA conference and Round Table meeting to be held in Cork, Ireland on 17th to 19th October.

Cork was the European Capital of Culture in 2005 and offers many opportunities for cultural and sporting activities. The exceptional Maryborough Hotel, where we shall be staying and meeting, has a state-of-the-art spa and health-club, as well as access to the local golf courses. We have arranged a very special price of 125 Euros per night to include the room, breakfast and taxes. You can check out a comprehensive list of the hotels facilities at

The theme for the conference is Innovation. It seems that we have settled for a simple and robust radio-messaging technology that only requires a fairly small black-box for its delivery. Is this, however, what the market expects – or, rather, something more in line with the present times and anticipated trends? Is this the only way forward? Or can we, as an industry body, go back to the drawing board and rethink the future?

Innovation follows vision, so the long view from the Irish Coast into the horizon should, actually and metaphorically, provide a good starting point.

We hope that participation in this industry get-together will be as strong, if not stronger, as the previous ones. We would also like to encourage our North American, Asian and Australian Members and Friends to attend in big numbers and encourage other professionals from their respective countries, who have not been at an EMMA meeting before, to come and envision paging in the 21st century with the rest of us.

We look forward to seeing you in Cork later this year.

Kind Regards,

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The EA1 is the solution for remotely activating public warning signage.  Examples include tornado sirens, flash flood warnings, fire danger, Amber Alert, icy roads, etc.  The EA1 can also send text messages to scrolling signs.  This can occur in conjunction with the activation of audible alarms and visual strobes.  This is ideal for public notification in buildings, schools, hotels, factories, etc. The group call feature allows for any number of signs or flashing lights to be activated at the same time over a wide geographic area.  In addition, the EA1 Emergency Alert is the perfect solution for low cost yet highly effective alerting of volunteer fire fighters in their home.  When activated the EA1 will emit an audible alarm and activate the power outlet on the units faceplate.  A common setup is to simply place the EA1 on a table and plug a lamp into the faceplate.  When paged from dispatch or any touch tone phone the EA1 will awaken the fire fighter to a lit room.  As an option the EA1 can be ordered with a serial cable, allowing for attachment of a serial printer.  When paged the alphanumeric message will be printed out at the same time the alarm sounds and the outlet is activated.  The EA1 is an ideal complement to alphanumeric belt pagers common to volunteers.

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The FAS-8 is designed for activating one or more relays in a firehouse and if desired, printing the alphanumeric message to a serial printer.  For this application the FAS-8 is set to activate upon receiving the proper paging cap code sent from 911 dispatch.  Up to eight different devices can be activated all with individual time functions.  The most common devices to turn on include the PA amplifier, audible wake up alarm, and house lights.  The most common device turned off is the stove.  The FAS-8 can accept up to 8 different cap codes and have separate relay and time functions per cap code.  This allows for different alerting to be accomplished at the same physical location depending upon which cap code is sent.  This can be very helpful when fire crews and medical crews are housed in the same building.



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The markets for voice-messaging and unified-messaging mailboxes respectively grew 18 percent and 17 percent last year, with mailbox shipments totaling 14.6 million and 22.9 million, respectively. Total 2006 North American messaging revenue is estimated by The Telecom Intelligence Group to be $571.5 million, with the vast majority of systems sold in the United States.

The top five vendors in North America were Active Voice, Avaya Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Nortel Networks Ltd. and Toshiba Corp.

A portion of this growth was due to a successful one-time promotion by Nortel to migrate its customers to its CallPilot system, said the research firm. Moving forward, global voice-messaging/unified-messaging revenue is expected to grow from $910.8 million in 2006 to nearly $1.4 billion in 2011, with North America dropping in share from 63 percent to 58 percent.

“Our primary research indicates that IT and telecom managers are planning to increase their take rate on unified messaging substantially in the next few years, based on business needs,” said Ken Dolsky, director of professional services and author of the report “InfoTrack for Converged Applications.” “Manufacturers also are driving up the ratio of unified-messaging to voice-messaging mailboxes as they continue to bundle unified messaging into their platforms, sometimes without any additional charge over voice messaging,” added Dolsky.

Other findings in the report include:

  • Nortel led all vendors in 2006 with shipments of more than 4.8 million mailboxes in North America and more than 5.8 million globally.
  • Avaya led all vendors in North America and globally with revenue of $151 million and $206 million, respectively.
  • Cisco showed the greatest growth, at 52 percent globally.

The percentage of global revenue from voice mail versus unified messaging will change from 82 percent in 2006 to 38 percent in 2011.

Source: NEW Telephony


From: Jim Sharp
Subject: RF Propagation Software
Date: September 17, 2007 2:06:38 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye


I use Comstudy 2.2 (from Radio Soft) I used it at Alexander Utility Engineering, DX Radio systems and my present position (last 10years). I have verified predictions in the field for several (five) multi-site designs and found the prediction to real for mobile voice and paging excellent (actually better that the author claims for it).


Jim Sharp
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Power System Engineering, Inc.
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From: stephen oshinsky e-mail
Subject: Meeting October 24th in San Antonio
Date: September 18, 2007 3:24:39 PM CDT
To: Paging Technical Committee

Just a quick note that the next PTC Face-to-Face meeting will be held from 8:00 AM to Noon on October 24th in San Antonio at the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk. Please make note and come to the meeting. If you have anything you would like to see on the agenda, drop me a note. I will be discussing the final output of the WARN Committee recommendations to Congress at this meeting.More details to follow soon!


Stephen M. Oshinsky
Director, Systems Architecture
Work: 601-460-3449
Mobile: 601-842-8056


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