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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Winter has hit central Illinois in earnest. It is cold here and everything is covered with snow.

Advanced Micro Devices
“AMD has confirmed a bug that can cause its new Phenom and existing Barcelona processors to lock up.”

The complete news article follows below.

I hope that playboy Gus Arenas, who is a corporate vice president at AMD, wasn't involved in the development of this product. When he was my manager and the head of the Latin America Paging Division at Motorola a few years ago, he didn't know a microprocessor from a doorknob. It's amazing how far a guy can go in technology on just good looks and charm.

We often hear the wife of the president of the United States referred to as the "first lady." Do you know who the "first lady of wireless" is? And who her husband, the "first gentleman of wireless" is?

Read about them in the news article immediately following:

Pioneers in wireless targeting the market for simpler devices

I don't have any photos of sports heroes hanging on the wall in my office. If I had a good photo of Marty and Arlene Harris, you can bet it would be hanging right up there by my wife's photo and Rhonda Vincent, my favorite singer. They are truly the "First Couple of Wireless."

IBM Advances Supercomputer-On-A-Chip Technology

For companies, it would mean having smaller computers that are far more powerful than today's machines, yet produce far less heat.

By Antone Gonsalves
December 6, 2007 06:00 PM

IBM (NYSE: IBM) on Thursday unveiled a technical advancement related to the use of light to carry large amounts of data quickly among cores within a microprocessor, taking the company closer to developing a chip that may one day run notebooks with the horsepower of today's supercomputers.

The breakthrough revolves around a device used to transform electrical impulses into beams of light. The device, called a modulator, is similar to what's used today in optical networks built by telecommunication companies. IBM scientists say they have found a way to shrink the modulator to a size where it can fit within a multi-core CPU.

The achievement, published in the journal Optics Express, is not all that's needed to one day bring data-carrying light beams to processors. However, it is an important first step toward production, which is about 10 to 15 years away, William Green, lead scientist on the project, told InformationWeek. "We've been working on this for sometime at IBM, and there's still a lot of work to do," he said. "It's one of the pieces within this larger network that we're designing and building." [source]

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Pioneers in wireless targeting the market for simpler devices

By Keith Darcé
December 7, 2007

The iPhone certainly isn't your grandfather's cell phone, but the Jitterbug just might be.

After raising $40 million in venture funding, Del Mar-based GreatCall has launched a national marketing campaign to introduce its large-button, no-frills Jitterbug phones to consumers who want simpler – and cheaper – devices.

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Jitterbug wireless telephones have large buttons, screens with big lettering and 24-hour operator services.

The privately held company is targeting baby boomers who want an alternative to sleek, fashion-conscious handsets packed with digital cameras, MP3 players, video games and Internet browsers. Other potential customers might want a simple-to-use cell phone for their elderly parents.

GreatCall is the latest enterprise for Arlene Harris, a veteran wireless industry entrepreneur whose Los Angeles family played a leading role in the evolution of the paging and mobile phone businesses in the 1970s. Harris worked as a teenage operator in the family business, which later became ICS, one of the largest pager services in the country.

She's married to Martin Cooper, a former division manager at Motorola who's considered the inventor of the first wireless handset and who made the first call on a cell phone in 1973. Cooper and Harris co-founded GreatCall, but Harris takes credit for building the company.

GreatCall's phones challenge the wireless orthodoxies that bells and whistles are what consumers want and that the most appealing user is a young, high-volume caller.

“There is a need to make things usable for people who are not interested in spending their lives reading manuals,” Harris said. “There is this void.”


Headquarters: Del Mar

Founders: Arlene Harris and Martin Cooper

Employees: 100

What they do: Sell Jitterbug cell phones – simplified wireless handsets geared toward baby boomers and older consumers.

A survey earlier this year by the Chief Marketing Officers Council found that “function fatigue” among cell phone users has become a global phenomenon. The most common complaint about wireless handsets among the 15,000 consumers surveyed in 37 countries was “too many functions I did not use.”

GreatCall keeps the functions minimal. It sells two clamshell handsets, priced at $147 each, that are made by Samsung Electronics. One features large number buttons and a screen with extra-large print. The other replaces the number pad with three extra-large buttons programmed to dial the operator, 911 services and a family member or friend.

Monthly service plans run from $15 for 30 minutes of calling time to $80 for 800 minutes. A $10, pay-as-you-go plan offers calling time for 35 cents a minute. GreatCall doesn't have a wireless network of its own and buys talk time for subscribers on other companies' networks.

All plans include access to a 24-hour operator offering typical services, such as helping Jitterbug subscribers complete calls, as well as services specifically geared toward older phone users, such as adding new contact information to a phone.

Harris, 59, said she designed the Jitterbug phones and services with her fellow baby boomers and their parents in mind. “What's cool for most (older adults) is something that simplifies their life,” she said.

Jitterbug customer Joyce Roberts, 63, of Colton bought a Jitterbug to replace a cell phone that had become difficult to dial because of its small touch pad and screen characters.

“It was inconvenient for me to use the phone because I had to put my glasses on,” she said. “I thought: 'I'm paying out a lot of money, and I don't like it. I wanted something simple.' ”

So far, the company has few competitors. Most wireless companies continue to focus on younger and bigger-spending customers, said David Diggs, executive director of the Wireless Foundation, a nonprofit industry group in Washington.

“I think they have nailed a market,” Diggs said of GreatCall. “They're kind of under the radar.”

GreatCall has good growth potential, said Scott Tierney, a San Diego-based managing director of Steelpoint Capital Partners. Steelpoint was one of three venture-capital firms that invested in the company during its most recent investment round.

“It's a rare combination when you have a set of founders with such a strong pedigree in (their) industry,” Tierney said. “They have been sort of icons in the industry. They have the passion of founders, but they also have real industry experience.”

One of the biggest challenges in starting GreatCall was finding a manufacturer willing to make the company's unusual phones, Harris said.

The fledgling company's big break came in July 2004 when Harris accompanied Cooper on a business trip to Seoul, South Korea. She got a chance to pitch her idea for Jitterbug phones during a breakfast meeting with a senior executive from Samsung Electronics, the world's second-largest cell phone maker.

The executive liked what he heard, and Samsung agreed to produce two handsets for GreatCall.

Harris has spent much of her life starting businesses.

After leaving the family business in the early 1980s, she teamed with Cooper to found Cellular Business Systems, a billing and customer service systems firm that served the emerging cellular phone industry. Later, she patented systems for credit-card-activated mobile phones and developed a mobile pay phone that was installed on oil drilling rigs.

In the 1990s, Harris founded SOS Wireless Communications to market emergency-only cell phones.

Harris, who never earned a college degree, says she always has been driven to push the limits of convention.

As a teenager, she used money she made while working for the family business to buy a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle that she drag-raced on the streets of Los Angeles.

“My passion was roller skating; then I started drag-racing when I got a car,” she said. “Guys didn't like to get beat when I was racing.”

The same competitive spirit has served Harris well in her professional life, Cooper said.

“She's extraordinarily persistent,” he said of his wife of 16 years. “When she makes up her mind about something and truly understands it, she hangs on like a bulldog. For an entrepreneur, that's crucial.”



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Inflight E-Mail Takes Off With JetBlue

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Thursday, December 06, 2007 4:00 PM PST

The first free U.S. inflight e-mail and instant messaging service will launch next Tuesday aboard a JetBlue flight leaving Kennedy Airport in New York.

JetBlue Airways is working with Yahoo Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. on the "BetaBlue" flight that will also carry passengers to San Francisco, according to The Wall Street Journal.

A JetBlue spokeswoman would only say that the carrier will release information on the "innovative onboard product" on Tuesday. Spokesmen for Yahoo and RIM could not be reached immediately for comment.

After several months of trial flights on the A320 aircraft, JetBlue will decide whether to install the system fleetwide. Wi-Fi-equipped laptops with Yahoo Mail or Yahoo Messenger clients will be able to send and receive e-mail and messages to people on the ground, while Wi-Fi-ready BlackBerry smart phones, including the 8820 and the Curve 8320, will be able to access BlackBerry e-mail and instant messages.

JetBlue conducted a test flight yesterday on the East Coast, in which a JetBlue spokesman was able to send an e-mail to a Journal reporter and receive a reply. Several airlines have discussed pilots of similar services and what to charge for them, but JetBlue's system is the first to take off with passengers.

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AMD has confirmed a bug that can cause its new Phenom and existing Barcelona processors to lock up.

Specifically, AMD has found a bug in the translation-lookaside buffer, which can impact some of AMD's quad-core chips. AMD will rework both chips and provide a new stepping, sources said, but in the meantime motherboard manufacturers are being asked to distribute a BIOS patch that, unfortunately, reportedly cuts performance by about 10 percent.

"You may remember that during our Q3 earnings call, AMD acknowledged that our initial ramp of Barcelona had been slower than anticipated," AMD spokesman Phil Hughes said in an emailed statement. "However we did say during that call that we would ship 'hundreds of thousands of quad-core processors' into the server and desktop segments during Q4. AMD is tracking to this guidance. Quad Core AMD Opteron processor is the most advanced x86 processor ever introduced to the market and as such there are design and process tuning steps that will take longer than expected.

"There has been some talk about an erratum relative to our TLB cache in Barcelona as well as Phenom processors resulting in delays," Hughes added. "AMD notified customers of this erratum and released a BIOS fix prior to the Nov. 19th launch that resolves it. We are experiencing strong AMD Phenom demand and are shipping parts to channel, system builders and OEM customers."

Both of AMD's existing Phenom parts – the Phenom 9600 and 9500 – run at 2.3 GHz and 2.2 GHz, respectively. AMD's Phenom 9900, which runs at 2.6 GHz, is due in March 2008. AMD's Hughes said that the BIOS fix was distributed to motherboard makers as part of the Phenom launch.

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AT&T will stop putting coins into its pay-phone business after next year, letting the call drop after generations of helping stranded travelers contact relatives and Clark Kent get an extreme makeover.

By the end of 2008, AT&T will phase out its public phones and the phones it provides under contract in correctional facilities, the biggest U.S. carrier said Monday. It will honor customer-service commitments during the phase-out period, according to a news release. The move will affect only AT&T’s own 13-state service area. BellSouth, which AT&T acquired last year, had already left the pay-phone business in its nine-state area.

AT&T, which is the exclusive U.S. service provider for Apple’s iPhone, said it was leaving the “shrinking” business to focus its resources on areas with more growth potential.

Cell phones played a big role in killing the pay phone, acknowledged AT&T, which is also the nation’s biggest mobile operator, without explicitly blaming itself. The number of pay phones in the U.S. fell from 2.6 million in 1997 to fewer than a million this year, the carrier said. In the same period, the number of cell phone subscribers rose from just 55 million to more than 250 million, according to the CTIA, a cellular trade group.

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, but no one could get to a pay phone until 1878, when the first one was made. Early models didn’t take coins, so callers had to pay an attendant when they’d finished talking. The first coin-operated phone was installed in 1889 in Hartford, Connecticut, according to AT&T.

Verizon Communications is sticking with pay phones because they still make money for the carrier, according to spokesman Jim Smith. Verizon operates about 225,000 pay phones across the 28 states where it offers wireline service, plus the District of Columbia. That’s about half as many as it had when the company was formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE in 2000, he said.

“It’s a challenge because of the competition from wireless, but we have found that there are a lot of customers,” Smith said. Even people who have cell phones may not carry them all the time, and batteries run out, he said. The pay phones in transportation centers are among the busiest, according to Smith.

AT&T’s pay-phone business is comparatively small even now, with just 65,000 phones. By contrast, in 1902, Americans on the go relied on a total of 81,000 pay phones nationwide, the carrier said. And vaudeville performances went ahead uninterrupted by rings and bleeps.


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That was quick. Padmasree Warrior, who just resigned as EVP and CTO of Motorola yesterday, announced that she has joined Cisco as its new CTO. Warrior resigned from Motorola less than a week after the company's CEO Ed Zander stepped down. Reports claim that Motorola had been preparing for Warrior's departure since October, and it seems rather clear now that Warrior left for the opportunity at Cisco more so than being pushed out of Motorola. Still, Zander and Warrior appear to be getting most of the blame for Motorola's inability to produce a great follow-up to the RAZR.

"We are headed into a new era that we define as the second phase of the Internet, driven by collaboration and Web 2.0 technologies where the network becomes the platform for communications and IT. It is an exciting time with new frontiers and opportunities for innovation. Padmasree's new role as CTO will help to develop and promote Cisco's future technology leadership," said John Chambers, chairman and CEO.

"Cisco is the global leader in networking with a deep heritage in technology. I am excited at the opportunity to join a world-class company poised to lead the next era of Internet evolution. I look forward to enabling future growth together with Cisco's top talent worldwide. Cisco's customer centric culture and purposeful commitment to innovation are integral parts of my leadership portfolio," stated Warrior.

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Orange sells 30,000 iPhones in five days

By Peter Sayer, IDG News Service

French mobile phone operator Orange sold 30,000 iPhones in the five days following its Nov. 29 launch, the company said Wednesday.

In comparison, German operator T-Mobile said it sold 10,000 on Nov. 9, the day the phone went on sale there. Apple’s U.K. partner O2 said the phone is its fastest-selling ever, but refused to give sales figures.

Some 80 percent of Orange customers bought the iPhone with an “Orange for iPhone” service contract that includes unlimited access to the Internet and the Visual Voicemail service.

Those customers paid €399 (US$585) for their iPhone, the same price T-Mobile charges for its iPhones.

Orange also offers the iPhone for €549 with other types of contract, or €649 without a contract.

About 1,500 were sold without a contract, said Orange spokesman Louis Michel Aymard.

Customers buying an iPhone from Orange for use on another operator’s network must pay a €100 unlocking charge, which is waived if they wait for six months from the purchase date. Since an iPhone without a contract is of little use on Orange’s network, the majority of those 1,500 customers have probably unlocked their phones, Aymard said.

Orange is now the only one of Apple’s network operator partners to sell the iPhone unlocked. It does so to comply with a French law that forbids making the sale of one item conditional on the sale of another.

T-Mobile briefly offered unlocked iPhones for €999 to comply with a temporary court injunction. It had been sued by rival operator Vodafone, which claimed that selling the phone tied to a two-year contract breached Germany’s consumer protection laws. On Tuesday, a court in Hamburg rejected Vodafone’s complaint, giving T-Mobile the go-ahead to sell the phone bundled with a contract.

Early sales of the iPhone in Europe are dwarfed by its success in the U.S., where Apple and operator partner AT&T sold 270,000 on the first weekend. The U.S. population is almost four times that of Germany, and around five times that of France.

Apple said it took 74 days to sell the first million iPhones following its U.S. launch — a milestone that it took the iPod two years to reach. But sales of mobile phones far outstrip those of digital audio players like the iPod: Last year, almost 1 billion mobile phones were sold worldwide, 164 million of them in North America and 175 million of them in Western Europe, according to market analyst Gartner.

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— Newly Adopted Ordinance Expected to Spur Additional Orders —

SAN ANTONIO, TX – 12/5/07 – Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: NIHK), a leading provider of intelligent wireless power management and emergency notification solutions, announced today that it has received the largest single order for its CEO700 remote disconnect devices in its history from the Town of Smyrna, Delaware. Smyrna first ordered units from Nighthawk in May of this year, and has recently adopted an ordinance which will require certain customers and any newly constructed rental properties to install remote disconnect collars on meters. This latest order of 500 units represents the third order placed by Smyrna for remote disconnect units in 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. By utilizing Nighthawk’s remote disconnect solution, Smyrna can avoid additional personnel costs typically associated with a growing utility customer base without sacrificing customer service.

H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Each successive quarter we’re getting larger orders from customers, which is obviously fantastic. I’m excited that use of our equipment over the past six months has proven to be sufficiently effective to support a new ordinance in Smyrna requiring use of remote disconnect collars. With the delivery of this order, Smyrna will now have in excess of 1,000 devices available for use, and we look forward to providing them with units going forward as their own customer base and service needs continue to grow.”

About Nighthawk Systems, Inc.
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 also designs and manufactures an advanced line of set-top boxes that are utilized to deliver high-definition multi-media content and applications to the hospitality industry.

Individuals interested in Nighthawk Systems can sign up to receive email alerts by visiting the Company’s website at

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Statements contained in this release, which are not historical facts, including statements about plans and expectations regarding business areas and opportunities, acceptance of new or existing businesses, capital resources and future business or financial results are "forward-looking" statements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, customer acceptance of our products, our ability to raise capital to fund our operations, our ability to develop and protect proprietary technology, government regulation, competition in our industry, general economic conditions and other risk factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, they relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made, and our future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements may not meet these expectations. We do not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations, except as required by law.


Doug Saathoff
(877) 7-NIGHTHAWK, Ext 701

Source: Nighthawk Systems

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A pizza store in Vernonia is surrounded by flood waters Tuesday Dec. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Brent Wojahn)

By Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - With communications down in much of the state smacked by the recent storm, state emergency officials are calling ham radio operators heroes.

When even state police had difficulty reaching some of their own troops, ham radio worked, setting up networks so emergency officials could communicate and relaying lists of supplies needed in stricken areas.

A network of at least 60 volunteer amateur radio operators working along the coast and inland helped from keep crucial systems such as 911 calls, American Red Cross and hospital services connected.

Amateur radio works on a set of radio frequencies above the AM broadcast band. Operators use their own equipment to communicate with other operators, using different equipment and frequencies than emergency responders.

Sometimes it takes creativity and a lot of leg work, such as setting up a new link on the top of a mountain when no other options are available.

Steve Sanders, a spokesman for District One of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, said the storm was a "poster child" for what his group does.



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Google Will Apply to Participate in FCC Spectrum Auction

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (November 30, 2007) – Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it will apply to participate in the Federal Communications Commission's upcoming auction of wireless spectrum in the 700 megahertz (MHz) band.

As part of the nationally mandated transition to digital television, the 700 MHz spectrum auction — which begins January 24, 2008 — will free up spectrum airwaves for more efficient wireless Internet service for consumers. Advocacy by public interest groups and Google earlier this year helped ensure that regardless of which bidders win a key portion of the spectrum up for auction (the so-called "C Block"), they will be required to allow their users to download any software application they want on their mobile device, and to use any mobile devices they would like on that wireless network. The winner must ensure these rights for consumers if the reserve price of $4.6 billion for the C Block is met at auction.

"We believe it's important to put our money where our principles are," said Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO, Google. "Consumers deserve more competition and innovation than they have in today's wireless world. No matter which bidder ultimately prevails, the real winners of this auction are American consumers who likely will see more choices than ever before in how they access the Internet."

Schmidt also praised the leadership of FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and his fellow commissioners for adopting the new rights for consumers earlier this year. Google's formal application to participate in the 700 MHz auction will be filed with the FCC on Monday, December 3, 2007 — the required first step in the auction process. Google's application does not include any partners.

About Google Inc. Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top Web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall Web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit Media Contact: Adam Kovacevich Google 202-742-6598 Investor Contact: Maria Shim 650-253-7663

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

Published by the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP

[Selected portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.]

   Vol. 10, No. 47 December 5, 2007   

The White House has announced its intention to renominate Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein for another term.


FCC ADOPTS SERIES OF LOW POWER FM RADIO RULES, LAUNCHES NPRM: The FCC, at last week’s open meeting, adopted a wide-ranging series of ownership, eligibility and technical rules and sought comment on additional technical matters in the Low Power FM Third Report and Order and Second Noticed of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). In the Order, the Commission adopted a number of rules and policies designed to foster and protect LPFM radio service which creates opportunities for new voices on the airwaves and to allow local groups, including schools, churches, and other community- based organizations, to provide programming responsive to local community needs and interests. The Commission’s action includes changes to strengthen and promote the long-term viability of the LPFM service, and the localism and diversity goals that this service is intended to advance. The Order:

  • Allows the transfer of LFPM licenses subject to significant limitations.
  • Reinstates the Commission’s rule that all LPFM authorization holders be local to the community and limits ownership to one station per licensee.
  • Clarifies that repetitious, automated programming does not meet the local origination requirement.
  • Encourages voluntary time-sharing agreements between applicants.
  • Imposes an application cap on 2003 FM translator window filers.
  • Limits the responsibility of LPFM stations to resolve interference caused to subsequently authorized full-service stations.
  • Establishes a procedural framework for considering short-spacing waivers and a going-forward displacement policy for LPFM stations.

In the Second NPRM, the Commission seeks comment on technical rules that could potentially expand LPFM licensing opportunities. The FCC tentatively concludes that full service stations must provide technical and financial assistance to LPFM stations when implementation of a full service station facility proposal would cause interference to an LPFM station. It also tentatively concludes that it should adopt a contour-based protection methodology to expand LPFM licensing opportunities. And it intends to address the issues in the NPRM within six months, and indicates that the next filing window for a non-tabled aural licensed service will be for LPFM. Finally, the Commission will recommend to Congress that it remove the requirement that LPFM stations protect full-power stations operating on third adjacent channels. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and John Prendergast.


DECEMBER 30: FCC FORM 507, ICLS QUARTERLY LINE COUNT UPDATE. All wireline and wireless eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs), with competitors (CETCs) operating in their study areas, must file quarterly line count updates with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to receive Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). The December 30 report includes lines served as of June 30, 2007. This data is used to calculate an ETC’s per-line universal service support. CETCs are also required to file quarterly line count updates. However, an ETC without competition is not required to file Form 507, but may do so on a voluntary basis. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

JANUARY 1: CARRIERS MUST NOTIFY CUSTOMERS OF “DO NOT CALL” OPTIONS: The FCC requires each common carrier (wireline and wireless) offering local exchange service to inform subscribers of the opportunity to provide notification to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that the subscriber objects to receiving telephone solicitations. The carrier must inform subscribers of (1) their right to give or revoke a notification of their objection to receiving telephone solicitations pursuant to the national “Do Not Call” database; and (2) the methods by which such rights may be exercised. Beginning on January 1, 2004, and annually thereafter, such common carriers shall provide an annual notice, via an insert in the customer’s bill, to inform their subscribers of the opportunity to register or revoke registrations on the national Do Not Call database. BloostonLaw will provide clients with the wording for an appropriate notice upon request. BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

FEBRUARY 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 February 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. New this year is that reporting carriers are required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN). 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. BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens and Gerry Duffy.

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

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Wireless News from Mexico

Monday December 3, 2007

To facilitate access to the network

The beginning of the competition for wireless WiMax service, will generate, by the year 2010, one million Internet broadband accounts, which will help to improve connectivity and access to digital technology.

According to the SCT, the bids will open next year.

According to the specialized consultancy Select, the potential of this new technology for wireless connectivity is very broad and important for the country.

The trigger for access to broadband services will enhance the position of Mexico on the matter in the OECD countries, where it currently ranks last with a penetration of 4.5 users per 100 inhabitants.

Globally, Denmark is the country with the best penetration of broadband connectivity with 34.3 subscribers per hundred inhabitants, the United States has 21.2 connections, and Spain has 17 users [per hundred].

The OECD average is 18.8 accesses for each 100 inhabitants.

Yazmín Gutierrez, an analyst at the consulting firm Select, said that the deployment of WiMax will promote increased broadband accounts in the country.

"The growth will depend very much on the strategy of operators and Axtel does not have a strong broadband product, so all their customers will now have to migrate to WiMax, so what this company does will be very important," he said.

Companies like Axtel and MVS Comunicaciones are attacking this nascent market, and have planned deployment in nearly 50 cities in the Republic.

In the case of Axtel, the commercial launch will begin next January in some areas of the 26 cities where it operates, including the Federal District and Guadalajara.

"Deployments will be partial, limited to areas of interest, we have very specific areas where there is demand. With this we will start up beginning in January or February, in a limited manner, and we will grow during the year," anticipated Roberto Martinez, director of Technology Planning at Axtel.

He added that the services that will be available will be telephone connections and high-speed Internet, however, the mobility part will come in 2009 and other facilities such as television could be available beginning in 2010.

Axtel's idea is to slowly migrate its 885 thousand lines in service and its 107 thousand Internet subscribers to the WiMax system.

The deployment of WiMax technology is based on the expansion of another company that is MVS.

"Our intention is that we are going to satellite with national coverage and we are going to migrate our subscribers to MASTV over satellite. So then we will clear up the frequencies and expand what we have in MVS net bandwidths in order to provide more services" explained Ernesto Vargas, President of MVS Television.

This will bring them to become the largest wireless network in the country, compared to only the fiber network of Telmex, in fixed services, which is the largest.

He added that his intention is to offer fixed voice and data services in the coming year through WiMax — the mobility begin in 2009.

Telmex has part of the frequencies where WiMax could be developed, but for the time being they are being used to carry telephony to rural areas.

Analysts believe that Telmex will try to participate in bidding for these bands to expand their capacity and provide mobile Internet services and telephony.

This is the niche market of future telecommunications, that will be in dispute by the players, as it will replace some of the current communication services by their attractive offer of keeping their customers connected all the time, even though moving the place of connection, said analysts and industry executives.

Axtel already started deploying a WiMax network in the frequencies of 3.5 and 3.7 MHz and they already have a concession in Monterrey, but next year will start to operate this technology commercially in the 26 cities where they have coverage.

MVS Communications, for its part, will launch WiMax in 23 cities, in the second half of the year. They will do it in conjunction with Intel who is also is a technology partner with Axtel.

Currently, the company offers Internet connection and television delivered over microwave signals, a service known as MASTV.

But the plan of the company is to become a provider of triple play (a package of voice, Internet and television services) with the deployment of the WiMax network on the one hand, and entering into satellite television, on the other.

That is to say, MVS has 190 megahertz of bandwidth, of which 120 is used for broadcast television and the other 60 for Internet services. The idea is to leave the 190 free to implement WiMax technology.

"Our idea is to be the largest wireless network in this country. We have to our advantage this new technology, where earlier technologies, including GSM, CDMA, and the fixed wireless parts, have become obsolete with the capacity of this network," said Vargas.

He added that his intention is to supply voice and fixed data services in the coming year through WiMax — the mobility service part is expected to start during 2009.

Wireless Connection

The WiMax technology will allow users of broadband telecommunications services to always be connected anytime, anywhere, without the need for wires.

WiMax antennas, installed by operators, will be linked to the Internet.

Coverage in densely populated cities, will be from 10 to 48 km. In clear rural areas, up to 112 kilometers.

Potential for connection to desktop PCs, laptops, cellphones and handhelds (PDAs).

The WiFi system will cover from 40 to 90 meters.

These devices have to be new-generation, and have an integrated chip or modem compatible with WiMax networks.

What is it?

WiMax technology is a connection without wires, which provides continuous connection to the Internet.

1 Networks WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) are able to cover an area with a radius of 50 kilometers of wireless broadband, a data network and/or the Internet, adapted portable devices [like] PDAs, and mobile phones.

2 Wi-fi (wireless fidelity), is the standard for establishing a broadband wireless connection to a data network and/or the Internet to devices suitable for Wi-Fi (laptops, PDAs, mobile Wi-Fi, etc. )

3 The signal can have a range of up to 200 meters.

Article by Veronica Gascón, Reforma, December 3rd.

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Facilitan acceso a la red

El inicio de la competencia por el servicio de conexión inalámbrica WiMax, generará hacia el año 2010 que en el País haya un millón de cuentas de Internet de banda ancha, lo que ayudaría a mejorar la conectividad y el acceso a la tecnología digital.

Según la SCT, estas licitaciones se darán el año próximo.

De acuerdo con la consultoría especializada Select, el potencial que tiene la nueva tecnología de conexión inalámbrica para el País es muy amplia e importante.

El detonante de acceso a servicios de banda ancha, mejoraría la posición de México en la materia respecto a los países de la OCDE, donde actualmente ocupa el último lugar con una penetración de 4.5 usuarios por cada 100 habitantes.

A nivel mundial, Dinamarca es el país con la mejor penetración de conectividad a banda ancha con 34.3 suscriptores por centenar de habitantes; Estados Unidos tiene 21.2 conexiones, y España tiene 17 usuarios.

La media de la OCDE es de 18.8 accesos por cada 100 habitantes.

Yazmín Gutiérrez, analista de la consultora Select, dijo que el despliegue de WiMax favorecerá el incremento de cuentas de banda ancha en el País.

"El crecimiento dependerá muchísimo de la estrategia de los operadores y Axtel no tiene un producto fuerte de banda ancha, así que todos los clientes que tiene ahora los va a migrar hacia WiMax, va a ser muy importante lo que haga esta compañía", opinó.

Empresas como Axtel y MVS Comunicaciones están atacando este mercado naciente, y tienen planeado un despliegue en casi 50 ciudades de la República.

En el caso de Axtel, en enero próximo iniciará el lanzamiento comercial en algunos sectores de las 26 ciudades donde ya opera, entre ellas Distrito Federal y Guadalajara.

"Serán despliegues parciales, limitados a zonas de interés, tenemos zonas muy concretas, donde hay demanda. Con esto arrancaríamos a partir de enero o febrero de manera limitada y estaremos creciendo durante el año", anticipó Roberto Martínez, director de Planeación de Tecnologías de Axtel.

Añadió que los servicios que estarán disponibles serán la telefonía y conexión a Internet de alta velocidad, sin embargo, la parte de movilidad llegará en el 2009 y otro tipo de servicios como la televisión podrá llegar a partir del 2010.

La idea de Axtel es ir migrando poco a poco a sus 885 mil líneas en servicio y los 107 mil suscriptores de Internet al sistema WiMax.

En el despliegue de la tecnología WiMax se basa la expansión de otra empresa que es MVS.

"Nuestra intención es que nos vamos al satélite y haremos cobertura nacional y vamos a migrar a nuestros suscriptores de MASTV al satélite. Con eso vamos a despejar las frecuencias y ampliaremos lo que tenemos en MVS net en anchos de banda para poder dar más servicios", explicó Ernesto Vargas, presidente de MVS Televisión.

Esto les llevará a convertirse en la red inalámbrica más grande del País, solo comparado con la red de fibra óptica de Telmex, en servicios fijos, que es la más extensa.

Añadió que su intención es poder dar voz y datos fijos el próximo año a través de WiMax y la parte de movilidad empezará en el 2009.

Telmex tiene parte de frecuencias donde se puede desarrollar WiMax pero por el momento, las utiliza para llevar telefonía a zonas rurales.

Analistas estiman que Telmex intentará participar en las licitaciones de estas bandas para ampliar su capacidad y dar servicios de Internet móvil y telefonía.

Este es el nicho de mercado de telecomunicaciones del futuro que se disputarán las empresas, ya que vendrá a sustituir algunos de los servicios actuales de comunicación, por su oferta atractiva de mantener todo el tiempo conectados a sus clientes, aunque se mueva del lugar de la conexión, afirmaron analistas y directivos de la industria.

Axtel inició ya el despliegue de la red WiMax en las frecuencias de 3.5 y 3.7 megahertz que ya tiene concesionadas, en Monterrey, pero el próximo año empezará a operar esta tecnología de forma comercial en las 26 ciudades donde tienen cobertura.

MVS Comunicaciones, por su parte, prevé un lanzamiento de WiMax en 23 ciudades, para la segunda mitad del año. Lo hará en conjunto con Intel que también es socio tecnológico de Axtel.

Actualmente esta compañía ofrece servicios de conexión a Internet y televisión restringida a través de sennales de microondas, en un servicio conocido como MASTV.

Pero el plan de la compañía es convertirse en un proveedor de triple play (servicios en paquete de voz, Internet y televisión) con el despliegue de la red de WiMax por un lado, e incursionando en la televisión satelital, por el otro.

Es decir, MVS posee 190 megahertz de ancho de banda, de los cuales, 120 los ocupa para transmitir televisión y otros 60 en servicios de Internet. La idea es dejar los 190 libres para montar la tecnología WiMax.

"Nuestra idea es ser la red inalámbrica más importante de este País. Tenemos en nuestra ventaja una nueva tecnología, donde tecnologías anteriores, incluyendo GSM, CDMA, y las partes fijas inalámbricas, quedan obsoletas con la capacidad de esta red", señaló Vargas.

Añadió que su intención es poder dar voz y datos fijos el próximo año a través de WiMax y la parte de movilidad se prevé de inicio durante el 2009.

Conexión sin cables

La tecnología WiMax permitirá a los usuarios de servicios de telecomunicaciones de banda ancha estar siempre conectados en cualquier momento y lugar, sin necesidad de cables.

Antenas WiMax, instaladas por parte de los operadores, que estarán enlazadas a Internet.

Cobertua en ciudades densamente pobladas, de 10 a 48 kilometros. En zonas despejadas o rurales, hasta 112 kilómetros.

Posibilidades de conexión con PC de escritorio, laptops, celulares y "handheld" (PDA).

El sistema WiFi tiene cobertura de 40 a 90 metros .

Estos dispositivos tienen que ser de nueva generación, que tengan integrado un chip o módem compatible con las redes WiMax.

¿Qué es?

La tecnología WiMax es una conexión, sin cables, que ofrece conexión constante a Internet.

1 Las redes WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) son capaces de abarcar una zona de 50 kilómetros de radio de conexión inalámbrica de banda ancha, a una red de datos y/o Internet, con dispositivos adaptados portátiles, PDA, móviles.

2 La Wi-fi (wireless fidelity), es el estándar para establecer una conexión inalámbrica de banda ancha a una red de datos y/o Internet, con dispositivos adaptados a Wi-Fi (portátiles, PDA, móviles Wi-Fi, etc.)

3 La señal puede tener un alcance de hasta 200 metros.

Nota de Verónica Gascón, Reforma, 3 de diciembre.

Source: Medios México (Article sent in by Enrique Llaca from Mexico City.)


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By Joel Hruska | Published: December 05, 2007 - 02:06PM CT

At the end of January 2007, Adobe submitted its Portable Document Format (PDF) to the ISO. Now, as the year winds to a close, Adobe has announced that PDF 1.7 has been approved by the ISO and will become the ISO 32000 standard (DIS). According to a blog post by Adobe PDF architect and senior principal scientist Jim King, the standard was approved by a vote of 13:1, with one country (Russia) abstaining and one country (France) voting against.

On January 21, King will present responses to the 205 comments made by the voting nations, including the 125 comments made by the United States and the 37 comments made by the French. If all comments are satisfactorily addressed during the January 21-23 time period, the revised standard will be published afterwards. If comments remain to be addressed after this meeting, the standard will enter a two-month voting period on the Final Draft International Standard or FDIS. The question of what the French don't like about PDF and what comments they submitted was raised by readers multiple times in response to King's post. Sadly, King has no answers, and I wasn't able to turn anything up, either.

Although previous subsets of PDF (specifically PDF/Archive and PDF/Exchange) have been considered by the ISO, the approval of the entire document format as a new standard will impact its development in the future. From this point forward, the ISO, rather than Adobe, is in charge of the PDF specification and any changes that are incorporated into it. According to King, none of the current licensing terms for the PDF standard will change, as it's already licensed for free and readily available to anyone wishing to develop software capable of reading, writing, or processing PDF, but he posits that Adobe's Acrobat suite might see an increased level of competition from other companies as a result of the ISO certification.

Although King doesn't mention this in his blog post, Adobe's push for ISO certification has largely been seen as a response to Microsoft's XPS standard (and self-styled PDF-killer). Not much appears to have happened since Redmond submitted XPS to Ecma last July, but Adobe obviously hopes that PDF's new standing as an ISO standard will serve as a bulwark against any attempt Microsoft might make to push the competing document format out of the market.

Source: ARS Technica

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