#TBT: Nextlink trials cellular knowledge; Dash PCS launches net service; Audible, Motorola demo downloadable content material … this week in 1999

Editor’s Notice: RCR Wi-fi Information goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the highest headlines from the previous. Hearth up the time machine, placed on these sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and benefit from the recollections!

Nextlink begins cellular knowledge trial

BELLEVUE, Wash.-Nextlink Communications Inc. introduced it has begun a subject check of its broadband wi-fi expertise within the Los Angeles space. “That is one other essential step to offering a whole bundle of end-to-end, broadband communications companies to enterprise clients all through the US,” stated Nextlink Chief Government Officer Steve Hooper. Throughout the subject check, Nextlink will use tools by Ericsson Inc., SpectraPoint Wi-fi, Wavtrace Inc. and Digital Microwave Corp., Nextlink stated. … Learn extra

Dash PCS launches “Wi-fi Internet”

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-Dash PCS launched the Dash PCS Wi-fi Internet, which permits Dash PCS clients to browse the Web from their wi-fi telephones. Dash PCS Wi-fi Internet additionally provides the flexibility to customise and obtain essential information, e-mail and … Learn extra

Location companies are attainable, Lucent supervisor says

Wi-fi carriers may deploy business location companies upfront of the section II enhanced 911 companies deadlines mandated by the Federal Communications Fee. Gary Ritter, wi-fi provide supervisor, location companies, for Lucent Applied sciences Inc., stated many business companies could possibly be deployed right now as a result of they don’t require the extraordinarily correct location fixes required by the second section of the mandate. Ritter additionally stated section II E911 options may start ramping up by the top of subsequent 12 months, properly upfront of the FCC’s authentic October 2001 deadline for deploying such companies. “Many location functions will be put into place simply utilizing the change and cell-sector info that’s out there right now,” stated Ritter, who famous carriers may deploy business companies early after which migrate the companies to a extra granular stage when extra correct location fixes turn out to be out there. “I consider these companies will be deployed with cell-sector info, notably in city areas the place there are many cell websites.” Industrial companies, like location-based billing and knowledge companies, are candidates for early deployment in high-density areas, whereas E911 and emergency roadside help should look ahead to the extremely correct location fixes supplied for in section II. … Learn extra

Customers keen to pay $2 per thirty days for location companies

LOS ANGELES-Driscoll-Wolfe Advertising & Analysis Consulting performed a multiclient advertising analysis examine on client curiosity in location-based cellular communication companies, and recognized the location-based companies of biggest curiosity to customers and quantified their stage of curiosity and willingness to pay for these companies. The examine coated client curiosity in a variety of companies, delivered to an in-vehicle unit, a wi-fi telephone or different moveable machine. The companies coated within the examine embrace emergency notification; info companies; computerized crash notification; location-based billing; roadside help; private safety service; stolen automobile monitoring; monitoring the situation of aged, handicapped, youngsters and pets; routing help; visitors alerts; cellular Yellow Pages; and monitoring the situation of priceless possessions. Two focus teams have been performed in every of 5 main cities. Some key findings included: Customers are most concerned about security-related companies, equivalent to emergency notification and computerized crash notification. Greater than half the individuals could be keen to pay a surcharge of $1-$2 on their month-to-month mobile invoice to have their location routinely transmitted to the response company after they dial 911. … Learn extra

Motorola, Audible exhibit content material downloads to a cell phone

NEW ORLEANS-Motorola Inc. and Audible, a supplier of Web-delivered spoken audio content material, demonstrated at Private Communications Showcase ’99 in New Orleans the direct downloading of spoken audio content material to digital wi-fi telephones. The demonstration showcased the flexibility of Motorola’s i1000plus digital handset to obtain and play a choice of spoken media … Learn extra

Nokia merges with its Finnish subsidiary Nokiterra

HELSINKI-Nokia Corp. and Nokiterra Oy merged, giving Nokia roughly 64.3 million of its shares, equivalent to roughly 5.3 p.c of the overall share capital and voting rights of Nokia, stated the corporate. The merger doesn’t have an effect on Nokia Corp.’s key figures or voting rights, as these shares have already been eradicated within the group’s revenue and loss accounts and different statements, Nokia stated. … Learn extra

Determine.com lets client evaluate mobile plans and protection

SAN JOSE-Determine.com launched the Determine.com Site, the place customers can establish, evaluate and buy telecommunications services and products primarily based on how they are going to use them. The corporate additionally introduced Wi-fi Check Drive, a characteristic that lets customers really see the place mobile service name high quality reception is greatest and worst of their space, and listen to the decision high quality of any supplier’s wi-fi service precisely the place they’ll be utilizing their telephone. “At Determine.com, we’re devoted to offering customers with the unbiased info and goal assist they should reduce by the noise and make the perfect determination attainable,” stated Roy Prasad, president and chief govt officer of Determine.com. … Learn extra

TIA’s 3GPP2 group works on 3G harmonization points

ARLINGTON, Va.-The Telecommunications Business Affiliation introduced the Third-Technology Partnership Program 2 (3GPP2) has accomplished its worldwide harmonization workshop on international 3G and has moved nearer to resolving technical points associated to working cdma2000 expertise multicarrier techniques on International System for Cell communications MAP-based networks. Earlier this 12 months, the Operators Harmonization Group-an advert hoc group of carriers from across the world-reached a consensus on 3G requirements, opting to push ahead with a household of Code Division A number of Entry-based requirements that features cdma2000 and wideband-CDMA expertise primarily based on the GSM MAP community. Requirements teams have since been working to establish the hooks and extensions wanted to tie W-CDMA and ANSI-41 primarily based cdma2000 collectively. Greater than 100 wi-fi trade representatives from 15 international locations lately met in El Segundo, Calif., to work on this challenge. … Learn extra

DoJ sides with Nextel, helps stress-free antitrust decree

WASHINGTON-The Justice Division, already embroiled in controversy over a secret wi-fi licensing pact with Nextel Communications Inc. and the Federal Communications Fee, final week urged a federal court docket right here to reject challenges to the proposed leisure of the 1995 Nextel antitrust consent decree. Justice additionally continued efforts to dam the primary opponents of the DOJ-Nextel antitrust settlement from absolutely taking part within the case. The division’s Sept. 14 court docket submitting would have the impact of considerably muting main critics of proposed decree modifications. In final week’s submitting, Justice disregarded protests towards proposed decree modifications lodged by prime collectors of bankrupt Geo-tek Communications Inc. (Wilmington Belief Co. and Hughes Community Techniques Inc.) and by the Alliance for Radio Competitors. ARC is a coalition of small- and medium-sized dispatch operators. DOJ desires Choose Thomas Hogan to approve adjustments to the 1995 decree that may give Nextel speedy entry to beforehand prohibited 900 MHz frequencies and that may finish the decree on Oct. 30, 2000-five years forward of time. … Beneath the 1995 decree, Nextel was barred from holding 900 MHz dispatch licenses in main markets due to its dominance within the 800 MHz dispatch enterprise. Nextel wants extra spectrum to accommodate present demand and to have the ability to present next-generation, Web-friendly wi-fi companies. … Learn extra

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