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Sizzling merchandise from October ’96
Ericsson Inc. launched a light-weight, palm-sized cellular telephone which delivers as much as 90 minutes of discuss time and 24 hours of standby time, the corporate stated. The telephone, named AF 738, makes use of Superior Cellular Cellphone Service. Options of the brand new telephone embody 99 velocity dial reminiscence places, further velocity dial reminiscence for calling card numbers, safe reminiscence places for bank card numbers and checking account numbers and 10 quantity redial. Will probably be marketed in the US at round $500 and likewise will likely be obtainable in worldwide markets the place AMPS is out there, together with Canada, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Australia. (800) ERICSSON. In the meantime, Philips Semiconductors launched a whole vary of GaAS Monolithic Microwave Built-in Circuit energy amplifiers which might be suitable with rising digital mobile requirements. The amplifiers supply producers a easy design-in course of, diminished meeting prices and smaller handset designs, the corporate stated. The amplifiers are appropriate for International System for Cellular communications, digital mobile system, private communications providers, Digital European Cordless Phone and Private Handyphone System applied sciences. Every product options zero dBm RF drive, excessive working effectivity and low-cost plastic packaging. … Read more

Paging clients involved in assured, two-way messaging
WASHINGTON-Virtually 60 % of paging clients stated they’d be involved in subscribing to a assured voice messaging service, based on a latest examine by Financial and Administration Consultants Worldwide Inc. A complete of 12 % of nonusers stated they’d have an interest within the service. In line with the examine, “Pagetrac ’96: Client Developments in Paging,” 66 % of paging customers stated it was essential to know their web page was acquired. “Pagetrac ’96 clearly signifies a marketplace for two-way messaging,” stated Elliot Hamilton, director of EMCI’s North American Wi-fi Group. “It’s as much as the carriers to develop applicable pricing and type issue to seize this demand.” … Read more

What do we would like? Knowledge! How do we would like it? With voice!
Geotek Communications Inc. has launched the info portion of its community, hoping to fulfill higher-than-expected demand for information and low subscriber numbers. “We launched with voice service, however information was what they actually wished,” stated Randy Miller, a Geotek spokeswoman. Solely about 2,000 subscribers use the seven U.S. networks Geotek has launched this yr. The packet techniques function at 900 MHz, utilizing Frequency Hopping A number of Entry unfold spectrum know-how. Geotek anticipated about 50 % of its potential clients could be involved in voice service. However the firm’s gross sales employees discovered solely about 15 % of consumers had been in search of a brand new answer for voice, and 85 % wished information, Miller stated. “They wouldn’t swap to us till we had information, however they don’t need information alone, both. And we are able to provide them with cell information and voice.” Montvale, N.J.-based Geotek is focusing on small- and medium-size companies with car fleets. Nextel Communications Inc. affords an identical service through Motorola Inc.’s built-in Dispatch Enhanced Community know-how. It’s working commercially in fewer than a half dozen Nextel markets. Additionally a packet-based community, iDEN affords voice and circuit information immediately, with plans to commercially launch packet information on the finish of 1997. … Read more

JD Energy expands its wi-fi shopper reviews
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.-J.D. Energy and Associates introduced it’s going to collectively produce further research on the wi-fi telecommunications market with Safco Applied sciences Inc., an organization that deploys measurement techniques and evaluation software program to the business. J.D. Energy stated the brand new research will report on the efficiency of high quality of wi-fi suppliers’ networks from a clients perspective. The mixed evaluation of the 2 firms will element buyer satisfaction with name high quality for a wide range of focused networks. “By benchmarking the mobile networks’ technical efficiency concurrently with the patron surveys, each J.D. Energy and Associates and Safco can present the business with precious advertising and marketing perception into their very own networks, in addition to their rivals’,” stated Bruce Creger, president of Safco. … Read more

Eyeing a worldwide GSM telephone
DUBLIN, Eire-The GSM MoU Affiliation is involved in making a multiband WorldPhone that operates at 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 1900 MHz. “International roaming is the cornerstone of GSM’s success,” stated Gretel Holcomb Hoffman, chairperson of the affiliation. International System for Cellular communications know-how has been deployed in wi-fi techniques in Europe and the US. European mobile networks function at 900 MHz, and private communications spectrum is at 1800 MHz in Europe and 1900 MHz in the US. Mobile service in the US operates within the 800 MHz vary, however no U.S. mobile operator has chosen GSM for its know-how improve from analog to digital. “It has grow to be evident that our members want to make a joint effort to evaluate the dimensions, timing and potential of this market,” Hoffman stated. They may “then convey the outcome to the producers within the business to encourage them to supply the telephones that we imagine the market wants.” The goals of the GSM WorldPhone challenge are to supply a typical technical and repair description for the handset, specify most limits for dimension and weight … Read more

Motorola wins main contract within the Philippines
Motorola Inc.’s Asia Pacific Mobile Infrastructure Group has signed a contract valued at greater than $100 million to deploy a set wi-fi phone community within the Philippines. Motorola stated the community will provide service within the southern and western Mindanao areas, positioned within the southern Philippines, as a part of a build-and-transfer association between the Pilipino Phone Corp. (Piltel) and Marubeni Corp. of Japan. The community will likely be a part of Piltel’s dedication to supply 400,000 further phone strains to residential and enterprise subscribers, stated Motorola. Piltel has been a landline phone supplier since 1968 and operates a nationwide cellular telephone and paging system together with different wi-fi providers all through the Philippines. The community makes use of Motorola’s cell phone switching workplace/cell switching middle structure, which supplies mounted subscriber functionality to an already present mobile cell community, stated Marty Singer, Motorola’s vp and normal supervisor of the wi-fi entry and enterprise growth division. The switching middle performs the billing and database features and supplies a trunked interface to the general public switched phone community. … Read more

Name Mother from the flight residence
Air-to-ground communications might give folks an added incentive to fly this vacation season. GTE Airfone Inc. of Oak Brook, Sick., has launched its $25 vacation card that can enable customers to make a limiteless variety of home and worldwide calls throughout December. Card holders can also use three-way calling, information and fax providers. GTE Airfone stated the cardboard is out there till Dec. 15, and can be utilized on all airways with which the corporate has contracts. The vacation months are also a good time for GTE Airfone to keep up enterprise. Enterprise vacationers are the normal customers of Airfones. They journey much less through the winter holidays when normal customers journey extra. The corporate stated it plans to alter its home charges on a everlasting foundation. Starting Nov. 1, GTE Airfone will cost $3 for a set-up payment and $3.28 per minute till the shopper reaches the $15 flat fee. In April, the corporate launched its flat fee pricing of $15 on any home name together with voice, fax and information communications. GTE Airfone holds contracts with most U.S. airways and a rising variety of worldwide airways. The corporate leads within the air-to-ground/ground-to-air market, a worldwide market dominated by solely three gamers. In-Flight Cellphone Corp. and AT&T Wi-fi Companies Inc.’s Aviation Communications Division, generally known as Claircom Worldwide in Europe, Asia and the Center East, are GTE Airfone’s formidable rivals. In-Flight Cellphone stated as of mid-October, it’s dropping its home charges completely on weekends by charging $6 for a two-minute home name, or $10 for as much as 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, weekday charges apply. The corporate expenses a $2.50 connection payment plus $3 per minute. In-Flight Cellphone stated the lower in charges was not designed particularly for the vacations. … Read more

PCS auctions drag on
WASHINGTON-Bidders within the D-, E- and F-block private communications providers auctions look like in no hurry to finish it. In line with analyst Taylor Simmons, even when the Federal Communications Fee ramps as much as three rounds per day (which it could do that week), wrangling over the ten megahertz spectrum slices might proceed into December. Simmons pointed to the gradual fee of decline in eligibility as one contributor to the public sale’s longevity. On the finish of Spherical 71, internet income for the three blocks totaled $1.86 billion, with the identical 5 firms main the pack in excessive bids: SprintCom Inc., AT&T Wi-fi PCS Inc., BellSouth Wi-fi Inc., Alltel Cellular Communications and Northcoast Working Co. Inc. What continues to be uncommon is the disparity in costs among the many blocks. BIA Consulting Inc.’s analysis exhibits that $776 million has been bid for D-block markets, with a nationwide common worth per pop of $2.96. For the E block, $781 million has been dedicated, with a nationwide common worth per pop of $2.98. Within the F block, solely $311.6 million has been garnered, with a mean nationwide per-pop worth of $1.19. Simmons’ evaluation of bid hills and valleys as of Spherical 69 confirmed the D and E blocks in Los Angeles had been shifting at greater than $30 million every, whereas the F block languished at $5.9 million. In Chicago, the higher two licenses had been bid at $59.9 million and $62.7 million, with the F block at $30.7 million. … Read more

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