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#TBT: AT&T sells Dobson stake; MMS interoperability points; Verizon launches EV-DO … this week in 2003


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. Fireplace up the time machine, placed on these sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and benefit from the recollections!

AT&T Wi-fi sells its stake in Dobson

Dobson Communications Corp. stated AT&T Wi-fi Providers Inc. bought all of its shares-more than 4.5 million-in Dobson, and because of this, AT&T Wi-fi has ceased to be a celebration to the stockholder and traders rights settlement with Dobson. Dobson additionally stated it would delay its deliberate public providing on account of present inventory market situations. In September Dobson stated it was contemplating a main providing that may lead to proceeds of as a lot as $150 million. Dobson’s inventory was up about 3 p.c following the announcement to about $8.03 per share. AT&T Wi-fi’ stake within the rural operator dropped from almost 12 p.c in June to lower than 4 p.c as of late August, in line with … Learn extra

Verizon launches EV-DO

By rolling out companies in two U.S. markets, Verizon Wi-fi has triggered momentum for CDMA2000 1X EV-DO expertise, barely two years for the reason that first launch of CDMA2000 1X companies on this planet. The EV-DO launches, which occurred in San Diego and Washington, D.C., are predicted by trade specialists to sign a flurry of EV-DO companies from carriers worldwide. Operators near unveiling their companies later this yr embrace KDDI in Japan, wi-fi native loop provider Vesper in Brazil, Thailand’s EPBW and Indonesia’s PT Wind. Already, South Korea, the perennial John the Baptist of expertise, has generated breakneck visitors for EV-DO companies from carriers SK Telecom and KTF, which additionally had been the primary to launch 1X companies, the predecessor to EV-DO expertise. Verizon’s announcement additionally casts an trade stare upon Dash PCS, the opposite main U.S. CDMA participant that has insisted it would skip EV-DO for the subsequent step, EV-DV. Dash stated its 1X pace is ample for some companies it plans to roll out nationwide. The DO momentum additionally mounts strain on GSM/GPRS carriers like AT&T Wi-fi Providers Inc. and Cingular Wi-fi L.L.C., which have equipped their knowledge methods by pursuing the launch of EDGE expertise, though some rollout dates stay unsure. … Learn extra

Get a cellular piece of that ‘common running a blog pattern’

DUBLIN, Eire-Irish cellular operator MmO2 started a brand new service known as FoneBlog that enables clients to create and run private Websites from their cellphones. The service, from NewBay Software program, permits cellular customers to faucet into the more and more common running a blog pattern. The system integrates with operator messaging, portal and billing techniques, NewBay stated. “FoneBlog is an thrilling service for camera-phone customers, and a transparent approach for cellular community operators to extend multimedia messaging and knowledge visitors and revenues,” stated Paddy Holahan, chief govt officer of NewBay Software program. … Learn extra

Native quantity portability turns into a actuality

WASHINGTON-Nov. 24 is the day for wi-fi native quantity portability, and carriers should be technically able to porting numbers on that day, or they face enforcement motion, stated FCC Chairman Michael Powell. The Federal Communications Fee will give the trade the steerage it says it must efficiently deploy WLNP, stated Powell, noting the FCC has an obligation to offer that steerage. He didn’t point out a timeframe for the steerage, nonetheless. Powell hinted that the steerage will embrace the period of time it ought to take to finish the porting of a quantity, and as soon as that porting interval is established, carriers will likely be anticipated to fulfill that timeframe. The wireline trade takes three to 4 days to finish a port, whereas some within the wi-fi trade have recommended an interval of two.5 hours. … Learn extra

Grappling with MMS interoperability

BELLEVUE, Wash.-Wi-fi commerce group 3G Americas launched a brand new reference doc that provides suggestions for multimedia messaging service interoperability. The group stated community operators and infrastructure distributors collectively composed the doc for GSM carriers within the Americas. “The 3G Americas’ MMS suggestions supply clear necessities to distributors and operators within the space of core interfaces being prioritized and examined, info being out there earlier within the vendor choice course of, and in minimizing delays ensuing from interoperability issues, resulting in financial savings by way of operator useful resource time and prices inherent within the launch of 3G companies,” stated Chris Pearson, govt vice chairman of 3G Americas. The transfer comes as a number of carriers in the USA and Canada work to introduce MMS. Most such companies nonetheless solely work throughout the provider’s community … Learn extra

MMS set to develop, however interoperability is an issue

BOSTON-New analysis exhibits the marketplace for multimedia messaging companies in the USA will develop from simply $8 million final yr to $900 million by 2007, and the variety of energetic MMS customers will enhance from a number of hundred thousand in 2002 to greater than 31 million in 2007. Additional, analysis and consultancy agency The Yankee Group stated 20 p.c of all wi-fi customers will use MMS by 2007. Nonetheless, the MMS alternative will doubtless be partly stymied by the present lack of cross-carrier interoperability, a typical consumer expertise and a possible degradation of value-based pricing methods. … Learn extra

Nextwave seeks permission to check wi-fi broadband

WASHINGTON-Bankrupt NextWave Telecom Inc. is asking its choose to permit it to conduct a $39 million trial of wi-fi broadband expertise in Las Vegas utilizing spectrum to be obtained from IPWireless Inc. “Given the nascent nature of the wi-fi broadband applied sciences and companies, continuing with a full-scale business wi-fi broadband trial is a important component of NextWave’s operations that can facilitate implementation of its marketing strategy and supreme reorganization,” wrote NextWave in a short filed with Chapter Choose Adlai Hardin Oct. 1. “To advance NextWave’s technique of changing into a number one, nationwide supplier of wi-fi broadband companies, NextWave seeks the court docket’s approval to make the expenditures vital to boost their present community in a take a look at market after which commercially function the system in that market on a trial foundation. For quite a lot of causes, NextWave has focused Las Vegas because the market by which to conduct such trial.” NextWave is pressured to purchase the Las Vegas spectrum from IPWireless as a result of it simply bought its Las Vegas license to Cingular Wi-fi L.L.C. … Learn extra

Take a look at the RCR Wi-fi Information Archives for extra tales from the previous.

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