San Diego, CA, December 15, 1999 -- Wireless communications carrier Leap Wireless International, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding to purchase PCS operating licenses in Macon, Columbus and Albany, Georgia for an undisclosed amount. Leap and the seller expect to finalize a binding agreement by Feb. 28, 2000. The agreement, if executed, will give Leap the right to add approximately 1.3 million POPs (potential subscribers) to the Company's holdings for use by its domestic subsidiary, Cricket Communications, Inc. The acquisition will be subject to certain conditions and approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
"Upon closing of this and other pending transactions, we would hold licenses covering more than 30 million POPs," said Susan G. Swenson, president and chief operating officer of Leap and CEO of Cricket. "This agreement will allow us to introduce the affordable, flat-rate Cricket(SM) concept to new markets in the Southeast."
São Paulo, 13 de dezembro de 1999 -- Os pontos a seguir são um resumo do que será submetido pelo CDG - CDMA Development Group em resposta à Consulta Pública no. 198 intitulada "Utilização de Faixas de Frequências para Prestação de Serviços de Comunicações Móveis Terrestres" datada de 3 de dezembro de 1999. Este material forneceu à Anatel- Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações subsídios da indústria sobre qual espectro de banda PCS (Personal Communication System) deverá ser alocado pelo governo brasileiro para os serviços móveis terrestres.
A Anatel solicitou sugestões sobre qual das duas faixas possíveis de frequência - 1.800 MHz ou 1.900 MHz - trará mais benefícios à população, através do estímulo à competição de mercado, e corrigirá as ineficiências criadas pela atual estrutura de duopólio da indústria de telefonia celular.
Embora o CDG acredite que, alocando o espectro de uma maneira neutra quanto à tecnologia possa permitir que as forças do mercado determinem a mais apropriada tecnologia de acesso, ele acredita também que o cdmaOne é a melhor e mais apropriada tecnologia de acesso para o século 21.
O cdmaOne é um padrão comercialmente comprovado e a base para a maioria das futuras comunicações sem fio no mundo, já no próximo milênio. Assim, a alocação de espectro no Brasil deveria permitir que os novos operadores de PCS do país tivessem a oportunidade de usar este padrão.
O CDG acredita que é de interesse da Anatel, da indústria brasileira, bem como da população do país, a adoção da faixa de 1900 MHz (1870-1910/1950-1990 MHz), pois isto possibilitará que se alcancem os seguintes objetivos:
1) Maximização do 'roaming' em nível nacional, regional e futuramente, o 'roaming'
global sob o IMT-2000, o novo padrão mundial para os serviços de comunicação
de terceira geração;
Embora o CDG apóie o uso da tecnologia cdmaOne, a organização não encoraja a Anatel a fazer alocações de espectro que requeiram o uso específico de cdmaOne ou de qualquer outra tecnologia.
O CDG acredita ainda, que os objetivos acima não serão alcançados com a alocação do espectro 1800 MHz. A alocação deste espectro traz as seguintes implicações:
1) Interromperá o roaming nacional, regional e global;
Estas implicações limitarão o aumento da competição entre as novas operadoras e as existentes, que por sua vez limitará a introdução de serviços básicos e avançados de telecomunicações a custo baixo para a indústria e para os consumidores brasileiros.
Na Europa, o CEPT indicou que os serviços de 3a. geração só estarão disponíveis na banda 1800MHz depois que a provisão de espectro adicional para o IMT-2000 esteja disponível, por volta do ano 2010. É bastante impreciso em relação a quando e se os sistemas 1800 MHz vão evoluir para a 3a. geração. Isto indica que as novas operadoras que usarem a banda 1800MHz para o PCS no Brasil estarão em desvantagem competitiva no curto prazo.
O CDG crê que, se a legislação permitir que o mercado se aproxime do maior número possível de operadoras, este modelo propiciará uma perfeita concorrência de mercado, distanciando-se, desta forma, do atual modelo pouco adequado de oligopólio.
San Diego, CA, December 10, 1999 -- Wireless communications carrier Leap Wireless International, Inc. (Nasdaq: LWIN) today announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding to purchase PCS operating licenses in Denver, Colo. and Pittsburgh, Penn. for an undisclosed amount. Leap and the seller expect to finalize a binding agreement by Jan. 15, 2000. The agreement, if executed, will give Leap the right to add nearly 5 million POPs (potential subscribers) to Leap's holdings for use by its domestic subsidiary, Cricket Communications, Inc. The acquisition will be subject to certain conditions and approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Leap expects Denver and Pittsburgh to become the largest markets to offer the unique Cricket(SM) service, which seeks to make wireless communications simple, worry-free and affordable for all users by enabling customers to make and receive all their local calls for one low, flat monthly rate.
"Denver and Pittsburgh are two important markets to add to the Cricket portfolio," said Susan G. Swenson, president and chief operating officer of Leap and CEO of Cricket. "We want to offer the convenience of mobility at an affordable rate and bring wireless communications to people who've never used a mobile phone before."
Once the binding agreement is signed, Leap will have licenses or rights to acquire licenses to offer the Cricket service to approximately 29.2 million potential subscribers (1998 POPs) in markets across the country such as Albuquerque, N.M., Charlotte, N.C., Dayton, Ohio, Little Rock, Ark., Memphis and Nashville, Tenn., Salt Lake City, Utah, Spokane, Wash., Tucson, Ariz., Tulsa, Okla., and Wichita, Kans.
San Diego, CA, December 10, 1999 -- Wireless communications carrier Leap Wireless International, Inc. today announced that its operating companies' subscribers grew to 104,200 at the end of Leap's first quarter ended Nov. 30, 1999. Leap, which operates wireless properties in the United States, Mexico and Chile, announced the strong subscriber growth in conjunction with its annual meeting of stockholders.
"After laying the groundwork and investing in human resources, technology and marketing, we now are seeing concrete results as customers sign up for service with our operating companies," said Harvey P. White, Leap's chairman and CEO. "While we tailor our strategies to each individual market, our philosophy as a wireless carrier is to offer simplicity, value and innovation to all of our customers."
During the quarter, Leap's Chilean operating company unveiled its new name and branding strategy as SMARTCOM PCS, positioning itself to become the "Intelligent Choice" for a broader market of consumers. PEGASO, Leap's Mexican joint venture, launched service in Monterrey in September and in Mexico City on Dec. 9, 1999. PEGASO, which owns a nationwide license, kicked off service in Guadalajara and Tijuana earlier in the year, and Mexico City completed PEGASO's launch in the country's four largest cities. In the United States, Leap's flat-rate Cricket service concept continued to gain acceptance among consumers, reaching 5 percent penetration in its initial market.
Chattanooga, Tenn.-in just three quarters of operation. Cricket was launched in March 1999 using Chase Telecommunications' infrastructure and licenses under an agreement that provides that ChaseTel controls the business until Leap's proposed acquisition of ChaseTel is complete.
In total, subscribers at Leap's operating companies grew by 44,300, or nearly 74 percent, during the quarter. Leap's operating companies ended the quarter with 61,300 subscribers in Chile, 27,000 in Mexico and 15,900 in the United States. Leap's proportionate share of the total subscriber base was nearly 70,200, based on its 100 percent ownership of SMARTCOM PCS, 28.6 percent ownership of PEGASO and 7.2 percent stake in ChaseTel.
Arlington Heights, IL, December 9, 1999 -- Working with customers' requirements and time schedules, Motorola, Inc.'s Network Solutions Sector (NSS) is pursuing a multitude of capital- efficient, location-finding alternatives in the development of advanced emergency 911 (E911) wireless caller location functionality that meets the Federal Communications Commission's E911 guidelines.
Motorola was a major contributor to the IS 801 standard, fully supports it and will build to it while meeting the E911 timeline of customers and the FCC. "This was a major telecommunications industry effort, and Motorola was a very influential leader in negotiating the standard," said John Cipolla, vice president and general manager of Motorola Inc.'s code division multiple access (CDMA) Systems Division. "We are proud that the industry was able to come together to form a standard that is flexible and offers operators cost-effective solutions in offering new locator technology to customers," said Cipolla.
Location is the enabler for many subscriber-based services for safety and, combined with the E911, will create a plethora of other value-added services, such as traffic telematics, tracking and billing.
The E911 location capabilities will assist emergency personnel in locating cellular phone users when they are involved in an accident or other emergency situation. Motorola NSS has participated in assisted global positioning satellite (AGPS) trials.
"Our infrastructure will provide flexibility by working with operators that are using Motorola networks and for those using non-Motorola networks," said Anil Barot, senior product marketing manager for Motorola Inc.'s CDMA division. "This new technology can give wireless providers the chance to start generating revenues earlier to offset costs. What makes us unique is that we can offer our operators total solutions for all their geolocation product needs," said Barot.
Motorola's wireless geolocation services will be implemented, based on customer requirements, across all of its products, including: CDMA, integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN®) and global system for mobile communications (GSM).
San Diego and Mexico City, December 9, 1999 -- Wireless communications carrier Leap Wireless International, Inc. today announced that its Mexican joint venture, PEGASO, launched service in Mexico City. PEGASO initiated service in one of the world's largest metropolitan areas, home to approximately 20 million people. PEGASO has now completed launches in Mexico's four leading cities, after kicking off service in Monterrey, Guadalajara and Tijuana earlier this year.
"PEGASO is dedicated to providing the best coverage and voice quality of any wireless carrier in Mexico City through the first 100 percent digital network in the country," said Alejandro Diez Barroso, PEGASO's president. The network takes advantage of the superior voice quality and security of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital technology.
Wireless penetration has grown in Mexico from 1.8 percent at the end of 1997 to 3.5 percent at the end of 1998 and 5.6 percent in July 1999, according to COFETEL (Mexico's Federal Commission of Telecommunications).
"We believe Mexico is poised for continued wireless growth, and PEGASO is led by a strong management team capable of capturing the opportunities for expansion," said Harvey P. White, Leap's chairman and CEO. "PEGASO's focus on customer service and its marketing and distribution strategy are spurring new competition in the Mexican wireless market."
Leap owns 28.6 percent of PEGASO. Other shareholders include Grupo Televisa, the world's largest Spanish-language media company; Grupo Pegaso, a privately held conglomerate; and financial investors Citicorp Equity Capital Latin America, AIG-GE Capital Latin America Infrastructure Fund, and Nissho Iwai Corporation. Infrastructure vendor Ericsson is providing CDMA radio base station products, base station controllers and deployment and network management services. Alcatel is providing network infrastructure with radio systems, site acquisition, site deployment and services.
PEGASO, which aims to change wireless telephony in Mexico, has sought to differentiate itself from the competition with new business practices. Earlier this year, PEGASO began offering per-second billing so customers pay only for their connection time, without rounding up to the next minute. In addition, PEGASO does not require contracts and introduced the user-friendly phone-in-the-box concept, which enables customers to purchase a pre-activated PEGASO phone that already has 100 pesos (approximately US$10) of airtime. PEGASO also offers customers an array of advanced features, including caller ID, call-forwarding, three-way calling and voice mail. PEGASO's distribution network includes PEGASO stores and chain stores including 7 Eleven, Gigante, Office Depot, Oxxo, Palacio de Hierro, Price Club, Sam's Club, Videocentro and Wal-Mart.
Buenos Aires, December 7, 1999 -- GTE and Lucent Technologies today announced they have signed a multimillion dollar contract for Lucent to provide a wireless Personal Communications Services (PCS) network based on Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology to GTE's Argentine > subsidiary, GTE PCS S.A., in Buenos Aires. In June, GTE won one of two 40 MHz PCS wireless telephone licenses for Buenos Aires, complementing its existing wireless licenses in the interior of Argentina and expanding its subsidiaries' coverage to the entire country.
GTE's subsidiary, CTI Movil, was the first to implement CDMA technology in Argentina. This new phase of GTE's network expansion extends GTE's lead as the sole provider of wireless CDMA technology in both cellular and PCS frequencies. CDMA digital technology allows GTE to add capacity, thereby improving quality of service and enabling new features like text messaging and delivery of Internet-based content to mobile devices. "Lucent is the leader in development and deployment of CDMA technology," said Fares Salloum, GTE senior vice president - international operations. "We are pleased to have the benefit of Lucent's extensive experience as we expand our services to all of Argentina." Under the terms of the agreement, Lucent will provide Mobile Switching Centers (MSCs) based on the industry-leading 5ESS® Switch platform, PCS Minicells, as well as the GALAXY Power System 4848 and Unigy II batteries.
The contract also calls for the installation of a Wireless Intelligent Network software platform that will allow GTE to provide to its customers value-added services such as Over-the-Air Service Activation, Short Message Service Center (with TeleCommunication Systems), Standalone Home Location Register and Wireless Virtual Private Network (VPN). The Over-the-Air Service Activation feature means GTE's customers can activate their phones remotely without ever having to visit a customer service center or sales office. The Short Message Service Center feature allows cellular phones to receive and send short text messages and act as a pager. "By selecting Lucent, GTE will have the best path for delivering next-generation wireless services to its customers," said Victor Agnellini, sales vice president of Lucent Technologies for the Southern Cone. "We are very pleased to, once again, collaborate with GTE in bringing the latest technology to Argentina." CDMA is a digital wireless technology based on the IS-95 air interface. This technology reduces the static and cross-talk sometimes heard on analog systems, and provides a "soft hand-off" capability that makes call hand-offs between cell sites and mobile switching centers (MSCs) virtually unnoticeable to customers. Lucent has more than 160 CDMA networks in commercial operation or under construction for customers worldwide, handling about 10 million calls per day. In the Caribbean and Latin America region, Lucent Technologies is also building CDMA networks in Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
December 2, 1999 -- Hutchison Telecommunications (Australia) Limited's plans for its Orange CDMA network received a boost today with the Company announcing completion of a CDMA roaming agreement with Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited.
Hutchison Telecommunications (Australia) Managing Director, Mr Barry Roberts-Thomson said: "This is Australia's first international CDMA roaming agreement and the first of several, similar agreements we are seeking with the major CDMA nations in the region.
"Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) already has CDMA roaming agreements with Japan, Korea, the United States and Canada and we are keen to leverage the introductions they are able to provide to operators in these key, CDMA markets."
Asia is driving the growth of CDMA with a 138 per cent increase in subscribers from June 1998 to June 1999. The CDMA Development Group reported in September that the total number of CDMA subscribers in June 1999 was almost 35 million, with 20 million of these in Asia.
The Group also reported on many emerging CDMA markets including: Australia, New Zealand, India, Russia and China. Anticipated growth in these markets along with coverage expansion plans in Chile, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines led the Group to forecast CDMA subscriber numbers of 50 million by the year's end.
The Orange CDMA service is scheduled for commercial launch in the first half of 2000. It will provide a combined mobile and wireless local loop service to customers within its Sydney and Melbourne licence areas and national, domestic roaming on the Telstra CDMA network.
"It is our intention that by mid 2000 Orange CDMA customers will not only benefit from our unique, combined local/mobile service, but will also enjoy a national mobile service and mobile service in several, key Asian destinations," Mr Roberts-Thomson said.
QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies Announces First Over-the-Air Phone Call Demonstration for Complete 3G CDMA 1x MC Solution; MSM5000 and CSM5000 Chipsets to Enable Manufacturers to Accelerate Deployment of Third Generation Technology
San Diego, CA, December 23, 1999 -- QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology today announced it has completed the world's first successful over-the-air phone calls compliant with the industry standard 3G CDMA 1x Multicarrier (MC) technology (IS-2000 Release 0) using QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies' MSM5000(TM) chipset and system software. QUALCOMM also announced that it has separately verified that the physical layer MSM5000 hardware and software has achieved 153 kilobits per second (kbps) on both the forward and reverse links. The MSM5000 solution for mobile handsets, together with QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies' CSM5000(TM) Cell Site Modem (CSM(TM)) for wireless base stations comprise the first of a family of chipset and system software solutions that support the 1x MC standard.
"The MSM5000 and CSM5000 chipsets provide an end-to-end solution that will allow manufacturers to meet aggressive rollout schedules for the next generation of wireless telecommunications products using the 3G CDMA 1x MC standard," said Don Schrock, president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. "QUALCOMM's proven and verified solutions lead the industry in helping manufacturers shorten development times significantly and bring exciting new products to the marketplace."
The MSM5000 chipset and system software solution, QUALCOMM's seventh-generation MSM product, is pin-compatible with the MSM3000(TM) product and exceeds the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) 3G requirements for data rates in full wide area mobility of 144 kbps by enabling data rates of 153.6 kbps on both the forward and reverse links. Compliant with 3G CDMA 1x MC, the MSM5000 solution gives operators up to twice the overall capacity for voice over IS-95A and IS-95B systems by providing features such as fast 800 Hz forward power control and new modulation and coding schemes. The system software will include support for IS-95A, IS-95B and 3G CDMA 1x MC, as well as packet data, a Internet protocol suite, voice recognition and many other features.
The CSM5000 single-chip solution provides base station manufacturers with up to 32 simultaneous users on a single chip, a four-fold increase over the previous generation CSM. It also exceeds ITU's 144 kilobits per second (kbps) requirement for data rates in full wide area mobility by enabling data rates of 307.2 kbps on both the forward and reverse links.
Sample shipments for the MSM5000 chipset and system software will begin in January 2000, followed by sample shipments for the CSM5000 solution in March 2000.
San Jose, CA, December 16, 1999 -- Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd. today announced that it signed a five-year agreement allowing AirTouch Cellular and its affiliates to purchase cdmaOne™ Pico and Micro wireless base stations for their personal communications systems (PCS) and cellular networks. AirTouch Cellular is a subsidiary of Vodafone AirTouch Plc based in the United Kingdom, the world's largest wireless communications firm, with over 31 million proportionate customers worldwide.
"This agreement facilitates AirTouch and our affiliates' ability to deploy affordable, modular base station technology, resulting in significant operational savings in both backhaul and site expenses," said Brent Bettencourt, director of strategic technology at AirTouch. "It also provides flexibility to offer improved service in locations where it has not been cost efficient to do so in the past, such as outlying areas, variable traffic corridors, and inside buildings."
"Hyundai is delighted to have the opportunity to offer AirTouch and its affiliates the same advanced technology currently used to support subscribers in Korea, the largest CDMA network in the world," remarked Kelly Joyce, director of sales for wireless networks at Hyundai Electronics. "At Hyundai, we are committed to providing exceptional customer service, and we are confident AirTouch and other carriers will recognize the advantages of partnering with a network solutions provider dedicated to delivering advanced technology and superior customer support."
The ultra-compact, lightweight Hyundai Pico base station offers unparalleled flexibility for mounting nearly anywhere - indoors or outdoors. Its silent operation makes it ideal for office buildings where the noise of a fan is unacceptable. Additional base stations can be added for multi-sector or multi-carrier coverage while sharing a fractional T1 or E1 network connection. The Hyundai Micro base station offers additional capacity along with many of the same advantages as the Pico base station.
Hyundai's CDMA Pico and Micro base transceiver stations (BTS) and base station controllers (BSC) are inter-operable with other vendors' mobile switching centers (MSC) in accordance with IS-634A and CDG-IOS 2.0 standards.
San Diego, CA, December 16, 1999 -- QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that SANYO Electric Co. Ltd. has selected QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies' sixth generation MSM3100(TM) chipset and system software for its next generation CDMA handsets.
SANYO selected QUALCOMM's MSM3100 chipset and system software because of its leading features including support for IS-95B with data rates up to 86.4 kilobits per second (kbps) and higher integration enabling a 50 percent reduction in handset size.
SANYO is a long-time partner of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies and the companies continue to work together on a number of leading-edge handset development projects including future global roaming handsets to be supported by cdmaOne(TM) operators worldwide.
"We depend on QUALCOMM's on-time delivery and consistent product quality to deliver the industry's most compelling handsets at present," said Eiji Kotobuki, officer of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (also vice president, Multimedia Company and general manager, Personal Telecommunications Division). "Collaborating with QUALCOMM early in our development process benefits both of us."
"SANYO continues to develop innovative approaches to digital wireless handset development," said Don Schrock, president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. "We're honored to be SANYO's development partner and to contribute to their continued success as they aggressively derive the benefits of using our latest generation chipset solution."
Hauppauge, NY, December 14, 1999 -- Audiovox Communications Corporation> (ACC) today announced that it has begun shipping its new CDM-3300, a high-tech, clamshell-style handset that supports the CDMA 800 MHz frequency. The first orders are shipping now to select carriers deploying CDMA technology.
The CDM-3300 features a large, easy-to-read display panel and full-sized key pad in a small, palm-sized design. The handset boasts a large, 4-line x 14-character display on the upper portion or "lid" of the phone for enhanced viewing options. Weighing in at just 4.1 ounces, the CDM-3300 offers a variety of easy-to-use features, including vibra-ring option, menu-driven operation, Caller ID, Short Messaging Service, Voice/Text Message Alert and 99 number alphanumeric memory. The handsets also offer superior battery performance, providing 140 minutes of talk time and 48 hours standby time in digital mode. With this new handset, Audiovox offers a high-end unit to the company's strong CDMA line-up, and positions the company as one of the few cellular manufacturers currently able to provide carriers with entry level and high-end products on the CDMA, PCS, TDMA and analog platforms.
The CDM-3300 offers a full line of accessories, including Standard Lithium Ion Battery, Cigarette Lighter Plug-in Charger, Cigarette Lighter Hands-free w/o Cradle, Desktop Charger, Hands-free Car Kit, Leather Carrying Case, Travel Charger, Belt Clip, Earphone Microphone.
Original cdmaOne™ brand notebook PC equipped
with Intel® Mobile Pentium® III
December 3, 1999 -- DDI Corp. and IDO Corp. have jointly developed and plan to jointly market a limited-edition cdmaOne™ original-brand notebook computer sporting the new Intel® Mobile Pentium® III processor. The new notebook PC, dubbed the "mobilePC PR450/01," is designed to show off the kind of mobile computing environment that can be realized when a notebook equipped with Intel's high-performance microprocessor for mobile computers is combined with the "PacketOne" cdmaOne™ 64kbps packet transmission service. A total of 2,000 units of the limited-edition notebook PC will be sold through the marketing networks of the DDI Cellular Group and IDO starting from January. (See the "Summary of cdmaOne™ brand original notebook PC" below.)
DDI and IDO are both offering the "PacketOne" cdmaOne™ 64kbps packet transmission service, and they want to emphasize to customers the importance of using the service together with a high-performance notebook PC in order to realize the full potential of mobile computing.
The companies worked in cooperation with PC industry leader Intel Corp. to develop this cdmaOne™ brand original notebook computer. Both companies are working with Intel to promote the use of cdmaOne™ and the Intel Mobile Pentium III processor, with the aim of cultivating new demand in the mobile computing market.
Summary of cdmaOne™ brand original notebook PC
The mobilePC PR450/01 is a highly portable B5-size notebook computer equipped with the Intel Mobile Pentium III processor. Combining this with the PacketOne packet transmission service, which offers data transfer rates as high as 64kbps, creates a very user-friendly mobile computing environment.
Note 1: Supports dual display
The "PacketOne" 64kbps packet data transmission service:
In Japan, Kansai Cellular Telephone Co., Kyushu Cellular Telephone Co. and Okinawa Cellular Telephone Co. began cdmaOne™ services in July of 1998. By April of 1999, IDO and all members of the DDI Cellular Group were offering the service, so that now cdmaOne™ is available as a seamless nationwide service. The combined IDO and DDI subscriber base topped 3 million users on November 23, 1999.
Beginning in the U.S., Canada, Korea and China (Hong Kong), the cdmaOne™ system is now spreading throughout the world. As of September 1999 the global cdmaOne™ subscriber base totaled 41.14 million users. PacketOne is a packet data transmission service based on cdmaOne™ that IDO and the DDI Cellular Group will begin offering nationwide starting from January 7, 2000.
PacketOne will be the first commercial system in Japan to offer maximum data transmission speeds of 64kbps to cellular and car phone users. The use of packet transmissions enables fees to be based on data volume, rather than connection time, creating a more user-friendly mobile computing environment with high-quality communications and excellent cost-performance.
The Intel Mobile Pentium III processor:
Samsung Electronics Develops World`s First TV Phone; World's first combination portable TV/mobile phone unit; Miniature, high-performance TV receiver and antenna, plus a 1.8-inch color TFT-LCD are included; How you can watch TV on your mobile phone.
Seoul, Korea, December 1, 1999 -- Korean technology has resulted in the world's first combination TV/mobile phone unit, allowing users to talk as well as to watch sports, dramas, variety shows and other programs while on the move.
Samsung Electronics has mounted a 1.8-inch high-resolution TFT-LCD on a folder-type mobile phone handset and built in a miniature TV receiver, providing mobility to both telephone and TV access. Development of the SCH-M220 TV phone is complete, and company officials say it will be available in Korea early next year.
Samsung's TV phone represents the convergence of miniature mobile phone technology, TV reception technology and sophisticated display technology. The SCH-M220 features a high-performance antenna that can receive both mobile phone signals and TV signals. The phone circuitry has been integrated as tightly as possible, and the TV receiver is incredibly small. As a result, the size and functions of a conventional folder-type mobile phone have been maintained. Executive Vice President of the Wireless Terminals Division, Ki Tae Lee stated, "Samsung has launched convergence products, such as the Watch Phone, Wireless Internet Phone and the MP3 Phone, in order to create new demands and strengthen its position in the world market. With the successful development of the TV Phone, we have set a new technological paradigm in the area of digital convergence." The high-resolution TFT-LCD screen can be used to show both TV broadcasts and mobile phone functions. The unit also comes with a personal information manager, large-capacity phonebook and wireless data reception function. The button for controlling the TV is above the phone keypad. One touch of the TV button, and the TV is on screen. If a call comes in while the TV is on, it is automatically changed to Phone mode.
In designing the TV phone, Samsung engineers came up with an optimal battery capable of powering both the TV and high-performance TFT-LCD. Interference between the electromagnetic emissions from the TV and wireless phone was minimized, and special switching technology solved the problem of having two functions in one antenna
The TV operates on just 3 volts of power but delivers the same picture quality as a portable TV using 9 volts. VHF and UHF reception is also possible. With the high-capacity battery, continuous talk time is up to 170 minutes, and standby is 180 hours. The TV can be viewed for up to 200 minutes on a single battery charge.
The SCH-M220 comes in metallic silver, providing a sophisticated, 21st century image. Samsung Electronics came out with an Internet phone, Watch Phone and MP3 phone in this year. This track record makes Samsung the leader in multipurpose mobile phones. The TV phone will also give the company an edge in the market through mobile phone digital convergence.
San Diego, CA, December 1, 1999 -- Ericsson today announced a signed master purchase agreement with Sprint PCS for 1900 MHz CDMA open architecture network equipment. The seven-year agreement enables Sprint PCS to use Ericsson's Compact Radio Base Station (RBS) and Base Station Controller (BSC) products in expanding its nationwide CDMA network.
Through the use of an open interface protocol, the Interoperability Specification (IOS) standard, Ericsson can connect its RBS and BSC equipment to Sprint PCS' existing all-digital network. Sprint PCS and Ericsson strongly support open architecture solutions, which allow operators to implement multi-vendor solutions that leverage their existing backbone networks to deliver more capacity and new value-added features to their customers.
Testing and integration of Ericsson's CDMA equipment has already begun in Sprint PCS' IOS lab.
cdmaOne is one of the fastest growing wireless technologies in the world, currently serving nearly 42 million subscribers. Ericsson's cdmaOne networks deliver the full advantages of CDMA technology for strong performance in mobile, fixed and wireless internet applications. Ericsson's innovative compact radio base stations provide macrocell performance in a microcell package. Ericsson's cdmaOne products offer a clear migration path to CDMA2000, enabling operators to evolve their networks to provide the full range of third generation services. cdmaOne is a registered trademark of the CDMA Development Group.