Archive for January, 2003

Content is Not King

Thursday, January 30th, 2003

Content is Not King

“Magisterial” — Omar Javaid

EvDO and WiFi

Friday, January 24th, 2003

A New Wireless Web Link (

Interesting comments about WiFi in the second half of this article.

Some key numbers, according to this article:

- Cometa is looking to deploy around 20,000 access points for their goal of being within 5 minutes of anyone in the country

- “Critics and rivals” say that 100,000 access points would be needed to have the reach of a cell-phone system

Even if Cometa wanted to have the reach of a a cell-phone system, the cost of deploying and supplying those 100,000 nodes would certainly be less than licensing spectrum AND deploying cell towers. Plus, Cometa has said its goal is not to be everywhere, but rather to be within 5 minutes of everyone – different things.

Motorola Announces Location-Based Services

Friday, January 24th, 2003

Motorola’s GoViaMoto and FindViaMoto software announced today. Apparenly, GoViaMoto will deliver text and audible route guidance prompts to users for navigating to a destination, where FindViaMoto provides point of interest lookup and mapping capabilities.

Motorola Mediacenter – Press Releases

US senate takes aim at spam, spectrum, broadband

Tuesday, January 21st, 2003

The Register

US Senate Communications Subcommittee Chairman Conrad Burns has identified policy priorities, including spam and spectrum allocation.

According to The Register:

Burns also proposes scrapping the auction model of allocating wireless spectrum to companies, saying it didn’t work in Europe and is responsible for bankrupting carriers. In its place, the senator is expected to propose a royalty-based model in legislation.

“Spectrum reform is long-overdue,” Burns said in a statement. “In Europe we have witnessed how the system failed consumers, and we must avoid implementing a similarly exploitative process in the United States.”

NTT DoCoMo Starts Developing Downlink High Speed Packet Transfer Technology for FOMA

Tuesday, January 21st, 2003

NTT DoCoMo Starts Developing Downlink High Speed Packet Transfer Technology for FOMA

NTTDoCoMo is working on even faster downlink data to FOMA terminals. With High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), terminals would be able to enjoy a theoretical maximum of 14.4Mbps using a 5Mhz frequency band.

I’m not sure if this means only terminals need to be upgraded, with no additional infrastructure upgrades needed.

This looks like a clear move to get W-CDMA to the levels of 802.11b. It’s interesting, though, how long it will take the company to get to the trial stage: test transmissions in autumn 2003, with the goal of deployment in 2004-5.

What will 802.11 do in the meantime?

Sony PS2 Shipments hit 50 Million

Sunday, January 19th, 2003 Sony says shipments of PlayStation 2 top 50 million

An amazing track record for an accidental business. Some key facts:

- 1500 PS2 software titles, 300 million copies sold

- SCE generated half of Sony’s operating profit in the July-September quarter

Marine 802.11 – with a 30 mile range

Friday, January 17th, 2003

TeleSea Wireless Services – TeleSea Gold

From the TeleSea website:

Our communication network provides a broadband link for mariners traveling within thirty plus miles of the coast.

Akonix approach to enterprise instant messaging

Friday, January 17th, 2003

Instant Messaging Planet: Enterprise IM

Mentions Akonix, a San Diego venture run by a mentor of mine, Peter Shaw. Akonix takes a different approach than most attempts at IM in two ways:

- it monitors P2P and IM traffic at the periphery of the enterprise network, enforcing corporate policies defined and managed by IT

- it secures internal IM communcation by preventing it from even leaving the corporate network. Thus, corporate information never travels over the public Internet in the clear. At the same time, it allows corporate users to still use (and be “available” on) the standard IM networks (AIM, Yahoo, MSN, etc).

Telesp Buys TCO to become largest wireless carrier in Brazil

Friday, January 17th, 2003

2 From Europe Make Brazil Phone Deal

Big news for Brazil.

Portugal Telecom and Telef?nica, owners of Telesp Cellular, are buying Tele Centro Oeste for $1 Billion.

From the NYTimes:

Together, Telesp and Tele Centro Oeste would have 16.8 million subscribers, more than three times those of the next biggest carrier in Brazil, Telecom Italia Mobile.

The deal would also fill in nearly all the gaps in Telesp’s service map, leaving only one state in the north, Minas Gerais, where it must depend on a roaming agreement with a local carrier, V?sper.

Wi-Fi Weak Defense, But Getting Better

Thursday, January 16th, 2003

Wi-Fi News: Weak Defense, But Getting Better

Good overview article by Glenn Fleishman on 802.11 security, where it’s going, what to do about it right now.