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ADC Joins WNCG Industrial Affiliates Program

Minneapolis & Austin, Texas - July 12, 2004 - The Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) and ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT; www.adc.com), announced today that ADC has joined WNCG as an Industrial Affiliate sponsor. ADC, founded in 1935, is a leading provider of wireless network infrastructure equipment with world headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn. WNCG, a leading academic research center at the University of Texas, involves more than 12 engineering professors and 70 graduate and undergraduate students who are pursuing cutting edge research in next generation wireless technologies for both licensed and unlicensed services.

ADC joins a list of preeminent wireless companies that have committed multi-year funding for WNCG research and teaching initiatives.

"The WNCG program brings ADC's wireless business and WNCG's leading-edge research together to explore new developments that will provide significant benefits for our customers" said Jeff Quiram, president of the Wireless Business Unit for ADC. "We are pleased to participate in this program and look forward to working with some of the industry's eminent research experts."

"We are at the dawn of an exciting new world of wireless data," said Ted Rappaport, director of WNCG and the William and Bettye Nowlin chaired professor of the department of electrical and computer engineering for UT. "ADC is a leader in providing global network infrastructure for every type of communications network, and is committed to meeting the rapidly expanding requirements of its wireless customers as broadband begins to proliferate. We are excited about working closely with ADC and providing research results that will enable them to create future wireless solutions worldwide."


Notice and Call for Papers

The Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the University of Texas at Austin is pleased to invite you to submit a paper to the 2nd annual Wireless Networking Symposium this October 20-22 in Austin, Texas. Last year's conference was very successful, with more than 300 academic and industrial leaders in attendance. This year the symposium will follow the same format, and it promises to be bigger and better.

The schedule of events includes plenary talks and panel discussions on October 20 and 21, and parallel technical sessions on Oct. 22. Papers will be presented during one of the Friday sessions, pending review of all abstracts.

Original abstracts will be accepted for consideration until JULY 15, 2004. If you are interested in submitting a paper for the 2004 WNCG Wireless Networking Symposium, please see the Call for Papers at http://www.ece.utexas.edu/wncg/events/symposium2004/cfp2004.php or in Adobe PDF format at http://www.ece.utexas.edu/wncg/events/symposium2004/cfp2004.pdf.

Many distinguished speakers for the 2004 symposium have already been confirmed, and the list promises interesting talks on many cutting-edge aspects of the wireless industry. Some of the speakers include:

  • Dr. Ahmad Bahai, Chief Technologist & Fellow, National Semiconductor. California, USA.
  • Stuart Benjamin, Professor of Law, Duke University, and an expert on spectrum policy. North Carolina, USA.
  • Dr. Joe Evans, Program Director, Programmable Wireless Networks, National Science Foundation. Virginia, USA.
  • Dr. David Goodman, Professor, Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, and former Head of Communications Research at Bell Labs. New York, USA.
  • Bill Gurley, Partner, Benchmark Capital, and author of the popular "Above The Crowd" telecommunications newsletter. California, USA.
  • Dr. Ki-Ho Kim, Vice President, I_Networking Lab, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology. Korea.
  • Dr. Lawrence Milstein, Professor, UCSD, and a pioneer on Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). California, USA.
  • Dr. Andrew Odlyzko, Professor and Director of the Digital Technology Center, University of Minnesota. Dr. Odlyzko is a renowned number theorist and famous for his predictions on the Internet growth rate, amongst other popular technology topics. Minnesota, USA.
  • Angelo Santinelli, General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners. Massachusetts, USA.
  • Dr. Raj Singh, Founder, LCC International, Telcom Ventures, XM Satellite Radio, and Aether Systems. Virginia, USA.

Plan on joining this exciting conference to learn the latest happenings in wireless networking and communications!

Registration is now available online at https://lifelong.engr.utexas.edu/wncg/checkout.cfm?course_num=827&course_type=short.

Please contact Katherine White for Symposium sponsorship opportunities or potential speaking opportunities at kmwhite@mail.utexas.edu or 512 471 2602.

Check the WNCG website at www.wncg.org for the latest developments in this fantastic wireless event!


Wireless Forecast: Wireless Survey of Trends, Technologies, and Workforce Needs in Texas

We would like to include your opinion in the wireless forecast for the State of Texas. The report's purpose is to highlight important industry, market and technology trends as well as determining the workforce and curricula needs of the wireless industry in Texas.

To thank you for your time we will send you a free copy of the report. The first 50 participants who complete the 10 minute survey will receive a printed version of the report mailed as soon as copies are available.

Please follow this link to participate in this study and to register for your free report. Survey deadline is August 21st.

The Texas State Technical College System and the IC² Institute at UT-Austin thank you for your participation.

Sherry Holdridge
IC² Institute, The University of Texas at Austin

P.S. Please forward this email to your contacts in the wireless industry that would help us provide a comprehensive report.

P.S.S. If you would like to read the report we created for Austin's Wireless Future follow this link.


Statewide Internet 'Hotspots' Proposed By TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation piloted free wireless at a couple of rest areas in Donley and Hardeman counties. After positive feedback on the service, TxDot plans to expand the service to all of its 84 safety rest areas and 12 Travel Information Centers. [Link]


Wi-Fi: If Not Free, Then How?

Joanne Glasner in Wired Newsconsiders the business model for Wi-Fi. [Link]
"Wi-Fi wants to be free," said John Yunker, an analyst at Byte Level Research who follows wireless technology. He believes high-speed wireless access will evolve over the next several years into a freebie service, much like cable television or air-conditioning in hotel rooms, that customers come to expect at cafes, airports and conference centers.

For surviving Wi-Fi players to remain afloat, Yunker believes, they'll have to change their business models, offer more all-you-can-surf plans and cut prices. For those who do charge, he believes customers will be comfortable paying rates of about $4 a month for unlimited access to a network of hot spots.


Qualcomm to open Austin chip design center

Leader in wireless technology has posted 20 job categories on its Web site for the Austin center.

Qualcomm Inc., a leader in the wireless industry, said Friday that it will open a chip design center in Austin.

The company said it would start hiring at the end of the month for the center. (Full story at the Austin American-Statesman. Registration required.