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TIME Wireless: Wi-Fi Gets Rolling

Time Magazine's online edition features Austin's Lone Star RV Resort in an article on wireless RV parks: "For mobile nomads, an RV park with wireless access is a godsend. Better even than the pool." The article includes a quote from Eric Stumberg of Tengo Ineternet, Lone Star's provider. [Link] [Discuss]

In America's heartland, geeks and grandparents and good ole boys alike are signing up for wi-fi access in the last place you would expect: RV parks. Whether they pull up in $10,000 campers or $300,000 McMansions on wheels, the nation's mobile nomads are using 802.11b, the wireless Web standard, to work and play, to bank, to check their stock portfolios or just to stay in touch with loved ones from the road. Ditch those old stereotypes about RV parks, says Eric Stumberg, co-founder of the start-up TengoInternet, based in Austin, Texas, which supplies wireless connections 30 times the speed of dial-up to RV denizens from Florida to Arizona. "These are the real road warriors, living in a coach, carrying cell phones and computers, connecting wirelessly."


Getting Wired about Wireless

Stacey Higginbotham of the Austin Business Journal documents Austin's substantial wireless sector and the birth of the Austin Wireless Alliance in an exclusive report published at the IC² web site. [Link] [Discuss]

"We realized there was a dearth of understanding and a dearth of research about the wireless resources Austin had," says Eliza Evans, program research director at IC². "Everyone we have shared our [preliminary] results with has been flabbergasted. They didn't realize how much we have."


Motorola's New Wireless Multimedia Chip

Motorola has unveiled a new wireless multimedia chip using a new design called Mobile Extreme Convergence. The company says that the design will cut costs, shrink the size of wireless chip platforms, and bring improvements in memory usage, security, and battery consumption. The Business section of today's Austin American-Stateman includes this interview with Franz Fink, leader of the company's wireless chip business. [Link] [Discuss]


Austin Wireless City Launch Party

University of Texas Professor Ted Rappaport
and the FCC's Mike Marcus were among the guests
at the party.

Austin Wireless City's Launch Party following the banquet for the WNCG Wireless Symposium was a significant event, a milestone for the local community that is forming around wireless and collaborative technologies. Held at Opal Devine's on Sixth Street, the party attracted luminaries from local Austin companies and technology community and user groups, as well as participants from the Wireless Symposium. According to Wireless Future's Jon Lebkowsky, a cofounder of Austin Wireless City with Richard MacKinnon, "Wireless is one more platform for Austin's many creative communities, and this event is just one step toward a realization of Austin's bright wireless future." Discuss

IntheNews - AustinWirelessCity

Press coverage for Austin Wireless City. [Link]


Wired / Unwired: The Urban Geography of Digital Networks

Anthony M. Townsend's doctoral dissertation (Urban and Regional Planning, MIT) explores the impact of wireless telecom on the evolution of urban environments. [Link to 485kb pdf] [Discuss]

... just as the development of wired digital network infrastructure slowed, wireless technologies emerged as a more flexible, intuitive, and efficient form of connecting users to networks in everyday urban settings. As a result, an untethered model for digital networks emerged which combining the capacity and security of wired networks over long distances with the flexibility and mobility of wireless networks over short distances. This new hybrid infrastructure provided the technology needed to begin widespread experimentation with the creation of digitally mediated spaces, such as New York City’s Bryant Park Wireless Network.

Wired News: Wireless Phone Sales Still Go-Go

Wireless phones just keep selling and selling, "powered by color and camera phones, faster chips, new entertainment gadgets and messaging services," according to Wired News.

Consumers -- both those acquiring their first mobile phones and those eager to upgrade to the latest multimedia data services -- are behind the surge in sales. While companies are also buying smartphones for their employees, the corporate market is smaller, industry executives say.

The United States, long considered an also-ran to Europe and Asia in cellular phones, has also significantly leveled the playing field. Operator investment in infrastructure is a big reason why.

"We're definitely not considered behind anymore," said Rio Caraeff, Sony Pictures Digital Networks' vice president for wireless services.

[Link] [Discuss]


WiMax Recieves CNET Networks' "Most Promising Technology of the Year" Award

ZDNet UK and silicon.com readers recognize wireless broadband, last-mile standard technology for its potential impact on business, residential markets

LONDON and SAN JOSE, Calif. - 9 October 2003 - WiMAX, the global non-profit organization dedicated to the realization of IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless standards for last-mile broadband access, announced that its wireless broadband technology was recognized as the "Most Promising Technology of the Year," as part of CNET Networks' UK Technology Awards 2003 held in London yesterday. Following nominations by the readers of ZDNET UK and silicon.com, WiMAX was voted as the most significant technological development of the last year over Ultrawideband, Globus (grid computing), ebXML and UMTS.

"The members of WiMAX are excited to receive this accolade, which proves that wireless broadband is gaining worldwide acceptance as a critical last-mile method to deliver ubiquitous high-bandwidth voice, data and video services to businesses and residences," said WiMAX President Margaret LaBrecque. "Since WiMAX's inception, we have seen a growing number of service providers and equipment and component manufacturers embrace this global standard and our compliance and interoperability efforts. Over time, the economies of scale made possible by standards-based, interoperable solutions will drive price and performance levels unachievable by proprietary approaches. With our expanding membership, there is a strong commitment and industry-wide confidence to deliver and proliferate WiMAX systems next year."

With WiMAX-certified standard network equipment, operators worldwide will soon be able to build cost-effective wireless broadband networks on a mass scale to be on par with cable modems and DSL technologies. As a result, operators can deliver broadband data, voice and video services to both residential and business customers, as well as use WiMAX systems to provide broadband backhaul infrastructure to the growing number of WiFi "hot spots" and address the evolution of mobile cellular networks.

The CNET Networks' award was presented to WiMAX at the European Technology Forum's Third Annual Technology Summit held in London on 8 October, which is fast becoming one of the industry's premier technology events.

"Without broadband, IT won't be able to reach into people's lives to full effect. But broadband provision has been patchy," said Matt Loney, editor of ZDNet UK (www.zdnet.co.uk). "The readers of silicon.com and ZDNet UK recognize that WiMAX will change all that - a very fast, quick-deploying wireless point-to-multipoint technology that will get cities of people connected at speed. It has the potential to be as universal as television, and the power to span the world."

"Broadband wireless technology has thus far promised much but delivered relatively little, as a fragmented market designing proprietary systems struggled to supply compelling, competitive solutions," added Richard Dineen, research director for Ovum's Wireless Group. "WiMAX is poised to change this, offering open standards interoperability, providing the basis for a competitive supply ecosystem and ultimately driving down costs and prices. WiMAX (802.16a) technology promises mobile operators and WISPs a cost-effective substitute for leased line backhaul from cell-sites or WiFi hotspots and will offer a powerful wireless alternative to DSL or cable access in areas underserved by fixed broadband infrastructure."

Covering frequencies up to 11 GHz, WiMAX networks have a service area range of up to 52 kilometers (31 miles) and allow users to get broadband connectivity without needing a direct line of sight to the base station. This wireless broadband technology also provides shared data rates up to 70 Mbps, which is enough bandwidth to simultaneously support more than 60 businesses with E1/T1-type connectivity and hundreds of homes with DSL-type connectivity using a single sector of a base station.

About the WiMAX Forum The WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) Forum, is an industry-led, non-profit corporation formed to help promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products using the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN specifications. WiMAX's goal is to accelerate the introduction of these devices into the marketplace. WiMAX certified products will be fully interoperable and support Metropolitan Broadband Fixed, Nomadic and Portable Applications.

The forum's membership includes Airspan Networks (NASDAQ:AIRN), Alvarion (NASDAQ:ALVR), Andrew Corporation (NASDAQ:ANDW), Aperto Networks, Atheros, China Motion Telecom, Compliance Certification Services, Ensemble Communications, Fujitsu (TSE: 6702), Hughes Network Systems (NYSE: GMH), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), News IQ, Nokia (NYSE:NOK), OFDM Forum, Powerwave Technologies (NASDAQ:PWAV), Proxim (NASDAQ:PROX), Redline Communications, REMEC (NASDAQ: REMC), RF Integration, SiWave, SiWorks, SR Telecom (TSE:SRX.TO), Stratex Networks (NASDAQ:STXN), Telnecity Group, TowerStream, TurboConcept, Wavesat Wireless, Wi-LAN (TSE:WIN) and Winova Wireless.

More information is available online at www.wimaxforum.org. WiMAX, WiMAX Forum and WiMAX-Certified are marks of the WiMAX Forum.

Discuss WiMax Recieves CNET Networks' "Most Promising Technology of the Year" Award


New FCC wireless rules may reduce need to dig up streets to lay cable

CNN had an interesting take on this story - wireless technology saves the streets! What's more interesting, however is the approach the FCC is taking in its service rules for the commercial use of spectrum in the 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz, and 92-95 GHz bands. From the FCC press release:

Today's action outlines a flexible and innovative regulatory framework for these bands. Because of the 'pencil-beam' characteristics of the signals transmitted in the 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz and 92-95 GHz bands, systems can be engineered to operate in close proximity to one another without causing interference. In light of this, the FCC has adopted an inventive, non-exclusive licensing approach for these bands. Traditional frequency coordination between users will not be required. Instead, each path will be registered in a database, and entitled to interference protection based on the date of registration. The FCC believes that this non-exclusive licensing approach will stimulate investment and spur research and development in new 'wireless optics' technologies and services. The FCC also believes that this approach will provide an effective means of achieving greater spectrum efficiency by allowing a maximum number of users – both non-Federal and Federal Government – to share these bands while evolving their systems to meet future needs and requirements.
Discuss "New FCC wireless rules may reduce need to dig up streets to lay cable"





Wireless Valley Communications, Inc.


The indoor wireless revolution is happening now, and training from Wireless Valley can help you to pioneer the great worldwide in-building wireless rollout! Wireless Valley invites you to enroll in our popular wireless engineering training courses, offered as part of our Indoor Networks® in-building wireless program.

Each of our courses provides an intensive full day of technical training that will get you up to speed in the emerging field of wireless network engineering in and around buildings. The courses are designed for engineers, technicians, and system integrators tasked with all aspects of in-building wireless communications network design, deployment, and maintenance, including WLAN and cellular/PCS applications. Attendees may register separately for each course. The following courses are available:

Wireless Fundamentals for Wireless LANs : This course assumes no prior knowledge of wireless technology, and is appropriate for IT personnel exploring the possibilities of wireless local area networks, for non-technical attendees who seek a basic familiarity with wireless technology, and for engineers new to the wireless arena. The course is priced at $995.

Indoor Cellular and PCS Engineering : This course is an advanced one-day class focusing on topics of interest to RF engineers designing in-building networks for TDMA, GSM, CDMA, cdma2000, UMTS and/or W-CDMA. The advanced course employs more mathematics and teaches more physics than the basic course, covers technical topics beyond the scope of the basic course, and works through practical methodologies in more depth, while still remaining accessible to a broad audience of engineers. This course is also priced at $995.

The individual one-day classes are designed to be taken together, and the combined two-day course is offered at a discount price of $1795 per person. The pricing for each course includes all workbooks and course materials, as well as continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks each day.


San Jose, CA, Dec. 1 & 2, 2003 (before WiFi Planet)

Phoenix, AZ, Dec. 8 & 9, 2003

San Diego, CA, Dec. 15 & 16, 2003

Austin, TX, Feb. 19 & 20, 2004


"Very useful." ... "The breadth of material was perfect." ... "The printed materials will be great references." ... "Good survey of wireless network design principles." ... "Will directly help me in my job."


In-building wireless networks are the final frontier for the great wireless buildout. Hundreds of millions of users will rely on cellular and wireless local area network coverage in and around buildings, yet the design methodologies and techniques have yet to be finely honed. This course will provide you with the information needed to make decisions with regard to design, equipment selection, measurement campaigns, antenna selection, and archiving the identity and location of all installed hardware. This is a must-have course for wireless engineers or technicians faced with the tasks of designing, installing, or managing in-building networks.

During the training, there will be great opportunities to work and network with other attendees from all corners of the wireless world, including carriers, engineering services firms, manufacturers, corporate IT, and universities. Upon completion of the training, each trainee will be certified under our Indoor Networks certification program (www.indoornetworks.com).


The Wireless Fundamentals for Wireless LANs course includes fundamental coverage of these key topics: 802.11 a,b,g; capacity; interference, noise; frequency planning; range of service; hardware options and equipment types; omni, panel, yagi, diversity, and other antenna types; safety including OET-65 power density standard; security; system design methodologies; radio propagation models; multipath; bids and proposals.

The Indoor Cellular and PCS Engineering course covers these topics and more: cellular & PCS microcell/picocell distribution systems; capacity; noise figure calculations; hardware options and equipment types; passive, active, and fiber-based distribution systems; analog vs. digital distribution; repeaters vs. BTSs; link budgets with gains and losses; 3G cellular/PCS air interface standards; E-911 phase 2, OET-65, and other public safety standards; handoffs; indoor wireless data with WLAN vs. 3G; visual and physical impact; macrocell donors; security; design; theory; simulation; path loss calculations; multipath; small-scale fading; bids and proposals.

Course topics focus on technical content and real-world design tips from the engineers at Wireless Valley, makers of software and hardware measurement and maintenance products used by hundreds of major corporations worldwide. Course topics are continuously updated in response to trainee feedback, so the actual presentation may vary somewhat from the above list of subjects.


The course is being offered in major North American cities throughout the year. To reserve your space at training, please contact Dr. Eric Reifsnider by phone at 540 818 2281, or via email at training@WirelessValley.com. Further information about the training can be found on our website at:


Seats at training are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend that you make your plans as soon as possible. Prepayment is required for all courses.


Prepayment is required for all courses. The Wireless Fundamentals for Wireless LANs one-day class is priced at $995. The Indoor Cellular and PCS Engineering one-day class is priced at $995. Both classes may be taken on consecutive days at the same event for a discount price of $1795. Prices subject to change without notice.

If you pay in advance for a class but are unable to attend, you must inform Wireless Valley via letter or fax at least 10 working days prior to the first day of the course in order to receive a refund. A $50 administrative processing charge will be withheld from the refund. In lieu of a refund, Wireless Valley will transfer your registration to another employee of your company, or credit the registration fee toward another course at a later date, within six months of the course date for which you originally registered.

Should a course be canceled for any reason, Wireless Valley's liability toward registrants is limited to the refund of the course fee only. Wireless Valley is not liable for travel arrangements of course attendees under any circumstances.


If you would like to be removed from our mailing list, please respond to this message with a message body of "unsubscribe".

© 2003 Wireless Valley Communications, all rights reserved.


The Wireless Communication Revolution

Austin Technology Council presents

"The Wireless Communication Revolution: Where's it going next?"

Keynote Speaker: Ted Rappaport, PhD
October 7th, 2003; 5:30 registration, 6:15 Program
MCC Building, Corner of Mopac and Braker Lane

ATC Member Cost: $20; Non-Member Cost: $35

Ted Rappaport, an entrepreneur, researcher, and community leader, will provide a high level overview of the key activities that are shaping the wireless telecommunication revolution. Activities throughout the world are setting the stage for a new world of appliances, computing devices, and ubiquitous connectivity that has only been imagined previously. This talk will cover some of the major activities, and will also explore how Austin will play a role in this evolution of the wireless communications industry.

Also on the evening agenda:

  • A preview by IC2 of the upcoming IC2 wireless industry report
  • The launch of the Austin Wireless Alliance and it's initiatives to support the growth of the wireless industry in Austin.

Sponsored by: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Please register online or send your full contact information to rsvp@austintechnologycouncil.org

Extending Mobility beyond the Wireless Device

Presented by Connectione and Vuico

Date: Thursday Oct 16, 2003
Time: 11:30-1:00
Lunch Provided

Location: MCC Building
Alamo Room on the 3rd Floor


Introductions and Lunch

Blackberry in the Enterprise
Anurag Kumar-CEO and Founder of Connectione
Business Objectives
Business Choices and Technical Considerations
Decision Points and Case Study
ROI Results
Extending Microsoft Exchange with Mobility Devices
Vui Le-CEO and Founder Vuico
Business Objectives
Business Choices and Technical Considerations
Decision Points and Case Study
ROI Results

Please contact Connectione at 512-305-0948 or arauch@connectione.com to register. Seating will be limited to 20 guests.

Extending Mobility beyond the Wireless Device is a series of business and technology briefings intended to help leaders in all kinds of organizations assess, evaluate and make decisions about investing in mobility business solutions.

This event will discuss and demonstrate how to extend messaging, communications and increase overall productivity to a single Wireless Mobile device.

More information (pdf)


Wireless Valley Awarded US Patent 6,625,454 - Pioneering Patent For Multi-Band, Multi-Mode Network Design And Deployment

Austin, TX, USA, September 29, 2003 - Wireless Valley Communications, Inc., a leading developer of products and technical training for the design, measurement, and management of in-building and campus networks, announced it has been awarded a US Patent for a network design and deployment invention. US Patent 6,625,454, a pioneering patent in the field of network infrastructure planning and deployment, covers fundamental cost versus performance design and deployment techniques which are incorporated in Wireless Valley software products.

The patent covers Wireless Valley's powerful instant error-checking capabilities for engineers who wish to rapidly create and compare network infrastructure designs using multi-band devices, coaxial cabling, fiber, or CAT-5 wiring. By automatically checking for frequency-dependent matching between the infrastructure components of any inbuilding network during the design, deployment, or monitoring phase, Wireless Valley's unprecedented failsafe features allow users to instantly visualize, monitor, and share design histories and maintenance records using the popular SitePlanner®, LANPlanner®, InFielder®, and Predictor(TM) network design and management software products.

Wireless Valley has pioneered software that integrates cost and network performance tradeoff analysis with automated bill of materials generation and network monitoring and control in a site-specific modeling and measurement environment. The claims of US Patent 6,625,454, along with dozens of other issued or pending U.S. and International patents, enable Wireless Valley's products to offer incredible time savings, reduction in travel, and instant documentation for design, installation, and measurement archiving to system integrators, network architects, hardware manufacturers, and structured cabling designers throughout the world.

Wireless Valley is a pioneer of site-specific network software design and management solutions for all aspects of campus and in-building networks. Over 250 companies and institutions throughout the world are using Wireless Valley's products every day to sell, design, bid, cost, measure, manage, and maintain campus and in-building networks, all within a seamless, easy to use software environment. Major integrators have standardized on the SitePlanner® and LANPlanner® product lines that provide significant time and cost savings by allowing engineers, operations staff, and building managers to conduct site-surveys, manage their networks, and share as-built drawings and cost details, instantly and effortlessly. Today, enterprises, universities, multi-tenant office buildings, and small businesses enjoy excellent wireless network coverage for PCS, Cellular, and IEEE 802.11a/b/g networks with installations performed and managed using SitePlanner® and LANPlanner®.

Wireless Valley also conducts high quality technical training courses, designed to help educate cellular/PCS and IT professionals about the technical issues involved in indoor wireless design, deployment, maintenance, and management. These training courses offer unbiased, technically accurate knowledge for customers, including integrators, hardware manufacturers, and carriers. See a partial list of integrators who have standardized on SitePlanner® and LANPlanner® by visiting www.indoornetworks.com. To obtain more information about Wireless Valley products, or the company itself, visit the web at www.wirelessvalley.com, or call 512-821-1560.