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#TBT: US firms make performs in India’s spectrum public sale; PCS, 900 MHz public sale set to renew; Might it’s CDMA’s yr? … this week in 1996


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!

US firms associate to take part in Indian spectrum public sale

U.S. corporations have been large winners within the newest spherical of mobile licensing in India, after watching Asian and British firms get the lion’s share of earlier awards. Twenty-one licenses overlaying 15 areas of the nation have been awarded to eight companies-two licenses per area. Operators will deploy World System for Cellular communications expertise. The Indian authorities mentioned the eight firms paid a complete of $262 million in first installments. Eight mobile licenses have been first issued in 1992; two licensees function in every of the 4 dominant cities of Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and New Delhi. California-based AirTouch Communications Inc., a associate in one other Indian mobile licensee, snagged its second jewel-a license within the nation’s largest state, Madhya Pradesh, to serve 70 million individuals. Regional cities embody Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Gwallor. AirTouch is a 20 % associate in Cellular Telecom Companies, which gained a license final yr to supply mobile service in Madras. That enterprise is led by RPG Enterprise, which additionally leads the brand new enterprise, Mobile Communication India Ltd. AirTouch controls 49 % of the brand new alliance. Collectively, the companions pays $16 million over 10 years for the Madhya Pradesh license. Service is anticipated to start throughout this yr’s third quarter. Nynex Corp. is making its first transfer into Indian wi-fi as a minority associate within the enterprise that gained the opposite license for Madhya Pradesh. The group, led by Reliance Industries Ltd., additionally gained licenses for West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Northeast and Orissa. … Learn extra

US public sale of PCS, 900 MHz licenses set to renew

WASHINGTON-Individuals within the Federal Communications Fee’s spectrum auctions are taking the subsequent few days to gear up for Jan. 5, when the bidding for C-block broadband private communications companies and 900 MHz specialised cell radio licenses resumes. Bidders ended the yr by pledging about $166.8 million to the 900 MHz public sale and $1.2 billion to the C-block PCS public sale. Following a two-week hiatus that started Dec. 22, bidders will enter at Spherical 14 of the 900 MHz public sale and Spherical 5 of the C-block PCS sale. Prime 900 MHz bidders returning to the fray embody Paging Community of America Inc., with $13.1 million in web excessive bids; Geotek Communications Inc., bidding $10.7 million; FCI 900 Inc. (Nextel Communications Inc.), bidding $10.3 million up to now; Motorola SMR Inc., at $2.8 million and A&B Electronics (Pittencrief Communications Inc.) at $2.3 million. Of the unique 128 bidders, 111 stay. The fee has made no resolution concerning shifting from one spherical of 900 MHz SMR bidding per day to 2, although the variety of new bids and of recent excessive bids per spherical had dropped to lower than 100. On the PCS facet, Puerto Rico-based PCS 2000 LP leads the pack with $442.6 million in web excessive bids, adopted by GWI PCS Inc., with $257.2 million; NextWave Private Communications Inc., at $162.1 million … Learn extra

Spectrum gross sales key to finances negotiations

WASHINGTON-Congressional GOP and White Home finances negotiators reached an settlement on auctioning radio spectrum via the yr 2002 as a part of renewed talks aimed toward producing a compromise on a seven-year balanced finances plan and ending the longest authorities shutdown within the nation’s historical past by as early as this week. However the prospects for achievement are unsure. “The minute now we have a finances settlement we must always be capable of get one thing via the Home inside hours that may handle all the present issues,” mentioned Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., speaker of the Home. However, he added, “The hot button is now we have return to the White Home and now we have to have an settlement so when members come again from house they’ve one thing to take a look at. I don’t assume members are going to come back again and say, `Nicely, glad you guys had good conferences.’” The Home is scheduled to start voting on Wednesday. Conferences between congressional and administration staffs have been held final Wednesday and Thursday, setting the stage for President Clinton to satisfy Friday and presumably via the weekend with Gingrich, Senate Majority Chief Robert Dole (R-Kan.), Senate Minority Chief Thomas Daschle (D-S.D.) and Home Minority Chief Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.). It was not clear what deal was labored out on spectrum auctions as a result of it’s tied to a $40 billion package deal of financial savings together with different elements. The GOP seven-year balanced finances plan that Clinton vetoed final month would have the Federal Communications Fee increase $15.3 billion over the subsequent seven years by increasing public sale authority. Public security and broadcasting frequencies can be exempt from aggressive bidding below that plan. … Clinton’s newest finances proposal would erase the federal deficit by 2002, partly by producing $28.3 billion from the sale of wi-fi licenses, together with analog tv channels. … Learn extra

Listening to aids and cell phone interference play out in coverage conversations

WASHINGTON-Listening to incapacity advocates are privately livid with the wi-fi telecommunications business over the agenda for this week’s convention on listening to support interference from next-generation pocket telephones and with Federal Communications Fee Chairman Reed Hundt for suggesting the issue may be solved by {the marketplace}. Publicly, nevertheless, representatives of the nation’s 4 million-plus listening to support customers are downplaying their grievances and expressing optimism that one thing good will come out of the “Listening to Help Compatibility and Entry to Digital Wi-fi Telecommunications Summit Assembly” on Wednesday and Thursday in Washington. “We’re actually dedicated to creating this work,” mentioned Brenda Battat, deputy government director of Bethesda, Md.-based Self Assist for Laborious of Listening to Individuals (SHHH). “We want suppliers and producers to go away with the concept entry must be constructed into the telephones from the outset.” That has not occurred in England and in different nations the place digital mobile techniques pushed by World System for Cellular communications expertise have been constructed and listening to support wearers have been left to cope with interference from telephones. The listening to support neighborhood doesn’t need that state of affairs repeated in the US, but it surely seems issues are shifting in that direction-apparently with the FCC chairman’s blessing. … Learn extra

Might 1996 be CDMA’s yr?

This can be the yr that Code Division A number of Entry expertise turns into a business actuality for mobile operators, with one system already working in Hong Kong and 4 nearing completion in the US. Techniques launched at the moment are deployed with an 8-kilobit vocoder chips for voice high quality. U.S. firms say that in the event that they launch now with base stations and handsets designed for 8 kilobit, they’ll make the transition to 13-kilobit chips after they develop into out there someday this yr. Hutchison Phone Co. Ltd. in Hong Kong launched a $79 million CDMA mobile community in October, however the firm gained’t say what number of new prospects it has recruited. Hutchison plans emigrate prospects from its Superior Cellular Cellphone Service analog community to the CDMA community all through 1996 and 1997. “It’s up and working. At first there weren’t sufficient handsets, however now issues are being stepped up and it’s selecting up at a quicker fee,” mentioned Hutchison spokeswoman Laura Cheung. Qualcomm Inc. of San Diego gives the dual-mode AMPS/CDMA handsets, which have been manufactured via a three way partnership between Qualcomm and Sony Electronics. About 1,000 of the QCP-800 moveable telephones initially have been shipped to Hong Kong; as of final month Qualcomm could have shipped 10,000 telephones to the bustling Asian metropolis. Motorola Inc. manufactured the infrastructure and constructed the system. “If we are able to put a CDMA system in Hong Kong, with that (congested) RF atmosphere, we are able to put one anyplace,” mentioned Qualcomm spokeswoman Julie Cunningham. … Learn extra

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