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EDSS-295  January 1998

EDSS-295 January 1998

Subject:

Re: Towards a New Reality ? (was Re: For all)

From:

Michael Benavides <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Telecommunications and the Information Highway <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sun, 18 Jan 1998 07:06:11 -0800

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DIGITAL WIRELESS DIGEST
January 14, 1998

A digital publication for investors and professionals in the field of
Telecommunications.

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Chicago Sun-Times: CDMA Orders "Pouring In." TDMA "Out Of The Picture."...

        The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that CDMA orders are "pouring in" from
around the world. In a December 26th story, Sun-Times says telephone
manufacturers
such as Motorola have a "new edge" with "code division multiple access, or
CDMA, which
has been generating a lot of interest among the new digital phone services
in the United
States, Latin America and Asia."
        According to Motorola's Gene Delaney, "We expected good market acceptance
for CDMA. It offers cellular operators greater capacity. And subscribers
appreciate the voice quality."
        "Delaney said the attraction of CDMA is that it allows operators to
offer a
greater number of calls than possible with other technologies while
delivering calls with
near-land-line voice quality. Cellular companies that use CDMA can fit
three to four times
the number of call channels on the same bandwidth as competing digital
technologies."
        Clint McClellan, a wireless industry analyst with Dataquest in San
Jose, Calif.,
said Motorola has chosen wisely in technologies.
        "They didn't put all their eggs in one basket, and they also didn't
invest in more
limited technologies," he said.
        About half of the contracts for new and expanded cellular systems
are for CDMA.
        McClellan said that because they miscalculated CDMA's potential,
major competitors,
such as Ericcson and Nokia, are out of the picture for the present.

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EL LATINO: "TDMA Would Be A Disaster For Mexico."...

        As wireless digital phone wars heat up in Latin America, America's largest
Spanish-language newspaper, El Latino, has weighed in: "TDMA would be a
disaster
for Mexico" because of the "damage it would do to Mexican companies and
workers
who would be forced to try and compete in the world market with a second
class system.
        This new phone system will be the most important piece of industrial
infrastructure
in Mexico over the next twenty years. It will open up most of Mexico to
voice, fax, and
computer communications in way that most of us never thought possible."
        "But today it is possible. And the benefits of getting the best system --
CDMA --
are enormous: Better phones, less expensive phones, and thousands of new jobs.
        "The drawbacks of installing an out-of-date, inferior, even dangerous TDMA
system are equally enormous. We must choose wisely. And not just between CDMA
and TDMA. The real choice is whether we want Mexico to have a Third World
communications system for an economy whose only asset is cheap labor. Or do
we want a new system for the new Information Age, where Mexicans are using
the
latest technology to learn new skills and create new jobs to fuel a new,
growing,
economy.
        It's an easy choice."

(Translation provided by author.)

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From Canada's ATLANTIC CHAMBER JOURNAL, January 1998 ...

Telecom writer Silas DeMorte tells us to "Forget Fast Track" because the
real focus
should be on the escalating international business war within the digital
wireless arena.
        "Wireless digital phones are instant infrastructure," says DeMorte. " A
quantum
leap that, for many countries, will be the most important piece of
industrial infrastructure they
will ever get. An instant passport into the Information Age.
        "But not all wireless phones are created equal -- and here is where the
battle begins
for American companies. Countries around the world are deciding -- even as
you read this --
whether to use the newer, more powerful, American-backed standard, called
CDMA; or the
twenty-year old European standard, variously called TDMA or GSM."
        DeMorte goes on to state that "European companies like the TDMA standard
because
they've been using it for more than a decade. It's not as powerful as its
American counterpart,
but it is more familiar. And because Europeans have billions invested in
this technology -- that
although outdated, they think is good enough for some of the less demanding
countries of the
Third World -- they are going to fight to get the most they can out of this
investment.
        "But if the Wall Street Journal is to be believed, the European may be
fighting a losing
battle. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Korean had created
tens of thousands of
jobs and become a telecommunications  powerhouse in Asia because it had
backed, early on,
the American CDMA standard."
        He touches upon many documented hazards linked to TDMA, reporting that
"...other
journals report TDMA systems in Europe cause problems with medical devices
such as
pacemakers and hearing aids. (So much so that one wag says that TDMA really
stands for
Telephones Destroy Medical Accessories.)"
        DeMorte finishes his piece with the observation that "from Forbes to the
Los Angeles
Times to technical phone journals to foreign language papers in Sweden,
Mexico, Brazil, and
Korea, the drum beat for the American CDMA technology is getting louder and
louder as its
superiority is demonstrated over and over throughout the world."

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For related topics or forum postings, go to:

"http://members.aol.com/pbdevine/diginews.html"

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        Michael McCarthy, Publisher
        1807 Maple St.
        Wilmington, DE    19805
        302-996-2691
        [log in to unmask]

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