CTIA: Wireless Products Abound in New Orleans

SAN FRANCISCO (03/01/2000) - Like the rich sounds that combine to form New Orleans' jazz music, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association's (CTIA's) Wireless 2000 exhibition taking place there this week is fostering a surge of mixed and matched products designed to extend wireless networks.

The following is a selection of new products unveiled this week, with pricing included when available:

-- Sybase Inc. announced its latest mobile database, SQL Anywhere Studio 7.0.

The data synchronization technology contained in the database enables the exchange of corporate data between remote devices and corporate systems over the Internet, wireless and other communications, Sybase said.

The technology features out-of-the-box synchronization from client systems such as desktop PCs, laptops, handheld devices and intelligent appliances to standard back-end enterprise database systems.

SQL Anywhere Studio 7.0 will be available within 30 days at a price of US$399 for one user or $999 for 10 users. Sybase, in Emeryville, California, can be reached at http://www.sybase.com/.

-- Globalstar USA Inc. announced the availability of its mobile satellite service in the United States. A subsidiary of U.K.-based Vodafone AirTouch PLC, Globalstar's service is designed to serve customers in remote locations..

Pricing ranges from $29.99 to $369.99 per month and does not include international long-distance calls. Globalstar will use CDMA (code division multiple access) transmission technology. Globalstar products include a handheld phone that operates in satellite, digital and analog modes and is priced at $1,500; and a fixed satellite phone for $2,499.

Globalstar USA, in Walnut Creek, California, can be reached at +1-877-728-7463, or at http://www.globalstar.com/.

-- Lucent Technologies Inc. and TeleCommunications Systems Inc. announced a software application to provide wireless data and Internet services, called Short Message Service Center.

The application offers services such as e-mail, a Web search engine, delivery of user-specific stock quotes and news items. The application allows two-way messaging services and WAP (wireless application protocol) services. It will also allow support for mobile text messages across TDMA (time division multiple access) and CDMA wireless networks, ensuring delivery of messages to and from users outside of their homes, according to the companies.

Lucent also unveiled a network server and a networking system from its ORINCO family of products. The ORINCO AS-1000 Access Server is designed to provide secure, broadband wireless IP (Internet Protocol) network access. The ORINCO Home Networking System for home and small business users allows users to set up a high-speed data network to share resources such as files and printers, and to share the same Internet connection. Both products will be available later this month.

Lucent, in Murray Hill, New Jersey, can be reached at +1-908-582-5800 or http://www.lucent.com/. TeleCommunications Systems, in Annapolis, Maryland, can be reached at http://www.telecomsys.com/.

-- Swedish phone maker L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co. and 724 Solutions Inc., an online financial services provider, announced an agreement to develop a common mobile financial services platform across wireless networks. The companies will work together to develop devices, wireless infrastructure and standards, and a secure payment system for financial institutions, merchants and consumers.

Ericsson also announced the forthcoming release of a CDMA phone that offers mobile Internet access, e-mail, and other information and communication services. Called the A1228c, the phone operates with most Ericsson accessories.

The phone features a WAP micro browser, and has battery power of up to 5.6 hours of talk and a maximum of 225 hours of standby with the optional high-capacity battery. The standard battery powers up to three hours of talk and 120 hours of standby.

Ericsson, in Stockholm, can be reached at +46-8-719-0000 or http://www.ericsson.se/. 724 Solutions Inc. can be reached at http://www.724.com/.

-- Alcatel SA introduced its GSM (global system for mobile communications) technology platform to the U.S. market. The platform includes Alcatel's Evolium Multi-Standard Base station and deploys both GPRS (general packet radio service) and EDGE (enhanced data rates for GSM evolution) digital cellular systems.

The platform is designed to enable network operators to provide mobile, Internet-based services at high transmission rates. Alcatel already deploys the technology internationally. Based in Paris, Alcatel can be reached at +33-1-40-76-10-10, or at http://www.alcatel.com/.

-- Telular Corp. released a phonecell fixed wireless terminal, designed for 900MHz and 1800MHz GSM cellular networks. Called the Phonecell SX4e GSM Fixed Wireless Terminal, it is the fourth-generation of GSM fixed wireless terminals developed by Telular.

The terminal supports transmission of digital voice and data signals. It also features digital computer fax and data functionality and supports the full set of GSM Phase 2 supplementary services, including call waiting, call forwarding and caller ID, Telular said. Based in Vernon Hills, Illinois, the company can be reached at http://www.telular.com/.

-- Internet consulting firm Proteus Inc. and webnet-marketing Inc., an interactive media company, announced plans to develop mobile advertising products and services. The companies are developing advertising applications through WAP-enabled handsets, provided by proprietary Proteus wireless applications.

Proteus, in Washington, D.C, can be reached at http://www.wireless.proteus.com/. Webnet-marketing, in Bethesda, Maryland, is at http://www.webnet-marketing.com/.

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