April 22, 2004

C&W tests new Internet modem for local use

Observer Business Reporter
Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Internet users in Jamaica will have local access to another brand of wireless modem - Micronet - to be distributed by Intcomex Jamaica Ltd.

Under the distribution deal signed recently with Copia Wireless Communications Ltd, Intcomex Jamaica will have exclusive distributorship in Jamaica for the Micronet modems.

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April 20, 2004

Latest cdma2000 spin hits 3.1 Mbits/s

From the EE Times:

Manhasset, N.Y. - Enhancements to cdma2000's data-only standard push rates to 3.1 Mbits/second on downlinks and 1.8 Mbits/s on uplinks. The 3GPP2 Technical Specification Group approved the enhancements last week.

The Revision A enhancements to the 1xEV-DO (for evolutionary, data only) standard have been optimized for packet data service. They come in response to demands from a growing international CDMA subscriber base for improved support for multimedia services.

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Redknee Deploys Fully Converged Real-Time Rating & Billing Solution for Digicel in Record Timeframe

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Redknee Inc. the market leader in open architecture wireless solutions and converged billing, announced today the successful commercial launch of Caribbean wireless operator Digicel's fully Converged Real-Time Rating & Billing Solution for Voice, Messaging and Data supporting prepaid, postpaid and hybrid subscribers.
Digicel selected Redknee to replace their existing provider and to migrate all their active subscribers towards the newly designed and deployed Redknee Converged Real-Time Rating & Billing platform. Redknee's successful deployment occurred in a record five month timeframe, which enabled Digicel to expand into new Caribbean markets as part of their ongoing network expansion.
The Redknee integrated solution offers Digicel a consistent framework for rating & billing legacy and emerging services encompassing Voice, Messaging and Data. Operators can now improve efficiency and reduce service costs by consolidating customer care centers and enabling their subscribers to benefit from informed spending and real-time personal account management.
"Redknee is proud to have delivered a fully customized Convergent Rating and Billing solution for Digicel across their Caribbean operations, in only five months," said Lucas Skoczkowski, Chief Operating Officer of Redknee. "In order for revenue potential of new services to be realized fully, our Converged Real-Time Rating & Billing platform is essential for operators moving forward."
"The Redknee Converged Rating & Billing Solution has allowed us to offer an easy to understand, customer-friendly, future proof billing package for our prepaid, post-paid, and hybrid customers, across Voice, Messaging and Data services," said Earl Manning, Director of Information Technology at Digicel. "Redknee has been instrumental in enabling our service billing strategy. Digicel will increase its efficiency by managing a single point of management for customer care for all our subscribers, while providing a higher quality, more efficient service that will continue to differentiate us as the wireless operator of choice in the Caribbean."
Redknee's commercially deployed service applications include; Messaging, Mobility, Data/Call Control, Converged Rating & Billing, and Customer Relationship Management. Redknee solutions integrate seamlessly with existing mobile networks, and accelerate the development of revenue-generating mobile network services through 3GPP/2 Open Services Access (OSA), Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and Web-Services based architectures.
About Digicel:
Since April 2001 Digicel has successfully launched and expanded their GSM mobile base from Jamaica throughout the Caribbean Region. Digicel continues to break historical records by their tremendous growth and customer loyalty. With approximately a million subscribers Digicel has also become not only the leading mobile service provider, but the leading mobile service innovator as
well. Digicel has established itself a "brand of the future."
About Redknee:
Since 1999 Redknee has successfully delivered Mobile Services Infrastructure solutions for mobile networks around the world. Today Redknee solutions are deployed in over 20 wireless networks and provide mobile services for more than 100 million subscribers.
Redknee continues to be chosen as a preferred vendor for mobile services by the world's leading mobile network operators.
Redknee Inc.

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April 16, 2004

BAD SIGNAL

Web Posted - Tue Apr 13 2004
By Nicholas Cox

LEGISLATION supporting a total ban of the use of cellular phones while driving is being advocated by at least one road safety expert.

Managing Director of the Caribbean Academy of Driving Excellence, Junior Jordan said in a recent interview with the Barbados Advocate that he supports this action as a means of reducing road accidents.

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MoviStar P.R. Selects Lucent Technologies to Help Operate and Maintain Its Wireless Network

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MoviStar P.R., a leading mobile communications operator in Puerto Rico, announced today that it has selected Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU - News) to provide operations and maintenance support for MoviStar's wireless network.

As part of the multi-year agreement, Lucent Worldwide Services (LWS) also will provide technical support and software updates for MoviStar's CDMA network.

"This agreement will allow MoviStar to reduce its operating expenses and sharpen its focus on managing our core business of customer service and strategic growth, while maintaining a high-quality of service to its subscribers," said Claudio Hidalgo, general manager of MoviStar P.R. "We selected Lucent for its technical excellence and its comprehensive understanding of multi-vendor networks, which will help us to provide better services and satisfaction to our customers."

MoviStar joins some 30 other service providers around the world who are leveraging the expertise of Lucent Worldwide Services in managing complex communications systems to ensure the quality and reliability of their networks. Lucent has signed more than a half dozen contracts with service providers in the CALA region over the last few years.

"We are pleased that MoviStar has chosen to expand its relationship with Lucent to include operations and maintenance of their wireless network," said Manuel Mijares, vice president of Lucent Worldwide Services in the Caribbean and Latin America.

About MoviStar:

New Comm Wireless Services Inc. (MoviStar) is the leader in innovative wireless services in Puerto Rico and operates an island-wide state-of-the-art CDMA network. The company is a joint venture between Clear Comm, a Puerto Rican company and Telefonica Moviles, (MC/NYSE: TEM) a leading global wireless service provider and leader in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking markets, with more than 52 million clients worldwide. For more information please visit our web page at: http://www.movistarpr.com.

About Lucent Technologies:

Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit www.lucent.com.

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Telecom Industry To Begin Rebound In 2004, Says Market Analyst Insight Research

BOONTON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 13, 2004--The global telecommunications industry will return to historic growth patterns beginning in 2004, says a new market analysis report from Insight Research. According to the study, worldwide telecommunications services revenue is expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of eight percent from 2004 to 2009, which reflects the level of sustainable growth enjoyed by the telecom segment prior to the technology bubble of the late 1990s.

While the past few years were brutal for the telecommunications industry, The 2004 Telecom Industry Review: An Anthology of Market Facts and Forecasts predicts that worldwide telecommunications industry services revenue will grow from $1.2 billion in 2004 to $1.8 billion in 2009, bringing an end to the industry slump. The study examines the underlying reasons for the recent telecommunications industry slump, and highlights rapidly growing industry segments such as VoIP, WiFi and streaming media, technological innovations in fiber optics, DWDM and WDM. The market report also looks at the implications for profitability and sustained growth for carriers and equipment vendors in light of recent primary line losses to cable telephony providers and wireless carriers.

"The malaise of the past few years is finally beginning to dissipate, and while we see a return to historic levels of growth industry-wide, we anticipate that growth will be uneven across various geographic regions and product types," says Insight Research president Robert Rosenberg. "Asia-Pacific and Latin-America Caribbean are forecasted to enjoy the fastest overall broadband growth while North America and Europe lag. Wireless communications will continue to displace wireline communications for voice calling--and as the number of wireless 2.5G and 3G data services increases, wireless will continue to squeeze traditional land line calling," Rosenberg concluded.

INSIGHT's 2004 Telecom Industry Review examines targeted areas of the telecommunications market, including:

-- telecommunications industry market trends;

-- network infrastructure;

-- broadband, narrowband, and wireless access;

-- network support; and

-- telecom services.

The 2004 Telecom Industry Review: An Anthology of Market Facts and Forecasts is a sourcebook of the current conditions in the industry, providing analysis of more than a dozen infrastructure and service segments. From fundamental background issues to detailed five-year forecasts accompanied by practical strategic advice, Insight Research provides a sweeping, single-source assessment of the telecom marketplace. A free report excerpt, table of contents, and ordering information is online at http://www.insight-corp.com/review04.html. This 210-page report is available immediately for $995 (hard copy). Adobe Acrobat (PDF) report licenses are also offered; visit our Web page above or call (973) 541-9600 for details.

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Location tracking for Puerto Rico

Centennial Puerto Rico Operations Corporation (Centennial de Puerto Rico) has signed an agreement to purchase Andrew Corporation's Geometrix E911 wireless caller location systems to provide public safety agencies with accurate caller location information on cellular calls to 911.

The Andrew Geometrix system, which will be installed in the Centennial de Puerto Rico cellular network, will be compatible with Centennial's current CDMA digital technology and customer handsets, and is adaptable to future technologies that Centennial may implement.

"Centennial de Puerto Rico will not have to replace or modify its customers' handsets, because the Andrew system will provide the location capability completely in the Centennial network," said Tom Cogar, executive vice president & chief technical officer of Centennial Caribbean Operations. "Our customers will benefit immediately when the system is installed and will not have to purchase expensive new handsets in order to be located in emergency situations. One of the most important factors in Centennial's selection of the Andrew system is its ability to bring the added safety of 911 caller location to existing, as well as new customers."

The Geometrix system for Centennial de Puerto Rico will help the company meet Federal Communications Commission Phase II E911 wireless caller location regulations. The Geometrix system determines the position of wireless 911 callers and automatically forwards the caller location information to public safety agencies that receive 911 calls. In addition to wireless 911 caller locating, Geometrix can provide accurate location support for Location Based Services (LBS) that may be offered in the future.

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Globalstar Exits Bankruptcy

By Susan Rush
April 15, 2004
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Two years after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from its creditors, Globalstar has completed its financial restructuring. The satellite communications carrier is free of debt and is eyeing growth, thanks to a $43 million investment from its new majority owner, Thermo Capital Partners.

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April 14, 2004

Communication Technologies, Inc. (COMTek) Becomes Caribbean Distributor for Motorola Canopy™ System

Communication Technologies, Inc. (COMTek), a national leader in delivering trusted information technology and telecommunications solutions for mission-critical environments has signed a preferred agreement with Brightstar Corporation to become the provider in the Caribbean for the Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Canopy™ system, a fixed broadband wireless product.


Chantilly, VA (PRWEB) April 8, 2004 -- Communication Technologies, Inc. (COMTek), a national leader in delivering trusted information technology and telecommunications solutions for mission-critical environments has signed a preferred agreement with Brightstar Corporation to become the provider in the Caribbean for the Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Canopy™ system, a fixed broadband wireless product.

Brightstar is the master distributor of the Motorola Canopy™ product for the Latin American and the Caribbean markets. COMTek, as a Motorola Authorized Canopy™ Solution Provider (ACSP), is authorized to sell, design, implement, and maintain Canopy™ fixed wireless solutions throughout North America and now the Caribbean.

The Canopy™ system is based on wireless broadband technology that provides high-speed Internet access. This system was designed to provide cost-effective, “last mile” high-speed data access for residential and business customers who previously were underserved or live in locations where infrastructure is non-existent. Compared to other wireless delivery technologies, the Canopy™ technology uses a smaller community of cells and involves significantly less network investment.

“The Canopy™ system will be part of our overall strategy to become the premier communications systems integrator for the Caribbean market,” stated Joseph E. Fergus, President and CEO of COMTek. “It lowers the barriers of entry in providing broadband services and is a cost-competitive infrastructure solution that delivers high-speed data and allows for simple and faster deployment and easier installation.”

The Canopy™ system delivers up to 6 Mbps to the subscriber, enabling future advanced broadband IP applications such as Voice-Over-IP and IP Video. With the agreement with Brightstar, Fergus will offer the Canopy™ solution at a competitive price.

“We are delighted to have COMTek as our preferred communications systems integrator in this region. With their successful track record and reputation for excellence, we have no doubt that COMTek will make the most of this tremendous opportunity in the Caribbean,” said Michael Tate, Vice President of Wireless Data at Brightstar.

For additional information contact :
Ginny McAdams
Communication Technologies, Inc.
703-961-2116
Email: gmcadams@comtechnologies.com

Lana Sansur
The Borenstein Group
703-385-8178 x208
Email: lana@borenstein-online.com

About COMTek
Communication Technologies, Inc. (COMTek) is a leading-edge telecommunications and information systems technology company. COMTek’s core capabilities center on worldwide broadband network service, the complete lifecycle of systems integration (including software development), network operation, systems administration, information security, and training. COMTek has 14 years of experience providing superior service to its customers. COMTek Corporate Headquarters is located in Chantilly, VA, with offices in Norfolk, VA, Hampton, VA, San Antonio, TX, Fayetteville, NC, Olympia, WA, and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. For more information, please visit: www.comtechnologies.com.

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Intec Wins Vivo Deal

São Paulo/Atlanta — Global operations support systems (OSS) provider Intec Telecom Systems has won the mediation software contract for Vivo, a joint venture between Telefónica Móviles and Portugal Telecom. Vivo will use Intec's mobile mediation solution to consolidate six different companies throughout Brazil into one data collection center. The contract includes Intec's Inter-mediatE convergent mobile mediation platform with Duplicate and Correlation Manager as well as Inter-mediatE Reporting. Vivo joins several other major service providers in North America and Europe who have recently chosen to consolidate multiple companies or platforms onto a single convergent Inter-mediatE platform.

Selected at the conclusion of a detailed and competitive solution analysis, consolidating mediation on Inter-mediatE will enable Vivo to shorten the time to market for new mobile service offerings while reducing operating costs. Inter-mediatE Reporting will allow Vivo to generate revenue assurance reports and gain more control over its mediation processes. Inter-mediatE's Correlation and Duplicate Manager will help Vivo improve its billing accuracy for increased revenue and better customer service quality, particularly for advanced IP-based network services.

The implementation of Inter-mediatE at Vivo will be managed by Intec's Center of Excellence in São Paulo, Brazil, and will be completed in the third quarter of 2004.

Luís Beato, CIO of Vivo, said, "We selected Intec because it has a leading-edge, convergent solution for high-volume mobile mediation, a Center of Excellence in Brazil, and the technical knowledge to help us provide the most accurate and advanced services to our customers. Because Vivo serves over half of the cellular subscribers in Brazil, we needed a high performance solution that can handle our current customer demand and scale to meet our needs as we continue to grow."

Vivo has more than 21 million customers in 19 Brazilian states, including the Federal District, covering 86 percent of the region. The Brazilian mobile market is experiencing very rapid growth. Anatel, Brazil's telecommunications regulator, estimated mobile phone users in Brazil at 46.4 million at the end of 2003.

"As shown in benchmark testing, Inter-mediatE is capable of processing more than 1.2 billion network events per hour," said Per Martell, Caribbean and Latin American operations director for Intec. "Inter-mediatE was the mediation platform of choice for each of the individual companies that now form Vivo. Selection again by the Vivo joint venture validates that Inter-mediatE delivers solid business value and a measurable return on investment to all mobile operators, regardless of size."

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April 2, 2004

Innovative Communication Corporation Takes Control of Belize Telecommunications

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Innovative Communication
Corporation LLC (ICC) took management control today of Belize
Telecommunications Ltd. (BTL) from Lord Michael Ashcroft and Carlisle Holdings
Ltd., as announced by Jeffrey J. Prosser, ICC's chairman and CEO.
Innovative's purchase price of 100 percent of the stock is more than US
$105 million, making it the largest business transaction in the country's
history and now the largest privately owned telephone company in the U.S.
Last week Innovative concluded an agreement with the Government of Belize
transferring ownership of BTL to ICC. "We are very optimistic about the future
of Belize," observed Prosser. "Belize Telecommunications will be a significant
contributor to the economic development of Belize and between the two are
poised to have an industrious future together."
Prosser made clear that ICC is committed to investing further in the
country's infrastructure with fiber, broadband services and the latest
telecommunications technology for residential and business customers. "We will
work closely with Prime Minister Said Musa," explained Prosser, "and the
Belizean government to assess new growth areas and prioritize where
infrastructure is needed." ICC is the first telephone company ever to bundle
its local, long-distance, wireless cable TV and broadband (DSL) services.
At the moment, BTL has nearly 50,000 access land lines, serves 52,000
cellular subscribers and more than 10,000 Internet customers. In addition, the
company has 491 employees in 17 branch offices throughout the Central
American-Caribbean basin.
ICC has an enviable position in the market and an unlimited potent ional
for expansion, since the company plays a pivotal role in providing high-speed
access to companies around the world, as the key termination point for
submarine fiber systems that connect mainland U.S. with Europe and South
America.
Addressing the matter of employees, Prosser explained that, " the current
Carlisle management is no longer in place. We will assess the Belizeans in the
company and build a management team of Belizean nationals."

Innovative Communication Corporation (http://www.iccvi.com) has offices in West
Palm Beach, Florida, and is headquartered in St. Croix, U.S. V.I. ICC owns
considerable telecommunications and media operations in the U.S. and British
Virgin Islands, Sint-Maarten, Saint-Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique and France
in addition to the Pulitzer prize-winning Virgin Islands Daily News and TV-2,
a cable-cast station. It is the second largest private employer in the U.S.
V.I. and the largest privately owned telephone company in the U.S.

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Westin Hotels Introduces Unlimited Internet and Phone Access For $16; For One Flat Rate Guests Enjoy Unlimited 24-Hour Internet Access, Local and Long Distance Calls

Edtor's Note: This is not available in the Caribbean region, but still a pretty aggressive move.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 1, 2004--Tired of suffering sticker shock after using the phone in your hotel room? Westin Hotels & Resorts announced today unlimited 24-hour high-speed Internet access, local, toll-free and domestic long distance* phone calls for a flat rate of $16 per day** in its 65 hotels in the United States. No time limits or cutoff times apply, guaranteeing Westin guests true unlimited phone and high-speed Internet access for a friendly, flat daily fee.


"Phone charges have always been a pet peeve for travelers, and we wanted to introduce a convenient bundled Internet and phone access value for our guests," says Sue Brush, senior vice president, Westin Hotels & Resorts. "Gone are the days of using problematic cell phones from your hotel room and incurring roaming charges, bad reception and horrible connections. And, with Westin's unlimited Internet and phone access package, guests can stop counting down the minutes they are on-line and feel completely at ease the next time they pick up the phone."

Guests interested in taking advantage of Westin's unlimited internet and phone access package can simply ask for it at check-in, or request it anytime during their stay. And, to help guests get connected, Westin provides easy to follow step-by-step in-room instructions along with a help guide that provides set-up tips for Internet access. For more information please visit www.westin.com.

Westin Hotels & Resorts, with 123 hotels and resorts in 30 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 740 properties in more than 80 countries and 110,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. With internationally renowned brands, Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts including: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton and W Hotels, as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information visit www.starwood.com.

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