Trashing NAPLPS

It’s moving day here at the DailyWireless tower. Posting will be light as we pack up for new digs by the river.

Twenty year old Byte magazines and the flotsam and jetsom accumulated over years cause one to pause and reflect…before tossing it out. Change is good.

Still, I hated to toss out my NAPLPS Teletext television. But I guess Videotext (Videotex) is pretty much dead here in The States.

I once planned to be a Telidon artist (links). Maybe Teletext will make a come back…- Sam

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DirecTV Quinella?

DirecTV’s been talking for a while about its idea to create a nationwide broadband wireless network. It’s supposed to detail its plans sometime before the end of March, having already said it was in talks with rival Echostar about partnering on the network.

But in a Wall Street Journal article today about DirecTV’s new video-download service, its CEO says “it’s not clear” if the company will actually build a network, and will only do so if the move makes sense.
That sounds like some pretty serious backtracking. …It’s hard to imagine that DirecTV would come this far and talk its plans up so much, only to back out at the last second — so who are they posturing for?
Maybe DirecTV is just angling to get a better deal from Sprint or Clearwire. Or maybe that means someone else will build and operate the WiMAX network (in the 2007-2008 time frame).Murdoch’s MySpace is Mobilizing with Helio (a virtual cell phone operator). The SK/Earthlink partnership is now called Helio. Helio could also run DirecTV’s WiMAX.

Helio could sublet WiMax spectrum from Sprint and Clearwire, then run their own virtual Mobile WiMAX operation, just like their cellular business. SK Telecom knows WiBro…they launch this June in Seoul (working with Intel). Earthlink, meanwhile, needs a last mile option…they could run the ISP and VoIP business. EarthLink is bundling ISP services with both DirecTV and EchoStar.

Intel’s Viiv and Microsoft’s MediaCenter would want to be in this game. They could use the Asian connection. Mobile television? Intel likes the open DVB-H standard. That means a Modeo link.
What’s that…a quinella?

Second WiMax Lab Announced

Working in close collaboration with the Korean government and Cetecom Laboratories in Spain, the WiMAX Forum named Telecommunications Technology Association’s (TTA) IT Testing & Certification Lab in Seoul, Korea, as the first lab in Asia to certify interoperability of WiMAX products. Korea’s WiBro is a precursor to the developing IEEE Mobile WiMAX standard which added additional frequencies and features.

The state-backed TTA
, the country’s standardization organization, was not available for comment. The TTA’s IT Testing & Certification Lab has established relationships with a range of other certification institutions, including CableLabs, BQTF, CCF, CTIA, GCF, PTCRB and VeriTest.
The WiMAX Forum plans to have the TTA Lab operational in the fourth quarter of 2006 to begin receiving Mobile WiMAX equipment and start validating the test procedure. It is expected that by the first quarter of 2007, the first commercial Mobile WiMAX products will achieve the designation of “WiMAX Forum Certified.”
In other WiMAX news, WiMAX Telecom Group, the only multinational WiMAX service provider in Europe, says it’s the first in the world to offer telephony via WiMAX technology. “WiMAX FON” is the cheapest comprehensive last-mile connectivity solution in Austria, says the company. Thanks to number portability, customers can take their existing telephone number with them when switching to WiMAX FON.Work on an independent wireless network in Croatia is due to begin in mid-2006. The first services will go live shortly afterwards. WiMAX Telekom has offices in Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia and Croatia.

Solar Powered Cloud

is now installing 90 Strix OWS nodes for an initial network deployment, to support 10,000 voice subscriber lines in an eight-square-mile area of Chittagong, a port city of Bangladesh, with 3.5 million people.

Stage 2 of the deployment, which will roll out 6-12 months after Stage 1, will add 15-20,000 voice subscriber lines. Within three years, Accatel expects the Strix wireless mesh network will employ hundreds of OWS nodes and serve an estimated 200,000 voice subscriber lines.
Ultimately, Accatel and Nextel Telecom plan to expand the wireless mesh network to include all of Chittagong as well as other cities and towns within the licensing area.
In addition to the Strix OWS nodes, the system includes a softswitch, IP infrastructure, and a billing system. Strix OWS nodes will be deployed at a central access hub, where the wireless network connects to the Ethernet, while the rest of the OWS nodes will be deployed radially from the hub.

The power grid there is not as stable as in the United States,” says Nan Chen, vice president of marketing at Strix. “[Solar power] gives them the freedom of choices for installation sites.”

…For decades, solar-cell researchers have tried to develop cheaper alternatives to silicon. The problem has been efficiency: other materials just don’t generate enough electricity. But Siemens’s achievement earlier this year of the highest efficiency to date in plastic solar cells could change that. The Siemens design combined two of the most important advances in materials science in the past 30 years: electrically conducting polymers and buckyballs.

Down the road, researchers hope to boost nano solar cells’ power output and make them even easier to deploy, eventually spraying them directly onto almost any surface. Palo Alto, CA-based startup Nanosolar (below), which has raised $5 million in venture capital, is working on making this idea practical…

Developing Cityware In Bath

A $2.78 million (1.6m pound) wireless computing trial in the historic city of Bath, England
is being undertaken with a government research funding body the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)and a group of universities and companies including Vodafone, Nokia and IBM.
Dubbed the Cityware project, the aim of the trial, which is being coordinated by the University of Bath, is to test the potential of pervasive computing in an urban area using GPRS mobile comms, Wi-FI, Bluetooth and near-field communications technologies.
The trial is designed to assess social and usage patterns as much as the practicality of creating a city-wide wireless zone. One of the first new services that will be available through the project is a new location recognition tool that uses the photographs people take of buildings to help them find where they are.
Interestingly, Bath, England is also home of mobile WiMAX leader picoChip which just announced a partnership with Wintegra for mobile WiMAX. They will integrate picoChip’s PC102 picoArray digital signal processor (DSP) running its IEEE 802.16e PHY with the Wintegra’s WinMax access processor programmed with 16e MAC software for transport and backhaul functionality.
In addition to providing 16e functionality, the development platform offers support for Advanced Antenna Systems (AAS) and Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO), which is enabled by means of an optional software upgrade from ArrayComm.
No word if picoChip will be involved in the Bath Cityware project, however. A number of projects are planned in conjunction with the University.