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Wireless is taking off in a big way, but some surprises await us. How do you predict the seven biggest surprises about to hit the wireless industry? I spoke with two well-connected "ringers" who have a keen sense of the industry. I absorbed their combined input and pooled seven responses. My Ringers Alex Lightman is a wireless visionary heavily involved in supporting IPv6. He keeps his wearable computer from Charmed Technology (his product, his company) focused on the pulse and frequency of tomorrow's wireless realities. Attorney Robert Rini is a telecommunications and technology partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Washington, DC. Mr. Rini represents wireless technology interests before Congress, the FCC, and other courts and government agencies. He is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association. Here are what they think will be the seven surprises (... (more)

Drive-by Hacking?

How can your corporate network possibly be susceptible to drive-by hacking if your IS department hasn't set up or authorized any wireless LANs? Easily! A significant number of employees are setting them up on corporate campuses...without authorization. Read on for tips on how to protect your company. To define "drive-by hacking," let's first define a related term, "war driving." War driving is a popular hacker slang term for the act of roaming around (generally in a car), sniffing out wireless networks using a laptop and some necessary peripherals. Drive-by hacking is the crime ... (more)

The End of Telecom As We Know It?

Most rainbows are colorful shining heralds that a storm has passed. "Project Rainbow" leaves us in a fog as to what is to come. So do frequently named participants such as IBM, Intel, AT&T, and Verizon by their silence. At its vaguest, Project Rainbow is a consortium that loosely ties at least the aforementioned companies together. According to a consensus of surrounding industry hearsayers, the purpose is a serious verbal rumination about the plausibility of a nationwide 802.11 network that all participants could profit from. The fact that Project Rainbow exists with such certai... (more)

Cellular Voice and Voice over Wi-Fi

Alliances, competitors, technologies, hardware, and roaming line the path to dual-mode, cellular/Wi-Fi handsets. Another game of sit and wait has begun as major carriers ready themselves to swallow small providers whole once they have fattened themselves with successful Wi-Fi hotspots. Which end of this communications food chain are you on? Free spectrum is a good motive for providers to get into Voice over Wi-Fi. Providers will leverage the spectrum for voice as they do for data while they continue to build out their hotspots. When there is enough coverage by provider hotspots ... (more)

When Your Phone Is a Chip

Industry players Wavecom and Intel have successfully entered the cellphone market with solutions-based, all-in-one chipset modules. These modules are waltzing OEMs over the line into the world of cellular phones. Wavecom Enables Turnkey Cellphone Business For companies in the CDMA market without expertise or experience in GSM, the Wavecom product affords the opportunity to slap this module into a handset, complete with IP indemnification licensing, carrier approval on the GSM network, and the necessary chips and other licensing, and offer up a GSM phone just like that. These comp... (more)