The Lippis Report Issue 11: Beyond SMS Wireless Data Services

March 15th, 2003

Short Message Service or SMS is an extremely popular data service for mobile operators in Europe and Asia. So popular in fact, that the GSM networks that support it are on the verge of breaking. In Europe SMS services are already straining mobile infrastructure. Europeans and Asians have taken to SMS like the US has taken to the internet. SMS is a text based messaging
service between mobile users. SMS messages are limited to 160 characters, but its use is wide and varied. The SMS text messages ride on the date channel of the SS7 network within the mobile network infrastructure. The number of messages sent are huge, and more importantly, subscribers pay for them. SMS has grown to 24 B messages sent in May 2002 worldwide from 7
B messages in the same month two years ago, according to the GSM Association, www.gsmworld.com.
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The Lippis Report Issue 10: What´s Next? Public/Private Wi-Fi Goes Pervasive?

March 2nd, 2003

No matter what you call it, the wireless LAN, or WLAN or Wi-Fi standard; after more then ten years of development, project IEEE 802.11 is a major success. WLAN deployments span home networks, telecommuters, small offices, regional sites, headquarter facilities and public spaces. The typical office WLAN deployment sits within the workgroup network offering mobility to knowledge workers. Wireless access point pricing will plunge over the next twelve months propelling pervasive WLAN deployment. Wireless switches from companies such as 3Com, www.3com.com, and Symbol Technologies www.symbol.com will be offered this fall using wired infrastructure as a backhaul for wireless traffic flows. The Wi-Fi market is poised to boom and usher in a new way of providing computer network connectivity and voice services with:

?¢‚Ǩ¬¢ Intel www.intel.com et al promising to bundle multi-function Wi-Fi cards into their laptop processors.
?¢‚Ǩ¬¢ the availability of low cost access points,
?¢‚Ǩ¬¢ wireless switches on the horizon
?¢‚Ǩ¬¢ public massive Wi-Fi hotspot build outs

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