The Telecom Digest for May 1, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 120 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
India government bans all Chinese telecom gear (Thad Floryan)
Re: FCC could reclassify broadband Internet as "telecom" within weeks (T)
Re: Photos of Table Top Phone Co. (Carl Navarro)
IEEE article on GSM interference affecting GPS landing systems (Thad Floryan)
Using a cellphone as a payment medium (Jeff)
On-screen Caller ID with Comcast VOIP? (AES)
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Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 20:14:43 -0700
From: Thad Floryan <email@example.com>
Subject: India government bans all Chinese telecom gear
Thomas K. Thomas
New Delhi, April 28
The Government has officially told mobile operators not to import any
equipment manufactured by Chinese vendors, including Huawei and ZTE.
Though the Department of Telecom had been informally telling the
operators to keep away from Chinese telecom equipment, this is the
first time that it has sent an order banning Chinese gear.
The order was sent out by the DoT on Tuesday to some of the operators
that were planning to buy equipment from Chinese manufacturers. The
ban order follows concerns raised by the Home Ministry that telecom
equipment from some countries could have spyware or malware that
gives intelligence agencies across the border access to telecom
networks in India.
The Government had earlier banned import of Chinese handsets without
IMEI number. The DoT move is a huge blow to ZTE and Huawei that are
betting big on the Indian market. ZTE had a record-breaking
performance in the last fiscal in India by registering a 50 per cent
increase in sales compared with the previous year. The ban also
puts the new mobile operators in a quandary as most were banking
on attractive financing schemes by Chinese vendors to purchase
The biggest gainers from the move could be European and American
vendors that have been losing market share to aggressive Chinese equipment-makers.
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:00:25 -0400
From: T <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: FCC could reclassify broadband Internet as "telecom" within weeks
In article <4BD7BE42.email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org says...
> " As it stands, high-speed Internet service is classified by the
> " Federal Communications Commission as a "Title I" information
> " service in the same way that Google is an information
> " service. This means broadband providers such as phone and cable
> " companies are only lightly regulated by the agency.
> " By reclassifying broadband as a "Title II" telecom service --
> " like, say, phone service -- the FCC would be able to more closely
> " oversee providers' actions and pricing, and would be better
> " positioned to implement its recently announced 10-year plan to
> " bring high-speed Net access to virtually every U.S. home.
Most cable subscribers use their connection more for IP and telecom than
they do for TV programming these days.
That is my experience with it.
That said, the cable operators did it to themselves and they should be
regulated as telecom services as opposed to information services.
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 10:05:38 -0400
From: Carl Navarro <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Photos of Table Top Phone Co.
On Thu, 29 Apr 2010 03:53:36 -0700, Sam Spade <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Resubmission because prior submission didn't have a subject line and
>thus, could be easily overlooked.
>Photos of the world headquarters facilities of Table Top Telephone
>Company in Ajo, Arizone.
>For those of you who didn't follow the earlier thread this is a "micro"
>independent scattered a several widely separated locations in Arizona,
>each of which has a No 5 ESS:
Well that just destroyed the image I had in my head. I pictured a
Redcom box ( http://www.redcom.com/hdx.php ) on the kitchen table for
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 18:15:27 -0700
From: Thad Floryan <email@example.com>
Subject: IEEE article on GSM interference affecting GPS landing systems
L-o-n-g article here (with pictures, graphs, etc.):
Quick summary: "Our [IEEE] data and the NASA studies suggest to
us that there is a clear and present danger: cellphones can render
GPS instruments useless for landings."
I believe the NASA study alluded-to in the article is this one:
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 09:54:02 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Using a cellphone as a payment medium
The Phila Inquirer reported on a start up, "Xipwire" where clients can
make payments via text message to businesses that also sign up for the
For full article please see:
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 13:20:15 -0700
From: AES <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: On-screen Caller ID with Comcast VOIP?
Just noticed on my latest Comcast bill (Silicon Valley/Palo Alto area) a
blurb for a Comcast app that will supposedly display Caller ID in an
on-screen pop-up window any time a VOIP call comes in.
Sounds like a clever and potentially useful gimmick -- but before I
download and try it, I'd appreciate any feedback from existing users who
* Does it work for Macs or only Windows systems?
* Does it work well?
* Any likely interference with other apps, or other glitches?
Thanks much for any advice.
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