N-WEST News #7a
August 17, 1998
National Wireless Electronic Systems Testbed (N-WEST)
- EE TIMES COVER STORY REPORTS "UNIVERSAL" INDUSTRY SUPPORT OF N-WEST
- N-WEST KICKOFF DRAWS 44 PARTICIPANTS AND EXTENDS TO SECOND DAY
- N-WEST SUPPORT SWELLS
- LARGEST LMDS LICENSE HOLDER SUPPORTS N-WEST EFFORT
- NTIA CHIEF VOICES STRONG SUPPORT OF N-WEST
- RAWCON'98 PANEL SESSION COVERS LMDS STANDARDIZATION
- BUSINESS CASE SUPPORTS BROADBAND WIRELESS STANDARDS
EE TIMES COVER STORY REPORTS "UNIVERSAL" INDUSTRY SUPPORT OF N-WEST
An August 17 Electronic Engineering Times cover story on N-WEST, entitled Open-Systems Push Sweeps Broadband, was based on on-site reporting from RAWCON'98. The aticle says that "while there are some squabbles within N-WEST about how generic an RF-to-baseband interface should be, members are universally praising NIST officials for pushing standards efforts through the testbed." The print article appears to supercede two earlier on-line articles: RAWCON Searches for Unifying Broadband Wireless Support and N-WEST Pushes for Broadband Wireless Standards.
On-site reporting also led to an article on N-WEST on the front page of the August 17 Rocky Mountain News "Mile HighTech" business section. In the article, available on-line and entitled Wireless Technology Catches New Waves, Andrew Kreig, President of the Wireless Communications Association
International, was quoted as saying "It's a very important initiative by the Commerce Department to help jump-start this industry."
N-WEST KICKOFF DRAWS 45 PARTICIPANTS AND EXTENDS TO SECOND DAY
The N-WEST Kickoff Meeting, scheduled for 9 am-5:15 pm on Sunday August 9,
included 45 participants. The lively discussion carried over to three-hour
Monday morning meetings of two working groups. The discussion was
enthusiastic on the key issue of standardization. Important issues of
contention were identified, consensus was reached on several issues, and
survey results were collected. Details will be posted to the Web site
as soon as practical.
The 45 participants, along with their titles and companies, are available on-line.
N-WEST SUPPORT SWELLS
The ranks of the N-WEST Supporting Companies continue to swell. In chronological
order of signup, the list includes the following 38 companies:
- Lucent Technologies, Engineering Research Center
- ETM Electromatic
- Hewlett-Packard Co.
- Anritsu Company
- Stanford Wireless Broadband Inc.
- AMP M/A-COM
- C&W Systems, Ltd.
- Formus Communications, Inc.
- Fujitsu Compound Semiconductor, Inc.
- WaveSpan Corporation
- NEC America, Inc.
- Wireless Communications Association International
- Sanders, A Lockheed Martin Co.
- Raytheon Systems Company
- US WEST Advanced Technologies
- Hardin & Associates, Inc.
- Integrity Communications
- BroadBand Wireless
- ADC Telecommunications
- Antilles Wireless Cable TV Co.
- Belstar Systems Corp.
- Ensemble Communications
- Ericsson Inc.
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- Lucent Technologies, Wireless Broadband Networks Division
- Raychem Corp.
- Alcatel Network Systems
- WNP Communications,Inc.
- Netro Corporation
- Harris Semiconductor
- LCC International Inc.
- Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association
- 3Com Corporation
- EDX Engineering, Inc.
- E B Systems Limited
LARGEST LMDS LICENSE HOLDER SUPPORTS N-WEST EFFORT
In the first major public appearance by WNP Communications, Inc., Barclay
Jones, WNP's Chief Technical Consultant, announced that WNP supports the
N-WEST standards effort. The statement came during Jones' August 10 Keynote
Address at the 1998 IEEE Radio and Wireless Conference (RAWCON'98). WNP was
responsible for one-third of the total income raised in the FCC's LMDS
auction earlier this year. According to
a press report,
Jones "cited the work of the recently formed National Wireless Electronic
Systems Testbed, and said that far more standards to drive
interoperability need to be developed in LMDS services." The presentation materials for Jones' talk, entitled Technical Challenges to LMDS Implementation, are on-line.
NTIA CHIEF VOICES STRONG SUPPORT OF N-WEST
In an extremely well-received RAWCON'98 Banquet Address on August 10,
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Larry
Irving, who oversees the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA), offered a strong case for N-WEST. The prepared text of his address, entitled The Next Waves In Wireless Technologies, is available on-line.
RAWCON'98 PANEL SESSION COVERS LMDS STANDARDIZATION
A Panel Session on "LMDS: Jumpstarting the Industry" was held at the 1998 IEEE Radio and Wireless Conference on the evening of August 11. The session was attended by nearly 100 people. All of the five
panelists (Narisa Chu of C&W Systems, Barclay Jones of WNP Communications, Roger Marks of N-WEST, Mohammad Shakouri of Lucent Technologies, and Leland Langston of Raytheon TI Systems) agree on the importance of standards. Four of the panelists, plus the moderator (Sanjay Kasturia of
Raychem Corp.), attended the N-WEST Kickoff Meeting. All six participants
were with N-WEST Supporting Companies. Roger Marks outlined the N-WEST
philosophy and status as well as a vision of the potential of
standardization in broadband wireless. Presentation material is available on-line. An audio recording may be posted if arrangements can be made.
BUSINESS CASE SUPPORTS BROADBAND WIRELESS STANDARDS
An August 11 press release by Allied Business Intelligence, highlighting a
new technical business study entitled "Millimeter Wave 1998: Broadband
Wireless and Automotive Radar Markets, Opportunities & Forecasts," supports
the N-WEST emphasis on standardization. The release noted that "subassembly
and chip manufacturers simply cannot supply the performance that millimeter
wave system manufacturers desire at a price which is feasible for
significant penetration into the consumer market today" and that "LMDS may
be closest to achieving this goal but its lack of a unified standard and
lack of commitment to significant volumes will inhibit further price
Dr. Roger Marks (email@example.com)