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(December 19, 2001) - One of the world's leading wireless associations, the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA), is this week forging an important new strategic alliance aimed at bringing further value to their members, who include a broad base of interdependent players in what the association calls "m-convergence." With roots in the wireless communications industry, the PCIA is dedicated to advancing seamless global communications through their technical, regulatory, and marketing programs. So it's a logical extension for the association to team up now with LogicNode, a Washington, DC-based company that provides research on demand and business advisory services focused on the wireless and telecommunications industry; and to offer with them a new market research and business advisory service direct to PCIA members. Between them, the PCIA and LogicNod... (more)

Beyond Java: Nextel Launches Wireless GPS Platform

Bringing features such as location-based services to non-Java GPS phones is a significant untapped market. Not any more, though, thanks to the announcement by Nextel that it is introducing the Nextel Wireless GPS Platform, an application development environment that extends location-based services (LBS) to a broader base of users.  "With the launch of the Nextel Wireless GPS Platform, we are able to bring these exciting services to non-Java GPS phones," said Danny Bowman, vice president, Wireless Data Services at Nextel. The Nextel Wireless GPS Platform provides large corporate an... (more)

Bye Bye Sprint, Bye Bye Nextel; Hello "Sprint Nextel"

"The FCC has agreed that uniting these two great companies is in the public's interest," commented Tim Donahue, president and CEO of Nextel, as Sprint and Nextel Communications Inc. yesterday announced that they have received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval for the companies' pending merger transaction. This completes all required regulatory approvals for the merger, and the companies expect to close the merger shortly. "When we complete the merger, Sprint Nextel will have unmatched wireless capabilities and a global IP network to provide consumers with high-value,... (more)

Tokyo-Based ACCESS To Acquire PalmSource For $324M

"By combining ACCESS' robust NetFront browser platform and its proven business relationships with PalmSource's advanced operating system, application portfolio, user interface and developer communities, we will be able to produce a comprehensive yet flexible solution for the mobile market," said Toru Arakawa (pictured), CEO of Tokyo-based ACCESS Co., Ltd., as ACCESS and PalmSource, Inc. yesterday announced they have signed a definitive agreement for ACCESS to acquire PalmSource in an all-cash transaction valued at $18.50 per share of PalmSource common stock , or approximately USD... (more)

Verizon, NFL Team Up to Offer Live NFL Network Game Broadcasts on Verizon's Consumer Broadband Services

The National Football League and Verizon Communications have agreed to deliver live NFL Network sports and entertainment programming via Verizon's consumer broadband services, beginning Dec. 7 with the matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns. Verizon already offers the NFL Network television channel to subscribers of its FiOS TV Service and is the only Internet service provider to deliver selected NFL Network programming over broadband. The deal includes live, online broadcasts of NFL Network's Thursday and Saturday regular season games, certain college f... (more)