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AMTA’s mission statement is to “represent and promote the interest of specialized wireless communications, meeting the educational, informational and regulatory needs of licensees and related businesses.” AMTA organizes councils addressing particular niches of the specialized wireless industry: Small Business Council (SBC) 220 MHz Council 900 MHz Council Facilities Siting Council
The CDMA Development Group (CDG) is an international consortium of companies who have joined together to lead the adoption and evolution of CDMA wireless systems around the world. The CDG comprises the world's leading CDMA service providers and manufacturers. By working together, the members will help ensure interoperability among systems, while expediting the availability of CDMA technology to consumers. CDG’s mission is to lead the rapid evolution and deployment of CDMA-based systems, based on open standards and encompassing all core architectures, to meet the needs of markets around the world in an emerging, information-intensive environment. CDG operators and vendors work together to: Accelerate the definition of requirements for new CDMA features, services and applications Promote industry and public awareness of CDMA capabilities and developments through marketing and public relations activities Foster collaboration and the development of consensus among carriers on critical issues to provide direction and leadership for the industry Ensure an efficient transition from second generation to third generation systems Establish strategic relationships with government ministries, regulatory bodies and worldwide standards and industry organizations to promote cooperation and consensus on issues facing the CDMA community Minimize the time-to-market of new CDMA-based products and services Enable global compatibility and interoperability among CDMA systems worldwide Create global economies of scale to make CDMA the preferred choice of operators and end users
The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association’s mission is to be the source of input to government policy and public opinion in order to create and maintain a positive economic environment for the wireless industry. CWTA's members include mobile telephone service providers, paging companies, mobile radio, mobile satellite carriers, and fixed wireless service providers. In addition, CWTA represents a cross-section of manufacturers and equipment suppliers to the industry.
CTIA is the international organization that represents mobile phone and data carriers, serving the interests of service providers, manufacturers, and others, in order to create and maintain a positive economic environment for the wireless industry.
The GSM Association promotes the Global System for Mobile Communication standard. It is responsible for the development, deployment and evolution of the GSM standard for digital wireless communications, and for the promotion of the GSM platform. Membership spans Western, Eastern and Central Europe, India and the Asia-Pacific regions, the Middle East and Africa, and North and South America. The GSM Association membership consists of more than 535 second and third generation wireless network operators and key manufacturers and suppliers to the wireless industry across 168 countries of the world.
Incorporated in March 1997, GWEC’s mission is to increase the quality and quantity of technicians, engineers, and information technology specialists for the wireless industry. A modular curriculum based on numerous, defined “Points of Knowledge” was developed through a collaborative effort between industry and academia. This flexible curriculum is available to GWEC members for incorporation into their programs. Major topic areas include: Switch architecture Frequency reuse and planning Air interface technologies Radio transmission Transmission and trunking
Founded in 1871, the Institution of Electrical Engineers is the largest professional engineering society in Europe and has a worldwide membership of just under 140,000. Services include: Represents the profession of electrical, electronic, manufacturing and systems engineering and related sciences Acts as the voice of the profession in matters of public concern and assists Government to make the public aware of technological issues Sets standards of qualifications for professional electrical, electronics, software, systems and manufacturing engineers Accredits degree courses in subjects relevant to electrical, electronic, manufacturing and information engineering at universities and colleges around the world Accredits professional development schemes for engineering graduates Awards scholarships, grants and prizes Issues regulations for the safe installation of electrical and electronic equipment and takes a leading role in the formulation of national and international standards Operates a Career Advisory Service to give advice and assistance to members on various aspects of career development Operates a computer-assisted information service, INSPEC, which has the world's largest computerized database in the English language in physics, electrotechnology, computer science and control engineering.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) promotes the engineering process of creating, developing, integrating, sharing, and applying knowledge in electrical and information technologies to benefit humanity and the profession. The IEEE is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 350,000 individual members in 150 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others. Through its technical publishing, conferences and consensus-based standards activities, the IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's published literature in electrical engineering, computers and control technology, holds annually more than 300 major conferences and has more than 800 active standards with 700 under development. Benefits of IEEE membership include: Membership in one or more of 36 IEEE Societies and four Technical Councils spanning the range of electrotechnologies and information technologies More than 300 local organizations worldwide for member networking and information sharing More than 1,000 student branches at universities worldwide Public advocacy for U.S. member interests, and for women in engineering and ethics Awards and recognition of technical and professional achievements.
Founded in 1953, ITA is a national trade association preserving spectrum rights and access for private wireless licensees. Membership includes over 3,500 licenses two-way land mobile radio communications users, private mobile radio service oriented radio dealer organizations, and eleven national trade associations. ITA publishes a magazine called “Private Wireless” which highlights business and regulatory strategies for licensees and dealers.
The LMCC is a nonprofit association of organizations representing land mobile radio carriers and manufacturers equipment and is composed of 22 organizations representing diverse telecommunications sectors such as public safety, industrial, private radio, commercial, and transportation.
In the late 1980’s, researchers at Virginia Tech identified the need for a research and educational program that would meet the requirements of the wireless industry in terms of research, education, and professional development of technical staff. In 1990, some of the world’s largest telecommunications firms provided early seed funding for MPRG founder Professor Ted Rappaport to establish one of the first wireless research programs in the country. The MPRG Industrial Affiliates Program was also founded in 1990 with charter members AT&T, the FBI, GTE, and Motorola. The MPRG’s mission statement is to provide design and analysis tools and techniques for International and U.S. manufacturers, government and consumer service providers, and regulatory agencies, while providing a high-caliber educational experience for graduate and undergraduate engineering students pursuing careers in wireless communications.
Over 15,000 engineers and technicians certified worldwide Fosters the enhancement and expansion of educational courses in telecommunications Supports collegiate scholarships Recognizes individual achievement with awards Publishes the NARTE News : a quarterly periodical which includes technical papers, the status of telecommunications legislation and FCC actions that affect the telecommunications field
Goals include advocating for public policy, removing barriers to business growth and gathering and sharing marketplace intelligence on behalf of its members. The PCIA sponsors an annual conference and tradeshow which brings together a global audience of wireless, Internet, and computing professionals that are enabling the development of next generation wireless.
The Software Defined Radio Forum (SDRF) is a non-profit organization comprising over 100 corporations dedicated to promoting the development, deployment and use of software defined radio technologies for advanced wireless systems. Forum members are decision makers, planners, policy makers and program/product managers from a broad range of organizations sharing a common view of advanced wireless networking systems evolution. The term software defined radios (SDRs) is used to describe radios that provide software control of a variety of modulation techniques, wide-band or narrow-band operation, communications security functions (such as hopping), and waveform requirements of current and evolving standards over a broad frequency range. The Forum is dedicated to promoting the development, deployment and use of software defined radio for advanced wireless systems. To that end, the Forum promotes the development of global standards for SDR technologies for use in modules, products and network systems in conjunction with existing commercial standards for wireless networks.
The Universal Wireless Communications Consortium (UWCC), founded in 1996, is an international consortium of more than 100 wireless carriers and vendors supporting the TDMA, EDGE & WIN technology standards and their interoperability with GSM and UMTS. The UWCC further supports GAIT (GSM ANSI-136 Interoperability Team) for the implementation of seamless worldwide communications. TDMA network operators currently serve about 68 million TDMA subscribers worldwide within their networks and millions of additional analog subscribers. The purpose of this non-profit organization is to promote the development, evolution and deployment of TDMA, EDGE and WIN technologies. Additionally, through projects and forums such as GAIT, UWCC is working toward interoperability with GSM and UMTS as an integrated global wireless communications technology, providing operators and subscribers with a flexible, compatible service that can evolve into additional enhanced voice and data services. The combined footprint of TDMA and GSM subscribers encompasses more than 70% of the world's wireless market today. The UWCC provides marketing and public relations, technical oversight, and advocacy to promote the deployment of seamless global wireless voice and high-speed data services. It provides information and leadership necessary for encouraging wireless technology convergence and interoperability on a global scale.
Founded in 1988, the Wireless Communications Association International (WCA) is a non-profit trade association representing the wireless broadband industry. WCA membership, which includes the industry's leading carriers, vendors and consultants, has grown to over 530 member companies spanning six continents. The WCA's mission is to advance the interests of the industry's operators, equipment providers, and professional services firms. The WCA is a leader in government relations for issues vital to the success of the wireless broadband industry including: auction rules, spectrum allocation, regulatory filings for flexible use, technical standards, and protection against interference. It is also heavily involved in issues of increasing importance to members such as unfair taxation of emerging wireless services, pro-competitive rules for inside wiring, roof rights and interconnection.
WECA’s mission is to certify interoperability of IEEE 802.11 products and to promote this standard as the global wireless LAN standard across all market segments. The Agilent/SVNL Silicon Valley Networking Lab is the independent lab that tests and certifies the interoperability of members' wireless LAN products. Located in San Jose, SVNL has an experienced testing staff who have participated in IEEE work groups and contributed to the evolution of networking technology. SVNL has a reputation for providing objective, high-quality performance, interoperability and functional testing services. WECA supports the IEEE global standard, 802.11b High Rate, and promotes that standard across all segments, including enterprise, small business, home and public access. WECA's certification not only signifies that the product has undergone rigorous testing but also assures consumers that their products are interoperable with other communication devices.
Women in Wireless Communications is a national non-profit organization with the vision of becoming the premier women's organization in the wireless communications marketplace by bringing women together and providing opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally. Meetings are held in conjunction with the major wireless conventions as well as regional meetings held in major cities. Meetings are highlighted with industry and motivational speakers. The goal is to network with other women committed to the industry, improve skills within the industry, develop industry awareness, develop friendships, and cultivate business contacts. Any person or company involved in the wireless telecommunications industry is welcome to join. Membership provides access to an organization of women representing a diversity of backgrounds, positions, technologies and disciplines. Members are recognized in their fields ranging from administration, finance, sales, marketing, engineering, and advertising.
Written, simulated, and interactive exercises available. Examples include: Spectral Simulator, AC & DC Simulations Exercises, Amplitude Modulation, Superheterodyne Spectrum Analyzer, and others. Information is also available on Agilent’s Educational Grants and discounts.
The AT&T Learning Network Broadband Academy is a centralized resource of online, educational content that leverages the power of high-speed Internet access for educators to take full advantage of the rich potential of broadband capabilities.
The Bluetooth ™ wireless technology plans to revolutionize the personal connectivity market by providing freedom from wired connections. It is a specification for a small-form factor, low-cost radio solution providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable handheld devices, and connectivity to the internet. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), composed of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, and network industries, is driving development of the technology and bringing it to market. The Bluetooth SIG includes promoter companies 3Com, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba, and more than 2000 Adopter/Associate member companies.
Free Online Erlang Traffic Calculators can be used to determine the number of lines required in a trunk group, and to assist in call center analysis. They include tools for Erlang B, Extended Erlang B, Erlang C, and Voice over IP.
RF Globalnet offers online courses, application notes, freeware, a product directory, job search, books, a bi-weekly free newsletter and other resources.
56k.com provides links and discussion on modems and other technology connections. AnywhereYouGo.com provides wireless industry and development news. The FCC is a governmental agency that oversees policies to govern interstate and international communications by television, radio, wire, satellite and cable. The Federal Communications Law Journal offers broad coverage of timely and important communications issues.
FierceWireless.com is a weekly newsletter that offers insight about m-commerce and the mobile Internet. Daily newsletter presents a WAP site of the day. The Institute for Telecommunication Sciences is the chief research and engineering arm of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and supports such NTIA telecommunications objectives as promotion of advanced telecommunications and information infrastructure development in the United States, enhancement of domestic competitiveness, improvement of foreign trade opportunities for U.S. telecommunications firms, and facilitation of more efficient and effective use of the radio spectrum. The LEAP Forum supports LEAP (Lightweight & Efficient Application Protocols) which is a set of protocols that may be an alternative to WAP for mobile and wireless applications. Links2Mobile has links addressing 3G, Bluetooth, Consumer Mobile Services, Corporate Mobile Solutions, Industry Intelligence, IP/Internet, Location and Positioning, Messaging, Mobile Commerce and Mobile Hardware, Network Infrastructure, Suppliers, Network Operators, SMS, and WAP Mobile Lifestreams is a research company specializing in &quot;nonvoice&quot; mobile data communications such as mobile messaging, SMS, WAP, GPRS, 3G, and Location.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is responsible for all federal use of the radio spectrum. Telcordia is one of the leading consultants to the telecommunications industry, offering a broad range of expertise, including systems integration, local number portability, unbundling and interconnection, network integrity and reliability, fraud management, and pricing and cost analysis. Third Generation (3G) provides information from Ericsson about the technology combining high-speed mobile access with Internet Protocol (IP)-based services. Unimobile is a product that works as a desktop or wireless interface that enables desktop messaging, personal email delivery, and delivery of custom Internet content. In late 2000, the Wireless Data Forum, the leading trade association for wireless data and mobile computing, merged with the newly renamed Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA). The merger means CTIA will increase its emphasis on mobile data and wireless Internet issues.
PROF-AFF <ul><li>Partial support for this curriculum material was provided by the National Science Foundation's Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program under grant DUE-9972380 and Advanced Technological Education Program under grant DUE‑9950039. </li></ul><ul><li>GWEC EDUCATION PARTNERS: This material is subject to the legal License Agreement signed by your institution. Please refer to this License Agreement for restrictions of use. </li></ul>
AMTA <ul><li>Provides information about the specialized wireless communications industry </li></ul><ul><li>Offers publications and sponsors an annual conference addressing the regulatory landscape in the business wireless telecommunications industry </li></ul>The American Mobile Telecommunications Association :
CDG <ul><li>An international consortium advancing the CDMA standard </li></ul>The CDMA Development Group is:
CWTA <ul><li>Mobile telephony </li></ul><ul><li>Paging </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile satellites </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile radio </li></ul><ul><li>Fixed wireless </li></ul>The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association provides a guide to the Canadian wireless industry in the following areas:
CTIA <ul><li>Publishes the World of Wireless Communications online addressing the marketplace, news, and lobbying efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Provides consumer information addressing safety, how the technology works, and equipment and service selection tips </li></ul>The Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association :
The GSM Association <ul><li>Responsible for the development, deployment and evolution of the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) standard for digital wireless communications and for the promotion of the GSM platform </li></ul>The Global System for Mobile Communication Association is:
GWEC <ul><li>Is a collaborative organization bringing industry and academia together to increase skilled workers for the wireless industry </li></ul><ul><li>Offers a modular curriculum available to members </li></ul><ul><li>Host annual Faculty Workshop and facilitates practical work experiences for students pursuing wireless education </li></ul>The Global Wireless Education Consortium :
IEE <ul><li>European organization with nearly 140,000 members </li></ul><ul><li>Has over 20 societies/technical councils </li></ul><ul><li>Provides publications, books, and continuing education </li></ul>The Institution of Electrical Engineers :
IEEE <ul><li>350,000 members in 150 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Over 20 societies/technical councils </li></ul><ul><li>Publications, books, and continuing education available </li></ul>The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has:
ITA <ul><li>An FCC-certified frequency advisory committee that coordinates over 6,000 applications per year on behalf of applicants seeking frequency assignments between 30-900 MHz. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a variety of services such as license preparation, engineering analysis, radio protection and interference resolutions. </li></ul>The Industrial Telecommunications Association is:
LMCC <ul><li>A trade group of frequency coordinators and associations serving private users and commercial operators. </li></ul>The Land Mobile Communications Council is:
MPRG <ul><li>Was established in 1990 with funding from large telecommunications firms. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides tools for manufacturers, service providers, and regulatory agencies. </li></ul>The Mobile and Portable Radio Group :
NARTE The National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers is: <ul><li>A worldwide, non-profit, professional organization which certifies engineers and technicians in the following fields: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telecommunications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electromagnetic Compatibility/ Interference (EMC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless Systems Installation </li></ul></ul>
PCIA <ul><li>Positions its members to take advantage of marketplace openings for the next generation of products and services </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a glossary of wireless terms </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsors an online community that discusses global mobile issues </li></ul>The Personal Communications Industry Association :
SDR <ul><li>An international industry association of 100+ organizations committed to enabling the wireless Internet and advanced capabilities for civil and military systems </li></ul>The Software Defined Radio Forum is:
UWCC <ul><li>Non-profit organization with over 100 wireless carriers and vendors promoting TDMA, EDGE, and WIN standards. </li></ul><ul><li>Supports the deployment of seamless global wireless voice and high-speed data services </li></ul>The Universal Wireless Communications Consortium :
WCA <ul><li>A non-profit organization that represents the wireless broadband industry </li></ul><ul><li>Organizes an annual business conference and exhibition devoted exclusively to wireless broadband </li></ul>Wireless Communications Association International is:
WECA <ul><li>Founded by 3Com, Cisco Systems, Intersil, Agere Systems, Nokia and Symbol Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Now supported by more than 60 leading companies </li></ul><ul><li>Certifies that products are interoperable using IEEE 802.11 </li></ul>The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance is: IEEE 802.11
WIWC <ul><li>Is a national non-profit organization that supports women in personal and professional growth </li></ul><ul><li>Holds meetings held in conjunction with major conferences </li></ul>Women in Wireless Communications :
Agilent Technologies <ul><li>Agilent’s Educator’s Corner provides a wealth of engineering information, simulations, and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Web links to related engineering sites </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly seminars delivered via webcast </li></ul>
AT&T Learning Network <ul><li>The AT&T Learning Network : </li></ul><ul><li>Brings technology to the educational environment </li></ul><ul><li>Uses broadband to provide distance learning alternatives </li></ul>
Bluetooth™ <ul><li>A wireless technology specification for a small-form factor, low-cost radio solution providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsors a Special Interest Group (SIG) to promote the technology and bring it to market </li></ul><ul><li>Resources and tutorial available on the Web at http://www. bluetooth . amankansal .com/ </li></ul>
Online Traffic Calculators <ul><li>Erlang B </li></ul><ul><li>Extended Erlang B </li></ul><ul><li>Erlang C </li></ul><ul><li>Voice over IP </li></ul>Erlang Traffic Calculators are available in the following areas:
RF Globalnet <ul><li>RF Globalnet : </li></ul><ul><li>Is a resource for professionals in the wireless engineering industry </li></ul><ul><li>Provides resources on manufacturing, technology, equipment, suppliers, receivers, transmitters, and antennas </li></ul>
Wireless Design Online <ul><li>Wireless Design Online : </li></ul><ul><li>Is a resource for wireless design professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Provides information on cellular communications, microcellulars, satellite communications, and digital signal processors </li></ul>
Magazines <ul><li>America’s Network </li></ul><ul><li>Business Communications Review </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Week </li></ul><ul><li>TR Wireless </li></ul><ul><li>RCR </li></ul><ul><li>RF Design </li></ul><ul><li>Broadband Wireless Business </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Radio Technology </li></ul>The following communications/telephony magazines provide wireless industry portals and newsletters: