April 2002
By Maryann Lawlor

Collaboration, cooperation secure emergency response capability.

Although industry shoulders the ultimate responsibility for the health and well-being of the U.S. telecommunications infrastructure, the federal government is working to ensure the continued operation of systems that touch almost every aspect of life—from emergency services to economic stability. Key among the government’s concerns are the security and reliability of the systems on which national security and emergency preparedness depend.

March 2003
By Robert K. Ackerman

Mobile calling for emergency response is up and running.

Emergency responders now can count on priority cellular access in a pinch as the U.S. government establishes a wireless version of its Government Emergency Telecommunications Service. Known as the Wireless Priority System, or WPS, the new cellular system promises connectivity in a shirt pocket for authorized users ranging from the president down to a local fire chief.

Marach 2003
By Henry S. Kenyon

New applications permit data, message sharing between communications protocols.

Manufacturers are poised to release new equipment that will permit universal roaming for cellular telephone and mobile devices. Recent processor and software developments are leading to products that can operate across different global communications protocols.

March 2003
By Henry S. Kenyon

Glimmer of hope shines through the gloom as firms deal with management, capacity issues.

The telecommunications industry will see minimal growth this year in the wake of several large corporate bankruptcies and massive network overcapacity. Major issues such as mismanagement must be addressed to regain the trust of shareholders and government oversight agencies, analysts say. Sales of hardware will lag behind services as disillusionment settles in about the industry’s performance. But a silver lining remains—the continuing growth of services such as broadband and wireless messaging.