1998-1999

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  • 1998
    • The FCC condemns the Texas Court's ruling that the Telecom Act of 1996 is anti-competitive and requests a decision from the Federal Courts.
    • The first pre-commercial 3G network was launched by NTT DoCoMo in Japan branded as FOMA.
    • January 1998, Rockwell, Nortel, Paradyne and others announce an ADSL-lite program called Consumer ADSL or CDSL which will download at about 1Mbps based on CAP technology. In contrast the T1E1 and international standards seem to be heading for DMT technology with download speeds around 6 to 8 Mbps. Other competing modes include Rate Adaptive DSL and another called Multiple Virtual Line (MVL) which can offer up to eight virtual phone lines sharing 768 kbps in one or both directions up to 24 kilofeet and working over in-home wiring.
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    • February 1998 - V.90 56K standard was approved ending months of difficult negotiations and modem wars. Most of the older 56K modems can be upgraded by software downloading to work with the new standard.
    • March - Sprint announced the deployment of its 100th SONET ring, a milestone achievement in network survivability.
    • AT&T announces plans to acquire Teleport Communications.
    • SBC announces its plan to acquire Southern New England Telephone (SNET) of Connecticut - in the heart of Bell Atlantic territory.
    • AT&T announces plans to merge with TCI.
    • Worldcom sells its internet unit to Cable & Wireless. The Worldcom purchase of MCI is approved.
    • SBC announces its plan to "merge" with Ameritech.
    • Bell Atlantic announces plans to merge with GTE.
    • Ameritech attempts to enter the long distance market using Qwest.
    • Bell Atlantic and Bell South's bids to enter the long distance market are denied.
    • The Year 2000 "Bug" demands millions of companies as they try to make their systems compliant with the turn of the century.


  • 1999
    • ”Merger Mania” strikes the telecommunications industry as thousands of small start-up companies are purchased by larger ones and people attempt to get rich with birthing start-ups as Venture Capital flows freely into the telecom industry.
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    • AT&T replaced the Bedminster, NJ NOC with a new Global Network Operations Center, to better to meet the needs of the 21st century.
    • SBC and Ameritech announce plans to merge
    • MCI Worldcom becomes official.
    • Qwest and Global Crossing plans to merge fall through as Qwest moves to purchase "Baby Bell" US West.
    • MCI Worldcom announces plans to merge with Sprint.
    • The Internet envelopes the business community as companies scramble to ensure that they are ready to do business via this "World Wide Web".
    • Bell Atlantic becomes the first "Baby Bell" to be approved to offer inter-LATA long distance services to customers in New York.
    • The antiquated manner of telephone number distribution and the soaring number of competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) places demands for new area codes throughout the country.
    • The FCC allows the "universal service" percentage rate charged to IXC (and thus customers) to rise.
    • The Federal Government continues its anti-trust suit against Microsoft Corporation.
    • Organizations all over the world spend billions of dollars as they try to make their telecommunications systems and networks ready for the turn of the century.
    • December - 802.11b (which operates in the 2.4GHz band) ratified by the IEEE. 802.11b was developed primarily by Richard van Nee of Lucent and Mark Webster of Intersil (then Harris Semiconductor).





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