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February 16, 2006

Updates from 3GSM

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 10:51 AM

BARCELONA, Spain -- Updates on a couple of earlier posts.

-- Bellevue-based Action Engine had a pretty high-profile presence here, but its CEO, Scott Silk, had a difficult time getting to it. Silk finally made it to the show Tuesday after being snowed in on the East Coast.

His arrrival came just in time to be accosted by hundreds of attendees who wanted a free phone the company was giving out. The gimmick worked almost too well. One man was so determined that Silk finally relented and said that he would send him a phone in the mail if his ticket was drawn and he wasn't present.

-- I earlier recounted my use of technology on this trip -- what worked and what didn't. At 3GSM, most reporters filed into the media center to write their stories or update their blogs, but the technology was not up to speed.

The media center provided both Ethernet lines and Wi-Fi connections, but service was intermittent at best. Of the 30 Wi-Fi networks available, not one of them worked, the apparent result of interference. Now I understand the critics who say that metropolitan Wi-Fi may not work. But at a telecom conference, I would expect a little more.

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