It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Russ’s passing on January 3rd, 2020. He was at home and surrounded by all his loved ones when he went. His general level of health and post-surgical complications took him sooner than any of us could have expected.
Thank you, Russ’s Family
Note: Posting may be suspended for a week or more as I recover from pancreatic cancer surgery. My surgery is on December 30th, with 5 to 6 days for recovery. Once home, I plan to resume posting. Thank you for your patience.
China’s first LEO 5G broadband satellite. Photo is courtesy of China News Service.
China’s first LEO 5G broadband satellite with high capacity to meet international competition will be launched by Chinese commercial aerospace company, Galaxy Space, at the end of December, according to a statement sent to the Global Times.
The satellite is the first in China to be built with a capacity of 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) and it will be, according to the company, the world’s first LEO broadband satellite in the Q-/V-band, an extremely high frequency band.
The satellite has already been developed and ground tests have been carried out with stable results. Once in place, the satellite will be able to cover an area of 300,000 square kilometers, roughly 50 times the size of Shanghai. It is expected to narrow the technological gap between Chinese and U.S. companies OneWweb and SpaceX, who have already deployed LEO communications satellites.
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Microsoft President, Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne writing at LinkedIn.
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I think that ubiquitous global broadband will introduce some serious tech issues not covered in the list above. For example, this one is currently boiling to the surface.
Elon Musk, SpaceX Unveil Latest Starlink Plans, Creating An Astronomical Emergency
Despite warnings and protestations from astronomers and skywatchers, Starlink is moving fast and breaking things.
Your thoughts on the issues. I have one to share after you have expressed your views. Please comment.
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According to Financial analyst Brian Wang the early success of his Starlink Internet service satellite constellation.will depend on two critical technologies — free-space laser & phased-array links. Laser light communication in a vacuum is physically 45% faster than communication through a fiber. In capital markets, low latency algorithmic trading reacts to market events more swiftly than the competition to increase the profitability of trades. “In 2007, a large global investment banker declared that every millisecond lost results in $100 million per year in a lost opportunity.”
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The Pew Charitable Trusts’ state broadband policy explorer lets you learn how states are expanding access to broadband through laws. Categories in the tool include: broadband programs, competition and regulation, definitions, funding and financing, and infrastructure access.
As you choose categories, a 50-state map illustrates which states have adopted such laws.
The state broadband policy explorer includes state statutes related to broadband as of Jan. 1, 2019.
Link to California is HERE
Right now it seems like there are more questions about 5G than there are answers. Some people are wondering what 5G is, and if they’ll ever see it in their city, while others are more interested in 5G smartphones. And of course, there is the debate about which carrier will have the best 5G service.
You have questions; we have answers. Here’s everything you need to know about 5G.
The exception is when can rural communities get 5G? It is doubtful that rural communities will see 5G any time in the near future. The telecom focus will be on densely populated urban areas, not sparsely populated rural areas.
Engineering Today has the details in this video
SpaceX’s Starlink division is on track to offer satellite-broadband service in the United States in mid-2020, the company’s president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said Oct. 22. Getting there will require the company to launch six to eight batches of satellites, said Shotwell.
The video reveals that Starlink is being tested by the US Air Force. it shows a possible terminal configuration, similar to that proposed by OneWeb which is he first shown in the video, then one which could be the Starlink terminal.