White open spaces for rural broadband

see whitepaper from Microsoft: https://msblob.blob.core.windows.net/ncmedia/2017/07/Rural-Broadband-Strategy-Microsoft-Whitepaper-FINAL-7-10-17.pdf and write up from Ars Technica: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/07/microsoft-will-help-isps-bring-wireless-internet-to-12-us-states/ Important points: Royalty free patents from Microsoft 600MHZ frequency range – whitespace left freed from sunsetting of analogue TV bands “enables wireless signals to travel over hills and through buildings and trees” 14MHz for unlicensed use The links are well worth visiting, but here’s another… View Article

Some think Fibre Optics are always the answer

see http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/satellites/quantum-networks-in-space-closer-to-reality Satellites are making a comeback. SpaceX wants to launch thousands to serve the internet, and now we see they work best for global Quantum Entangled Encryption networks. Once the thin thick atmosphere is cleared, the upper atmosphere is very clean and transparent, especially compared to a communications fibre. I’m actually still a bit… View Article

Mobile will take over fixed-line market

see http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/wireless/executive-from-sk-telecoms-research-lab-talks-key-5g-technologies-2017-trials We think fixed wireless access is one of the services, but we call 5G a mobile network service—just like 4G It’s certainly still a cellular service, but with a single fast mobile internet plan, the writing is on the wall, with more spectrum allowing hundreds of GB of monthly use, mobile carriers will… View Article

What is “Nation Building”?

I can’t claim to understand the full frustration of rural broadband, but I’m not convinced that rural demand led to an inescapable NBN conclusion. The second child of the NBN family, Mark II, was conceived midair around 2007. I was about 21, and couldn’t grow a beard. The NBN was described as Nation Building. I… View Article

Voice over WiFi is great, but not a revolution

see Optus launches native Voice over Wi-Fi from CommsDay (PayWall) Just a quick comment. This is really good, that an Australian ISP is choose to provide such a service. There will be many useful scenarios for this. However, this shouldn’t be seen as a replacement for mobile cellular networks. 4G/5G and new spectrum appear to… View Article

5G doesn’t need Fibre to the Home

see MOBILE FIRST, FIBRE TO THE 5G from CommsDay (PayWall) – and link to report [http://www.commcham.com/ft5g/] Editor Grahame Lynch has identified some clarity emerging in the telecommunications industry. Brian Williomson, from Deutsche Telekom has contradicted group think which has prevailed for some time, about the need for FTTH to achieve high capacity mobile internet. Grahame writes: There’s… View Article

Who knew satellite had so much potential?

see http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/11/spacex-plans-worldwide-satellite-internet-with-low-latency-gigabit-speed/ If we were living in the 60s and satellite communication was just becoming a thing, you would think you could firmly place your bets (or investments) in a future of orbital communication (and later internet). The reality today is the latency is terrible, and the bandwidth wanting. With geo-stationary orbits, the satellites are simply… View Article

Where is the demand?

see http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/609824/broad-industry-support-nbn-pricing-revamp-bill-morrow-says This is why “goldplated” fibre is not needed everywhere just over half .. using 25/5Mbps connections 31% are using 12/1Mbps 13% are using 100/40Mbps 4% are using 50/20Mbps Here’s my psychology breakdown 25/5 – “That’s fast enough to watch NetFlix and I never have buffering problems, I want plenty of download cap” 12/1 – “Internet is… View Article

Google might be using pCell

see https://www.wired.com/2016/06/googles-webpass-buy-points-way-speedier-internet-everyone/ I missed this, it was published months ago – this is huge. Google just bought a small Internet service provider called Webpass .. Webpass is helping to test something called pCell Need I say more? Well you could brush up on your pCell history here – http://blog.alivate.com.au/revisiting-dido-wireless/  

Shared Mobile for Emergency Services

see http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/telstra-spruiking-new-mobile-service-dedicated-to-emergency-workers-ahead-of-bushfire-season/news-story/0562dcfd3448a448e6db72f8c630c7ce I noted this a few years ago, when Police were misinformed and asking for their own dedicated spectrum and LTE network. I thought I wrote about it back then, but maybe not. Technology changes, and LTE (and engineering in general), has the ability to reliably enforce priority service to certain customers. It makes sense… View Article