When Will Mobile Networks Switch to 5G?

By Stephen Kota / January 11, 2019
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This week, technology innovators from around the world convened at CES 2019 to discuss, among other things, the future of mobile broadband. At the event, the cellular manufacturers Qualcomm and Intel both debuted impressive 5G-capable devices. These devices, and others, give us a preview of what 5G will look like when it’s finally implemented. The global standards…

Mobile Broadband Puts Super Bowl LII Online

By Stephen Kota / February 3, 2018

As Super Bowl LII fast approaches, network engineers at U.S. Bank Stadium are updating the stadium’s wireless networks. The stadium is increasing both its Wi-Fi and mobile broadband bandwidth, so that dozens of news outlets and thousands of football fans can enjoy seamlessly internet connectivity on football’s biggest night. These network updates offer a peek…

Nintendo Switch Just Keeps Getting Bigger

By Stephen Kota / January 31, 2018

It’s been almost two years since Nintendo launched its successful, first-generation Switch console. They’ve been two years of relatively steady growth for Nintendo’s hardware branch. The console has gathered a loyal following of users, putting Switch on par with predecessors like the Wii U and, some say, the revolutionary Wii console itself. If you aren’t…

Louisville: The First Smart City to Begin Automating Public Safety

By Stephen Kota / August 20, 2017

To keep residents safe, city officials in Louisville, KY are using new internet technology to share important information about air quality with the city’s residents. Any resident with internet access can now sign up to receive alerts from the Louisville channel on the IFTTT platform when the air pollution reaches a dangerous level. IFTTT, which…

Rural Influencers Reach People Through Live Video Streaming

By Stephen Kota / July 18, 2017

As the world transitions from traditional network television to online video streaming, one aspect of television has, until recently, been conspicuously absent: the live broadcast. While video streaming offers customers the convenience of on-demand choice, it hasn’t been able to offer up the urgency of live sports or breaking news. Today, new initiatives from network…

China Builds Massive Test Field for New 5G Technology

By Stephen Kota / July 13, 2017

China has unveiled the world’s largest mobile broadband test field in Beijing. Chinese telecommunications companies, including Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp (the Sierra Wireless equivalence of Asia), will use the massive outdoor space to test the effectiveness of their 5G network technologies. These companies will use the new space to test the real-world range and…

Internet Provider HughesNet Finishes Testing Its Next-Generation Satellite

By Stephen Kota / March 15, 2017

The fifth generation of satellite internet will, according to HughesNet™, provide much faster data throughputs and a 50% greater capacity. In December 2016, the internet provider successfully launched its EchoStar XIX satellite into geostationary orbit 22,236 miles above Earth. This February, HughesNet announced that it had completed a successful round of in-orbit tests on the…

Short-Range Wi-Fi for Connected Rural Living

By Stephen Kota / January 10, 2017

You know the struggle of finding effective, affordable internet in rural America as well as I do. While, in other parts of the country, never ending buffering and hour-long downloads are a thing of the past, both are still very real to the many rural dwellers who live out of reach of cable and DSL…

5G Is Definitely “In Progress”, but Still Not Ready for Prime Time Rural Deployment

By Stephen Kota / January 10, 2017

As the technology becomes more commercially viable, the next generation of mobile broadband, 5G, is in the news more and more often. Last week, for example, the telecommunications company Qualcomm made a stir when CEO Steven Mollenkopf compared the introduction of 5G to the introduction of electricity. The company just introduced the Snapdragon 835 chip,…

SpaceX Unveils Plans to Provide Low-Orbit, Global Satellite Internet

By Stephen Kota / December 8, 2016

A few week ago, Tesla Motor’s space division, SpaceX, unveiled plans to blanket the globe in internet access provided by 4,425 satellites at low-orbit. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, will work with the U.S. government and private investors, including Google, to provide satellite internet service for residential, commercial, institutional, and government use. SpaceX has already…

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