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Cuba has deployed 3G mobile in limited areas -- a month after the International telecommunication Union published 5G performance requirements.

#Cuba #mobile #Internet #ICT4D

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Cuba has deployed 3G mobile in limited areas -- a month after the International telecommunication Union published 5G performance requirements.

#Cuba #mobile #Internet #ICT4D

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Cuban congress on cyber society in 2030
#Cuba   #ICT4D   #Internet  

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Update to post on global satellite connectivity
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A 2016 patent by Mark Krebs, then at Google, now at SpaceX, has several interesting figures like this one specifying two constellations, each at a different altitude. As shown here, the lower-altitude satellites have smaller footprints, but would have lower latency times than the higher altitude satellites.

I am not sure, but being at different altitudes might also simplify multi-satellite launches -- launch half at low altitude then proceded to the higher altitude and launch the second half. The high altitude satellites might also enable fewer hops on long, over-the horizon routes (as shown above) and make for smoother satellite handoffs during a session.

The update also includes a neat video explainer on the SpaceX plan.

#space #Satellite #Internet #Spacex #Elonmusk

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Resourceful Cubans have found ways to share ETECSA WiFi connections and also let users access their ETECSA accounts from home -- ETECSA does not like it.

#Cuba   #Internet   #WiFi   #ICT4D  

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Update to post on Chinese manufacturing in Cuba
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Haier is now making and selling Android set-top boxes in Cuba as well as tablets and TV sets.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2016/12/chinas-haier-group-will-manufacture-low.html

#Cuba #ICT4D #China

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The Internet has disrupted the newspaper industry, but we need the investigative journalism and fact-checking provided by a free press. Can we learn from the Singapore experience?

http://cis471.blogspot.com/2017/03/why-didt-internet-zap-singapores.html

  #journalism   #newspaper  

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This is a guest post by Google Policy Fellow, journalist and PhD student Olga Khrustaleva.

Olga’s dissertation is on the Cuban Internet and she wrote the following after a research trip last year. I was surprised to learn that one can get black market cable TV in Havana and extent to which people are reselling ETECSA WiFi connections using Ubiquity Nano routers (as opposed to local hotspots using Connectivity software on laptops) in spite of their being illegal.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2017/03/cuba-remains-analog-in-digital-world.html

#Cuba #Internet #ICT4D

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Update to post on SpaceX and OneWeb approaches to satellite Internet provision
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The satellite Internet strategies of OneWeb and SpaceX have diverged further with a proposed merger between OneWeb and Intelsat. (Softbank is an investor in both companies).

If the merger is completed, they will integrate their geostationary (Intelsat) and low-earth orbit (OneWeb) networks, enabling them to have global coverage quickly with mixed high and low-latency service, depending on the customer's location and requirements.

Presumably many current Intelsat broadband customers would transition to the OneWeb network as it becomes available and OneWeb customers will be able to offer mixed-speed service globally. As shown here, Intelsat would also bring regulatory approval access to 200 countries and territories to the combined company, but I wonder if those agreements would have to be renegotiated.

If the merger is approved, they will face a stiff challenge in integrating both the communication technology and the marketing/business models, but this is an interesting twist.


#Internet #satellite #SpaceX #OneWeb #Intelsat #Softbank #Elonmusk

http://cis471.blogspot.com/2017/02/two-approaches-to-routers-in-space.html

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Check out this 45-minute documentary on Alan Gross

Alan Gross was imprisoned for five years after being found guilty of bringing a few personal satellite-Internet ground stations into Cuba. I've reported on the technology, the propaganda and the legal effort to free him, but this documentary adds a personal touch -- you "meet" Alan, his wife Judith and his former cellmate and now dear friend Rolando Garcia.

I think you will like what you see -- Gross comes across as being smart, idealistic and having a sense of humor. He was not broken and embittered by his ordeal -- he is optimistically looking forward, not dwelling on the past.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2017/02/documentary-on-alan-gross-case.html

#Cuba #ICT4D

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