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Google and Telesat have formed a partnership.

Telesat will use the software defined network Google developed for Project Loon as the "operating system" of their constellation of Internet-service satellites. In return, Google may get Telesat data or they may integrate their networks with Loon using the Telesat constellation as a global backbone.

#Internet #Google #Telesat +ProjectLoon #ICT4D

https://cis471.blogspot.com/2019/02/google-baloons-and-telesat-satellites.html
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Update to post on the status of Telesat's satellite Internet service constellation.
(Scroll to the end of the post for links).

Last year, Telesat said they would concentrate on the maritime, aviation and cellular-backhaul markets until the cost of end-user antennas came down. As you see here, it seems to have come down. They currently plan to launch 292 satellites, but have spoken of the possibility of expanding that to 512. Perhaps they will do it now. (Inter-satellite laser links may still be a difficult technology).

Telesat also announced that an undisclosed number of those 292 satellites will be launched by Blue Origin.

https://cis471.blogspot.com/2017/11/telesat-fourth-satellite-internet.html

#Satellite #Internet #space #ICT4D
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Fifteen-dollar, electronically-steerable antennas for satellite and terrestrial connectivity

https://cis471.blogspot.com/2019/02/electronically-steerable-flat-panel.html

Three LEO #satellite companies, #SpaceX, #Telesat, and #OneWeb are on track to produce $15 flat panel antennas. What will the cost and capability of these antennas be in ten or twenty years? What would be the applications and implications of ubiquitous wireless networks?
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The first month of Cuban 3G mobile Internet service

In spite of high prices, the Oracle DNS query rate increased by around 4X and ETECSA generated 13,156,598 CUC revenue. Both ETECSA and the public would benefit from lower prices as soon as capacity allows. In the long run, obsolete 3G should be free.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-first-month-of-cuban-3g-mobile.html

#Cuba #Internet #ICT4D
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Internet traffic is up and ETECSA revenue was over 13 million CUC. The service is still very expensive and the price should be lowered as soon as capacity exits to handle the volume. In the long run, 3G should be made free in order expand the population of trained users.

#Cuba   #Internet   #3G   #mobile   #ICT4D  
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Update to post on the 3G mobile rollout in Cuba

There may be some confusion about 3G accounts -- ETECSA posted a tweet stressing the fact that charges are per amount of data rather than time online as at the WiFi hotspots and their Web site warns users that they need phones with 900 Mhz radios. I bet ETECSA is selling a lot of new phones, many of which are purchased with remittances from abroad.

#Cuba   #Internet   #ICT4D   #ETECSA  
Cuba rolls out 3G mobile access
Cuba rolls out 3G mobile access
laredcubana.blogspot.com
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Update to post on Cuban 3G mobile rollout
(Scroll to the end for the update and links).

https://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2018/12/cuba-rolls-out-3g-mobile-access.html

The DNS query rate reported by Oracle continued through the end of the year. It dropped off on December 13th and again on Christmas day, but remained much higher than during the limited activation period which was double the pre-rollout rate. (What happened on Thursday, December 13th)?

Oracle reports DNS queries and other statistics here:

https://map.internetintel.oracle.com/?root=national&country=CU

You can view a plot for the previous week for a nation.

DNS query rates through the end of 2018 and for last week are shown below.

#Cuba #Internet #mobile #ICT4D
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Cuba censors SMS messages ... for now

Cuba is censoring SMS messages today, but it is easy to imagine doing that and much more on the Internet. What could the Cuban government do with Russia-style access to Facebook data? What sorts of fake news could they create and circulate on YouTube and Pinterest? What can be done to control the dark side of the Cuban Internet?

https://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2019/01/cuba-censors-sms-messages-for-now.html

#Cuba #Internet #ICT4D #mobile
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Simulation of OneWeb, SpaceX and Telesat's proposed global broadband constellations
Inigo del Portillo and his colleagues at MIT have run a simulation comparing OneWeb , SpaceX and Telesat 's proposed low-Earth orbit Internet service constellations. The models are based on the initial FCC filings by the companies and demand and data-rate e...
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Low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite internet service developments for 2018
At the end of 2017, I posted a review of important LEO-satellite Internet service developments. I've been updating those posts during the year and have also added the following new posts this year:

+ OneWeb's offer to sell a share of their satellite Internet service to Russia. (December 2018).
+ A cool simulation of SpaceX's revised satellite broadband plan. (November 2018)
+ An in-depth interview of OneWeb Executive Chairman Greg Wyler. (November 2018)
+ Obstacles in OneWeb's negotiations with Russia. (October 2018)
+ Might CubeSats provide broadband Internet connectivity one day? (September 2018)
+ SpaceX Starlink test -- good news but unanswered questions. (June 2018)
+ SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell on synergy among Musk companies and Starlink profit. (May 2018)
+ Telesat begins testing low-Earth orbit satellite Internet service. (May 2018)
+ Elon Musk tells what to expect from the Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket. (May 2018)
+ FCC approves SpaceX Starlink's Internet-service constellation -- now there are four. (March 2018)
+ SpaceX, OneWeb, Telesat and Space Norway (focused on the far north) now have FCC approval to provide fixed-satellite service using constellations of LEO satellites.
+ O3b satellite Internet -- today and tomorrow. (March 2018)
+ The current and future role of satellite Internet service in Cuba. (12 posts)

https://cis471.blogspot.com/2018/12/low-earth-orbit-leo-satellite-internet.html
#Satellite #Internet #SpaceX #OneWeb #ElonMusk
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