Wendon http://wendon.net/ Wed, 11 May 2022 01:49:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://wendon.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Wendon http://wendon.net/ 32 32 Globe joins Opensignal’s “Global Rising Stars” for the 3rd consecutive year https://wendon.net/globe-joins-opensignals-global-rising-stars-for-the-3rd-consecutive-year/ Wed, 11 May 2022 01:49:00 +0000 https://wendon.net/globe-joins-opensignals-global-rising-stars-for-the-3rd-consecutive-year/

Leading digital solutions platform Globe has been recognized by independent mobile analytics company Opensignal as a global rising star for the third consecutive year in its 2022 Global Mobile Network Experience Award* report. It excelled in five categories: 4G availability, video experience, voice app experience, download speed experience, and upload speed experience.

Globe has joined the top 30 global carriers, which have been awarded Opensignal 2022 Global Rising Star status for “making rapid strides in improving their users’ experience in a short period of time”.

Global Rising Star of Globe Opensignal

Between the second half of 2020 and the same period in 2021, Globe recorded a 6.6% improvement in 4G availability compared to a global average of 0.7%.

Globe’s Video Experience results jumped 17.4%, well above the global average of 3.5%. It also saw an 8.6% lift in voice app experience, above the global average score of 1%.

Similarly, the company increased its upload and download speed ratings by 51.3% and 36.5%, respectively, compared to the global average of 28% download and 20.9% upload. .

“We continue to deliver on our promise to have a #1stWorldNetwork. Even though the country’s ranking based on internet speed has improved significantly, we will continue to focus on the overall quality of user experience. our network. We intend to further enrich our customers’ digital experience with essential life services like education, healthcare and fintech,” said Ernest Cu, President and CEO of World.

In 2021, Globe upgraded and extended 22,300 mobile sites to 4G LTE, built more than 2,000 5G sites and in-building solutions, built 1,407 new 4G LTE cell sites and installed 1.4 million fiber lines up to ‘at home.

This year, Globe has allocated 89 billion pesos for its capital expenditures to build new cell towers, upgrade existing sites to 4G LTE, accelerate 5G rollout, and accelerate the fibering of Philippine homes at scale. national.

Providing customers with a superior network experience is part of Globe’s sustainability practice in support of UN SDG 9 focused on industry, innovation and infrastructure.

To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.

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County Hosts Broadband Open Houses https://wendon.net/county-hosts-broadband-open-houses/ Mon, 09 May 2022 18:17:57 +0000 https://wendon.net/county-hosts-broadband-open-houses/ Residents are thrilled with faster internet.

Residents of Sturgeon County will have three opportunities this month to learn more about a $7.55 million project to bring high-speed internet to the Villeneuve, Calahoo and Rivière Qui Barre areas.

County residents and business owners will be at Villeneuve Hall on May 11 for the first of three Sturgeon County Broadband Fiber Open Houses.

In November, Sturgeon County Council signed an agreement with Canadian Fiber Optics to build a $7.3 million fiber optic network in the southwest of the county. Council increased the project to $7.55 million on March 22 to cover a larger area.

The investment was prompted by years of complaints from residents about poor internet access – a 2020 study found the county had the lowest advertised maximum internet speeds in the Edmonton area.

This is the first phase of a multi-year project to bring fiber-based broadband access to the entire county, said Jesse Sopko, general manager of county business services.

Sopko said crews will install fiber optic lines in the Villeneuve, Calahoo and Rivière Qui Barre areas as well as the Heritage and Pro North industrial parks starting this summer. These lines will allow customers to sign up for faster internet through the provider of their choice. (While it was initially thought residents would have to register with a specific provider, Sopko said that requirement was dropped during discussions with Canadian Fiber Optics.)

Sopko said guests at this month’s open house can ask questions about the project and sign agreements to allow contractors to connect their homes to the lines.

“We can’t bring fiber to absolutely every home in the region,” he said, but homes farther from the lines can pay to extend it to them.

*dial noise*

Meadowview Drive resident Alice Kshyk said she is excited about the prospect of broadband internet coming to her area, as her current wireless service is intermittent at best. She recalled how her daughter, a photographer, struggled to upload her high-res photos at home.

“At one point he said his download would be complete in 362 days! That’s a bit much!” she laughs.

Laura Doroshenko of Cunningham Transport said her company relies on internet access to provide real-time bus tracking to parents through the BusPlanner app. Although she’s only a few minutes from St. Albert, their bus station’s wireless service is so poor that she has to call tech support most mornings to get it working. The Telus Smart Hub she has in reserve is also unreliable.

“This new fiber option will be a welcome service,” she said, and she hopes the line will be extended to the bus station.

West Country Hearth residents use the internet extensively for video calling, health care and entertainment, council chair Colleen Soetaert said. But online access in the area is “shaky” at best – the wind can block her access to the house, and her children will often travel to St. Albert to study because wireless access is better there.

“If the internet is down, work stops,” she said.

Soetaert said residents of the Villeneuve area are thrilled to have more reliable internet service in their area.

Sopko said crews hope to have all new fiber lines in the project area in place by the end of the year.

The high-speed fiber network open days take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 11 at Villeneuve Hall; May 16 at Calahoo Hall; and May 27 at the Rivière Qui Barre arena. Visit www.sturgeoncounty.ca/GetConnected for details.

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Direct routing of calls on Microsoft Teams simplified in APAC https://wendon.net/direct-routing-of-calls-on-microsoft-teams-simplified-in-apac/ Sun, 08 May 2022 20:15:00 +0000 https://wendon.net/direct-routing-of-calls-on-microsoft-teams-simplified-in-apac/

Wholesale telecommunications provider Telcoinabox, part of Symbio Holdings, has launched Unite Calling, a Microsoft Teams direct routing solution designed to simplify cloud calling for small and medium-sized businesses, first in Australia and later in the wider Asia-Pacific region.

According to Symbio, this latest innovation makes it faster and easier for service providers of all sizes to tailor a cost-effective Direct Routing offering for Teams calls and deliver a high-quality experience to end users.

The company says Unite Calling is a native Teams application that combines advanced automation and modern authentication standards through direct interconnection with carriers, making it the most innovative Teams calling solution available.

The service is nationally hosted within Microsoft Azure with enterprise-grade security and leverages Symbio’s geo-redundant high-availability carrier network.

According to John Cleaver, CEO of Symbio’s Telco as a Service (TaaS) business division, with more than 270 million monthly users worldwide, Microsoft Teams is the world’s leading business collaboration tool.

He says Teams has “seen exponential growth throughout the pandemic that shows no signs of slowing down.”

Gartner predicts that 75% of enterprise users worldwide will not use a desk phone by 2024, up from 30% in 2020. As the unified communications market continues to grow and spending is expected to reach $53 billion of dollars by 2025, Symbio says it delivers the seamless calling experience needed to support a cloud-based future.

“For small service providers, launching Direct Routing for Microsoft Teams is both time-consuming and expensive, and requires significant technical capabilities to properly deploy and manage,” Cleaver says.

“We are proud to be the first company in the Southern Hemisphere to help small and medium-sized businesses that have battled the pandemic to be able to digitize themselves by simplifying processes and improving their access to cloud calls.

By removing barriers to deployment, we’re also helping our customers generate new revenue streams from Teams calling and enabling their end users to capitalize on the booming enterprise communications market.

Leveraging advanced automation technology, Symbio says Telcoinabox’s solution also provides an intuitive and seamless user experience for service providers to manage all of their customers in one place, entirely within Microsoft Teams.

This eliminates the need for providers to switch between multiple systems, streamlining service delivery and reducing the risk of human error. Symbio says the platform also provides real-time control without the need for PowerShell and, by extension, specialist knowledge and training.

“Our goal is always to help our customers compete and win. Our technology will allow smaller providers to launch their own Teams calling offering to provide their customers with a premium calling experience without the high costs,” Cleaver said.

“We pride ourselves on offering the industry standard in Direct Routing and delivering a greater return on investment for our customers and their end users.”

Unite Calling will be available to resellers and managed service providers on the Microsoft Market Place in Australia from May, with further plans to launch in Asia Pacific as part of the company’s broader regional business expansion strategy. Symbio.

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Critical Analysis: MasTec (NYSE: MTZ) vs. QualTek Services (NASDAQ: QTEK) https://wendon.net/critical-analysis-mastec-nyse-mtz-vs-qualtek-services-nasdaq-qtek/ Sun, 08 May 2022 12:41:45 +0000 https://wendon.net/critical-analysis-mastec-nyse-mtz-vs-qualtek-services-nasdaq-qtek/

MasTec (NYSE:MTZ – Get Rating) and QualTek Services (NASDAQ:QTEK – Get Rating) are both construction companies, but which is the better move? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of MasTec and QualTek Services.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
MasTec 2.81% 13.17% 4.83%
QualTek-Services N / A -1,753.67% -25.94%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

68.4% of MasTec shares are held by institutional investors. 21.8% of MasTec shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large fund managers, endowments, and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and benefits

This table compares the revenue, earnings per share (EPS), and valuation of MasTec and QualTek Services.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
MasTec $7.95 billion 0.74 $328.83 million $3.09 24.93
QualTek-Services $612.24 million 0.16 -$4.06 million N / A N / A

MasTec has higher revenue and profit than QualTek Services.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for MasTec and QualTek services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
MasTec 0 0 8 0 3.00
QualTek-Services 0 0 2 0 3.00

MasTec currently has a consensus price target of $116.50, indicating a potential upside of 51.24%. QualTek Services has a consensus price target of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 260.82%. Considering the higher possible upside of QualTek Services, analysts clearly believe that QualTek Services is more favorable than MasTec.

Summary

MasTec beats QualTek Services on 9 out of 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Company Profile MasTec (Get a rating)

MasTec, Inc., an infrastructure construction company, provides engineering, construction, installation, maintenance and upgrade services for communications, power, utilities and other infrastructure , mainly in the United States and Canada. It operates through communications, clean energy and infrastructure, oil and gas, power distribution and others segments. The Company constructs underground and overhead distribution systems, including trenches, conduits, cell towers, cables and power lines, which provide wireless and wired/fiber communications; clean energy infrastructure including renewable energy; natural gas, transportation of products; electricity and gas transmission and distribution systems; heavy industrial installations; compressor and pumping stations and treatment plants; water supply and sewage infrastructure, including water pipes; and other civil construction infrastructure. It also installs electricity and gas distribution and transmission systems, power generation facilities, fiber optic and other cables buried and overhead, as well as home automation and energy management solutions. In addition, the Company offers maintenance and upgrade services comprising the maintenance of customers’ distribution facilities, networks and infrastructure, including communications, power generation, pipelines, distribution and transmission. electricity and heavy civil infrastructure; restoration of services in the event of natural disasters and accidents; and routine replacements and revision upgrades. Its customers include public and private energy providers, pipeline operators, wireless and wireline/fiber service providers, broadband operators, home installation service providers and government entities. MasTec, Inc. was founded in 1929 and is based in Coral Gables, Florida.

QualTek Services Company Profile (Get a rating)

QualTek Services LogoQualTek Services Inc. provides communications infrastructure services and renewable energy solutions to the telecommunications and utility industries in North America. The Company operates through two segments, Telecom, and Renewables and Recovery Logistics. The Telecommunications segment performs site acquisition, engineering, project management, installation, testing, last mile installation and maintenance solutions of communications infrastructure for telecommunications and cable providers. , businesses, public places, government facilities and residential subscribers. The Renewables and Recovery Logistics segment offers fiber optic construction, maintenance and repair services; business continuity and disaster relief services to telecommunications and utility companies; and business-as-usual services, such as generator storage and cell repair and maintenance services. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.



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Liquid’s 5G plans for South Africa https://wendon.net/liquids-5g-plans-for-south-africa/ Sun, 08 May 2022 09:01:31 +0000 https://wendon.net/liquids-5g-plans-for-south-africa/

Liquid Intelligent Technologies will use its cellular network capacity to build a 5G network for industries such as manufacturing and mining, reports the Sunday Times.

In March, the company offered R111 million to acquire 4 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum in the 3500 MHz band.

Spectrum is the raw network capacity that cellular operators use for mobile devices to communicate with their towers.

After years of delay, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) held an auction for some of that valuable wireless network capacity.

Liquid’s spectrum purchase at the auction brings its holdings in the 3,500 MHz band to around 60 MHz.

Although this is a significant amount of spectrum in a single band, the International Telecommunication Union recommended that operators have 100 MHz of contiguous spectrum in 3,500 MHz for 5G.

The rest of the unallocated frequencies in this band have been purchased by Telkom (22 MHz), Cell C (10 MHz), MTN (40 MHz) and Vodacom (10 MHz).

Spectrum allocation for major South African mobile networks ahead of Icasa auction

Liquid CEO Deon Geyser told The Sunday Times that they deliberately bid for a small portion of the spectrum.

Geyser said Liquid has a different business model than players such as Vodacom, MTN and Telkom.

“While wireless is important, we have a fiber and data center strategy,” Geyser said.

He said they see the substantial investment other operators have made in spectrum as an opportunity.

Icasa raised just under R14.5 billion for the national treasury with the auction.

Vodacom offered nearly R5.4 billion for 110 MHz of spectrum, MTN offered nearly R5.2 billion for 100 MHz and Telkom offered R2.1 billion for 44 MHz.

Liquid sees this as an opportunity for growth as they supply fiber to towers across South Africa, Geyser said.

For its own 5G network, Geyser said it sees opportunity in manufacturing plants, ports and mining, particularly in automation.

Geyser said Liquid does not plan to re-enter the consumer market directly, as it would require significant investment in a product distribution platform.


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K-FON: Free Internet for 500 BPL Families in Each Assembly Segment Initially | Kerala News https://wendon.net/k-fon-free-internet-for-500-bpl-families-in-each-assembly-segment-initially-kerala-news/ Sat, 07 May 2022 07:36:54 +0000 https://wendon.net/k-fon-free-internet-for-500-bpl-families-in-each-assembly-segment-initially-kerala-news/

Thiruvananthapuram: Free internet connections would be provided to 500 households in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category in each of Kerala’s 140 Assembly constituencies under the first phase of the ambitious Kerala Fiber Optic Network project ( K-FON) which aims to eliminate the digital divide.

“A house can use 1.5 GB of data at a speed of 10 to 15 MBPS every day,” an official said.

A list of beneficiaries will be collected from the respective local bodies and given to cable operators and internet service providers in the area to arrange connections, he said.

“Regional ISPs using K-FON will provide connection to BPL families,” the official explained.

Tenders will soon be launched to identify the internet service provider for each district, he added.

Objective of K-FON

A project announced in the state budget, K-FON aims to achieve Kerala’s goal of making internet a basic right of every citizen. Under the scheme, internet would be made available to 20 lakh BPL families in the state free of charge and at reduced rates to others.

An elaborate cable network along utility poles across the state would provide connectivity. “The total length of the cables will be 2,600 km, of which 2,045 km are already in place,” said the K-FON official.

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TalkTalk Prep UK Digital Voice Service and Hub 2 Wi-Fi Router https://wendon.net/talktalk-prep-uk-digital-voice-service-and-hub-2-wi-fi-router/ Fri, 06 May 2022 23:01:00 +0000 https://wendon.net/talktalk-prep-uk-digital-voice-service-and-hub-2-wi-fi-router/

TalkTalk, the budget home broadband ISP, seems to be getting closer to launching its own version of a digital voice (VoIP) product to replace analog phone services, which will come with a number of voice options. connectivity. One of them will also include the introduction of a new “Wi-Fi Hub 2‘ router.

Most of TalkTalk’s major competitors have already introduced, or are still introducing, a Voice over IP Replacement of VoIP-based internet phone to be ready for the retirement of legacy analog phone service (PSTN/POTS) by Openreach – expected to be completed by December 2025. Admittedly, this migration has its caveats, as BT’s recent report points out. decision to suspend its own deployment (here), but that’s another story.

Similarly, TalkTalk appears to have started testing its own VoIP service towards the end of 2021, which adopts the same “digital voicenaming the terminology as a product of BT, and some recent comments suggest that the official launch is now very close.

Customers connecting via Digital Voice will be able to do so via one of three main methods. The first is likely to be used with existing customers, which is to send them a Analog terminal adapter (ATA) from Grandstream (similar to Grandstream HT801 which sells for c. £45 on Amazon). This box allows you to plug a traditional telephone handset into the ATA, which also connects to your router and converts VoIP to analog telephone signals.

TalkTalk-Digital-Voice-Adapter-Grandstream

The ISP will also launch two new digital voice applications for android and iOS based on Smartphones and Tablets, which can already be found listed on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Hope this doesn’t need too much explanation, but it will get customers to their “phone” service almost anywhere, as long as there is a viable internet connection.

The last method involves the introduction of a new ‘Wi-Fi Hub 2‘, which we believe will initially only be available to new customers on superfast plans. The flow ‘Wi-Fi hub‘ router, which is based on the Sagemcom F@st 5364 and claims to offer a combined WiFi 5 speed of 1733 Mbps, was first launched four years ago (here) and managed to be quite a capable device at the time of its introduction. But times have changed.

At present, our information on the new router is limited, but some official details suggest that it could adopt a similar design to the previous model, but with the obvious addition of a phone port (FXS) for VoIP. Some anecdotal reviews also said it might have better WiFi performance, but officially TalkTalk told ISPreview.co.uk to expect “very similar“Hub 1 WiFi performance (looks more like a minor overhaul).

We asked TalkTalk if they could provide additional details or confirm the likely launch window, but they declined. In terms of price, while TalkTalk’s Digital Voice solution is similar to the others we’ve seen, you shouldn’t expect too much of a difference in cost (if any) between it and older broadband plans with a analog telephone service.

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Hello two urban girls,

Thank you for your articles on Rex Richardson and his work with Crown Castle.

Thanks to lobbying by Long Beach City Council (9th District, also Vice Mayor) Representative Rex Richardson for Telecommunications, and the unanimous vote of Long Beach City Councils in 2019 to add a telecommunications chapter to the city code which appears to have been written by and for the telecommunications industry I have to move from home, for 21 years.

I am a 65 year old artist and retired college professor with partial deafness, family history of brain cancer, medically diagnosed electromagnetic sensitivity (EHS), and chronic migraine. When my husband and I discovered (it was not clearly disclosed) that a public right of way in our front yard had been targeted for a 4G/5G cell tower, 25 feet from a bedroom in our home, we filed an appeal with the (already approved by the city) claim AT&T and its subcontractor, Synergy Inc. had filed.

As part of our appeal, my doctor had written a letter advising the city that my illnesses, specifically proven EHS, were a valid ADA condition that she was required to support. He said the accommodation should be that the cell tower should be no closer than 1,000 feet from our house. The city refused and did not suggest or offer us alternative accommodation. He arranged a hearing with an employee (lawyer) he had hired specifically to arbitrate in favor of the city. Unsurprisingly, we lost.

So now at this age with 2 bad shoulders and 5 local real estate agents telling us we will lose 20 to 35% on the value of our homes due to the cell tower (city code makes it clear that the loss is exclusively on us), we must leave our “forever home” in which we have spent all our money to maintain and improve it, and move to a much smaller house far inland. Which will aggravate my migraines and force me to throw away a third of my stuff, but at least we won’t have to be guinea pigs for untested short range microwave radiation in combination with a 24h 4G radio transmitter /24 and 7/7,365, 25 minutes from us.
Due to well-documented brain damage from close-range exposure in the early 2000s, California firefighters have mandatory protection from cell towers within 200 feet of a station.

Ordinary citizens, however, those of us without powerful lobbies, have no protection.

The hearing officer admitted in his findings that the operation of this tower is very likely to harm my health, that there is currently no accepted federal standard for the safe operation of a 4G cell tower/ 5G and the city abruptly cut off any discussion of accommodation options. . The city said at the hearing that “wheelchair access” was the only ADA issue it considered valid. There are many ADA-qualified health conditions that an adjacent cell tower is likely to aggravate that do not require/encompass wheelchair access.

When the city refused to help me, I wrote to the president of AT&T, who responded to my request by telling me outright that AT&T would not accommodate my disability.

Thanks for reading this.

Moira Hahn

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F1’s Miami GP uses 5G to power live video, AR concerts and cashless retail on-site https://wendon.net/f1s-miami-gp-uses-5g-to-power-live-video-ar-concerts-and-cashless-retail-on-site/ Fri, 06 May 2022 10:58:55 +0000 https://wendon.net/f1s-miami-gp-uses-5g-to-power-live-video-ar-concerts-and-cashless-retail-on-site/
  • 5G ultra-wideband is faster and more reliable than other mobile networks
  • Visitors to the Miami GP will have access to a range of fan apps

This weekend’s first Miami Grand Prix will be the first Formula 1 race in the United States to be covered by Verizon Wireless’ “ultra-wideband” 5G service, the carrier using the network to power apps and devices. experiences to improve the fan experience.

Ultra-Wideband 5G uses high-bandwidth spectrum in the millimeter wave (mmWave) range to deliver ultra-fast speeds of up to 1 Gbps, greater capacity, and ultra-low latency over relatively short distances. This makes the technology ideal for dense, heavily populated areas like sports venues.

No less than 80,000 fans are expected each race day, all of whom will use their smartphones to follow the events and access social media to share their experience of what is likely to be a very “Instagrammable” event.

“Verizon is focused on creating new innovations powered by 5G, unearthing what’s possible using the power of our network, and working with partners to transform industries from sports to retail,” said Srini Kalapala. , senior vice president of Verizon technology and product development. . “This is a great opportunity to reimagine the experience for fans and purchases at sporting events. This is just the tip of the iceberg as to the experiences that 5G and edge computing can unlock.”

One of the reasons the sports industry is so excited about 5G is its ability to bridge the gap between the experience enjoyed by fans at the venue and those at home. Verizon’s “5G Multi-View” app will allow fans at the track to watch up to seven live camera feeds and listen to race commentary from their seat, ensuring they can always access the coverage broadcast when the action takes place far from their line of sight.

The 5G network will also showcase the future of retail, supporting checkout-less retail at the Hard Rock Stadium Express Shop so fans can avoid lines when shopping for food and drinks. drinks. Customers tap their credit card as they enter the store, with computer vision-enabled cameras tracking items and advanced computing platforms processing the data.

The Miami Grand Prix is ​​destined to be a flagship event for Formula 1 as it continues to grow in popularity, especially in the United States. As a result, plenty of activity surrounds the race, including concerts by Post Malone, Zedd, Tiesto and The Chainsmokers.

Verizon will allow users of the official race app to “transport themselves” into these performances using augmented reality (AR) and 360-degree camera angles so they can get the perfect view no matter what. where they are on the site.

“We are extremely proud to partner with Verizon, a like-minded partner focused on innovating and redefining the fan journey,” said Kim Rometo, Chief Information Officer for Hard Rock Stadium and the Grand Prix of Miami. “Our goal for the Crypto.com Formula 1 Grand Prix of Miami is for every fan to leave the event thinking about a first-class time and we are thrilled to partner with Verizon to deliver these unique and personalized experiences.”

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Business Potential of Satellite Internet – Bollyinside https://wendon.net/business-potential-of-satellite-internet-bollyinside/ Thu, 05 May 2022 18:37:38 +0000 https://wendon.net/business-potential-of-satellite-internet-bollyinside/

People around the world have seen remarkable growth in their use and reliance on Internet services over the past decade. Dependence on internet services has accentuated an increased demand for connectivity accessibility in rural and urban populations around the world, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, terrestrial Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are expanding their networks and implementing new technologies such as fiber optic cables to deliver better coverage and faster speeds to more locations. Terrestrial broadband, on the other hand, has geographical constraints and people living in rural areas cannot easily access it. In fact, 27.6 million households (22.5% of total households with an average of 2.5 people per household) in the United States have no home Internet, and 35% of rural residents in United States still does not have access in April 2021. . To cater to this large market of customers, satellite ISPs are building constellations that will provide near-global coverage. It remains to be seen if these remote markets are robust enough to support satellite ISPs and if satellite speeds will ever be fast enough to compete with terrestrial ISPs.

GEO versus LEO
Traditionally, satellite ISPs, such as Viasat and HughesNet, have used large satellites placed in geostationary orbit (GEO) where only a few satellites are needed to provide services with near-global coverage. However, the latency and speeds these satellites can provide are relatively low given their distance from the Earth’s surface (~22,300 miles). Recently however, companies such as SpaceX have been developing and deploying large constellations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to deliver internet services via satellite. In LEO, the satellites are much closer to the surface (<1,200 miles) and therefore can offer faster speeds and lower latencies. See Figure 1.1 for orbit comparisons. However, being closer means many more satellites are needed to provide global coverage and maintain constant connections to consumers. SpaceX currently has approval for 4,408 Starlink satellites with more than 2,000 already launched and is awaiting approval for a constellation of 30,000 satellites.

Satellite vs Terrestrial
For areas with the necessary infrastructure (i.e. major cities), terrestrial broadband is the preferred choice given the fast speeds, low latency, affordability, and reliability that ‘he offers. Satellite ISPs are upgrading their services to compete with terrestrial broadband companies such as Xfinity, AT&T, Verizon, Google, and Spectrum, but as of 2022 there is a significant gap in the highest internet speeds they offer (Figure 1.1). To compare, among the five largest terrestrial ISPs, the lowest maximum speed offered is 940 Mbps while the highest maximum speed among satellite ISPs is 500 Mbps (Starlink Business plan). At the high end, terrestrial ISPs even offer up to 5000 Mbps (AT&T), which is 10 times the maximum speed offered by all satellite ISPs. There is some cost overlap when looking at monthly plans (Figure 1.2), but when costs are normalized against speed, terrestrial ISPs show much better costs for the speeds they offer (Figure 1.2). 1.3). On top of that, the fastest satellite internet via Starlink comes with a hefty $2500 one-time equipment fee. This makes satellite ISPs uncompetitive in terms of cost, speed, and latency in developed areas with the infrastructure to support terrestrial Internet services.

Summary of news:

  • Commercial potential of satellite Internet
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