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Archive for July, 2014

AWS-3 Auction: Nov 2014

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 21st, 2014

The FCC last week updated rules for use of the AWS-3 spectrum that will be auctioned to commercial cellular operators on November 13, 2014, notes RCR Wireless. The FCC in late March released its initial AWS-3 rules. The FCC’s Report and Order sets flexible-use regulatory, licensing, and technical rules for 65 megahertz of spectrum in […]

Unlimited Voice Not Data, New Normal

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 21st, 2014

A few years ago, cellular companies charged for each call their customers made and gave most of them unlimited data, notes Recode.net. Now carriers have effectively flipped their business model, with most people now getting unlimited calling and texting and paying for the size of data plans they want. That transition in the U.S. is […]

GoAntenna: 10 Mile Cell Communications – Without Towers

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 21st, 2014

GoTenna has developed a 6-inch-long antenna that connects to iPhones and Android phones via Bluetooth low energy. The antenna then transmits the data to other GoTennas through proprietary protocols, at 151-154 MHz. You can send text messages up to 160 characters as well as share your location on offline maps. The gadget is available for […]

Satellite Capacity Report: Supply & Demand

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 21st, 2014

Northern’s Sky Research has released their 2014 Global Satellite Capacity Supply & Demand report, which projects that over 3,000 new transponders and 2+ Tbps of High Throughput Satellite capacity will far outstrip demand growth over the next decade.

Orbcomm Launches Space-based Vessel Tracking Satellites

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 16th, 2014

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched six LEO comsats to modernize Orbcomm’s orbital fleet of messaging satellites. ORBCOMM says the six satellites’ solar panels and antennas deployed properly, and are connecting to their Gateway Earth Stations around the world. The flight was supposed to take off in early May, but persistent technical issues with the […]

Senate Passes Unlocking Legislation

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 16th, 2014

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow consumers to “unlock” their cell phone, reports The Hill. It will allow phone owners to switch providers once their contract is up. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced S. 517, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which would restore an exemption to the Digital Millennium […]