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FCC: Better Rural Broadband & 5G Spectrum

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 30th, 2014

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to see to the program that provides subsidies for Internet service in public schools and libraries known as E-Rate address broadband access by schools and libraries in rural areas, reports Roll Call. In prepared remarks for an education technology event in Washington on Monday, Wheeler said that “75 percent of […]

Australia’s Telstra Fires Up National WiFi Network

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 30th, 2014

Australia’s largest telecommunications company, Telstra, will install two million public hotspots that will be available for free to Telstra subscribers as part of a plan to blanket public spaces with internet access. Trials of the $100m project will begin by November, reports The Guardian, and will allow Telstra customers who agree to share their bandwidth […]

OpenBTS: 3G Cellular Data Goes Open Source

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 27th, 2014

Range Networks (Twitter) is simplifying cellular networks using Open Source hardware and software. OpenBTS software is a Linux application that uses a software-defined radio to present a standard 3GPP air interface to user devices. OpenBTS (Open Base Transceiver Station) allows standard GSM-compatible mobile phones to be used as SIP endpoints in Voice over IP (VOIP) […]

Cambium Networks: 5150 to 5250 MHz for WISPs

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 29th, 2014

Cambium Networks, a leader in Wireless ISP solutions, today announced the release of their Multipoint Force 100 and their Point-to-Point 650 wireless backhaul for high-gain 5 GHz subscribers. Their Point to Multipoint platform includes the PTP 650, 650S, and 650L. Both the PTP and PMP platforms operate at 5150 to 5250 MHz. This new unlicensed […]

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 […]

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 […]