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​SpaceX approved to send over 7,000 satellites into orbit

(Image: SpaceX) The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given SpaceX authorisation to construct, deploy, and operate in excess of 7,000 satellites into very-low-Earth orbit, expected to boost internet connectivity across the globe. The FCC also granted SpaceX’s request to add the 37.5-42.0 GHz and 47.2-50.2 GHz frequency bands to ...

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Indigo subsea cable system chooses NextDC datacentres

The Indigo subsea telecommunications cable will land in NextDC’s Perth and Sydney datacentres, the companies have announced. The cable will connect to NextDC’s 6MW P1 and 16MW S1 datacentres, as well as the upcoming 20MW P2 and 30MW S2 datacentres, with the company saying it will be NextDC’s first P2 ...

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Service mesh: What it is and why it matters so much now

A service mesh is an emerging architecture for dynamically linking to one another the chunks of server-side applications — most notably, the microservices — that collectively form an application. These can be the components that were intentionally composed as part of the same application, as well as those from different ...

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Optus 4G availability tops 90 percent: OpenSignal

Optus’ 4G network is available more than 90 percent of the time, the latest report from OpenSignal has said. According to the mobile analytics company’s State of Mobile Networks: Australia report for November 2018, 4G availability — the proportion of time that OpenSignal users have a 4G connection available to ...

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Three UK to invest over £2bn in new 5G infrastructure

Mobile network operator Three UK has announced its commitment to pump more than £2bn into an infrastructure upgrade that will prepare it to deliver ‘market leading’ 5G services to customers in 2019. Those services will include wireless home broadband, via Three’s UK Broadband-operated subsidiary Relish. So far, Three has focused ...

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TPG takes out third NBN speed-monitoring report

TPG has taken out the third National Broadband Network (NBN) speed-monitoring report, with MyRepublic again coming last across most categories. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report [PDF], TPG delivered 88.7 percent of its maximum plan speeds overall and 88.4 percent during busy hours for downloads. It ...

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Verizon reorganizes into 3 groups to leverage 5G

(Image: Corinne Reichert/ZDNet) Verizon said it will reorganize into three business units that are focused on 5G customer experiences. The telecom giant’s three operating units will revolve around consumer, business and Verizon Media Group/Oath. Also: Verizon sees 5G as game changer for public safety TechRepublic | Why you can’t buy ...

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Jio’s 4G availability ‘hugely impressive’: OpenSignal

(Image: OpenSignal) OpenSignal has published a report on Indian mobile telecommunications, with Reliance Jio winning on 4G availability and latency while Airtel clocked the fastest download speeds and Vodafone’s Idea was the fastest for uploads. For its Indian Mobile Network Experience Report: November 2018 [PDF], the network coverage mapping company ...

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