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Microsoft’s Bid to Connect Rural America: Send Out Internet in between TV Signals

It’s cheaper than many alternatives, but broadcasters aren’t thrilled at the prospect. Google has balloons, Facebook has drones, SpaceX has satellites. But Microsoft has a rather more humble plan to overcome the digital divide and take Internet to the sticks. Bloomberg reports that the company will announce a new initiative Tuesday to beam data into rural communities by inserting it into unused […]

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To Help Rural Kids Do Their Homework, a Virginia County Is Using Secret Wireless Spectrum

When telecoms won’t fix up your students’ broadband, how about beaming your school’s to nearby homes? Millions of Americans lack Internet access. But some of those most affected by being on the wrong side of the digital divide are children, who risk being left behind at school because their classmates can all read and research any topic […]

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Services Provider Deloitte Predicts 2017 Tech, Media, Telecommunications

                Like so many companies and publications, Deloitte rubs its crystal ball early every year and reveals some of its predictions — in tech, media and telecommunications — for the next 12 months and beyond. Unlike other would-be Carnacs, though, Deloitte bases its predictions on surveys and data, […]

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Within a few years, 5G networks could turbocharge your smartphone.

Within a few years, 5G networks could turbocharge your smartphone. But can they pass the tests cooked up by engineers at an office park in New Jersey? Live-streaming a virtual-reality broadcast. Downloading a 90-minute high-definition TV show to your smartphone in less than three seconds. Sending instant updates on road conditions to self-driving vehicles. These […]

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Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems

Iran can transition to a fully renewable electricity system and financially benefit from it by 2030. Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) show that major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region could turn their abundant renewable energy resources into lucrative business opportunities in less than two decades. According to […]

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Cell Phones 1979, down memory lane

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Startups that on hindsight start to make sense, consider Plan A2Z Software

The best startups seem obvious only in retrospect. By the time most of us found out about them, they had already reached a critical mass of users. We never had to ask the question “Will this work?” since we already saw it working. It is possible to create a “good” startup with a “good” idea, […]

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Ericsson launches ‘first mover’ 5G platform and announces milestone

Swedish telco giant Ericsson has announced the launch of a new platform aimed at the ‘first movers’ in 5G, incorporating virtual and augmented reality. The company expects the opportunity for operators on 5G technology to hit $582 billion (£467bn) globally by 2026, or a 34% uptick in revenues, while adding that the manufacturing, energy and […]

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What Happens If Net Neutrality Goes Away?

We’ll likely see new business models and video streaming products from the big ISPs if Trump removes net neutrality rules, and upstart content providers could struggle to compete. The “days are numbered” for the net neutrality rules enacted by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission under Barack Obama, at least if you take President Trump’s newly […]

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Telecommunications light amplifier could strengthen integrity of transmitted data

Imagine a dim light which is insufficiently bright enough to illuminate a room. An amplifier for such a light would increase the brightness by increasing the number of photons emitted. Photonics researchers have created such a high gain optical amplifier that is compact enough to be placed on a chip. The developed amplifier, when used […]

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