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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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Intel announces 5G modem for 2019

(Image: Intel) Intel has announced the XMM 8160 5G multimode modem, making the product available six months earlier than initially planned in order to support deployments of 5G mobile networks globally. The modem will provide 5G connectivity to smartphones, PCs, and broadband access gateways, with Intel saying it will provide ...

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​Samsung, SK Telecom develop 5G standalone equipment

(Image: SK Telecom) Samsung and SK Telecom have developed a prototype 5G switchboard based on the standalone standard (SA), the companies have announced. 5G will be deployed in 5G non-standalone (NSA) that will use 4G LTE networks in the beginning, and later switch to 5G SA that uses only 5G ...

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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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