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August 25, 2016

Intelsat successfully launched its second high-throughput satellite (HTS) under the EpicNG brand – and the first covering Asia – on Wednesday in its ongoing bid to bring its satellite services into the broadband era.

Intelsat 33e – which was manufactured by Boeing and launched by Arianespace – covers the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia from its 60°E orbital slot. The satellite’s Asia footprint covers South Asia, Southeast Asia, China and the west coast of Australia.

The payload includes 65 Ku-band spots and seven C-band beams, but the real attraction of the EpicNG... MORE

August 04, 2016

ITEM: Following up on the need for everyone in the Internet of Things value chain to take IoT security more seriously, I recommend this post from security expert Bruce Schneier, which offers some good advice on how to go about creating a security strategy to accomplish that, starting with the realization that traditional computer and network security isn’t going to work.

Traditionally, Schneier writes, most internet security threats have been centered around either stealing data or denying access via DDoS attacks. With the IoT, the bigger threat is hackers taking control of things... MORE

July 28, 2016

Now that Pokemon Go has landed in Hong Kong and Japan – and is reportedly slated for release in other APAC countries any day now, including India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand – now is as good a time as any to let you know what impact the augmented-reality app sensation is going to have on mobile networks.

The short answer: you may be in for some serious network performance issues … but not necessarily where you think.

When Pokemon Go first launched earlier this month, many users in the US reported connection problems with... MORE

July 18, 2016

Last week the FCC voted unanimously to open up nearly 11 GHz of high-frequency spectrum – 3.85 GHz of licensed spectrum and 7 GHz of unlicensed spectrum – for “flexible, mobile, and fixed use wireless broadband”, which basically means 5G.

That’s potentially good news for US operators planning to leverage millimeter-wave bands for 5G applications – but not-so-good news for satellite operators, although most satellite players outside the US probably won’t have to worry about it for a long time yet.

The bands in the FCC plan include 28 GHz, 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and the 64-71GHz... MORE

July 17, 2016

ITEM: A researcher at Telenor Group Research says he has developed a machine learning algorithm that uses mobile phone call records to determine literacy rates in developing markets by location. 

According to MIT Technology Review, researcher Pål Sundsøy says he started with a regular survey – conducted by a professional agency for a mobile operator – covering 76,000 mobile users in Asia that collected the user’s mobile number and asked them if they could read.

Sundsøy matched that data against the mobile operator’s call data records, which enabled him to work out where... MORE

July 14, 2016

As you may have gathered, the Pokemon Go augmented-reality (AR) app has been a major success. It’s also caused a bit of a stir in terms of the amount of data it allegedly gathers on users – but honestly, the real mystery is why anyone is surprised.

It’s worth noting at the outset that the data privacy issue was a bit overblown. Initial reports suggested that users who downloaded the app from Niantic to an iPhone and signed in via their Google account granted the app permission to access their full Google account – which meant Niantic could theoretically use the app to read your... MORE

July 08, 2016

ITEM: Facebook has launched an open-source wireless access platform designed to let operators – or anyone else, really – deploy wireless coverage in remote areas.

The OpenCellular platform – which was designed as part of Facebook’s Telecom Infra Project (TIP) – can support everything from 2G to LTE connectivity, as well as Wi-Fi.

It looks like this.

The hardware includes a general-baseband computing (GBC) subsystem, which consists of power, housekeeping microcontroller, microprocessor, timing/sync module, sensors, and control mechanism, and a radio... MORE

July 07, 2016

ITEM: Alipay now has an option for paying off speeding tickets instantly.

According to TechInAsia (citing this report from, Alibaba’s Alipay payment app has partnered with 163 cities in China to provide various services for vehicle drivers – and in almost half of those cities, one such service is instant payments for speeding tickets and other fines.

In the city of Ningbo alone, the app is reportedly raking in 3,000 traffic fines a day and – thanks to Alipay enabling fine payments within ten seconds – it's supposedly saving drivers (and government workers)... MORE