During the recently concluded Mobile World Congress held in the city of Barcelona in Spain, there was much talk about 5G technology and how it might shape up the mobile world in the years to come. The generation of wireless tech next to today’s 4G is said to be a hundred times faster, and even better than what Google Fiber delivers via a physical connection to homes. But a concept of an ultra fast network may still sound like a vague idea to some, so let us go through some scenarios.
For a very long time, it has been something of a given in the United States that the download and upload speeds your internet service provider advertises to you are very far off from the actual speeds you experience while using the internet. The myriad reasons - or excuses, rather - range from limited bandwidth to accusations of a troubled computer to microwaves blocking wireless communications. Whatever the reason, the speeds promised are often cut in half if not more. And customers have lived with it because, in many cases, there is only the illusion of choice.
Deep in the heart of a remote area of the West African nation of Guinea, engineers and officials from China's telecommunications giant Huawei gather to break ground on the nation's very first fiber-optic cable. When the project is completed in 2017, millions of people in Guinea will be able to benefit from high-speed and low-cost access to the Internet.
Broadband internet access may seem like a staple of life to the average person today, but it could still be an out-of-reach luxury to some low-income families. On June 18, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote whether to broaden an existing subsidy program to include broadband access. The Lifeline program, which began in 1985, provides low or no-cost telephone service to qualified customers. In 2005, the program was expanded to include discounts on pre-paid wireless telephone plans.
The Federal Communications Commission, which is led by Tom Wheeler (appointed by President Barack Obama two years ago in 2013), will be voting this week on critical Internet regulations after one year of intense deliberation.
Twitter originally launched Vine, the popular short video sharing service, a couple of years ago. Now, the social media company is releasing a kid-friendly version of the popular app, aptly called Vine Kids.
Vine Kids is specifically targeted at children of ages 5 to 12 years old. The aim is to have a version of Vine that contains kid-centric video content such as animated videos, educational clips, and even footage from popular kiddie programs like Sesame Street.
The subways of Chicago will having be having 4G LTE services soon. All four major wireless carriers in the United States -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless -- are working together to roll out a $32.5 million LTE upgrade to the Chicago subways. That will include 22 miles of subway tunnels under the Windy City.
Most people think of Chicago's metro train system as the L train system (the L is short for elevated). But not many know that two of the Windy City's main lines actually go underground for about 20 stops when approaching the downtown area.
On Monday, President Obama sent shockwaves through the internet with his proposal to the FCC regarding the future of net neutrality. Both his written statement and video message regarding the laws governing net neutrality can be seen as a huge win for people who believe the internet should remain open and free.