AT&T working on 5G preparation in over 100 cities
Leading US telecommunications provider AT&T has announced that it is currently preparing more than 100 cities for the launch of its 5G technology as part of the company’s 5G Evolution program.
The 5G Evolution service has added 117 markets to the existing 24 that the company is currently preparing for 5G deployment, bringing the total number of cities up to 141.
“Private sector investment in technology infrastructure is something all cities appreciate and, in many cases, depend on,” said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. “I know I speak for all mayors when I say we are happy when companies like AT&T invest in our cities. Specifically, this rollout of 5G Evolution will help our residents and businesses take advantage of future technologies and opportunities.”
The announcement comes after AT&T revealed at the beginning of the year that it would be officially launching its 5G technology later this year in a dozen cities including Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas.
The company states that tests have shown that its 5G technology is seeing results of up to 1Gbps over mmWave spectrum brands.
“We're building a 5G network that will fundamentally change the way the world lives and works,” said Melissa Arnoldi, president of Technology & Operations. “5G will provide a wireless experience that is faster, more responsive and more secure for our customers.”
Thales Group to Provide Tech for Low Earth Orbit Satellites
The Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer, Thales Alenia, which specialises in the space industry is set to supply the world’s only network of satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) with its industry-leading technology. More specifically, the Optical Inter-Satellite Links ─ which is hailed as the ‘best technology for the next generation of the Galileo Navigation System’, by the European Space Agency. Through the implementation of Thales Alenia’s optical systems, the satellite network will be able to provide global, fine-scale coverage, overland, oceans, and both poles, without compromising the security of data communications.
Telesat, a Canadian satellite services company, is currently developing the network and has commissioned Thales Alenia Space to build its broadband constellation. The network, which will be named Lightspeed, will apparently comprise 298 individual satellites, each weighing roughly 700 kilograms. These satellites will be capable of delivering multiple terabits per second worldwide for secure broadband professional services with low latency and high levels of performance. Ergo, it’ll be incredibly fast.
‘The Optical Inter Satellite Links technology is based on Thales Alenia Space’s product line Space Optical Communications, i.e., OPTEL-C. The more compact OPTEL-µ is another optical communications product from this line. This is particularly good for downloading data from small LEO satellites’, according to Innovation Origins.
Thales Alenia Space Background
Thales Alenia Space is the largest satellite manufacturer in Europe ─ the Swiss branch, which has been commissioned in this particular announcement, opened up five years ago in Zurich, where the company primarily specialises in the development and manufacture of instruments for scientific satellites, but also on optical communication terminals for space applications.
The Swiss Space Sector
When it comes to the European and international space industry, the Swiss sector is becoming increasingly important. Approximately 100 Swiss companies already produce incredibly sophisticated pieces of kit and technologies for space missions, and Switzerland also plays host to the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre, which was established back in 2016 in an effort to help entrepreneurs ‘realise their innovative ideas and transfer technologies from space to Earth and from Earth to space.’