Jul 30, 2020

Ericsson delivers US-manufactured 5G base station to Verizon

Verizon
5G
Ericsson
Smart Factory
William Smith
2 min
Networking technology multinational Ericsson has delivered its first ever US-manufactured 5G base station to telecommunications giant Verizon
Networking technology multinational Ericsson has delivered its first ever US-manufactured 5G base station to telecommunications giant Verizon...

Networking technology multinational Ericsson has delivered its first ever US-manufactured 5G base station to telecommunications giant Verizon.

Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks, Ericsson, said in a press release: “As the most advanced platform for innovation, 5G will enable a transformation across enterprises –as we’re now experiencing in our own smart factories. Automation and remote operations have become more important, and we’re working with our customers to make them available for the benefit of industries. From producing the first 5G base stations at our 5G USA Smart Factory earlier this year, we’ve made our first commercial delivery to Verizon. That’s just the beginning.”

The millimeter-wave Street Macro solution was manufactured in the company’s Texas smart factory, and is intended for complex city environments. Ericsson’s factory began operating in march, and is intended to be fully operational by the year’s end.

“Ericsson’s smart factory is a cornerstone of our collaboration as we work together to bring 5G to our consumer, enterprise and public safety customers,” said Kyle Malady, Chief Technology Officer of Verizon. “Together these types of innovation will accelerate our 5G deployments, as we expand our 5G leadership in technology and continue to rapidly build the ecosystem with our partners.”

The news comes as countries are renewing their focuses on 5G infrastructure due to national security concerns. Earlier this month, the United Kingdom, under pressure from the United States, U-turned on its decision to have Chinese company Huawei involved in 5G infrastructure, saying that all mobile providers are banned from purchasing from Huawei from the end of the year, and that all existing Huawei infrastructure must be removed from their networks by 2027.

As if the technology wasn’t having a rough enough ride already, baseless conspiracy theories have linked 5G cell phone towers to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. That’s in turn led to a spate of arson attacks.

(Image: Ericsson)

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Jun 18, 2021

Thales Group to Provide Tech for Low Earth Orbit Satellites

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ESA
Telesat
Technology
2 min
The Swiss branch of Thales Group is set to supply world’s only network of satellites in low earth orbit with its cutting-edge technology

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.’

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