May 17, 2020

The September issue of Gigabit magazine is now live!

William Smith
2 min
The September 2019 issue of Gigabit is now live, featuring stories about Cologix, IBM, PwC and more
Hello and welcome to the September issue of Gigabit magazine, featuring stories about Cologix, IBM, PwC and more!

For this month’s cover story, Gigab...

Hello and welcome to the September issue of Gigabit magazine, featuring stories about Cologix, IBM, PwC and more!

For this month’s cover story, Gigabit magazine speaks to data centre provider Cologix. Sean Maskell, President and General Manager Canada at the company, speaks to us about the ongoing revolution in the data centre space.

Maskell stresses the vital nature of interconnectivity to securing Cologix’s place in the market. “It's fantastic to have a massive state-of-the-art facility with an endless supply of power and cooling, but can it be interconnected? Is there a way for data to move in or out?” he asks. “It would be similar to building a beautiful five-star resort on a remote island without a ferry service. Regardless of how nice it is, no one's going to come!”

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Elsewhere, Gigabit magazine speaks to Alex Gledhill, Technology Specialist at Intel, to discover how the company is enabling a new 5G-powered era. “At Intel we're involved in every step of the 5G journey, collaborating with industry partners to develop the technologies that will drive the adoption of 5G networks,” he says. “Our 5G strategy is underpinned by our overall business model as a customer-centric business.”

Also featured are exclusive reports from the likes of IBM, PwC and Arizona State University, while in our Top 10 we count down the leading cloud computing companies.

Enjoy the issue!

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Jun 18, 2021

Thales Group to Provide Tech for Low Earth Orbit Satellites

ThalesGroup
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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