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SpaceX seeks Starlink trademark for satellite broadband service

SpaceX Seeks Starlink Trademark For Satellite Broadband Service

Elon Musk continues to pursue a goal of providing an alternative broadband solution for Earth’s information starved population. His SpaceX company has filed papers seeking to trademark the name Starlink for the futuristic endeavor he first proposed back in 2015.

The filing1 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office gives a name to Musk’s proposal of launching more than 4,400 satellites2 into low-Earth orbit that could provide global gigabit internet connectivity. SpaceX filed initial documents for the constellation with the Federal Communications Commission in November of last year, and then went before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation in May to further detail its plans. The constellation of satellites will range from 1,110 kilometers to 1,325 kilometers in altitude, or approximately 680 to 820 miles. As a point of reference, that would be about three times the distance of the current orbit of the International Space Station, which is 400 kilometers (250 miles).

Current satellite communications deliver a latency of no less than 600 milliseconds, but with the planned low-Earth trajectory of the Starlink constellation, SpaceX thinks it can get latency as low as 25 milliseconds. While that is on par with DSL connections, it still is not as fast as what direct-to-home fiber connections can offer. But it does provide hope for areas of the world that don’t have access to high-speed connections. While other companies such as OneWeb3 are looking at a similar type of setup, SpaceX has an inherent cost-savings benefit that it already operates its own satellite delivery system in the form of its Falcon 9 rockets. Even with that savings, Musk said the cost of getting a Starlink system operational would be about $10 billion.

The launches would begin sometime in 2019 and continue through 2024, with SpaceX promising to continually update its network to meet customer demand. And in case you were wondering just how cluttered Earth orbit is, a count in 2016 showed an estimated 1,459 satellites circling Earth. Starlink would triple that.

Source: Geekwire4 | Image via PatentYogi (Youtube)5

References

  1. ^ The filing (www.trademarkia.com)
  2. ^ Musk’s proposal of launching more than 4,400 satellites (www.neowin.net)
  3. ^ such as OneWeb (www.geekwire.com)
  4. ^ Geekwire (www.geekwire.com)
  5. ^ PatentYogi (Youtube) (www.youtube.com)

Are you overpaying for broadband?

Check out these CEE 2017 deals

The answer is probably yes. It’s time to revisit the broadband plans for service providers in Singapore to see how you can get the biggest bang for your buck. With the PC show 2017 and CEE 2017 happening at the same time but at different locations, we hope our quick comparison table will help you decide where to head to this weekend. The PC show this year is held at Marina Bay Sands while the Consumer Electronics Exhibition (CEE 2017) at Suntec Convention Centre. Both events will run from 1 – 4 June 2017.

At the shows, telcos will be featuring the Mesh Network, a system aimed to enhance your home WiFi. It’s basically a system of multiple Wi-Fi stations that work together to cover every corner of your home with a strong wireless data connection. To us, it seems like a network more suited for bigger houses rather than our tiny HDB apartments but hey, you may have your favourite spots in the home that you want strong wireless data signals. If you are curious about Mesh Network, check out WhizComms booth at Suntec and asks about their WiFi Clinic, an onsite home WiFi Audit Service and installation service for information about suitable equipment and how to maximise WiFi coverage in your homes.

Summary of Broadband deals at PC Show 2017 and CEE 2017:

  • For the cheapest 1Gbps home broadband, it seems like WhizComms is in the lead. Other than offering the lowest priced home broadband monthly subscription at $36, the contract period is only 12 months instead of the usual 24 months for most other players. WhizComms is also running a promotion now-for the firs 50 customers per day, you pay only $18 per month of subscription.
  • For those who don’t like to be bound by a contract, MyRepublic offers 1Gbps home broadband at $59.99 per month.
  • Singtel has the cheapest WiFi mesh service at an additional $10 per month for AirTies WiFi Mesh. If you are interest to supercharge your coverage in your home, you can consider taking up the AirTies WiFi Mesh plan. For Singtel mobile customers, you get the additional benefit of 10% off your mobile subscription.

Singtel M1 Starhub MyRepublic WhizComms Minimum Contractual Period 24 months 24 months 24 months 24 months 12 months Price $59.90/month for 24 months $49.90/month for 24 months $39/month for 24 months $59.99/month for 12 months or no contract

$49.99/month for 24 months

$36/month for 12 months

$32/month for 24 months

Freebies

  • Free 4 months subscription
  • Free Wireless Dual-band AC router
  • Free Home line
  • Free Singtel WiFi
  • Free 4G mobile broadband (500MB)
  • 10% off mobile subscription.
  • Wireless AC Router
  • 24 mths 4G Mobile Broadband – Typical Download Speed (Mbps)*: 41.1 – 104.0
  • Home Fixed Voice Service
  • ONT Activation (worth $58.85), Delivery on Weekdays, Monday – Friday (9am – 5pm)
  • 3 months’ subscription to Internet Security
  • Option to top-up for Entertainment Add-ons from as low as $5/mth
  • Free 3 months subscription for 24 months contract
  • $250 new router discount for 24 months contract
  • $100 new router discount for 12 months contract
  • Free TP Installation (worth up to $235.40)
  • Free Home Voice line subscription
  • Free 6 months subscription for 12 months contract (First 50 registrations per day at their CEE booth)
  • Free 3 months subscription for both 12 months and 24 months contracts if you’re not the first 50 to subscribe each day at the booth
  • Option to add on router at $98

Mesh Network or other WiFi Booster service

  • Add $10/month for AirTies WiFi Mesh (total $240 over 24 months contract)
  • Add $30/month for Linksys Velop Dynamic Tri-band technology (total $720 over 24 months contract)

NA

  • Add $20.90/month for Linksys Velop (total $501.60 over 24 months contract)
  • $249 for 1 unit of Linksys Velop Whole Home Mesh WiFi System
  • $620 for 3 units of Linksys Velop Whole Home Mesh WiFi System

NA

  • Add in total $338 for Mesh service with coverage up to 3000sqft (Usual price $428)
  • Includes 2 units of Seamless WiFi Roaming System from TP-Link Deco (commonly known as Mesh Network)
  • Complementary accessories provided for setup (e.g.

    cables, power plugs, adapters)

Effective Price for 1Gbps broadband without Mesh Network service (excludes non-quantifiable freebies) $49.92/month $43.66/month $39/month $41.66/month 12 months contract:

  • $18/month (only 1st 50 sign-ups per day at the booth)
  • $27/month (if you’re not the first 50 to sign-up at their booth)

24 months contract:

Show Booth CEE 2017, Suntec Convention Centre Level 4, Booth 8818

PC Show 2017, MBS Level 1, Booth 8018

CEE 2017, Suntec Convention Centre Level 4, Booth 8438 CEE 2017, Suntec Convention Centre Level 4, Booth 8460 / 8480PC Show 2017, MBS Level 1, Booth 8009 CEE 2017, Suntec Convention Centre Level 4, Booth 8101 CEE 2017, Suntec Convention Centre Level 4, Booth 8501

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HTTECH Portable Mini AM FM Radio Speaker with MP3 Music Player Support TF Card/SD/USB Disk LED Screen Display Emergency Flashlight Function (Y-896 White) – Broadband Security

HTTECH Portable Mini AM FM Radio Speaker with MP3 Music Player Support TF Card/SD/USB Disk LED Screen Display Emergency Flashlight Function (Y-896 White)

  • Super Radio Effect: support AM+FM Function,with the long antenna and super radio effect;The Surface Shell with UV technology,making the Radio’s body look very delicate.
  • Pocket Size: It’s Only 0.79 inch thinckness of this Radio’s body, easy carrying and enjoy the pocket music when walking and exercise.
  • MP3 Music Player: the fm radio support TF card and U disk USB port, can be used as MP3 player to listen music or learn english; With standard 3.5mm jack:headphone output, available for earphones to listen to music anywhere.(up to 16GB, Memory card is not included)
  • Emergency Flashlight: the portable radio with so convenient with the emergency flashlight feature; It will come in handy while walking outdoor at night or power emergencies.
  • Long playing time: the fm radio built in high capacity enviroment-friendly polymer lithium rechargeable battery,playing time up to 4 hours.and charging more effcient,safer,longer life; and with Large LED Screen Display function.

Main Function:

AM+FM Radio Function

Amazing Sound Quality

LED screen display

Emergency flashlight

Support TF card / USB Disk

MP3 Music file format

Breakpoint memory function

Mini portable AM/FM Radio is convenient for the people.

It is suitable for morning walking and exercising also in the evening.

Ultra long standby polymer lithium battery is more safer and convenient.

Big display screen design can clearly see the digital parameters of the screen.

Stereo sound is comfortable to your ears and can protect your hearing.

Dual antenna can be adjusted in the internal and external.It can receive what you want to hear.

Product Specifications:

1)Supports TF Card/USB/SD/MP3 format/AM/FM radio function

2)Suitable for mobile phone/MP3/MP4/MP5/PC/computer…

3)charging indicator,Free stretching antenna,LED light,can put in pocket

4)Loop playback,impeller adjust the volume,Radio Frequency 78-108mhz

5)0-9 digital buttons ,can choose songs,3.5mm plugy

6)600 mah battery,Broadband radio,supports campus radio

7)Play time:2-4hs,surface pass grossy UV

8)Accessories: USB charge cable,sling,stent

9)Unit Weight: 120g

10)Color: Black,Blue,Red,Golden,white

11)LJ or netural color box packing/English user manual

12)Compact appearance with stent,sling,easy to carry

Technical Parameters:

Output:3w(Max),S/N:87dB,MP3 Player

FM Radio Frequency:FM-70-108MHZ

Decoding range:8-320kbps

Speaker unit:40MM 4hms 3W

Power requirement:DC 5V

Dimensions:117*21.5*64MM

Package Including:

Mini speaker * 1pcs

User manual * 1pcs

USB charge cable * 1pcs

BL-5C Li-ion battery * 1pcs

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