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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)

NBN customers in NSW hit by major outage

NBN Customers In NSW Hit By Major Outage

National Broadband Network (NBN) customers in regional New South Wales have been hit by a major network outage that could be affecting services from a number of internet service providers (ISPs).
According to Telstra’s twitter account, the telco received a report that “some NBN customers in NSW may be having trouble connecting”. Customers from several locations reported having issues including customers from Orange, Blacktown and Brookvale. On Twitter, the telco said it was “working quickly” to solve the problem.

Some NBN customers in NSW may be having trouble connecting. Sorry for the inconvenience and we’re working quickly to resolve the problem. -D

— Telstra (@Telstra) September 20, 20171

Aussie Outages, a website powered by a software called Downdetector, which selects and displays tweets related to network problems, registered a peak of complaints regarding Telstra’s internet services at 9AM this morning, registering a total of 240 reports around Australia.
“Some nbn customers in NSW may be having trouble connecting to a voice or data service,” a Telstra spokesperson told ARN. “We apologise for the inconvenience. Services are now being progressively restored as quickly as possible.”
The company behind the NBN, nbn, confirmed with ARN that it had experienced an outage on the NBN fixed wireless network in Summer Hill Creek, Manildra, March, Nashdale, Orange West and Windera, impacting several hundred services. “A field technician has been deployed to the site to further investigate and resolve the issue as a matter of priority.

We believe this outage started about 10 am this morning,” the spokesperson told ARN.

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nbn said it anticipates the problem to be fixed by 3PM. Although nbn said the issues were largely regional, it is understood that NBN customers in metropolitan areas such as Sydney were also having connection difficulties.
In May, a “major” telco failure 3was behind the system outage that left some of Australia’s busiest airports resorting to manual processing of travellers. Two of Australia’s largest and busiest airports, Sydney and Melbourne, took to social media to warn travellers of check-in delays due to the system issue.

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System outages have also affected the operation of some Microsoft Office 3655 services, including Outlook on certain browsers in May. Fujitsu Australia also ran into trouble in August when a storage array in its Homebush data centre became unavailable6, with services to some customers affected by the outage.

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References

  1. ^ September 20, 2017 (twitter.com)
  2. ^ Oreta expansion continues with new Sydney office (www.arnnet.com.au)
  3. ^ “major” telco failure (www.arnnet.com.au)
  4. ^ Telstra honours top performing Aussie partners (www.arnnet.com.au)
  5. ^ affected the operation of some Microsoft Office 365 (www.arnnet.com.au)
  6. ^ storage array in its Homebush data centre became unavailable (www.arnnet.com.au)
  7. ^ New wave of Aussie phishing scams impersonate AFP, Telstra, ATO, Spotify and GoVia (www.arnnet.com.au)
  8. ^ NSW (www.arnnet.com.au)
  9. ^ outage (www.arnnet.com.au)
  10. ^ NBN (www.arnnet.com.au)
  11. ^ Telstra (www.arnnet.com.au)

Fresh row blazes over cost of lighting up Ireland’s rural fibre network

Eir responds to telcos’ threat to boycott its rural FTTH network. Ireland’s incumbent telecoms operator Eir has defended charges it places on other licensed operators accessing its rural fibre network, comparing it as significantly less than the cost of accessing corresponding electricity infrastructure. Members of the Alternative Licensed Telecoms Operators (ALTO) group Vodafone, Sky and BT are engaged in a row with Eir over cost of rural broadband connections and are threatening to boycott Eir’s network in parts of rural Ireland.

‘Eir is the only operator investing in rural Ireland, spending EUR200m to provide fibre to the home to 300,000 homes and businesses’
– EIR

The operators are up in arms over the EUR270 Eir’s wholesale arm Open Eir charges to connect broadband customers if they are located more than 50 metres from Eir’s network. Readers will also recall how a recent Government memo1 signalled that costs of accessing broadband in rural Ireland as part of the National Broadband could be 60pc higher than envisaged based on regulated prices agreed with ComReg. That memo, which emerged as part of a response to a Freedom of Information (FOI)2 request (which is mysteriously no longer online), indicated that at cost price such access would have been 10pc to 15pc higher than envisaged.

The FOI request sought more information about Eir’s deal with the Irish Government in April3 to connect 300,000 homes in rural Ireland to fibre as part of a EUR200m investment, reducing the intervention area of the National Broadband Plan from 840,000 down to 540,000. To access the remaining 540,000, winning bidders of the National Broadband Plan would still have to transmit over Eir’s network.

Row over FTTH is start of a bigger debate about infrastructure access

The nexus of the argument is ultimately down to infrastructure in general and how much utility operators from electricity to telecom, roads and gas charge to access one another’s infrastructure. Sources indicate that while Eir charges EUR270 to access fibre, the cost of accessing electricity infrastructure on a similar basis can run to thousands of euros.

In a statement Eir defended the charge: “Providing best in class technologies such as fibre to the home carries significantly higher costs in rural locations than in urban and suburban locations. In fact, in many cases the actual cost of providing an FTTH connection in rural Ireland is higher than the regulated price we charge.

“In order to compare the connection charges for fibre to home, the comparison must accurately reflect the geographical differences where these services are offered. It is not a like for like comparison between Eir’s commercial fibre to the home rollout in rural Ireland with SIRO’s rollout to suburban towns in Ireland, or with BT’s urban FTTH rollout in the UK.”

Eir said that the cost of connections charges to deliver electricity or gas services in rural environments is significantly higher than the connection charge for the delivery of fibre to the home.

“Eir is the only operator investing in rural Ireland, spending EUR200m to provide fibre to the home to 300,000 homes and businesses that previously had minimal or no broadband availability. Close to one third of the 300,000 homes and businesses can already order best in class broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps.

“We operate the largest open access wholesale network in Ireland, providing more than 40 operators with an unrivalled footprint of homes and businesses throughout Ireland. Operators including ALTO members sell a range of products and bundles directly to end users.

“Our wholesale prices are all regulated and the wholesale prices we charge for fibre to the home including the connection charges were approved by the regulator less than 12 months ago.

Operators such as SIRO do not have regulated pricing,” Eir said.

References

  1. ^ a recent Government memo (www.siliconrepublic.com)
  2. ^ Freedom of Information (FOI) (www.dccae.gov.ie)
  3. ^ Eir’s deal with the Irish Government in April (www.siliconrepublic.com)