Starlink to provide global coverage of internet services by Sept, subject to regulatory approvals

On Tuesday, in a statement, Starlink’s president Gwynne Shotwel said, the company expects to be able to provide continuous global coverage of internet services by around September, subject to regulatory approvals. “We’ve successfully deployed 1,800 or so satellites and once all those satellites reach their operational orbit, we will have continuous global coverage, so that…

Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service receives 500,000 preorders

In a statement SpaceX’s founder Elon Musk said, the company has received more than 500,000 preorders for its Starlink satellite internet service and anticipates no technical problems at meeting that demand. The “only limitation is high density of users in urban areas,” tweeted Musk in response to a post from a CNBC reporter that said the…

U.S. lawmakers back $1.9 billion program to rip and replace Huawei & ZTE telecom gear

According to two sources briefed on the matter at hand, U.S. lawmakers will back $1.9 billion program to fund a removal of Chinese communication gear that it deems as a threat to national security risks. Lawmakers will also back a $3.2 billion program for an emergency broadband which will benefit low-income Americans, confirmed senior congressional…

Verizon unit wins multiple bids worth $1.9 billion in 3.5Ghz 5G spectrum auction

In a statement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said, a unit of Verizon Communications Inc has won multiple bids worth around $1.9 billion during the auction of a key spectrum block in the 3.5 GHz band. Totally, 228 bidders won bids worth nearly $4.6 billion for the mid-band spectrum block. The auction of the spectrum…

Tesla’s interactive, millimeter wave radar sensor can help prevent children being left behind in car, boost theft prevention systems

California based Tesla Inc has applied for permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to market a short-range interactive motion-sensing device that could help prevent children from being left behind in hot cars. The system could also help improve theft-prevention systems. Tesla aims to get permission for its devices, which will use unlicensed millimeter-wave sensors,…

FCC issues showcause notices to 3 state-controlled Chinese telecom firms

In a statement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stated, it is mulling options which include the shutting down the U.S. operations of three state-controlled Chinese telecommunications companies, due to potential national security risks. To this end, the FCC has issued show cause orders to China Unicom Americas, China Telecom Americas, and Pacific Networks Corp along…

FCC chairman pushing for Ligado Networks’s 5G solution despite risks to GPS systems

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has circulated a draft order asking the five-member panel to approve Ligado Networks’ request to deploy a low-power nationwide network to support next generation 5G wireless. Ligado Networks’ request has drawn fire from some U.S. government agencies as well as by some powerful lawmakers. Earlier this week, the chairman…

Multiple U.S. government agencies back revoking China Telecom’s ability to operate in U.S.

In a significant development, several agencies from the U.S. government including the Justice Department called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revoke China Telecom (Americas) Corp’s ability to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States. China Telecom is the U.S. subsidiary of a People’s Republic of China (PRC) state-owned telecommunications company.…

Huawei and ZTE being methodically sliced from U.S. telecommunication networks

A group of 15 U.S. senators from both the Republican and the Democratic party have written a letter to the U.S. Commerce Department urging it to suspend issuing licenses to U.S. firms that conduct business with China’s Huawei Technologies Co, citing threats to U.S. national security. The letter also urges the Trump, administration to halt…