Article: Learn Magma, A New Open Source Project Bringing High Speed Internet To Remote Areas

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Learn Magma, A New Open Source Project Bringing High Speed Internet To Remote Areas

Linux Foundation Training & Certification and the Magma Core Foundation have partnered to develop a free, ten-week self-paced online training course to help technology strategists and decision makers at telcos; as well as, rural ISP operators and systems integrators learn the fundamentals of Magma.

Magma is an open-source project supporting diverse radio technologies, including LTE, 5G and WiFi, which can help extend network access into remote, sparsely populated areas. Muralnet is using Magma to extend network access to Native American communities, while Brisanet has similarly deployed it into remote areas of Brazil.

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Article: What is Wi-Fi 6E, the 6GHz band that Mexico wants to declare as ‘free spectrum’ to have faster and less saturated internet

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What is Wi-Fi 6E, the 6GHz band that Mexico wants to declare as ‘free spectrum’ to have faster and less saturated internet

We are just assimilating the arrival of 5G internet and now the new WiFi 6E is coming for Mexico. It is a new generation of 6 GHz band , which can be used by any compatible device, since the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) wants to declare it as ‘free spectrum’ . This would help provide a faster and less saturated internet service.

Also known as 6GHz WiFi , it consists of having a gigantic block of frequencies available with a wide variety of channels that will serve in places where there is a high density of signals. Currently, Wi-Fi operates at about 400 MHz, with the release of the 6GHz band, the available spectrum would quadruple .

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Article: Open RAN revenues forecast to nearly double in 2021

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Open RAN revenues forecast to nearly double in 2021

Total Open RAN revenues are expected to nearly double in 2021. The report did not reveal the specific revenue of Open RAN business. Open RAN revenues include O-RAN and OpenRAN compatible macro and small cells radios plus baseband hardware and software.

The Asia Pacific (APAC) region is driving the Open RAN market. Macro is dominating but small cell adoption is improving. The Open RAN Massive MIMO landscape is evolving. Mobile operators in the APAC region are largely behind the surge, underpinned by a fairly synchronized migration from proprietary RAN towards Open RAN in Japan. Rakuten now has some 50 K radios up and running in Japan. Other Japanese operators are increasingly optimistic about O-RAN and the role open interfaces will play with more advanced radio deployments.

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Article: TIP’s OpenWiFi Targets WiFi Disaggregation

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TIP’s OpenWiFi Targets WiFi Disaggregation

The Facebook-led Telecom Infra Project (TIP) set its sights on WiFi disaggregation this week with the release of OpenWiFi. The initiative expands the purview of TIP beyond mobile and fixed network infrastructure to one of the most broadly adopted and consistently discouraging technologies of all. WiFi is currently used to connect more than 16 billion devices and it carries the majority of wireless internet traffic globally, according to TIP.

OpenWiFi is a fully disaggregated system spanning access point hardware, an open source access point networking operating system, and a software development kit for cloud-native WiFI controller applications that can be used by operators and enterprises.

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Article: MTN launches AirFibre in South Africa

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MTN launches AirFibre in South Africa

Telecommunications company MTN says it will begin its first commercial installation of Supersonic AirFibre on Monday (3 May). Since the announcement of the launch of the solution in February this year, the group said it has received over 20,000 expressions of interest, with the aim to connect 60,000 homes within the first year.

This coincides with a surge in demand for affordable, fibre-like internet access in previously unreachable areas, the group said.  The first commercial rollout will commence in Soweto, Mamelodi, Fairlands and Honeydew.

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Article: Why Istio is winning the open source service mesh race [Q&A]

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Why Istio is winning the open source service mesh race [Q&A]

In recent years the use of microservices has helped to streamline development processes. But there’s still an issue with managing communication between services. Service mesh is a technology that adds uniform networking capabilities right across the program stack but is decoupled from the application code itself.

There are a number of competing options available to implement service mesh. We spoke to Lin Sun, director of open source at Solo.io to find out why she believes the IBM/Google open source project, Istio is the clear winner.

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Article: MTN rolls out R300 million project to capture fibre-starved communities

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MTN rolls out R300 million project to capture fibre-starved communities

One lesson that mobile phone companies seem to have learnt during the Covid-19 lockdown is that data is gold. Revenue derived from data has emerged as a key contributor to income growth over the past year, as demand for internet connectivity skyrocketed, driven by the changing work environment and increasing streaming demand.

However, uneven IT infrastructure and prohibitive costs have slowed down the full growth potential of the data market, meaning the returns currently enjoyed by telecommunications companies may just be the tip of the iceberg.

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Article: Eau Claire County, Wis., to Test Free Starlink Internet

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Eau Claire County, Wis., to Test Free Starlink Internet

Eau Claire County, Wis., has selected 50 participants who will receive a year of free Internet as part of a pilot project. The pilot focuses on unserved businesses and households in rural parts of southeastern Eau Claire County. It is operated by SpaceX Starlink and costs $85,000 total.

As part of paying for the project, the local community needed to raise $30,000 and has successfully done so, according to Supervisor Don Mowry, chair of the county Broadband Committee, which met Thursday. Funding was covered in part by three health care providers that have partnered with the county on this project: Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System and Hospital Sisters Health System.

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Article: The Promises and Perils of 6G Technology

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The Promises and Perils of 6G Technology

6G is different. While historical advances in the cellular communication standards have changed the way consumers use their mobile devices, the legal ramifications of those advances have largely been cabined to the telecommunications industry. 6G technology will usher in a revolution in innovation, unleashing artificial intelligence, revolutionizing the health care and data-transmission sectors, and creating never-before-seen privacy issues.

6G offers the potential for transmission speeds 100 times greater than 5G, near-zero latency, and connection density as high as 10 million devices per square kilometer. These advances will create a network where almost every device can be simultaneously connected, enabling a range of technologies that are not possible today.

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Article: Protecting High-Level Personnel from IMSI Catchers

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Protecting High-Level Personnel from IMSI Catchers

In September 2019, attribution was given to Israel for the IMSI catchers discovered in Washington, D.C. two years earlier, shining light on the prevalence of these types of spying devices. Once used solely by law enforcement as a way of finding the international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) linked to a criminal suspect’s SIM card for investigative purposes, now just about anyone can acquire or build an IMSI catcher to intercept a target’s communications. With such low barriers to entry, it’s no longer just the bad guys who need to be worried about these devices.

At a basic level, an IMSI catcher – also known as a cell-site simulator, fake cell tower, rogue base station, StingRay or dirtbox, to name a few of its many descriptors – consists of two main parts: a radio frontend for sending and receiving radio waves and a network backend for simulating a cellular core network. Today, anyone with a software-defined radio (SDR) and a computing device running an open-source base station program (like OpenBTS) can effectively operate an IMSI catcher.

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