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Old 08-04-2019, 10:55 PM   #196
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Each one is hundreds of millions of dollars, and you need multiple of them to every connection point on every continent, and you need to build enough bandwidth into them for a world that will require more and more bandwidth. Requiring you to lay new cables... they estimate, every 25 years.
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Old 08-25-2019, 01:43 PM   #197
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Bezos and Musk’s satellite internet could save Americans $30B a year

Competition drives pricing, and everyone is going to get two more competitors in 5-10 years.
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Old 08-25-2019, 01:59 PM   #198
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thank Crom for that net neutrality...oh, wait...

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Old 03-12-2020, 10:19 PM   #199
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Bezos and Musk’s satellite internet could save Americans $30B a year
Starlink was suppose to fill the sky with many tiny satellites. But I have notices a trend. For weeks, no visible Starlinks. Suddenly, over a 20 minute period, over 24 appeared in a group. Most only in a 5 minute period. How long before these 'space out'?

Satellite constellations from Amazon, SpaceX, and Oneweb do not talk directly to handsets. These talk to ground stations. Gateways that, in turn, retransmit to other receivers.

More problems exist. Many countries have not authorized frequencies for these satellite. So ech must turn off when over certain countries.

A satellite that can talk directly to phones (as Iridium must do do) still must be quite large. And must support 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G technologies.

Companies such a Vodafone and Rakuten are working together to develop a technology that does not require ground stations.
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Old 03-12-2020, 10:41 PM   #200
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