Apple Gets US FCC Licence to Test 5G Wireless Broadband on Millimetre Wave Networks

Apple Gets US FCC Licence to Test 5G Wireless Broadband on Millimetre Wave Networks


  • The approval may mark beginning of the journey of 5G-enabled iPhones
  • Apple has applied for FCC approval earlier this year
  • The company’s future products may also benefit with 5G testing

Apple has been granted licence to test the next generation of wireless technology, 5G, specifically its millimetre wave networks. The approval has been offered by the US FCC for an experimental licence to test next-generation 5G broadband wireless in two locations near California. Back in May, Apple was reported to have applied to test millimetre wave technology.

According to an earlier report, the two experimental testing location for the 5G wireless technology were Milpitas, California, on Yosemite Drive, and the other one on Mariana Avenue adjacent to Apple’s headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop.

The approval for testing 5G cellular networks by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opens up a wide opportunity for the company’s future products including those in the iPhone and iPad lineup. DSLReports first cited the FCC approval, and adds that the application makes “particular reference to using the 28GHz and 39GHz bands.”

In its application for testing the technology to FCC, Apple had noted, “Apple seeks to assess cellular link performance in direct path and multipath environments between base station transmitters and receivers using this spectrum. These assessments will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks.”

The company might be testing the 5G wireless for now but the tech could come in handy for Apple’s future projects like an augmented reality glass with access of high bandwidth, as well as self-driving cars which could be the biggest gainer from the 5G testing with up to 1GB data speed per second helping in navigating the car to its course. We can also expect the tech to finally be available on iPhone models though it is unlikely that we may see 5G-ready iPhone models before next year. Currently, Apple’s iPhone lineup doesn’t support even Gigabit LTE, something that rival manufacturers like Samsung have already brought to the market.




Users located in the south east of the UK appear to be worst affected / Getty

Sky is experiencing service issues, leaving thousands of broadband customers without internet access.

The company has told the Independent that approximately 32,000 Sky customers are affected.

Users located in the south east of the UK appear to be the hardest hit.

The service issues started early this morning, at around 05:30am, according to DownDetector.

“You might not be able to get online or make/receive phone calls due to a problem in your local area,” Sky has said.

The company has also listed Baldslow, Battle, Beckley, Bexhill, Brede, Brightling, Brookland, Castleham, Cooden, Crowhurst, Guestling, Hastings, Iden, Lydd, Ninfield, Northiam, New Romney, Peasmarsh, Rye, Sedlescombe, Staplecross, Wittersham, Eastbourne, Hampden Park, Alfriston, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Polegate, Pevensey Marina, Pevensey, Seaford and East Dean as affected areas.

The Sky Help Team says it has engineers working to resolve the issues for customers in Sussex.

“Update: East Sussex. Due to extent of the damage. Engineers are still working on repairs. Updates to follow. Sorry for any inconvenience,” it tweeted earlier this morning.

It then followed up with: “Update: Sussex – Engineers have located 7 separate breaks in the Fibre cables & are working to repair damage as quickly as possible.”

The account is also tweeting affected users directly, and has told some of them that its engineers are “preparing cables now for splicing”.

Sky says its engineers are “making good progress”, and that normal service will be restored in Sussex this evening.


Govt to infuse Rs 10,000 cr in BharatNet for for rural broadband

Strengthen the government’s Digital India push, the government on Wednesday said it will pump Rs 10,000 crore in 2017-18 in its BharatNet project to lay optical fibre cables (OFC).

“Under the BharatNet Project, OFC has been laid in 1,55,000 km. I have stepped up the allocation for BharatNet Project to Rs 10,000 crore in 2017-18,” Jaitley said while presenting the Union Budget for 2017-18.

“By the end of 2017-18, high speed broadband connectivity on optical fibre will be available in more than 150,000 gram panchayats, with Wi-Fi hot spots and access to digital services at low tariffs,” he added.

Saying the telecom sector is an important component of the country’s infrastructure eco system, Jaitley said the recent spectrum auctions have removed spectrum scarcity in the country.

“This will give a major fillip to mobile broadband and Digital India for the benefit of people living in rural and remote areas.”

The Minister said the government will launch a DigiGaon initiative, which will provide tele-medicine, education and skills through digital technology.

[Source:- Techrader]


BT gets another chance to fix its broadband: Here’s what it means for you

BT gets another chance to fix its broadband: Here's what it means for you

Ofcom, BT and OpenReach – what this means to you

BT used to like to tell us that “it’s good to talk”, but this morning it probably wasn’t the happiest of phone calls with the telecoms regulator Ofcom, which has told BT that it needs to seriously work on its relationship with its Openreach subsidiary.

While the regulator hasn’t said the two should completely break up, it is basically telling BT “it’s not me, it’s you”, and has recommended steps that would see BT and Openreach consciously uncouple further than ever before.

As when any relationship goes sour, there’s one big question: What does that mean for the kids? Or in this case, the millions of people in Britain who rely on BT and Openreach to provide their broadband? Read on to find out.

Umm, what actually is Openreach?

BT is a slightly weird company, owing to its unique history. For most of the 20th century, it was owned by the government and was actually part of the Post Office, but in 1984 it was privatised by the Thatcher government.

This meant that BT had a complete monopoly on all of the infrastructure across the country that used to provide our phone lines and today provides our broadband.

Fast-forward to 2016 and this is still mostly the case. It means that whether you decide to get your broadband from Sky, TalkTalk, or BT itself (or one of the many other providers), ultimately the data will be flowing through fibre-optic cables and copper wires that are owned and maintained by BT. It’s why when you sign up for Sky, it still insists that you must have a BT compatible line.

(The only major exception to this is Virgin Media, which has built its own entirely separate network – though other completely separate fibre companies are also growing).

As you might imagine, this situation would theoretically put BT at an advantage. What would stop it from offering faster speeds to BT customers than Sky? It’s for this reason that in 2005 Ofcom insisted that BT keep the Openreach division mostly separate from the rest of the company – and insisted that it must treat other ISP customers the same way that it treats BT consumer customers.

This, incidentally, is why if you’ve ever had a maddening encounter with BT customer services that it sometimes feels that one part of BT isn’t talking to the other – because in the case of Openreach it is literally restricted in how it can do so.

Despite their relative separation, this hasn’t kept BT’s rivals happy. Last year Sky and TalkTalk called for Ofcom to intervene and spin-off Openreach into a completely separate company.

So what has Ofcom told BT to do?

The big news today is that Ofcom appears to partially agree with these concerns and has proposed a package of changes that will see Openreach further separated from the BT mothership. Although it will allow BT to continue to own Openreach, it wants the division to be a distinct entity within the company, with its own board and chairperson (albeit while still wholly owned by BT).

It wants the new company to consult with customers (that’s Sky and TalkTalk – not us consumers) when it makes big infrastructure investments, and it wants the new company to own its assets (the fibre network) and employ staff directly, rather than via other parts of BT, so there are no conflicting loyalties.

It even wants Openreach to have a separate brand and logo, so that people don’t automatically associate it with BT.

What will this mean for customers?

The motivation behind these reforms is that it will hopefully make the market more competitive. This could mean ultimately, better and faster broadband service for customers, or lower prices. By bringing Openreach’s customers into the decision making process, this could mean that better decisions are made about where on the network needs improving.

And Openreach will have to work harder to succeed on its own terms, rather than simply act as an appendage to BT.

Ofcom has also made a number of other demands which could increase competitiveness. For example, it is forcing Openreach to produce an online database detailing where its telegraph poles and underground tunnels are, so that other providers can more easily plug into BT’s network.

It could mean we start seeing more “Fibre to the Premises” broadband from different companies, as they can plug directly into the Openreach network, rather than rely on BT’s existing copper wire network to do the last stretch between the telephone exchange and your house.

This all goes in tandem with other new rules announced by Ofcom, such as automatic compensation when services fail, and new rules to make switching broadband provider less of a nightmare than it is now. If it’s easier to switch, then all ISPs will have to work harder to keep you happy – which can only be good for consumers.

So it could be good news. Ofcom could be the friend that everyone needs: Someone who will tell them the harsh truth, even if they don’t want to hear it.

If BT truly wants to improve its relationship, perhaps it needs to stop being so clingy with Openreach?

[Source: Techradar]