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Parallel Wireless, Neptune Communications bring Open RAN LTE to the Caribbean

Parallel Wireless and Neptune Communications will use Open RAN to provide mission-critical voice, data service to government agencies in Barbados Parallel Wireless and Neptune Communications are laying claim to delivering the first Open RAN (O-RAN) compliant 4G LTE solution in the Caribbean. Neptune’s 4G LTE...

Verizon unveils THOR, ‘the Swiss Army knife’ of frontline services

THOR is suitable for hard-to-reach or hard-to-navigate environments and situations As part of its collaboration with the Department of Defense through NavalX and the SoCal Tech Bridge, Verizon Frontline unveiled a Tactical Humanitarian Operations Response (THOR) vehicle at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar. The...

Autonomous balloons to bring internet to rural Peru

80% of Peruvian localities, most of which were rural, lacked internet coverage in 2016 Last week, an Alphabet Inc. subsidiary Loon, which uses stratospheric, autonomous balloons to deliver mobile internet to remote regions, has signed a commercial deal to provide service to parts of the Amazon rainforest...

FCC asks industry to report on network resiliency

The Federal Communications Commission is re-examining a voluntary framework on network resiliency that was put together two years ago and asking mobile carriers to report on how they used that framework and whether they are doing all they can to promote rapid network recovery...

How telecom operators can benefit from drones

Drones in the telecom industry Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are often characterized as toys or weapons, but they are also seen as maintenance tools among telecom operators. In a global report on the commercial applications of drone technology, PwC estimates the addressable market...

Building back better through spectrum allocation (Reader Forum)

  Losing contact in modern society — physically, digitally — is a new kind of scary. We’ve seen this before: five years ago, Hurricane Sandy’s floodwaters and winds downed communications networks for one of every four people on the Eastern Seaboard. During the recovery, the...

Telecom Tweets of the Week: Puerto Rico networks devastated

While mobile networks on the mainland weathered Hurricane Harvey rather well and were speedily resuscitated after Irma, Puerto Rico's telecom situation is still a mess after a direct hit from Hurricane Maria. According to the most recent update from the Federal Communications Commission, 80 to...

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