Telrad’s BreezeCOMPACT Receives “Product of the Year Award”

Telrad breezecompactThings are always moving in the wireless broadband world but Telrad certainly seems ahead of the pack. Telrad Networks, a global provider of the TD-LTE broadband solutions available at SWG Inc, announced today that its BreezeCOMPACT base station was awarded the prestigious “Product of the Year Award” from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) at the WISPAPALOOZA conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. WISPA is the world’s leading trade group representing wireless internet service providers.

The BreezeCOMPACT is a revolutionary software-defined LTE base station that disrupts the economics of wireless broadband. By offering both outstanding performance and flexibility, this amazing solution from Telrad certainly sets the bar for LTE in fixed networks, and protects the network operator’s investment with a software path to future LTE advancements. The BreezeCOMPACT solution was selected by the members of WISPA for this special recognition.

Highlights of the BreezeCOMPACT from Telrad:

  •     Best TCO with outdoor CPEs in rural/suburban deployment or dense urban indoor scenarios
  •     Superior NLOS using best-in-class 4TX x 4RX Radio
  •     All-in-one modem and radio, in a single box
  •     Software Defined Radio (SDR) 16e, LTE & LTE-Advanced
  •     Carrier aggregation and dual sector
  •     “Network-in-a-box” Embedded EPC

By receiving this recognition, Telrad feels that it has validated its recent efforts to meet the requirements of WISPs in North America. The BreezeCOMPACT  enables operators to deploy LTE networks in an affordable manner, helping them accelerate their deployments and reach previously unreachable customers. This has become a game changer for many of their business models. The BreezeCOMPACT and the rest of the Telrad portfolio is available for purchase at SWG Inc.

The Future of Telecommunications: Quantum Communications?

quantum communictaionsQuantum entanglement – if the name itself doesn’t impress you what it allows ordinary laser beams to do will and the telecommunications world better pay attention. A team of physicists from City College of New York have developed a way for ordinary laser beams to mimic a phenomenon of quantum physics called quantum entanglement, which would double the data speed of laser communications.

Beware: Super Geekinese will be used in the following paragraphs so if large words frighten you turn back now!

Quantum entanglement might sound like a term straight out of Big Bang Theory or Star Trek but it is actually a very real, though very strange, phenomenon. Quantum entanglement occurs when particles such as electrons, photons interact physically and then become unconnected. The type of contact between this particles is such that each resulting member of a pair of particles is accurately designated by the same quantum mechanical state, which is unfixed in terms of important factors such as polarization, spin, momentum, position, etc. A pair or a group of particles such as these might have a property that is shared among them, in such a way that they cannot be considered independent from one another. In quantum mechanics, when you measure a certain property of a particle, such as its energy, you force the system to “collapse”: The value of the property will remain the same regardless. Get it? Good.

If that property is entangled, the collapse will affect all the particles in your quantum state, no matter the distance. Originally, this seemed a violation of special relativity, as the collapse could affect two particles at either end of the universe instantaneously. That would require speeds faster than light and relativity dictates that nothing can travel faster than light. In reality, no information is passed between the particles, so technically the laws of relativity are not broken because nothing is surpassing light speed. A lot of work is actually being done in this field and a growing number of physicists believe we’ll achieve faster-than-light communication by cleverly using quantum entanglement to our advantage. Its not so much breaking the laws of relativity as much as a workaround. Still with me? No wonder Einstein called this “spooky action at a distance”. In experiments, entangled photons are usually transported through optical fibres. But fibres absorb light, which keeps the photons from traveling more than a few hundred miles. This is where the New York team’s discovery can have major ramifications. Why use fibres when you can use light itself!

At the very core of quantum entanglement is something called “nonseperability” which is when two entangled particles are described by an unfactorized equation. What makes this interesting is that a simple laser beam’s shape and polarization can also be nonseperable. Think of that the next time you use a laser pointer. Light is made up of electromagnetic waves and light itself is polarized if those waves oscillate only on a specific plane. Light with different polarization is used in 3D movie theatres: Each eyepiece on the goggles that you are given have filters that let only a certain type of polarization through, thus creating the illusion of a three-dimensional image.(Bet you didn’t know that one!). So these researchers in New York were able to make the shape and polarization of a laser beam nonseparable by making the polarization of the light in the laser beam dependent on shape which they call a “vector beam”. Then using off-the-shelf components to ‘touch’ only it polarization, they showed it could be encoded as two bits of information. Surprisingly, this was twice as much information that could be encoded as when the laser beam was separable

In Simple Terms:
Because operations carried out on one of the entangled particles affect the state of its partner, no matter how far away it is, the two objects can be manipulated to act like two ends of a quantum telephone line, transmitting quantum information between two widely separated locations.

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So what does this mean for telecommunications? Well, information in quantum entanglement transfers very fast and when most people describe this fascinating process, they’ll describe the information transfer as “instantaneous” or “near-instantaneous”. In 2014, a team of Chinese physicists entangled pairs of photons and came back and said that quantum entanglement transfers information at around 3-trillion meters per second or in other words you can say four orders of magnitude faster than light. Yeah, that is fast and by now you are probably seeing the implications of this for telecommunications. Lets look some more at real world application.

In 2009, from a site near the base of the Great Wall of China in the hills north of Beijing, China a team of physicists from the University of Science and Technology of China aimed a laser at a detector towards a rooftop nearly 10 miles away, then used the quantum properties of the laser’s photons to ‘teleport’ information across the intervening space! At the time, it was a world distance record for quantum teleportation, and a major step towards the team’s ultimate aim of teleporting photons to a satellite.If that goal is achieved, and it seems closer now given the success of the New York team, it will establish the first links of a ‘quantum Internet’ that harnesses the powers of subatomic physics to create a super-secure global communication network. China already plans to launch a satellite dedicated to quantum-science experiments. It will offer physicists a new arena in which to test the foundations of quantum theory, and explore how they fit together with the general theory of relativity — Einstein’s very different theory of space, time and gravity.

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Oh and by the way, there is already a name for faster-than-light communication –it’s Superliuminal Communication. Is this the future of telecommunications? Perhaps.

Lenin statue turned into a WiFi-enabled Darth Vader

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

At SWG Inc, we commonly hear our customers say how the SWG in our brand is just like Star Wars Galaxies (SWG). With the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the world is seemingly obsessed with Star Wars and that obsession is now entering the wireless world.  When the Ukraine country passed decommunisation laws, forcing the removal of all Communist symbolism, officials in Odessa decided to give a statue of Lenin a makeover – a major makeover.

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Ukrainian artist Alexander Milov took the statue over to the Dark Side by taking the statue of Vladimir Lenin and turning it into a WiFi-transmitting Darth Vader made of a titanium alloy. The WiFi router is conveniently located in Darth Vader’s helmet and delivers free Wi-Fi to the area around the Sith Lord. ” Luke, I am your Wi-Fi”.

“I wanted to make a symbol of American pop culture which appears to be more durable than the Soviet ideal,” Milov told BBC.

While Odessa’s Darth Vader Wi-Fi statue may be unique it is not the first of its kind. Nikola Tesla, one of the most influential inventors of the 20th century and arguably the true  “Father of Wireless”, spent his life working with electricity and dreamed of the possibility of wireless communication. Although he died about 30 years before the first call was made on a wireless phone, his work is invaluable to the technology available today. What could be a more fitting tribute to this man than a statue in his likeness that is equipped with free Wi-Fi.

Standing at Tesla’s actual height of 6’2″, the bronze statue sculpted by Terry Guyer features Tesla holding a giant wireless light bulb. In addition to providing complimentary Wi-Fi to those visiting its new home in Silicon Valley, the statue also houses a time capsule to be opened on January 7, 2043—the 100th anniversary of Tesla’s death.

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Exciting Announcement: SWG Inc Teams Up With Telrad

SWG, Inc. a leading distributor of wireless broadband equipment, is pleased to announce our new partnership with Telrad Networks, a global provider of innovative 4G LTE wireless solutions. This partnership will allow SWG, Inc. to provide its customers with advanced broadband wireless technologies, products and services to enable operators and Internet service providers to easily deploy cost-effective broadband networks.

As part of the agreement, SWG, Inc. will be able to leverage the strength of the full Telrad solution suite, and offer their customers Telrad’s carrier-grade base stations, core network solutions, and end-user equipment, including the BreezeCOMPACT, BreezeWAY and BreezeMAX product families. Both companies have long-term plans to continue to serve the 3.65 & 2.5GHz U.S. band market, empowering operators and ISPs to establish affordable networks.

Telrad solutions, operating in the sub-6 GHz bands, offer reliable wireless broadband connectivity. With their flagship product, the BreezeCOMPACT, Telrad delivers enhanced capabilities such as spectrum analyzer and DCS (Dynamic Channel Selection). Telrad CPEs offer fast installation tools and increased coverage using high gain antenna design.

Contact SWG Inc today to discuss how Telrad’s Solutions can work for you!

Are Monkeys Eating Your Internet?

o8z08As part of our “Go Wireless” series on why you should go wireless with your broadband solution, we posted an article last week on how sharks like to chew on underwater fiber optic broadband cables which is causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage not to mention any connectivity challenges. Many of you who live inland sighed a breath of relief. Sharks may not be eating your internet but monkeys very well may be.

In the United States, when the Internet goes dark, it’s hard for us to think about much beyond “what am I going to do now?” But, behind every outage, there’s a cause. In the U.S., that cause is often serious congestion on the network, equipment failure, or a storm that takes down Internet conduits.  For Service providers, businesses and organizations laying fiber in tropical locations are finding that monkeys have a taste for fiber lines. It must be the jackets. In India for example, a country working extremely hard to bring connectivity to its citizens, monkeys are the reason your internet is down. In the 3,000-year-old holy city of Varanasi, India, a destination popular with tourists and Hindu devotees alike, hundreds of macaque monkeys have turned on the fiber optic broadband cables situated along the Ganges river. In fact, they chewed through the cables less than two months after they were installed. Must have tasted good. unfortunately, local officials are unsure about what measures to take to combat this: Trapping or chasing away the monkeys would anger temple visitors and local residents alike so that option is no-go, and laying the fiber underground isn’t an option, due to overcrowding in the city which has a population of over 2 million. This is a big deal for the Indian government. India is in the process of implementing an $18 billion plan to bring electricity and Internet access, in the form of 434,960 miles of broadband cable, to villages across the country. Right now, 20% of the country, roughly 250 million people, has Internet access, but the goal is to increase that to one third of residents over the next two years. Given the level of overcrowding which makes laying underground cable near impossible, not to mention the annual floods along the Ganges, India should seriously implementing a wireless solution in conjunction with its cable network. I’d like to see a money try to chew through an access point!

This problem isn’t limited to India either, service providers and businesses in other tropical locations throughout Africa, South America and the Caribbean have also had their share of run-ins with monkeys chewing on broadband cables. A major service provider in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil found that their above ground broadband lines were being chewed through by determined gangs of capuchin monkeys. There have even been reports of monkeys

Apparently, this sort of problem isn’t unique or even rare. A wide variety of animals have acquired a taste for fiber optic cables. As we mentioned in our last article, sharks have been attacking trans-oceanic fiber optic cables (including Google’s internet lines) since 1987. Rats have chewed through lines in Scotland and have caused internet outages. Just wait until next week when you find out who the number one culprit is!  I’ll give you a hint – all of you in temperate climates better watch out!

SWG Inc is a global provider of wireless broadband and fixed microwave network equipment. From access points and subscriber modules to antennas and even complete PTP and PMP links, SWG Inc had the network equipment you need from the world’s top manufacturers including Cambium Networks, Ubiquiti, DragonWave, Telrad, SAF Tehnika and more. Whether you are looking to purchase equipment, get equipment repaired in our world-class repair facilities or are looking to sell us your old network gear, SWG Inc is there for you. Call us today to discuss your network needs at 1-888-490-3645 or use our convenient online form.

 

Are Sharks Eating Your Internet? Just Another Reason To Go Wireless

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As if you didn’t need another reason to move away from fibre for your connectivity – sharks apparently enjoy the taste of the cable. Not the blow up the shark kind of cable seen in the original Jaws but the fibre-optic cable providing you with internet. With sharks causing panic along the East Coast due to a high number of attacks within the last two months, new reports have shown that beach-goers aren’t the only thing they find tasty. Not content with just ruining your summer vacation at the shore, sharks are apparently branching out into disrupting your internet connection as well. While reports of sharks chomping on undersea cables have been circulating around the rumor mill since the 1980s, a recent Google Cloud Roadshow event brought new media attention to the issue after a Google products manager mentioned the myth when discussing the company’s Trans-Pacific fibre-optic cables.

Supposedly, Google has been encasing its fibre-optic cables in a Kevlar-like material in order to protect them from shark bites. Presumably, this includes Google’s newest FASTER intercontinental project, which will connect the US to Japan and provide improved internet access to Asia. Think this sounds too far-fetched- perhaps but what is certain is that in 1985  fibre-optic cables were retrieved from the Atlantic off the Canary Island with shark teeth still embedded in the line. According to the report, in the Atlantic alone, shark bites have caused the failure of four segments of cable, which is the main artery for transatlantic global voice and computer communications. We can’t forget about the Pacific either, there are troubles there as well with British telephone officials monitoring the installation of the fiber-optic network that will link the United States to Japan and Guam reporting troubles with gnawing sharks. Just to put it into a financial perspective – a single bite on a deep-sea line, which is about the size of a garden hose, can cost $250,000 or more to fix so measures have been taken to prevent damage by curious sharks-hence Google’s Kevlar-like jacket.  Are you technophiles curious about what happens when a shark bite tears into a fiber optic cable? We were too and fortunately Undersea.com had the answer:

When the deepwater sharks bit into the light wave cable, the teeth penetrated the medium density polyethylene (MDPE) jacket on the cable. This exposed the copper tube, surrounding the core of the cable, to seawater. The electric current, which flows through the copper tube to power the amplifiers, arced into the sea and short-circuited the power system, causing the cable to lay lifeless at 9,000 feet (2,744 m).

Now I am sure some of you are thinking this is nothing more than an old sea story. Thats okay – would a video from 2010 of a shark making a snack out of a submarine cable convince you?

As to why sharks are targeting cable, theories have varied as they often do. A popular explanation is that the sharks may be attracted to the electro-magnetic fields that fibre-optic cables generate. As sharks use their sensitivity to magnetic fields to assist in tracking prey, it’s possible the animals are mistaking the electrical signals omitted by cables for fish – resulting in sharks swimming in for a taste test. The problem with this theory is that cables are supposedly designed to make these electromagnetic fields virtually undetectable. So even if sharks aren’t drawn to these currents, it’s possible that this behaviour can simply be attributed to sharky curiosity.

Apparently, 70% of damage to underwater cables can be attributed to ‘external aggression’. However, engineers are far more concerned with factors like fishing trawlers and anchors, and even water pressure and earthquakes, than with the potential damage caused by bite-happy sharks.

So although sharks aren’t exactly attacking undersea cables in droves, there’s evidence to suggest that stories of chewed-upon cables aren’t just an old fishwives’ tale and remember, sharks don’t just live in the deep sea. They are just as comfortable in bays, waterways and some like the ferocious Bull Shark have no problem swimming in brackish water- one even swam up the Mississippi as far as St. Louis. Just another reason to go with wireless. No cables to chomp.

SWG Inc is a global provider of wireless broadband and fixed microwave network equipment. From access points and subscriber modules to antennas and even complete PTP and PMP links, SWG Inc had the network equipment you need from the world’s top manufacturers including Cambium Networks, Ubiquiti, DragonWave, Telrad, SAF Tehnika and more. Whether you are looking to purchase equipment, get equipment repaired in our world-class repair facilities or are looking to sell us your old network gear, SWG Inc is there for you. Call us today to discuss your network needs at 1-888-490-3645 or use our convenient online form.

 

Microwave Technology Goes To War

microwave death rayThink microwave tech is only used for connectivity? Think again. The Russian military recently unveiled its new “Microwave Cannon” which it claims can disable drones and warheads within 6 miles in a complete 360 degree perimeter. A representative from the state-owned United Instrument Manufacturing Corp that built the weapon described the device in this way:

The new system is equipped with a high-power relativistic generator and reflector antenna, management and control system, and a transmission system which is fixed on the chassis of BUK surface-to-air missile systems. When mounted on a special platform, the ‘microwave gun’ is capable of ensuring perimeter defense at 360 degrees

The microwave cannon, if it’s as effective as Russian officials say, runs parallel with US projects to build battle-ready, microwave and other energy-based weapons. The US Navy has shown that its Laser Weapons System (LaWS) can indeed destroy targets while Lockeed Martin is developing “death laser” on its own. All of that is to say nothing of the Navy’s slightly more conventional railgun that is currently under development. Even the idea of an energy-based weapon is not new concept. Nikola Tesla and a half dozen others have experimented with so-called “death rays” throughout the 1920s and 1930s where it was thought that the strategic placement of such defensive weapons would eliminate the possibility of future wars. While they may have been wrong in that, they may not be wrong in the technology that could make such as weapon a reality as Russia and the United States have shown.

As for the Russian microwave cannon, given how all the information comes from Russian-owned organizations and since there’s no footage of the device in action yet, it’s hard to tell exactly how effective the weapon is. But if it really can knock drones and warheads out of the air with ease, that lends even more power to Russian already impressive arsenal.

Top 5 Reasons Why Fixed Microwave is Better than Fiber Optic Cable

wirelessAs businesses increasingly turn to the cloud for business operations, business owners are finding that fixed microwave meet their needs for increased bandwidth with improved reliability and performance when compared to traditional fiber optic cable.

If you are among those that think fiber is the gold standard in broadband technology, you might just want to think again. Microwave technology is quickly becoming more popular than fiber as businesses are learning about its many advantages. In the highly competitive business landscape of the 21st century, speed and internet quality are directly linked to efficiency, productivity and most importantly, revenue. Because we are seeing an increasing number of business operations happen on the cloud, increased bandwidth is not only desired, it is necessary. Business owners are discovering that fixed wireless is a direct replacement to fiber based services because it meets their bandwidth needs not only with higher reliability but also with better performance.

Here are five reasons that microwave fixed wireless trumps fiber in meeting the needs of businesses:.

    • Lower Latency
      More hops in optical networks inevitably lead to more processing latency and noise. A fiber network encompassing an entire city has to traverse more points than a microwave network to arrive at the final point. The reduced number of hops in microwave networks lowers end-to-end latency. Even a gain of a couple of milliseconds can add up to a sizable advantage for businesses and deliver a better internet experience with lower latency when compared to fiber optic networks.
    • Improved Reliability
      When your business operations depend upon connectivity to the internet, as many do today, the reliability of your broadband connection is critical. One of the main downfalls of fiber networks is that the cable runs underground, this leaves the network vulnerable to disruption due to damage caused by work being done in the street or the building. Go to any major city, or small one for that matter, and notice the amount of street work being done and ask yourself if you would want your network cable in the path of some of those heavy pieces of machinery.  In comparison, a microwave fixed wireless connection is a point-to-point connection that meets or exceeds the reliability of fiber optic networks. Not only will you have the reliability your business needs for internet connectivity but also the peace of mind knowing there is no fiber that that could be severed.
    • Microwave Fixed Wireless is as Fast as Fiber Networks
      Most businesses are looking to subscribe to an Internet connection in the 20Mbps to 500Mbps range. Microwave fixed wireless can easily achieve these speeds with higher reliability than fiber optic networks.
    • Installation Time and Costs
      Having leased lines or new fiber equipment installed can be a time-consuming venture. Alternatively, microwave links can be installed within four to five days in comparison to the many weeks needed for fiber lines.  Some businesses don’t mind waiting weeks while a solution can be in place in mere days with microwave but there is one area that they will mind and that is cost. Setting up a single PTP link can cost only a few thousand dollars with a minimum of labor while setting up a fiber network can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars with increased labor and machinery costs needed to trench and lay the cable. In terms of time and costs, fixed microwave is the winner hands down!
    • Dependability
      Fiber and leased lines are not infallible. Businesses typically turn to fixed wireless Internet solutions after losing their fiber data connections due to a number of reasons. Some also install microwave as a backup to fiber to manage the risk of communication loss and minimize downtime.

With the increasing availability of microwave fixed wireless internet and the lower costs associated with this solution, adoption is expected to only increase in the future. To learn more about how microwave fixed Internet can benefit your business, contact our experts at SWG Inc. We are the global experts in fixed wireless equipment. We carry all the top brands and at prices you will love. Don’t forget we also do repairs and asset recovery!

The Strange Art of Tower Disguise : 21 Amazing Examples

We have all seen wireless towers. Those giant pylons of steel stretching into the sky that dot the landscape. However, some would prefer that they were not seen but, how exactly does one hide a 100+ ft tower? Apparently it is not as difficult as you might think as the examples below demonstrate. From trees and buildings to sculptures, people have gone to amazing, and some might say insane, lengths to disguise towers. What do you think?

1. A New Twist On Tower Design

twisted tower-2Photo by Jonathan Kramer (via cellphonetowers.com)

2. Cactus Tower – Don’t Try Getting Water From This One

cell-phone-tower-disguised-as-a-cactus-1Photo via jaycrew on Reddit

3. The Super Tree Tower – Bet You Can’t Guess Which One It Is

super tree towerPhotograph by Robert Voit (via AmusingPlanet)

4. Farm Silos – Not Just For Corn Anymore

silo towerPhoto by Jonathan Kramer (via cellphonetowers.com)

5. Flag Pole Tower In College Station, Texas – Old Glory Gets Technical

cell-phone-tower-flag-polePhotograph by AggiePhil04 @ Waymarking.com

6. Palm Tree Tower – Extremely Well Done

cell-phone-tower-disguised-as-a-palm-treePhotograph by Robert Voit (via AmusingPlanet)

7. Hiding A Tower With Another Tower

cell-phone-tower-disguised-a-church-bell-tower-1Photograph by Julian P. Barry | (via givemefive on Reddit)

8. More Tree Towers: Some Like Their Tree Towers Bare… cell-phone-tower-tree-trunkPhotograph by Robert Voit (via AmusingPlanet)

9. While Others Like Them Covered

tre tower-3Photograph by Robert Voit (via AmusingPlanet)

10. Apparently The British Prefer The Latter Like This Example In The UK Shows

cell-phone-tree-2Photograph by Dragontree @ Waymarking.com

11. Another Cactus Tower – I Wonder If It Still Has Spines?

cactus-2Photograph by AZTech @ Waymarking.com

12. Palm Tree Tower – I’m Starting To See A Trend

palm-2Photograph by Robert Voit (via AmusingPlanet)

13. Brick-Camo Tower in Poland – Okay I’m Impressed

polandPhotograph by Pplecke

14. Another Tree Tower Though Not Quite So High

tree-3Photograph by Robert Voit (via AmusingPlanet)

15. Who Said Towers Can’t Be Art?

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16. Or Divine?

cells_arizona_200908_eastvalleyfreewillbapchurch_mesa_az_cing_DSCN1274_20090804Photo by Jonathan Kramer (via cellphonetowers.com)

17. Tower Cacti: They’re Multiplying!

cactus-multiplyPhotograph by AZTech @ Waymarking.com

18. You Can Always Try Disguising A Tower As A House

normal_wa_yucca_vly_cing_20071225_DSCN8775-adobePhoto by Jonathan Kramer (via cellphonetowers.com)

19. Or A Lighthouse

cupolaPhoto by Jonathan Kramer (via cellphonetowers.com)

20. You Can Always Integrate The Tower Equipment Into Your Signage

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto by Jonathan Kramer (via cellphonetowers.com)

21. When All Else Fails, Disguise It As A Rock Though I’m Not Sure If Graffiti Comes With It

murrieta rock sprintPhoto by Jonathan Kramer (via cellphonetowers.com)

As you can see, towers can come in all shapes, sizes and I guess tree species. As wireless technology continues to expand across the globe we can expect more and more interesting tower designs to emerge. If you have seen an interesting tower please let us know!

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911 Outage Leads To Fines For CenturyLink

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Imagine for a moment that you are in the middle of an emergency and you are unable to reach 911. It is probably everyone’s worst nightmare but this was exactly what happened to over 11 million CenturyLink customers for over 6 hours across parts of Washington, Minnesota, Colorado, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania in April of last year. The outage resulted in over 6,600 missed emergency calls that included domestic violence, assault, motor vehicle accidents, a heart attack, an overdose and an intruder breaking into a residence. The FCC was far from please and fined CenturyLink $16 million for the outage which they say was caused by a “software coding issue” which was entirely preventable according to the FCC. It’s the largest 911-related fine ever levied by the government agency.

The FCC takes the welfare of customer safety very seriously. In a statement to the media, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said, “Americans need to be confident that the service they use to reach first responders is reliable and accessible in their time of need and providers have a responsibility to ensure that Americans can use 911 to call for help any time. When a company fails to live up to its obligations, it will be held accountable.”.

Intrado Communications, the 911 support service for CenturyLink, has already reached a settlement of $1.4 million. In addition, Verizon will end up paying $3.4 million to the FCC for a 911 outage of their own. Hopefully, this does not become a trend across provider platforms.

Broadband Technology And Education

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There is no denying that broadband wireless technology has had on connecting the modern world but, there is one area in particular where its effects are profound and are shaping the next generation. Education

Sure we have all heard the buzz words “Digital Campus” or “Smart School” but what is the fuss all about? It’s bigger than you think. Education in the 21st Century is now based on the assumption that all students have access to broadband connectivity from the classroom, to the campus and even into the local community. Universities, colleges and even schools need to deliver this connectivity through convenient and modern technology while improving efficiency and cost effectiveness. This is where broadband technology comes into play and is creating not only a new generation of students, but a new generation of educators as well.

High-speed wireless computing is creating a new breed of student. Whether urban or rural and from the cities and towns throughout the United States and Europe to the villages of Asia, Africa and South America, the new generation of students are both computer and Internet literate. Extremely internet literate. We are witnessing the rise of the digital student. Tablet in one hand, smart phone in the other with online tests and classes, downloadable text books –wish they had that one when I was in college-but more importantly internet access. They demand instant high-speed access when they want it, where they want it and the schools, colleges and universities now have to provide exactly that. The fact of the matter is that more and more of the best and the brightest students from around the world are choosing an educational institution, in part, on its high-speed connectivity capabilities. Modern educational networks help students overcome the barriers that keep them from reaching their true potential. They give them access to the wider community, let them enroll in specialized courses that aren’t locally available, and help them personalize their learning experience to meet their unique abilities. Covering an entire campus with broadband infrastructure that allows students and staff to access the Internet, class schedules, materials and school databases from anywhere on campus is a massive benefit that can truly set the institution apart from others. What options do they have to accomplish this? They can take the fiber route and dig large expensive trenches across their landscaped campuses- try to think of the landscaping costs that come after. Or they can get the same if not better high-speed connectivity with wireless broadband technology. Would you like to save 50% in CAPEX and OPEX? We thought you might.

But wireless broadband isn’t only about high- speed access for students. All around the world, schools, colleges and universities are discovering that in addition to helping them be more attractive to students, wireless broadband capabilities are helping them in a number of other ways. They’re encouraging and facilitating collaborative and distance learning, helping to increase safety and security on and off campus. Educators and administrators would benefit from modern networks, accessing remote course materials and creating blended learning environments that combine classroom lectures with self-paced, computer-based e-learning. They can also more effectively monitor students’ progress and better ensure that graduates gain skills for critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving. Wireless broadband tech is a win/win for student and school alike. Education is a fast changing environment and must constantly adapt itself to the latest technology. Wireless broadband is not only shaping the way we learn but also the way we teach and administer which provides a better experience for all.

SWG Inc is proud to serve academic and educational institutions throughout the world in providing new, surplus and pre-used wireless broadband equipment and repair services. If you are looking to buy or sell fixed microwave equipment or would like to have equipment repaired, you need SWG Inc. Call us today at 1-888-490-3645 or email us today!

The Evolution and History of Wireless Technology

Since the discovery of radio waves in 1880 wireless technology has advanced from mere theoretical observations to a readily applied science that touches many aspects of modern life. Wireless communication became possible thanks to the discovery of radio waves in 1880, which led to the first demonstration of telegraphic communication in England. From the telegraph which ushered in the era of the first long distance wireless transmission to Edwin Armstrong’s inventing the portable radio, discovering FM frequencies, and the uber regenerative receiver, set down the framework for future developments in the telecommunications field.

To learn more about the evolution of wireless networks, check out the infographic below created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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