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Google partners with Space X to bring Internet access to everyone

Google is partnering with Space X to make Internet access for everyone a real goal! It is official! Google and Fidelity have invested $1 billion in the private space firm, thus obtaining 10% share. This funding will go towards developing reusable rocket technology and satellite manufacturing.

 

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It appears that Google’s interests are of helping Space X deploy a micro-satellite network around the world that could deliver internet access on the ground. This is not Google’s first attempt at changing the world of connectivity; they previously worked on Google Fiber by bringing it in some US cities and on the balloon-based project Loon. The hypothetical Space X network would reside on a lower orbit and would make latency less difficult as opposed to traditional satellite internet.

Space X is currently working with NASA based on a contract where they deliver supplies to the International Space Station via their Dragon capsules. A next generation capsule is in development and it is supposed to be able to send NASA astronauts into orbit. The firm has been developing enough launch vehicles based on the Falcon 9 rocket it previously built, so there should be enough throttle for tiny satellites sent into space.

Source: SpaceX via Androidpolice

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AT&T and Verizon to work on interoperable VoLTE calling

AT&T and Verizon are finally teaming up, and not for any project, but to develop VoLTE calling interoperability! The US carriers are working together to bring the voice over LTE feature work across carriers. This could possibly mean that soon™ you will be making calls from one carrier to another by using LTE rather than 3G technologies.

VoLTE is an all-IP technology meant to improve voice quality and add other services to the mix. VoLTE currently works within a carrier network which means, when you call to a number in another carrier, you will switch back to 3G networks, even if they are VoLTE capable.

Why would AT&T and Verizon work with one another? Because it may benefit them both on the long run. What would be the point of creating interoperable VoLTE calling if you can’t test it or use it with another carrier? This way they may get more customers and fewer complaints, along with better call service. The feature is expected to come live sometime in 2015.

Source: Verizon