Facebook has for years explored ways to help improve mobile connectivity and bring more of the population in developed countries get online, ostensibly a humanitarian effort but more of a thinly veiled ploy to bring more people into its app ecosystem. That effort’s most visible projects have been Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, with its Free Basics and Express Wi-Fi offerings for fast-growing smartphone markets, and the discontinued Aquila project, which sought to fly large, solar-powered drones that could beam down internet much like Alphabet’s high-flying Loon helium balloons. But Facebook was working on another method in secret that involved much smaller, bird-sized fixed-wing aircraft that could be used to boost smartphone data speeds, according to a report today from Business Insider. The project, codenamed “Catalina” after an island off the Southern California coast notable for once using a carrier pigeon network, was discontinued about a year … [Read more...] about Facebook explored using a fleet of tiny, bird-sized drones to boost mobile internet speeds
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The companies signed a memorandum of understanding in Havana aimed at speeding up connectivity to help bring communications on the island into the 21st century, a key policy of President Miguel Diaz-Canel. Cuba's internet provider is currently dependent on a submarine fiber-optic cable link to Venezuela, but service is often overloaded and slow. Engineers from the two companies will now work together toward achieving a faster, direct internet connection. The island would benefit from connecting to submarine cables between the US and Latin America. "We are creating a working group which is comprised of engineers from Google and ETECSA who would work together to analyze ways to implement the direct internet connection," said Google's chief in Cuba, Brett Perlmutter. ETECSA vice president of investments Luis Adolfo Iglesias told reporters the companies would work toward better connectivity "when technical conditions allow." Mobile internet has been available on the island since … [Read more...] about Google signs deal with Cuba to boost internet services
Best answer: You can get away with some really slow internet speeds on the PlayStation 4, around 3 Mbps for download and an upload speed of 1Mbps, but it's the ping you need to watch out for. Keep it below 150ms and you should be fine. Speed matters If any of you are PC players as well as console players you will know that most games have a minimum system requirements list, and in that list is the minimum connection speed you can have to run the online services of the game. PlayStation games are a little different, the console itself has the minimum requirement and all the games must meet that minimum to be allowed onto the PlayStation platform. Sony's minimum requirement is pretty low. All you need is a download speed of 3Mbps and an upload speed of just 1Mbps. This really is very low by today's internet standards — the average US internet speed is now 19Mps — so any game should run fine if you have an average internet speed. As you can see from the picture below, even … [Read more...] about What internet speeds do you need to play PlayStation 4 online?
Mobile 5G may not be here yet, but investments carriers have been making to get ready for 5G in dense urban areas is already paying off in terms of faster and more reliable service. And it's likely to only get better as the race to real 5G continues in 2019.That's the takeaway from a report from independent network testing firm, RootMetrics. In its semi-annual report, which tests network performance for all four major US carriers in 125 metro markets across all 50 states, the firm saw some of the biggest shifts in performance among all four carriers in cities, where wireless carriers have been busy upgrading their networks to get ready for 5G."Across the board, we're seeing the carriers make speed and reliability a top focus across the major U.S. cities," Doug King, director of business development at RootMetrics. "While all the networks begin to lay the foundation for 5G rollouts, initial implementations are already driving slightly faster speeds and higher reliability for mobile … [Read more...] about Preparations for 5G boosts networks speeds across cities in US
The companies will also have to make "direct financial commitments" to both improve their networks and offer compensation for some customers. These include a $25 million investment on Frontier's part to boost its upstate capacity, while Altice will pay $5 million to subscribers who didn't get equipment capable of fulfilling expected speeds. All of the providers will have to ensure they provide modems and routers that can handle advertised speeds, including free replacements.This is just a New York agreement focused on major providers, and there are still areas where you might not get everything you'd like. Just because you can stream Netflix doesn't mean you're getting every last megabit, for instance. Nonetheless, it might benefit residents if the state is diligent in enforcing the terms. It's no secret that ISPs tend to oversell their performance while skimping on capacity and foisting outdated gear on subscribers -- this could raise the baseline quality of service for millions … [Read more...] about New York sets tougher standards for marketing internet speeds