Hi all, long time no see! There is a lot of information in this blog of mine that goes back to 2005 and that I haven't yet got round to porting over to my newer blogs, but it makes sense to point them out here for those that are still subscribing to this blog and its feeds (you know who you are)!
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Hope to catch up with you soon!
February 11, 2009
A fascinating interview of Vint Cerf a few months old already, but interesting in that people over at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the States are developing a new telecommunications standard for probe-to-probe and space probe internet communications. This new protocol called "DTN" is specifically designed for situations where there is no telco infrastructure and bad latency issues, such as outer space, underwater etc. Some tests have been carried out over the last few years, naturally in a military contingency context by people like Internet grandpa DARPA, but also with applications to the international space station in 2009 although the article doesn't mention when.
According to NASA's website, the goal is to get these up and running and tested by 2011. According to the multi-governmental Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems December newsletter, the first tests with the International Space Station using this protocol were successful last November, although from one well-defined, well-equipped station to another, this hardly proves much. The ground-based testing by DARPA looks good for now in controlled earth-based environments. The next two years promise much in terms of real-world applicability.
December 24, 2008
As announced on this mobile blog almost 3 months ago to the day, the UN's head of telecommunications' statement that 60% of the world will be connected to a mobile phone by the end of the year has come true.
According to 3G Americas and reported by Fierce Wireless today, the historic milestone of 4 billion mobile phone users worldwide was passed this December 2008. While Africa was the continent of the mobile in 2008, it looks like South America and the Caribbean will be the most vibrant areas in terms of market growth in 2009... wow! I actually said "market growth" and "vibrant": never thought I'd be saying that among the doom and gloom of 2008!
But I guess that's what it's all about: there are nuggets out there, it is up to us to dig them up and enjoy the opportunities! And with that, I would like to wish all my readers a very happy xmas... looking forward to 2009!