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February 2014 and I still can’t do a phone call on a moving train

At 10pm I had a call with San Francisco. I write it like that, because it sounds cool. In point of fact, the chap I was due to speak with is the height of cool. One of the Valley’s uber-connected dudes. I phoned him at 10pm as I boarded the train and sat down. Firstly, […]

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Bentley Walker satellite broadband internet: Any good?

I was rushing through Waterloo Station the other evening when my attention was caught by this giant poster from Bentley Walker, providers of satellite broadband internet services. Given the amount of folk arriving and departing into Waterloo from the Western ‘home counties’, I think this is good placement. I know quite a few folk in […]

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Devices Services

Help with satellite broadband: Does it actually work?

My wife’s parents live out in the middle of nowhere in Hampshire. When you put their phone number into the BT broadband speed checker, the system does the equivalent of burst out laughing, arms crossed, shaking its head. It estimates a speed of between 0.25mb and 1mb. This, then, is why when I go there, […]

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New mobile satellite provider for Europe

The EC, it seems, can’t get enough of talking up mobile data and that old nearly-ran mobile TV. The Commission has announced it’s started a selection process for a new satellite provider across Europe, who will be able to sell “high speed data, mobile TV, disaster relief and remote medical services under a single European […]

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ICO puts up satellite for US mobile TV

ICO Global Communications has announced its launched a new satellite that will allow it to start offering new mobile services later on in this year. The satellite, called ICO.G1, went up yesterday from Cape Canaveral, and reached its orbit later that afternoon. The satellite will let ICO provide services including mobile TV, navigation and emergency […]