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  • forget mobile phone masts.

  • One UK tech company has found a different way to keep us connected by beaming five G across large areas directly from an aircraft.

  • Stratospheric platforms Limited CEO Richard Deacon, essentially a cell phone tower sitting up in the sky and 60,000 ft on.

  • Obviously in that sort of altitude, it can see much more than any small tower can on the ground, and it covers a huge area.

  • So unlike a small cell phone tower on the ground, which could cover a few kilometers, this covers around 140 kilometers in diameter.

  • So vast area on anywhere within that beam, you're going to be able to connect your cell phone and speeds of over 100 megabits per second.

  • The company says they're developing an emission free hydrogen fuel cell system.

  • Unmanned aircraft with the wingspan of 197 ft as big as a Boeing 747 It's able to stay aloft for nine days on each aircraft, could do the job of 200 terrestrial towers.

  • Company says the airborne network could slash the cost of running a next generation system by as much as 70% a lot of the UK doesn't have decent cellphone coverage.

  • Azzawi.

  • No on.

  • If you think 4G coverage is bad, then the range on 5G is even shorter, so you need even more masts. And their estimates that have been done

  • that suggests, for five G thing, you need an additional 400,000 masks in the UK, which is clearly in practical.

  • The advantage of this type of technology is that you avoid the need for putting any of those masks in on.

  • You can roll this out very quickly without disrupting local communities.

  • Each antenna produces 480 steerable beans that can create a pattern of coverage on the ground, that can be controlled to cover a specific city, area, shipping lane, motorway, or even a moving target like a train or autonomous car.

  • The technology also opens up the possibility of providing coverage exactly where required, for example, ending at national borders the advantage of satellites.

  • You can see large areas of the earth, but you're a very long way away.

  • Eso compared to flying in the stratosphere.

  • You're between 10 and 100 times further away from the surface of the Earth in space than you are at the stratosphere, so it's an ideal sort of Goldilocks position.

  • You're far enough up that you can see large areas of the ground, but you're close enough that you can get a very high performance service.

  • The platform is due to make its first flight in 2022 with operational deployment expected around 2024.

  • There's a whole range of these sorts of applications, which are very difficult to achieve with a traditional cellular network approach.

  • But by building networks in this way, we can make sure it's very easy to get connectivity where it's wanted for those new applications as they emerge, yeah.

forget mobile phone masts.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/15
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