5G: Where We Are and Where We’re Heading

first_imgIn the last few months, we have seen society’s embrace of technology accelerate dramatically. Automation, Artificial Intelligence, virtual experiences, autonomous vehicles and robotics have all become much more accepted as humanity realized what those technologies could mean to human progress. The global pandemic has also forced corporations to shift business models, redefine education, recast healthcare over distance and fundamentally opened the door to different ways to do almost everything we understood before COVID.At the same time, the wonders of technology have caused divides—both economic and geographic—that need to be addressed as we look to recover and rebuild. Today, the future of the economy and our communities depends on the ability of business and governments to invest in a long-term digital transformation strategy that includes everyone and everything regardless of their location or prior relationship with modern technology. One of the key elements of making this transformation real is having a pervasive way to reach the entire digital ecosystem. We will be dependent on modern connectivity to connect the clouds to the edges to the people to the devices across society; and at this time the single most important new technology to make that happen is next generation 5G wireless communications technology.Building 5G on Top of Existing 4G Infrastructure – An Important First StepToday, 5G is at best an extension of the 4G environment with legacy or traditional technology powering cellular networks for moderately faster speeds. The big four U.S. carriers have each introduced technology that aims to bring 5G connectivity to consumers – essentially adding on 5G equipment to an existing 4G LTE network.While these early efforts to bolster 4G LTE networks are admirable and demonstrate the appetite for the 5G experience, they are still very early in delivering the high broadband speeds, near zero latency, and high device density promise of 5G. The journey to get there is the challenge, and we have pretty significant hurdles to overcome from a U.S. perspective and will need the full investment of the US innovation ecosystem.The Race to 5G Dominance Heats up Across the GlobeOne of the biggest impediments to 5G infrastructure is the limited marketplace that exists, particularly in the U.S., which lacks at-scale providers of modern 5G equipment used to build these new networks. If we don’t fix that problem, 5G adoption in the U.S. will lag behind other nations and the US technology ecosystem will participate from the outside of this critical technology. The government must find creative ways to attract U.S.-based companies into the 5G ecosystem by sharing risk and creating incentives. With the capital, resources, and talent to build a 5G infrastructure, big tech will be able to increase their participation in 5G at an accelerated rate. We know that when the technology industry of the United States is fully present in a technical ecosystem, amazing innovation happens, and true progress occurs. We have seen this in Cloud, IT, software defined systems, virtualization, security and even in wireless technology many years ago.This change in the role of the U.S. technical ecosystem is critical. The lack of a robust secure supply chain, U.S. technology, and control over the intellectual property rights of the 5G ecosystem introduces significant strategic, security, economic, and political risk to the communications industry. The impact of these deficiencies goes beyond just mobile connectivity. The U.S. must drive the innovation and standardization of national 5G infrastructure to not only get left behind on the world stage, but also play a major role in the marketplace as it has for nearly every other technological invention. By doing so, we can increase market competitiveness, prevent vendor lock-in, and lower costs at a time when governments globally need to prioritize spending. More importantly, we can set the stage for the next wave of wireless that will far more resemble the cloud and IT ecosystems than traditional telecom systems.To Stand up a 5G Network in the U.S., We Need a New ModelUntil now, major efforts to develop a national 5G network have been segmented, but not for lack of trying. Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) standard is a great place to start – open is always better than closed when it comes to innovation and standardization. However, with O-RAN, you run the risk of open environments without optimization. If you can’t make the disparate parts work together, you don’t necessarily have an effective open environment.We need to change how we approach building a 5G infrastructure, starting from the ground up. 5G is not simply an evolution of 4G; it requires massive transformation, a multitude of additional towers and demands new distributed architectures using software-defined networks. Dell Technologies believes the model should mimic how you build a cloud; it’s done with a coalition, an ecosystem, and people who understand how to build modern systems beyond just the specific needs of telecom networks. And that’s where Dell Technologies and others are starting to emerge as potential facilitators to enable that collaboration and integration at scale.Now is the TimeBuilding sustainable 5G networks is a massive undertaking, one that requires federal support and investment from American companies. Deploying 5G networks in the coming years requires immediate capital for new infrastructure, devices, and services. It also requires a focus on not just creating demand for 5G but in creating U.Ss sources of supply of the underlying technology. This is an investment in creating new players or pulling adjacent companies into the 5G ecosystem. At the end we must have a wireless ecosystem that includes not just the existing well-respected international players but also fully includes a number of at-scale U.S. technology companies playing primary roles in the future of wireless.The events of the last six months have changed the way every technologist thinks about innovation. As more and more data are created at the edge, we’ve become a culture reliant on remote access. Permanent expansion of digital healthcare, education, remote work, job training, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement requires accessibility to a high-speed network, and investment in 5G technology infrastructure can make closing the digital divide possible. The US is leading the innovation in almost every aspect of that future except the core technology to connect it all together. That must change as a matter of national interest. Now is the time for us to seize the opportunity to invest in the infrastructure for a digital economy and to ensure the future global competitiveness of our nation.last_img read more

Extensive search operation launched in Twin Towns overnight

first_imgAn extensive search operation was launched yesterday (Sat) by the Gardaí in the Twin Towns, it has emerged. The Rescue 118 helicopter and Gardaí were dispatched on Saturday night, with other agencies also involved.It is not understood at this time the nature of the operation in Ballybofey/Stranorlar area. We will bring you more as we get it.Extensive search operation launched in Twin Towns overnight was last modified: September 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Humboldt State men’s basketball clinches CCAA tourney spot despite loss to San Francisco State

first_imgArcata >> The Jacks’ 2016-17 season will live to see at least one more game.The way they’re heading into the California Collegiate Athletic Association Postseason Tournament might not be how head coach Steve Kinder so desired, though.No. 13-nationally ranked San Francisco State handed the Humboldt State men’s basketball team a 88-74 loss in Saturday night’s regular-season finale. But even with the Jacks’ loss, HSU claimed the eighth and final spot in the CCAA tournament thanks to Cal State …last_img

2009 14/16 Regionals and Trans Tasman

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) in partnership with the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) are proud to announce that the upcoming Trans Tasman between Australia and New Zealand will be conducted in Wollongong, New South Wales. TFA in conjunction with the assistance of the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) will conduct the event at North Dalton Park. In what is an exciting opportunity for the parties to work together the NSWTA has also announced the location as the venue for the Under 14 and 16 Regional Championships to run in conjunction with the Trans Tasman. This allows for the sports elite to be showcased in front of the states best youth players. The NSWTA will be looking to extend the opportunity for attendance at this event to various developing States therefore expanding the opportunity for the young players of Australia to view what is the pinnacle of the representative pathway. The Trans Tasman will be conducted from the 24-26 of April 2009 with the NSWTA 14/16 Regional Championships held on 25-26 of April. This ensures the Trans Tasman will be integrated into the NSWTA Regional youth competition to ensure maximum exposure.  The format will be agreed upon by TFA and Touch New Zealand in the near future and this is also the recommencement of regular competition between the traditional rivals which was announced earlier this year.  This event will be contested in the three Open Divisions in a Three Test Match format.  It is currently envisaged that in order to ensure the success of the joint initiative that one game will be played each day in each division. TFA and TNZ will play a return leg in New Zealand in November 2009. TFA and TNZ will be covering off on a Heads of Agreement (HOA) in the near future and NSWTA will be consulted fully on the process to ensure the 14/16 Regional Championships requirements are considered. Further to this TFA and the NSWTA will develop a HOA on the relationship for delivery of the event. This will ensure the mutual needs are met. TFA and the NSWTA will be making joint media releases in the near future to outline the significance of the event. Both parties are pleased to be working on what will be a showcase for the sport. All parties will work through the specific requirements early in 2009. The opportunity to conduct the event in this region is recognition of the fine work conducted both within the affiliated infrastructure and in hosting events. It is the belief of both TFA and the NSWTA that this will showcase one of the benefits of affiliation within the area.last_img read more

Video: Laquon Treadwell, Denzel Nkemdiche Both Back Sprinting After Broken Ankles

first_imgLaquon Treadwell, Denzel Nkemdiche working out after injuries.If the Ole Miss Rebels are going to return to form in 2015, they’re going to need all of their star players to get healthy by September. Luckily, it looks like both wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche are ahead of schedule in recovering from broken ankle injuries this past season. Treadwell posted a video of the duo doing sprints this past weekend. They both look to be moving pretty well, all things considered.Ole Miss made some serious noise in the SEC West this year before injuries eventually derailed their dreams of a historic season. Perhaps they’ll be a force to reckon with again in 2015.last_img

Bulletproof Vest Saves Cop’s Life

first_imgStory Highlights Twenty-seven-year-old police constable Craig Kyle* is expressing gratitude for the upgraded ballistic vests provided to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) one of which saved his life during a police operation last July.“I have to say that I am truly grateful to the Government for (these) provisions,” Constable Kyle tells JIS News.The vests are of a different make and model than those previously used by members of the force, fitting closer and covering a larger portion of the upper body.The one being worn by Kyle was able to effectively absorb the impact of a bullet, one of several fired at him, protecting him from serious injury and even death, during the police operation on July 22, 2017 to apprehend wanted Hanover man, Sadan Mullings.Mullings, otherwise known as ‘Saddam’, was wanted for at least 15 murders in the western parishes of the island, including the reported murder of four people at a cookshop in Bath, Westmoreland, on March 18 last year.Recounting the events leading up to the shooting, Constable Kyle recalls that he was on routine duties assigned to him by superiors early in the morning when a call came in that the wanted man was in the community of Petersfield in the parish.“I was driving, and I had three other colleagues with me. We came up on a 1989 station wagon… . We turned on the siren and signalled to the driver to pull over. The vehicle began accelerating, and we pursued and continued to signal to the driver to stop,” he says.Constable Kyle says he alerted his colleagues that the driver, identified as Sadan Mullings, was in possession of a firearm.“By the time I shouted ‘gun’, shots just started to ring out. I could see a bright light coming from the muzzle of the gun and I heard the smashing of glass and I started to feel the impact from one of the bullets (as it hit the vest),” he says.He tells JIS News that the bullet-riddled police vehicle grounded to a halt while Mr. Mullings sped off in the station wagon.The police reported that they recovered an Uzi submachine gun and a Glock pistol from that incident.Another fierce gun battle would ensue sometime after 8:00 a.m. that day, which eventually led to the fatal shooting of Mr. Mullings in the community of Whitehouse.In a JIS News interview early last month, following the ceremony to break ground for a new police station in Port Maria, then National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said his Ministry had procured 4,500 ballistic vests and 3,500 ballistic helmets, which have all been distributed to members of the JCF.“When I became Minister, the ballistic vests that the police officers used to wear were two years past their expiry date,” he noted.Mr. Montague informed that he met with Constable Kyle, who had thanked him for the vests, “because if he had not been wearing (it) the shot he had received to his chest would have been fatal.” The one being worn by Kyle was able to effectively absorb the impact of a bullet, one of several fired at him, protecting him from serious injury and even death, during the police operation on July 22, 2017 to apprehend wanted Hanover man, Sadan Mullings. “I was driving, and I had three other colleagues with me. We came up on a 1989 station wagon… . We turned on the siren and signalled to the driver to pull over. The vehicle began accelerating, and we pursued and continued to signal to the driver to stop,” he says. Twenty-seven-year-old police constable Craig Kyle* is expressing gratitude for the upgraded ballistic vests provided to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) one of which saved his life during a police operation last July.last_img read more

Liberal brass say ruling party in good shape one year before election

first_imgSASKATOON – Federal Liberal officials say the ruling party is in good shape as it approaches the one-year countdown to the next election — even if the Conservatives have raised more money and nominated more candidates.Azam Ishmael, the Liberals’ national director, and party president Suzanne Cowan gave a report on the party’s election readiness Wednesday to Liberal MPs attending a caucus retreat ahead of next week’s resumption of Parliament.A note prepared by the party says the Liberals’ online fundraising scored its best July ever and its best August in a non-election year.Moreover, the party now has more monthly grassroots donors than at any time in its history, and more than 15,000 people have signed up recently as volunteers. Over the summer, the party organized 579 “summer of action” events across the country, knocking on doors and talking to voters.The grassroots mobilization is proceeding “at a faster pace than we’ve ever seen this far ahead of an election campaign,” the note says.As well, 25 Liberal MPs, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have been nominated as candidates for the next election, plus one new contender.By contrast, the Conservatives have nominated some 100 candidates for the country’s 338 ridings thus far.And while the Tories continue to rake in money hand over fist — $12.1 million in the first six months of 2018, compared to $6.4 million pulled in by the Liberals — Ishmael says those comparisons are misleading.“I think you need to look at the actual truth on fundraising. It’s not about the gross amount of dollars that are raised, it’s about what’s left in your pocket,” Ishmael said in an interview.The Conservatives, he said, are spending twice as much to raise twice as much as the Liberals. In terms of money available to spend on pre-election organizing, he said the real gap between the two parties is just $500,000.Similarly, Ishmael said the nomination numbers are misleading.The Liberal party has declared that all 183 of its MPs will be acclaimed without having to win nomination contests in their ridings — provided they meet certain fundraising, membership and voter engagement targets by Oct. 1. Ishmael said the vast majority are expected to meet those targets, so their nominations are effectively formalities.Some MPs, he added, are deliberately holding off on their nominations, choosing to time their acclamations closer to the election for strategic reasons.“We’re feeling in good shape, our team is in good shape, both on the ground and here — our caucus team,” said Cowan.“So, I’m feeling very optimistic about where we’re at.”last_img read more

Mirvish selling Toronto highrise condo development to Great Gulf

first_imgTORONTO – The Great Gulf real estate group is buying a high-profile, high-rise development in Toronto’s entertainment district from Ed Mirvish Enterprises.The Mirvish+Gehry project currently calls for two towers — one 82 storeys and the other 92 storeys — near the Princess of Wales theatre on King Street West.Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed in Monday’s announcement.The initial proposal announced in 2012 called for the demolition of the theatre — one of several venues owned by the Mirvish family — to make room for a third tower.Mirvish has scaled back the scope of the development in response to local objection to the height and density of the development, which will include retail, office, institutional, hospitality and condominium suites in downtown Toronto.The area is home to some of Toronto’s major entertainment venues including the Bell Lightbox, which is home to the Toronto International Film Festival, Roy Thomson Hall and the Mirvish-owned Royal Alexandra theatre.last_img read more

Bank of Canada expected to hold benchmark interest rate as economic clouds

first_imgOTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is widely expected to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent today after a 25-basis-point increase at its last setting in October.This morning’s announcement comes in the wake of a move by the Alberta government to curtail oil production in the province after Jan. 1 to try to clear a crude storage glut that has driven western Canadian oil prices to multi-year lows.Meanwhile, the recently announced plan to close the General Motors of Canada car plant in Oshawa, Ont., similarly offers a downside risk to future growth.Bank economists say an unexpected dip in monthly gross domestic product figures in September and lower-than-expected oil prices so far in the fourth quarter have dampened growth expectations and placed in doubt forecasts for a January bank rate increase.Lower growth prospects are expected to reinforce Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz’s strategy of moving very gradually on increases to its overnight rate.Economists say they will be closely watching Poloz’s speech on Thursday for signs of how events are affecting his view of the path forward. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Results are in for the Citys AgeFriendly Assessment

first_imgRecommendations based off of the eight dimension-specific frameworks included;Action• Continue to ensure that City communications employ a diverse range of strategies and tools to communicate with seniors, including traditional media, posters, social media, emails, and word of mouth.• Advocacy • Work with community-nonprofit organizations and local media outlets to continue supporting the development of routine seniors communication tools.• Work with the Fort St. John Public Library and Northern Lights Collegeto continue developing and offering social media training for older residents. By using the interviewing process of key members of the City such as Northern Health, The North Peace Seniors Housing Society, Save our Seniors and other groups not listed, gave their views on amenities and services offered to seniors in Fort St. John.A physical walkthrough of the City was done by several of the members of the fore mentioned groups going to places most regularly used by seniors and assessed mobility barriers at each location. The third data collection tool was a survey of all residents of Fort St. John, 55 years and older, 118 responses to the survey were received.Assets to the senior’s community are a range of groups and organizations that provide services to seniors. Seniors are advocating for themselves and using their political voice which is important in a community such as Fort St. John that has a younger demographic profile.  There are facilities such as the Pomeroy where seniors can go to be active as well as senior-focused facilities that support healthy ageing such as the seniors Hall.The barriers that can be an issue for ageing are a shortage of affordable housing and most noticeable in rental units. After a census in 2016, 44 percent of seniors who rent have inadequate or unsuitable shelter or the shelter costs that exceed 30 percent of their income. The Handy Dart was recognized as a vital part of transportation yet has limited hours and availability. Social media is becoming a barrier regarding communication for seniors as they may no longer be aware of upcoming events. As the Seniors Hall is an asset, it is only open two days a week which means limited opportunities for social participation. There was also a large emphasis for long waitlists with medical and health professionals as another barrier.To make Fort St. John more age-friendly, recommendations were broken down into global recommendations such as;• That the City of Fort St. John establish an Age-Friendly Advisory Committee• That the City of Fort St. John review current and future policies and programs through  an age-friendly lens• That the City of Fort St. John develop and adopt universal design policies and bylaws for all new constructioncenter_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Results and findings of the Age-Friendly Assesment and Action Plan were presented to City Council.Seniors are a growing segment of the population in Fort St. John, and with the findings of the Assessment and Action plan, these will provide a foundation for planning and decision making for Seniors programs and services in the future.By using a framework assesment structure to look at both the physical and social environments for Seniors. The eight dimensions include; Housing, Transportation, Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, Community Support and Health Services, Social Participation, Civic Participation and Employment, Communication and Information, Respect and Social Inclusion.last_img read more