With more than three billion smartphone users across the globe, governments have a unique opportunity to gather data to map the whereabouts of the population. This has become a particularly valuable tool in the fight to track and slow the spread of Covid-19. However, with stringent privacy laws found in many countries, the question is: Does a global pandemic supersede these laws? And if so, what happens after the crisis is over? 

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Network providers are eager to push new services out to their clients, and the clients are eager to consume them. The major problem, however, is that while most access networks have been upgraded to fiber over the past two decades or so, the new surge in service-related data is likely to overwhelm legacy end points and transceivers, rendering all that fiber moot ...

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Posted by Ulrich Kohn on March 27, 2020
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We’ve seen tremendous progress in DSL and microwave technology for high-bandwidth transmission. Both domains achieved high speeds by leveraging very advanced modulation technologies and by utilizing more spectrum and higher frequencies. Today, Gbit/s transmission over copper cable is possible by using a broad 200MHz spectrum in combination with vectoring and a very advanced modulation scheme. Similarly, microwave radio systems utilizing 2.5GHz spectral width in the E-band can even achieve 10Gbit/s bandwidth, albeit at a significantly higher price point ...

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It's day 10 of my family's self-isolation. As I write this, my children are both on separate Zoom calls with their schools. They're video conferencing and sharing their desktops along with around 50 other students. Later, they'll be joining live Skype and YouTube sessions for physical education and dance, and then this evening, there will be the inevitable online Xbox gaming with their friends in the UK and the US ...

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