5G Receives More Funding

Earlier this week I wrote about my prediction for home routers to be deployed using mobile data SIMs to connect them to the internet. Well yesterday an article was published by the BBC that states 5G is receiving £16m to fund ‘trail hubs’ these hubs will most likely be in the key cities of the UK and will proved the basic infrastructure that can lead to further development and implementation of the 5G network.

It also goes to state how 5G should be delayed some time after 2020, this ties in nicely to the prediction I made that mobile data would be able to provide home routers connectivity within the next 5 years.

And in the final part of the information on the 5G funding it states that the government wants there to be better mobile data coverage on country roads and on railway lines than is currently present. As someone who lives in a fairly rural areas there is nothing more annoying that using your phone to stream music while your driving and also providing you with navigation and for you to lose the connection. This is not only irritating in regards to the music but can potentially cause a number of issues if you are unable to get your maps application to give you directions. I feel an investment in these ares would be significantly helpful as in some rural areas EDGE connection is the best you will be able to receive making your smart phone a not so smart phone.


Original article: HERE


Lenovo T400s: Ubuntu Machine Part 5

So after using the T400s as my daily driver for the past week I have found that the small screen is a slight limitation. Largely due to the fact that i tend to use it on a desk and have to lean in occasionally to see certain things.

Then I remembered that I had an old 21.5 inch monitor lying around somewhere, and I could find it then i would be able to utilise it in my set up. As part of the setup I modified an old file box that i had lying around by cutting 2 slits into it one on the front and another on the back. The purpose of this was to not only raise the T400s screen to around about the same level as the monitor but to also alow for me to attach a keyboard and mouse with out the being cables all over the place. I then found a USB hub that i placed within the box that the mouse and keyboard connected to. This mean that when the T400s was in the ‘Dock’ only one of the rear USB ports was being used.

When I connected the monitor I was unsure what would happen, as is the case with windows that you can occasionally be greeted by either an extended display or and extension of the primary display. But this wasnt an issue, as soon as the VGA cable was connected the monitor sprung to life and extended the desktop onto the monitor. This was a very pleasant experience as not only was i able to use a full size keyboard and mouse but for some graphical work i needed to do. So after using ubuntu across 2 screens and on more of a desktop based manner, I have the intention of installing Ubuntu to my main desktop PC that is currently running windows 10. This will of course be in the form of a dual-boot as im not yet ready to commit myself fully to ubuntu due to the requirement of specific software that i use not being available on Linux. But unless I need to use them certain application there is a high chance i will be using ubuntu because the dual screen felt smooth and clean.


Lenovo T400s: Ubuntu Machine Part 4

I have been using Ubuntu as my daily driver now for about 4-5 days, and i had not really had to touch on productivity applications and other utilities of this nature. When you install Ubuntu it comes pre-packaged with a nice free office suite called LibreOffice. I have only really touched on the word processing application and was plesentaly surprised. Although it does look rather basic in comparison to other office packages such as the most common Microsoft office.

It does how ever have all the features needed for a nice writing exsperiance, i have not written any large documents on it yet but feel it will be nice and accessible when it come time to write some larger reports. I have also been able to download drop box to my Ubuntu system, this was nice because i can back up all of my word documents and images to my dropbox starlight from the file directory on the system. This is great because it means I can use these documents on a number off different devices quickly and easily, but it also means that if I decided to uninstall Ubuntu to do a fresh install it won’t effect any of ,y documents.

I have been using my Ubuntu machine to write most of these blog posts as well and was surprised and deleted to find a WordPress as in the Ubuntu Software Center. This is basically just a port of the website, but it is nice to have your browser and blog software somewhat separate. I found this useful during research stages as to not keep clicking on word press. It works well as I said it’s just the word press website but it has a nice logo and fits well in the launcher bar. 

I am still finding my feet with Ubuntu and have not yet hit any limitations as to what I can and can’t do within it. And as I keep exsplorimg I will keep finding solutions to the issue I have.

Home Routers Use Mobile Data Connections

I recently read an article that suggested 5G (5th Generation) mobile data could potentially be mainstream in the next 5 years. That led to me thinking for some rural areas, or possibly just areas with limited infrastructures the possibility of height speed Internet without the fiber connection.

I aware that there are currently providers that offer satellite Internet, and that can offer very hight speeds and consistency but it also has limitation, the first one being the price. Satellite internet is much more expensive than normal broad band making it an unrealistic goal for a lot of people. and the second limitation would be that due to the nature of the satellite there needs to be a reception disk placed on your property that can receive the incoming signal. For built up areas this again would not be a viable option.

So then the thought that by using mobile data, the same as a personal hotspot from your phone or a mobile dongle could open up the playing field for people to get hight speed Internet. I have seen that there are some routers that currently offer this ability but they again are enterprise grade or not really general consumer ready. One issue that would have to be considered if this was to be implemented would be the strain on the network, and although most places in the UK now have 4G it has been a few years to get coverage to most areas.

Data plans would be another issue, I recently read that T-Mobile are going to start offering a new totally unlimited data plan to play month subscribers, okay,  so these mobile contacts are fairly pricey but when you take of the cost of the phone and the text and calls unlimited data SIM could work out around the same speed as using an ISP. With all the money currently being sunk into the telecommunications infrastructure at the moment as well it could have a lot of potential to be implemented on a 4G network.

I would like to see a system like this to start being spoke about or implement by either the big mobile data providers or ISP, although I feel the ISP might see it as a costly investment it could open up the potential market to people who are otherwise still using a dial-up connection.

So as my prediction states in the next 5 years we will start to see technologies such as this being implement, or at least being beta test or developed. I appreciate that 5G is currently working in a controlled lab at the moment but with the development already at that stage 5 years is a long time!