French Minitel pioneer dies aged 88

French Minitel pioneer dies aged 88

The Minitel, an internet forerunner, allowed users to check the news and make restaurant reservations. Gerard Thery, the telecoms engineer whose Minitel project brought internet-style communications to France long before other industrialised countries, has died aged 88, officials said Monday. Thery, who oversaw the development of the Minitel ahead of...

European system speeds data flow with 50,000 links

European system speeds data flow with 50,000 links

The first node of the European Data Relay System, EDRS-A, is shown in geostationary orbit over Copernicus Sentinel-1 and -2, and the International Space Station. Credit: ESA Valuable data is flowing rapidly from Earth observing satellites back to the planet, thanks to the most sophisticated laser communication network ever built....

An overview of protected satellite communications in the intelligent age

An overview of protected satellite communications in the intelligent age

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Protected Satellite Communications (SatComs) exhibit specific characteristics such as security, intelligence, anti-jamming, and nuclear disaster survivability. They constitute one of the key research topics in modern communications. Currently, the United States is using the latest Advanced Extremely High-Frequency (AEHF) system to provide protected communications. Other countries...

The multilayered challenges of broadband expansion

The multilayered challenges of broadband expansion

Fiber optic cables laid in a trench, to supply high-speed internet. Credit: University of Pennsylvania In the Biden Administration's proposal to invest in the country's infrastructure, $100 billion is carved out to address gaps in broadband access. According to the Federal Communications Commission, at least 19 million Americans remain without...

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