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Steve Saunders 10/20/2014 | 10:22:46 AM
Re: Skynet Business Case Hi Brooks, 

If this was a really a 100m buildout then i think that would qualify this as the bargain of the century! But we will probably need to multiple by 10. Or 100. 

In any case, let's see how it all plays out. 

The in building thing isn't an issue because the handsets don't communicate with the drone. They communicate with a base station which communicates through the uplink to the drone... so there is no Iridium type problem here. 










Steve Saunders 10/20/2014 | 10:12:57 AM
Re: Skynet Business Case "Iridium died because the phones wouldn't work inside,"



I'd forgotten that! Yes, a bit of a fatal flaw. 

I remember Iridium and their huge booth at Telecom '99. I was filming a video news story there and there were about 40 iridium people outside talking on their big yellow satellite phones so we started filiming using them as a nice background and a PR person from Iridium came out and saw what we were doing and shooed them all inside.

Where... all their calls dropped. 

I just rememeber thinking, what a dick. we're giving you free publicity. Then they all lost their jobs, which seems fitting really. 


Steve Saunders 10/17/2014 | 6:13:13 PM
Re: Misses what an internet is f-goldstein... agreed on the Internet stuff. The headline was a blatant attention grab :)

Happy friday. 
f_goldstein 10/17/2014 | 6:10:21 PM
Misses what an internet is Even if a drone (or even a Queen Bee) network in the sky became practical, it would not replace the Intenret.  Rather, an internet (of which The Internet is a prototype) is a network of networks, a layer above the underlying transport. Thus we can access the Internet via fiber, DSL, fixed or mobile wireless, or whatever else can carry its packets.  Add another underlying network and you've grown, not replaced, the Internet.

But realisitcally, the flying-AP model is really best for rural areas, not a substitute for decent terrestrial stuff.  And Jaime Fink is one of the smartest guys in the business, but even the beam-forming APs that Mimosa announced this week won't handle much of the load in a city from a stratospheric vantage point.
melao2 10/17/2014 | 4:52:11 PM
Re: Are we at light reading or not ? Hi Dan, in my initial comment i just meant to say that this will certainly be incredible in terms of wide scale deployments. It will bring ubiquity.

But it will certainly not replace fibers because of the bandwidth requirements in many applications.
mendyk 10/17/2014 | 4:47:28 PM
Re: ooh... this is interesting Maybe Kleiner needs to park some of the boatload of money they made on cleantech. Oh, wait...
melao2 10/17/2014 | 4:47:14 PM
Re: Are we at light reading or not ? Hi Steve, disruptive? yes.  Replace fibers? No.

That was my point :) 


It will bring quick ubiquity for telecom services in a wide scale and fast deployment. It is extremely disruptive.
Steve Saunders 10/17/2014 | 4:39:52 PM
ooh... this is interesting Jonesy just pointed out this company: 


Makes an airtraffic control system for the drone future... which is something that might come in handy when you have tens of thousands of them all of the palce. 

BACKED BY KLEINER. I've heard of them. 

If KP is funding startups in this space it may not be as far out as i first thought. 
Steve Saunders 10/17/2014 | 3:34:51 PM
Re: Skynet Business Case ah, but you are forgetting the floating cities of the future Dennis. 


Another LR venture, Light Hydration? 

mendyk 10/17/2014 | 3:30:15 PM
Re: Skynet Business Case Considering that 70% of the planet's surface is covered with water -- likely to be closer to 75% in 20 years' time accounting for global warming -- your cost estimates may be on the, um, high side. Also by that time, five-nines reliability will be almost forgotten about. So keep the faith!
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