My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: JRC, Scotts Pass and Senator Mike Henry – Molly Wood Keeping up with the Kardashians

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

JRC, Scotts Pass and Senator Mike Henry – Molly Wood Keeping up with the Kardashians


See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all

Socrates (Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy)

Senator Mike Henry, Minister of Transport and Works is going to be a movie star by the time this JRC (Jamaica Railway Corporation) revival of the Passenger Railway Train Service as I had previously chronicled in my blog article entitled “Jamaica Transport Sector and Railways - The Money Train is Coming with Senator Mike Henry”.

Now there is word – or should I say speculative rumours in The Jamaica Gleaner- that the may be improvements to the Passenger Railway Train Service all the way up to Scotts Pass as stated in the article “Scotts Pass Residents want Train Service”, published Tuesday April 26, 2011 by Nedburn Thaffe, Gleaner Writer, The Jamaica Gleaner

I remember making this prediction as far back as 2009 to Audia Granston, my Seventh Day Adventist evil arch-nemesis who then commented, “Bwoy, we a keep up wid de Kardashians, sah” with eyes a gleam and pining for her work to be over so that we could make out.

This is as Americanized in her thinking from her time spent in the US of A as a child before being sent home for obeying the Missy Elliot song “Get your freak on”, as she was more into kissing or “making out” than any other activity.

Albeit, speaking in dirty French, Audia Granston had a penchant for the avant-garde French and their naughty habit of embrasse-moi sur tout mon corps.

Guess that’s probably why she loved Keeping up with the Kardashians (TVSeries 2007 - )  – albeit as a Telecom Technician I am more of a Star Trek (2009) myself!

Like Kim Kardashian and her Armenian sisters and cousins, in a months time, which is about May 2011AD, we will see how well the Passenger Railway Train Service resumes and is doing it Keeping up with the Kardashians (TVSeries 2007 - ) as promised in the article “Spanish Town excited about train Service”, published Tuesday April 12 2011 17:28:47, Go-Jamaica and ‘Train coaches roll into Old Capital for Test Run”, published Wednesday April 13, 2011, The Jamaica Gleaner.

The Jamaica Observer comes in belatedly with an article on the Train Test conducted Saturday April 16th 2011AD as stated in the articles “The train is coming, baby!”, published Sunday, April 17, 2011 By Donna Hussey-Whyte, Sunday Observer Staff Reporter The Jamaica Observer.

This despite mentioning jointly with The Jamaica Gleaner that the Passenger Railway Train Service was to resume soon in my blog article entitled “Jamaica Transport Sector and Railways - The Money Train is Coming with Senator Mike Henry”.

Senator Mike Henry, Minister of Transport and Works may indeed extend this Service, especially as it may be of benefit to students reaching to school on time as stated in the article “Train Service to benefit students”, published Monday, April 18, 2011, By Donna Hussey-Whyte, Sunday Observer Staff Reporter, The Jamaica Observer.

So with separate Coaches laid out as on an airplane, I guess there should also be Rolling Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) as hinted in my blog article entitled “Telecom Providers and 100MBps - Diamonds are Forever” as 3G and WiMaX 4G Mobile (IEEE 802.16d,e) Service is spotty at best, prompting Telecom Provider Digicel, soon-to-be-owners of Telecom Provider CLARO, to possibly utilize the more flexible and robust LTE (Long Term Evolution) Network as opposed to WiMaX 4G Mobile (IEEE 802.16d,e).

Students alone are not the only impetus for the implementation of Rolling Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n). Casual browsers on any moving vehicle where the person is a passenger is a huge and upcoming market segment that can more than adequately justify a bandwidth of 100MBps being provided by Telecom Providers in their Wireless Broadband offerings.

Some smartphone owners may argue that if they have 3G or 4G Internet on their smartphone, a simple jailbreak can turn it into a Wi-Fi Hotspot in the vehicle. So why pay for another thirty (30) Day Contract for the same Data Service?

This is a similar argument even CNET News Writer Molly Wood echoes as stated in her article “It's time for Universal Data Plans”, published June 3, 2010 6:01 PM PDT by Molly Wood, Molly Rants - CNET News.

Thus with “backative” from her writings and my knowledge of Telecoms as a Radio frequency Technician from Telecom Provider CLARO (2008 to 2009), I can of course validate this, as all the Data Service come from T1 the Telecom Provider purchases here in Jamaica, with the Internet Service being provided by Servers in the USA.

Much as the Water in your pipe is the same Water in everyone’s pipe, coming from a centralized distributed source, so too is Data Services provisioned: a Shared Bandwidth Access, with over use or “hogging” of the bandwidth resulting in congestion and other persons not getting Water or Data Services as the case may be.

However a Rolling Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Service as I had first suggested in my blog article entitled “LIME vs Digicel - The Truth About Charlie” and suggested as a means of using up the 100MBps Bandwidth then on offer from Telecoms Provider CLARO’s much hyped and as yet launched LTE Service can only be economical in Jamaica if it is on a Data Plan that is assigned to a group of Devices or a Universal Data Plan as CNET News Writer Molly Wood points out.

Thus, my prediction: expect LTE announcements as the months roll on and the Island wide Fiber Optic Network is built out jointly by Telecom Provider LIME and Triple Play Provider FLOW and funded by the Government of Jamaica Telecoms Tax repository, the UAFCL (Universal Access Fund Company Limited) my blog article entitled “LIME, FLOW and the $JA543-million Internet Plan - Ebony and Ivory”.

Possibly (and most likely!) even provisioned via renting T1 access from the Fiber Optic Backhaul from the Government of Jamaica owned Island wide Fiber Optic Network, which would subsidize the cost of Broadband, effectively making it possible for the Government of Jamaica to offer Free, once you live near to one of those three (300) hundred schools slated for Internet Access:

1.      FiOS (Fiber Optic Services) to your house
ADSL (Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line) Services
2.      Municipal Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Services
3.      Rolling Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Services
4.      Backhaul services for 3G, 4G and LTE Services, due to the unlimited capacity and upgradeability of Fiber Optic

These various permutations of Waveguide, Wired and Wireless are possible once the Island wide Fiber Optic Network is completed in the next five (5) years.

Thus, Telecom Provider Digicel may accelerate Telecoms Provider CLARO’s LTE rollout.

This with a redrafting of the original Deployment of LTE to also include Telecom Provider Digicel Mobile Towers as a means of ensuring coverage along the Railway Line as well as the coming of the Fiber Optic Broadband Access via this shared facility.

Then the installation of LTE-to-Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Hotspots inside of the moving vehicles to seamlessly provide Wireless Broadband to customers not only on Taxis and JUTC Buses, as was my original suggestion, but also on the now soon-to-be-up and running JRC (Jamaica Railway Corporation) Passenger Railway Train Service.

Telecom Provider Digicel WiMaX 4G Mobile (IEEE 802.16d,e), which uses a 2.5GHz spectrum suffers from Mobility and handover problems and thus is not suitable for this Service is evident from their advertising for Digicel 4G Broadband in stationary situations.

Almost as if conditioning users of the Digicel WiMaX 4G Mobile (IEEE 802.16d, e) Service to use it as a replacement for LIME ADSL of FLOW Cable Broadband without thought for demonstrating Mobility, as Telecoms Provider CLARO 3G Network and Modem Dongle demonstrates in their ads!

Additionally, Telecom Provider Digicel WiMaX 4G Mobile (IEEE 802.16d, e) means that LOS (Line Of sight) is the best and optimal way to receive signal. If one is not positioned near a window, the Ads seem to suggest, then one cannot get Telecom Provider Digicel WiMaX 4G Mobile (IEEE 802.16d,e), something which I have seen in practice while fixing computers by the way!

To make it short, because it requires the Ethernet Port to function, if your Ethernet NIC (Network Interface Card) is not up to date in terms of the firmware, you may find that your computer is overwhelmed by the 10MBps data Service.

Thus, Telecom Provider Digicel WiMaX 4G Mobile (IEEE 802.16d,e) is not a Modem Dongle of CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) of choice, as for a Technician on the road such as myself, it makes my job all that more complicated when I have to download drivers – one of which is for the very same your Ethernet NIC (Network Interface Card)!

Instant props from all IT Technicians for the Telecoms Provider CLARO 3G Network and Modem Dongle!

My fingers crossed, as I await news of either the date of the start of the Passenger Railway Train Service or the subsequent launch of Launch of LTE, specifically if is to be provisioned with T1 access from the Island wide Fiber Optic Network and will be offered free and as a Rolling Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Service.

Even of greater interest to me, is if Data Plans on both the Telecoms Provider CLARO’s LTE and the Telecom Provider Digicel WiMaX 4G Mobile (IEEE 802.16d, e) will be on a Universal Data Plan as CNET News Writer Molly Wood well heeled rant points out.

LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) used to power the JRC’s trains as per my prognostication in my blog article entitled “JUTC and the Downtown Municipal Transport Center - Plane, Trains & Automobiles” would make for an equally rousing article on the Geezam Blog!
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