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By Mark Richter
If you ask a few broadband internet users about satellite internet connection, the reviews would probably not be good because of lower speeds and higher costs. Although Satellite internet has advanced a lot during the past few decades, the progress has not been as effective compared to what other internet connections have achieved so far.
Despite this fact and common opinion, there are millions of people in the US that rely on satellite internet for connectivity. And surprisingly, the demand is going up day by day. Moreover, many big names such as SpaceX and Amazon are investing billions of dollars to enter this market.
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So what is it that makes satellite internet so desirable?
The simple answer to this is necessity and evolution. The current satellite service providers have been upgrading their networks to offer services even in areas where it is even hard to find services such as landlines.
Furthermore, the ongoing development for a more enhanced satellite network by Amazon and Space X has brought new hope. And people are starting to expect that they will get higher speeds at lower costs, and a more reliable connection.
But before we get into the details, let’s have a quick look at what satellite internet is and the current technologies being used. That will give you a better idea of what is expected to come.
Satellite Internet and How It Works?
As the name suggests, satellite internet is the one that relies on satellite technology instead of a territorial network of wires. A complete satellite network involves two satellite dish antennas and the satellite in space.
One of the dish antennas is installed at the user’s end that connects to the modem with a wire. The second antenna is installed at the network center of the service provider that offers internet service. In between, the satellite in the Geostationary Orbit works as the medium to transfer signals on both ends.
So, customers don’t have to be connected to any wired network to get satellite internet services. That also means they don’t have to be near a city or a populated town to be eligible. Satellite internet can offer services as long as customers can get a strong signal from the satellite.
Moreover, satellite internet can offer a download speed of up to 100 Mbps while the maximum speed availability varies by location.
Current Technologies being used in Satellite Internet?
At the moment, there are two ISPs in the US that rely on satellite technology and offer nationwide coverage. These ISPs are HughesNet and Viasat.
Among these, Hughesnet satellite technology, also known as HughesNet Gen5 technology, uses the EchoStar XIX satellite. In comparison, Viasat uses a next-generation Ka-band satellite that is also known as the ViaSat-2 satellite.
These satellites match the rotation of the Earth, hence enable the service providers to offer constant internet services to their customers. Besides that, both of these technologies offer amazing coverage as the providers are available in all the States of the US.
HughesNet is considered a better choice by those consumers who want a reliable connection with a good speed but at a lower cost. On the other hand, Viasat is known for offering more speed and data while the prices are very high.
The Future of Satellite Internet and What Should We Expect?
Now if we talk about the future, it seems like the internet underdog is having a great moment. With ViaSat planning to be the world’s first global broadband ISP via its upcoming ViaSat-3 Constellation, Hughesnet is not far behind. Both of the ISPs are working towards improving their speeds, offering more data, and even provide global coverage.
On the other hand, SpaceX and Amazon are experimenting on the LEO satellite network also known as Low Earth Orbit satellites. In comparison to Geostationary satellites, this is expected to be much better. Some experts go as far as to call it the next big thing in the world as they hope for it to offer download speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
The basic idea is to use satellites that are closer to the earth and are constantly orbiting instead of geostationary orbit. Since these satellites would be closer, it would reduce the latency significantly. As a result, users would be able to play online games, stream movies, perform activities such as trading, and much more.
Furthermore, instead of relying on one satellite, it would use a network consisting of hundreds and thousands of satellites around the globe. That would mean that people from anywhere in the world (not just the US) who are living at the remotest locations would have access to better internet services.
However, the successful development of this complete network is going to take some time as it is currently in the experimentation phase. That is why it is still unknown that how capable this new satellite infrastructure would be and what can be achieved in terms of speeds and reliability.
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By- Sunidhi Beeliya
Internshala Trainings, the e-learning arm of Internshala, recently brought out a report highlighting the inclination of young graduates towards learning professional communication skills. The platform has registered a massive increase of 90% in the number of enrollments, in communication skills training, within the past 1 year.
Interestingly, 63% of the overall registrations in the training were made by women learners from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, and Hyderabad. This is a strong indicator of how women are constantly striving to learn effective communication techniques, focussing on fluency and pronunciation, avoiding communication roadblocks, and mastering their speaking, writing, presentation, English communication, and interpersonal skills for the workplace.
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The report also suggests that 49% of all the enrollments were made by the learners to gain a new skill. This could be anything from understanding the importance of body language and mastering active listening skills, to learning resume writing, cover letter writing, drafting emails, or essential interview skills. 30% of the learners' objective was to get an internship or job in future after polishing their workplace communication skills.
The demand for corporate communication skills also grew exceptionally among employers hiring for various in-office or work-from-home internships in 2020-21. More than 62,000 internship opportunities, posted for popular profiles including content writing, business development (sales), marketing, social media marketing, and digital marketing, demanded English proficiency (spoken and written) as a major skill. This was 41% more than what employers used to look for in 2017-18.
The demand for corporate communication skills also grew exceptionally among employers hiring for various in-office or work-from-home internships in 2020-21Unsplash
As per the report, while applying for internships in popular profiles, during 2020-21, more than 6.46 lac students mentioned knowledge of English (spoken and written) as a major skill in their resume.
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Academic counselling institutions, ed-tech platforms, service providers to startups, marketing and advertising companies, and online media organisations, were the top recruiters who were looking for English proficiency in candidates for most of their intern requirements.
Emphasising on the importance of corporate communication skills for new-age learners, Sarvesh Agrawal, the founder and CEO of Internshala Trainings said, "The ability to express and document ideas, give and seek constructive feedback, work collaboratively, effectively listen, and show empathy, is essential for getting employed and career development. Young graduates, seeking new career avenues, must know how to communicate professionally to adapt to different organisational cultures and work environments."
"Our short-termed and self-paced trainings are designed to empower the learners to enhance their interpersonal and written communication skills essential for the workplace. The guidance of leading industry experts and practical exposure through assignments and real-world projects helps learners attain their career goals." He added.
Maharashtra produces the most exquisite hand weave in the country. These sarees are considered the most treasured fabrics among all others, and to own one is a luxury. It was mainly propagated during the time of the Mughals and is something that still lives on.
The Paithani weave is known for its tight weave. Each saree uses nearly 500 grams of pure silk and 250 grams of silver thread. These two threads are woven together in such a way that the fabric has a lustre from the silver threads. It is usually decorated with peacocks, lotus, or vine motifs.
Aurangzeb, the last Mughal ruler of India, patronized the Paithani saree to the extent that he cut off the hands of the Jamdani weavers so that more people focused on weaving the Paithani saree. The name of the saree comes from the town of Paithan in Aurangabad.
An exhibition being held at Aurangabad, 2006, attended by eminent personalities, featured paithani sarees Image source: wikimedia commons
When the Industrial Revolution set in, the weavers were put out of business. The Peshwas took it upon themselves to carry on the art and settled in a town called Yeola, which is the centre of Paithani sarees today.
The traditional Maharashtrian bride always opts for a Paithani saree because of its richness and beauty. Paithani sarees are the only ones that are exactly identical on both sides. They do not lose their lustre at any time. Even the pallu of the saree is identical on both sides. Traditional sarees are available in basic colours obtained from vegetable dyes. These days, however, with the coming of the power loom, these sarees are not so much a work of art as they used to be. But those who can afford one, still invest in the hand-woven saree which is worn on festive occasions.
Keywords: Sarees, Paithani, Mughal, Weave, Handloom, Maharashtra
By Monika Manchanda
Eating fruits is one of the most satisfying ways to tackle sweet-tooth cravings while meeting your nutritional needs. Despite many studies and research on fruit consumption in diabetes, there are a lot of speculations on the right kind of fruit consumption and its relation to blood sugar levels.
Eating seasonal and locally available fruit has many health benefits ranging from reducing sugar and inflammation levels to fighting high blood pressure -- thanks to their abundant vitamins and mineral presence! They are a powerhouse of antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
The fruits listed below are not just diabetic-friendly but are loaded with fiber and water content which can slow down the sugar spikes and sugar absorption rate. Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. Turns out there is a truth in the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", after all!
Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. | Photo by Pierpaolo Riondato on Unsplash
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. They are high in fibers as well, and have been linked with lowering the risk of diabetes. Berries: Adding berries is one of the best ways to add a variety to your diabetes-friendly diet. You can choose from blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries because all of them are power-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers. Papaya is rich in natural oxidants, which makes it a perfect pick for people with diabetes. It reduces the chances of future cell damage.
Star fruit: This sweet and sour fruit is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also positively impacts anti-inflammatory processes and can help repair cell damage, and it has minimal fruit sugars as well. Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E, K, and potassium, and they are low in fruit sugars as well, which makes it a perfect diabetic-friendly fruit.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. | Photo by Kristine Wook on Unsplash
Melons (Musk melon and watermelon): Powerful hydrating fruits like cantaloupe and melons are recommended for people with diabetes, and people with the risk of developing diabetes. Eat-in moderation for multiple nutritional benefits like fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, and C. Dragon fruit is full of dietary fibers, vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Pear are nutrient-rich, and they are known to fight inflammation and improve digestion.? Studies also suggest that consuming pears along with a healthy diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Orange: This citrus fruit is full of fiber that helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, and its vitamin C component helps improve immunity levels.
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . | Photo by Jo Sonn on Unsplash
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . Add nuts like walnuts and almonds to complement your fruit snack. you can also add flaxseeds to balance the glycemic load in the body. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Diabetics, Apples, Star fruit, Pear, Melons, Kiwi fruit