Massachusetts Patent of the Month – October 2022

Our expectations for Internet speed have come a long way since dial-up Internet. With the Internet running our world – from work to online shopping to simple Google searches – a high speed and reliable connection is essential. Starry, Inc. is meeting this need with their solution. In fact, their stats show an average speed of 196 Mbps down and 105 Mpbs up. 

Their solution uses active phased arrays to target more homes at once. They also manage data at high speeds with millimeter waves and maintain reliable connections with Mu-MIMO broadcasting. With technology like this, it’s clear the company is committed to innovation. This commitment is also shown with their steerable communication system – a solution which has recently been granted a patent 

The Starry solution beams Internet from the tops of towers to building receivers. The receivers are built to match the needs of different building sizes to ensure Internet reaches all corners. The steerable communication system includes both a steerable transmitter and receiver. In operation, the transceiver at a building steers its antennas to communicate over a frequency channel to form a temporary and dedicated communications path. The typical user downloads a large quantity of data, so the communication line uses a time-division duplexing (TDD) system. With TDD, time rather than frequency is used to separate the transmission and reception of the signals, and thus a single frequency is assigned to a user for both directions. This accommodates the variance between receiving mode and transmission mode. This process is repeated to form another temporary dedicated communication path. 

By creating and terminating these individual communication paths at alternating times, the transceiver can provide Internet access to multiple customers rapidly, appearing continuous. The solution improves steering accuracy, power distribution, power consumption, and could lead to a longer service life.

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