According to the United Nations, 4 Billion people around the globe are under served when it comes to internet access. The Space internet projects currently taking place in the world may help resolve this issue by providing cheap and faster broadband services.
In 2018, Elon Musk’s, Space X, launched the first two prototype satellites for its StarLink broadband data constellation, which is projected to grow to nearly 12000 satellites in the low Earth orbit. It is expected that the revenue from the Starlink project will help fund Elon Musk’s vision of building a city on Mars. Starlink will be operational once 800 satellites have been activated, which will require a dozen more launches after the 60 satellites which were launched in May.
Amazon did not leave the “Space” out of its business strategy and it recently announced on its plan to send over 3000 communication satellites to space, known as Project Kuiper.
According to GeekWire,
Amazon in July 4th filing told the Federal Communications Commission that, “Project Kuiper is a new initiative to launch a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to un-served and under-served communities around the world,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet. We look forward to partnering on this initiative with companies that share this common vision.”
Apart from Space X and Amazon,
OneWeb, a London based startup. Backed up by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp, launched its first six broadband satellites in February and plans for hundreds more in the next year or two.
Telestat, Facebook, Boeing, Leo-Stat and Virgin Group are among those who have laid out plans for space based internet access.