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2018-Jan-04, 01:42 PM
Space-Based Internet will be one of the highlights for this year with at least 8 companies planning to implement the concept. Add to this China has also indicated they too will be entering this area.


Internet access beamed down from space could drastically change the way we get online. Establishing quality high-speed satellite internet from low or medium earth orbit (LEO and MEO, respectively) would give whoever did it access to all 4 billion or so people who don't have Internet access yet. With enough bandwidth, such a network could become instant competitors to telecoms like AT&T and Verizon without the monumental infrastructure costs of putting down fiber. There are eight companies currently shooting for the goal, 2018 will be a big year for all of them, as Aviation Week notes.

Some of these companies, like SpaceX, Samsung and Boeing, are well known. Others, like OneWeb, Telesat LEO, SES O3B,Iridium Next and LeoSat have less name recognition so far, but will help spur competition in the field.

Webs of satellites seem to be a popular idea on how to achieve the goal. In 2015, Farooq Khan, president of Samsung Research America in Dallas, published a paper titled "Mobile Internet from the Heavens" in which he described a vision of "Internet services available to everyone in the world via low-cost micro-satellites."

2018-Jan-04, 10:39 PM
An Outernet if you will.