Google is constructing one hundred eighty satellites to unfold web entry worldwide
Google’s plans for satellite tv for pc-based mostly web entry simply obtained a little extra concrete. The Wall Road Journal hears that the search agency is getting ready to construct one hundred eighty “small, excessive capability” satellites (not pictured right here) that may go into low orbit and supply web connections to underserved areas. Whereas particulars aren’t forthcoming concerning the machines, there could also be extra on the best way; reportedly, the corporate might “double” its car rely if all goes nicely. A spokeswoman did not affirm or deny the efforts, however did word that having an web hyperlink “considerably improves individuals’s lives.”
The initiative could be very costly, with tipsters estimating a price between $1 billion to $three billion. Nevertheless, the satellites might ultimately pay for themselves. They might actually be an extension of the considering behind the balloons from Venture Loon — getting extra individuals on-line will increase the quantity of people that can see advertisements, enhancing Google’s backside line. Any orbital web service would almost certainly function a complement to Undertaking Loon, offering knowledge in far-flung, sparsely populated areas whereas the balloons deal with locations with larger demand.
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