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Satellite internet could have global impact

Friday, August 23, 2019


Satellite internet.


Plans are moving ahead fast to launch ‘mega-constellations’ consisting of thousands of satellites that will provide high-speed internet access worldwide. These constellations have the potential to bring millions, if not billions, more people online around the world.


  • The ground systems for use with internet mega-constellations could emerge as a huge new market.
  • Polar coverage could help open up the Arctic to shipping, resource exploitation and other uses.
  • Disaster response efforts would benefit from global mobile broadband access.
  • Competition from low-priced, high-speed satellite broadband could severely disrupt the business of terrestrial providers.

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