SpaceX’s OneWeb and Starlink form constellations with several low-earth orbiting satellites that provide internet access anywhere on Earth from space and comparisons abound.
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Earth seen from the ISS. You can spot a Starlink satellite train in the background.
OneWeb launched 36 satellites this week, moving closer to its goal of delivering the internet to the country by the end of the year. The same location is being watched by SpaceX’s Starlink, which is already offering the internet to thousands of people as part of a pilot project.
According to The edge, billions of dollars in government funding are at stake for businesses that can tie the country together. For the US military, the Arctic is a wireless wilderness, and the UK can shell out a lot of money to connect remote areas to the internet.
The UK is also working on a $ 6.9 billion Internet connectivity program project dubbed “Project Gigabit,” with government authorities consulting SpaceX and other engineering companies.
Is OneWeb competing with SpaceX on Project Gigabit and Arctic goals?
Despite the similarities, OneWeb CEO Neil Masterson, who joined the company in November after coming out of bankruptcy last year, told CNBC that the company does not view Elon Musk’s space business as a direct competitor.
Put simply, OneWeb’s “approach to the market is somewhat different” from that of Starlink, with the former focusing on corporate customers and the latter moving directly to consumers’ homes, according to Masterson.
“There are some areas where we’ll be competing, I guess, especially serving governments, but governments will always buy more than one service,” Masterson told CNBC. “I think there will be several players who will be able to successfully address their market.”
OneWeb faces off against Telesat, another business-focused satellite provider, as well as Lockheed Martin’s latest alliance with 5G space startup Omnispace and plans from AST & Science.
OneWeb, according to Masterson, offers fiber where there is none, or for wireless backhaul, emergency backup, or building WiFi networks for remote factories and manufacturing.
Although Masterson did not disclose whether OneWeb was in contact with the management of the Gigabit project, he said the company had spoken to various government agencies and other organizations in the UK industry.
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What are SpaceX’s Arctic objectives?
Meanwhile, SpaceX has made tremendous strides with its satellite network, thanks to massive investment rounds and money from its billionaire maker. It has now deployed more than 1,300 Starlink satellites in an orbit below that of the OneWeb constellation and is only part of the constellation of 30,000 satellites it plans to launch.
The company launched an open beta this year for customers in the US, UK, Canada, Germany and New Zealand. Elon Musk’s SpaceX then sells a Starlink terminal package for $ 499 and $ 99 per month to at least 10,000 subscribers, all thrilled with the network’s 120 megabits per second speeds.
In January, SpaceX obtained last-minute regulatory clearance to launch the first ten Starlink satellites into polar orbit. It is now pushing the Federal Communications Commission to allow it to launch hundreds of satellites into polar orbits, where it can “provide the same high-quality broadband coverage in the most remote areas of Alaska.”
According to SpaceX, this area is critical to the U.S. military, which has been woo the Pentagon in recent years. Pentagon officials also visited SpaceX (and OneWeb) facilities as part of the U.S. Northern Command’s quest for commercial alternatives to transport the Internet faster to the Arctic, an increasingly contested territory between the United States and the United States. Russia. The Air Force’s Global Lightning Initiative is about to enter a new process for awarding satellite Internet contracts to the Arctic regions. Reuters said the agency awarded SpaceX $ 28 million in 2018 to test Starlink on military planes.
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