Sunday, June 30, 2013

O3B satellites launch

New developments in internet by satellite. Until now this has been done using geostationary satellites far from Earth which has meant a problematic 600ms delay in browsing, phone calls and gaming. This new company, as reported in this BBC news post, will be using satellites in a lower medium earth orbit giving quicker more responsive access. Service should start later this year.

"O3b is targeting parts of the world that currently have poor fibre-optic infrastructure.
With support from blue chip companies such as Google, it believes its network can change the broadband experience for millions of people by providing an alternative "fibre in the sky" to backhaul traffic."