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 PostPost subject: Google goes after 3 billion with super satellite        Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:31 pm 
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Google goes after 3 billion with super satellite

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Google has hooked up with Liberty Global and HSBC Principle Investments to start funding a satellite network aimed at connecting the three billion people who still can't get access to the internet, at least those living near the equator.

O3b, standing for the "Other 3 Billion", has raised $60m from Google, Liberty and HSBC. However, they'll need ten times that to fulfill the ambition of 16 satellites offering gigabitspeeds to service providers in central Africa and the Middle East, without the latency usually incurred in space-based internet access.

The initial phase will be half that number, and is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2010. Latency is reduced by putting the satellites in a low-earth orbit, less than a twentieth of a second away at light speed as opposed to the half second needed to reach geostationary orbit.


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I'm curious to know where these countries are exactly and why they can't run cables to them. Anyone at least know what continent(s) they are on?


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I'd guess it's mostly for Africa/Asia/various small island nations.


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QuiescentWonder wrote:
I'm curious to know where these countries are exactly and why they can't run cables to them. Anyone at least know what continent(s) they are on?


Cost and probably because the population is too sparse to run cables too. If you only have say 20 people per sq km, its not worth running cables to them. Its all about cost.

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