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Boeing, SpaceX, OneWeb Seek to Provide Broadband Access Via Satellite Constellations

Boeing, SpaceX, OneWeb Seek to Provide Broadband Access Via Satellite Constellations - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Boeing, SpaceX, OneWeb Seek to Provide Broadband Access Via Satellite Constellations - top government contractors - best government contracting eventSpaceX, Boeing and OneWeb have announced plans to launch satellite constellations that will work to operate in low-Earth orbit and offer high-speed broadband service worldwide, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Samantha Masunaga writes the $224.6-billion broadband industry dominated by cable and telecommunications firms is likely to face a challenge with the potential launch of such satellite networks.

SpaceX unveiled an office in Redmond, Washington, and secured a $1 billion investment from Google and Fidelity Investments to launch a constellation of at least 4,000 satellites, which CEO Elon Musk said could cost between $10 billion and $15 billion.

SpaceX plans to initially launch 800 satellites in an effort to provide broadband access to the U.S., Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Masunaga reports.

Boeing has proposed to introduce a network of 2,900 satellites that will work to provide broadband coverage to government and commercial clients across the world.

The report noted that OneWeb raised $1.2 billion in a funding round led by Japan-based technology firm SoftBank Group to establish a facility in Florida that will produce microsatellites for its 700-satellite network.

OneWeb plans to initially launch 10 satellites in 2018 in support of its goal to provide broadband coverage by 2019, the report added.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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