A highlight of the 21st century has been our increasing ability to connect with the rest of the world through the wonders of technology. As internet speed and usage have increased, we’ve been able to network with people halfway around the globe. However, statistics show that a vast majority of the African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries are suffering from a lack of networkability due to limited internet access. India-based company Saankhya Labs has produced the Pruthvi Chip, and Google is continuing work on their Project Loon, both of whichseem promising for providing internet access to remote regions of the globe.
The latest in global-internet tech is being released by U.S. satellite company ViaSat who, following a recent partnership with Boeing, plan to deliver three satellites capable of providing high-speed internet to far-flung regions. The partnership, announced on February 9, unveiled the new ViaSat-3 satellite which has the lofty goal of providing an unparalleled 1-Terabit per-second network access. The ViaSat-3 satellite will offer consumers 100+ Mbps broadband to any home, a bandwidth that is capable of 4K Ultra-HD video streaming.
While residential connectivity to remote regions of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas is the primary goal of ViaSat/Boeing, the new satellites will also play a role for in-flight WiFi. And if those two aspects alone weren’t sufficient, ViaSat-3 can also provide 1-Gbps access to maritime locations. Between third-world, in-flight and maritime coverage, ViaSat-3 is making one of the foremost efforts towards global networking. However, ViatSat/Boeing are not alone in this effort. SpaceX, Saankhya Labs and Google are just a handful of the companies placing top priority on global networking.
As internet accessibility grows, so do the opportunities for regional growth. These efforts by ViaSat/Boeing will not only provide broadband access, but also job availability and opportunity for innovation. With the ViaSat-3 satellite orbiting in space, the sky may not be the limit!