Even some of the most remote places on Earth may soon be able to stream videos and do other tasks that require high-speed interne, thanks to new technology.
British firm OneWeb recently launched 34 satellites into orbit from a spaceport in Kazakhstan, increasing its in-orbit constellation to 322 satellites. The satellites are intended to provide high-speed internet coverage in areas that are underserved by traditional methods. It’s part of a new wave of technologies that could help bridge the digital divide.
“Satellites can provide a solution for people living in remote areas where terrestrial broadband infrastructure has not been built out, providing essential connectivity for millions of people,” Mark Buell, a vice president of the nonprofit Internet Society, told Lifewire in an email interview.