Google Cloud is set to partner with SpaceX to provide Cloud services to help deliver high speed internet through SpaceX’s Starlink satellites.
- As part of the partnership, SpaceX will install Starlink terminals (ground stations) at Google data centres across the world.
- The Starlink Terminals will help in delivering high-speed broadband internet through Google Cloud.
- The service will be available to enterprise customers before the end of 2021.
i.The Starlink-Google partnership also involves delivery of data, cloud services, and applications to remote areas of the world.
- SpaceX will install the 1st Starlink terminal at Google’s New Albany, Ohio, USA.
- In 2020, Microsoft had secured a deal from SpaceX to connect its Azure Cloud computing platform to Starlink.
ii.The partnership is seen as a step by Google to increase its share in the global cloud-computing market, which is dominated by Amazon & Microsoft.
- It is an initiative by SpaceX to provide Satellite Internet access.
- It removes the necessity of the need for cell towers, customers’ devices will communicate to satellites, which will link up to Google data centers.
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