Get Your Wireless Broadband By Stratellite
from the your-internet-floating-overhead dept
There have been various attempts at offering both satellite internet feeds and fixed wirelss feeds, both of which have met with varying degrees of failure. While some have survived, none have really caught on the way the companies provided them hoped they would. Now, some companies are getting ready to combine those two ideas to try to create wireless broadband internet connections that really work. The idea is to put floating platforms up in the sky. They won't be out in space, though, they'll be up pretty damn high, so they're considered "stratellites" instead of satellites. Backers say this creates the best of both worlds, since it gets much wider coverage, while still providing fast connections. They say it can be used for any type of wireless application from basic internet access to a better system for providing 3G mobile phone service. They even plan to offer WiFi connections to consumers, which could put a damper on Cometa's hotspot plans. I still wonder, though, about the latency issue, which is the biggest complaint when it comes to satellite internet services. There's also a big question about cost. As Iridium showed, launching things into space (or near space, at least) can be a bit costly if you can't find a business model to support things.