Satellite Internet Project backed by Google
The project intends to offer fibre performance over satellite to parts of the world where it is not commercially viable or practical to deploy a fibre network. Because its satellites orbit earth at lower altitudes than those used to beam TV signals to homes, they work better for Internet access where latency -- the amount of time it takes for bits of information to travel from source to destination.
In some parts of the world, the company will compete with fibre-optic cables currently under construction -- for instance, over a dozen cables have been announced connecting Africa to Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The group is also hoping that Internet access will prove as popular as mobile phone services have in recent years.