21 May Big Brands Increase Wireless Broadband
In the United States, fixed wireless broadband internet can provide larger data coverage and low latency, but it also comes with security issues, the possibility of outside factors interfering services, and higher prices.
One of the reasons for high prices with broadband services is that the market is critically lacking in competition. The lack of competitors can also contribute to inconsistent availability, slower speeds, and poor client service. How are big brands planning on combating these existing issues with wireless broadband?
In the past, satellite wireless broadband has been a last resort option for those who have issues utilizing cable or fiber options. However, now with a batch of newly designed, low altitude satellites – with faster connection speeds and clearer signals various companies hope to level the playing field and bring better broadband options for consumers. These low-orbit satellites will bring low-latency wireless broadband even to the most rural areas of the United States.
Big Players for Wireless Broadband
Retail giant, Amazon, is joining the race to increase wireless broadband while curbing prices. Amazon plans on fighting connectivity issues with a subsidiary named Kuiper Systems LLC, consisting of 3,236 satellites. Other major companies that are also racing to provide better connectivity to users are SpaceX, OneWeb, and Facebook. SpaceX’s satellites were aimed to launch last Wednesday, May 15, 2019, but saw a slight delay and launched the following day. Their network of satellites has been named Starlink and consist of nearly 12,000 satellites. OneWeb has a joint venture with Airbus they plan on launching a satellite constellation consisting of 900 units. Facebook is partnering with ViaSat to provide wireless broadband to members in rural areas, they are calling this initiative – Community.
Benefits of the Broadband Wireless
With big brands throwing their hats in the ring, it will give Americans a wider range of provider options. According to BroadbandNow, this could save users over 300 billion dollars in expenses. Other benefits include:
- Better signal strength
- Less bulky equipment
- Better frequency
- Better global coverage
Almost every satellite constellation plan calls for many satellites, this can drive manufacturing costs up for companies and use a ridiculous amount of materials. With a larger amount of satellites, it is most likely that there will be more maintenance costs associated with it.
However, with more options for wireless broadband coverage, the world will become more connected than ever before. If your company could benefit from knowing more about this interconnectivity and how it can play into predictive analysis, be sure to request a demo of our data.
Author: Valerie Stephen