FCC greenlights Amazon’s Kuiper 3,236 satellite broadband constellation

The FCC has greenlit Amazon's plans to deploy a constellation of 3,236 broadband satellites into the night sky.

Amazon is calling its project Kuiper (named after the belt in the outer solar system which extends from the orbit of Neptune at 30 AU, to approximately 50 AU from the Sun.)

“We have heard so many stories lately about people who are unable to do their job or complete schoolwork because they don’t have reliable internet at home,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice...

SpaceX prepares for Starlink beta, images leak of antennas

SpaceX is preparing for a beta of its Starlink satellite broadband service and Reddit users have leaked further details and images.

Some users who subscribed to be kept posted about testing SpaceX’s broadband service received the following email this week:

The email is very clear that Starlink is collecting addresses to begin recruiting testers for its anticipated satellite service. What we don’t yet know is what countries will be involved in initial tests and...

Remember Google Fiber? It’s just expanded for the first time in four years

Google Fiber, part of the Access division of Alphabet, has expanded for the first time in four years.

The broadband project from Google made headlines everywhere when it first launched in 2010 – we wrote a few ourselves – but this is what you get if you search for it today:

Turns out the project is "still a thing," despite few notable announcements in quite some time.

In a blog post today, Google has announced that Fiber has expanded to the city of West...

UK pursues OneWeb stake ahead of expected ‘Five Eyes’ Galileo rival

The UK is pursuing a stake in satellite firm OneWeb as it begins establishing partners for an expected "Five Eyes" rival to the EU’s Galileo system.

OneWeb is a startup that's been building low-orbit satellites for internet connectivity. While much of the attention has been on SpaceX’s impressive Starlink system, OneWeb has flown largely under-the-radar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIrIt0R47Z8

Despite the vast potential of OneWeb, it has found out first-hand...

Opinion: Huawei pledges to help UK achieve gigabit connectivity amid growing scrutiny

Huawei has launched a media blitz in the UK as deterioration in relations between London and Beijing places the company under further scrutiny.

In a letter to the British public, Huawei wrote:

“Keeping in contact with friends, loved ones and colleagues shouldn’t be hard. That’s why we’re making it easier to stay in touch.  

For nearly 20 years, we’ve supplied the UK’s mobile and broadband companies with 3G and 4G. But some now question our role in...

O2 and Virgin Media confirm historic £31 billion merger

The rumours proved to be true: O2 and Virgin Media have confirmed their intention to merge in a £31 billion deal.

Telefonica and Liberty Global, owners of O2 and Virgin Media respectively, have put out a joint statement today confirming the 50-50 joint venture which “brings together Virgin Media, the UK’s fastest broadband network, and O2, the country’s largest mobile platform.”

Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete, CEO of Telefonica, said: “Combining O2’s number one...

O2 and Virgin Media consider merging to fight BT and Sky

Two of the UK's biggest names in telecoms are considering a merger to combat the industry behemoths of BT and Sky.

O2 and Virgin Media are reportedly in talks to combine each company's strengths across TV, broadband, and mobile.

Liberty Global, which owns Virgin Media, is said to be in talks with Spanish O2-owner Telefonica. Virgin Media brings a vast TV and broadband presence to the table, while O2 has a much larger base of mobile subscribers. 

Virgin...

Elon Musk: SpaceX’s internet service will go live in around six months

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says he expects the company's satellites to be delivering internet connectivity in around six months.

A private beta of the service is expected in around three months. The public beta, in around six months, will start with high latitude satellites.

SpaceX first launched its operational high latitude satellites in May 2019. The high latitude means connectivity may be intermittent and speeds will be relatively slow.

Last year, the company...