SpaceX vs China in Search of Satellite Internet

With the 6G speed satellite internet that China promises, one could download about a thousand movies in Just one second. If you have 6G, your ability to have automation is going to improve exponentially.

By Hina Baloch

SpaceX is wrapping up the pace of rocket launches, in order to conquer the internet from space. The company has launched more than a thousand satellites to build a network called Starlink aimed at bringing faster connections to billions of people.

Meanwhile, China has launched only a few tests satellitesBIt is a country has sent what it calls the world’s first 6G satellite, which it says would provide faster service than it is available on Earth. Satellite internet is really seeing to be, you know, an extension of a lot of the terrestrial internet services. The satellite internet Market is expected to be worth more than 400 billion dollars by 2040. The world seems to have an insatiable appetite for bandwidth and this competition is taking place in an area known as low earth orbit, the first come, first served. So, they are racing to occupy those orbitals slots because the ones that get there first with the capability of presence is going to be able to set the rules and that comes with privacy and security concerns. Still, SpaceX is moving ahead with a larger Fleet of satellites. While the relative newcomer, China is betting on faster speeds to build a powerful internet Network in space.

Satellite-based internet is actually not new. Some mid-1990s, people who live in remote areas and do not have access to cell towers have relied on satellites. These satellites are in orbit about 22,000 miles away from Earth, and a result of that distance is slow speed because China’s satellites and the Starlink network are closer to Earth. That means they can provide much faster services.

SpaceX is currently promising its beta test customers in the U.S. speeds between 50 and 150 megabits per second. That is still below the country’s average broadband service on the ground. China has not rolled out, it serviced at or demonstrated, how its satellite works. But the university that developed the 6G satellite says, it could offer speeds that can potentially reach at least one terabyte per second. That means if you download a one gigabyte, movie with Starlink service, it will take about 10 seconds. Then, with the 6G speed that China promises, you could download about a thousand movies in Just one second. China says, its 6G plan is an extension of its 5G Network, which is already been rolled out in many Chinese cities. This technological progression is starting to help transform the country’s economy.

If you have 6G, your ability to have automation is going to improve exponentially. We mean, better manufacturing. We mean better 3D printing. Furthermore, we mean better self-driving cars. China’s 6G, satellite network can make a big impact once it is up and running once you become the first country to do it, you set the global standards, you set the rules in terms of how this is going to be regulated. Those who are first, there, will be able to standardize the procedures of that particular market. And then you also said The Innovation cycle in technology. But SpaceX has an edge over China in another way. SpaceX has a big advantage of having been the first mover.

The Washington-DC, based Group represents over 50 satellite companies in the US, including SpaceX. The number is absolutely a comparative advantage right now. It takes a long time to ramp up with capabilities to even get 1500 satellites on orbit.

These ramps up satellite, manufacturing capabilities to reach that point. That is what a SpaceX means. It is all supply chain to produce the satellites and handles everything else from launching to operating them. It is taking the company three years. Support a constellation of more than a thousand satellites. Planning to eventually deploy a total of 12,000. SpaceX has the goal of providing ubiquitous connectivity across the globe, whether that is providing are net to rural areas, whether it is providing Internet, to ships, to planes and that Global plan could help more than three billion people in the world who don’t have regular access to the internet. The hardest to serve customers as an installation cost of about $600, the monthly fee to use, Starlink satellites would be about $100.

SpaceX has already received 500,000 pre-orders for its service and the company’s plans for expansion to get a boost from the US government, as it recently one preliminary right to nearly 900 million Dollars in subsidies.

The SpaceX is good for funds, and its prolific launches have started to drop criticism from rivals in the US and Europe. We see Starlink satellites are clouding orbit and endangering other satellites. So, some are asking Regulators to clamp down on the SpaceX project.

China could also face similar pushback from rivals since it also plans to launch more than 10,000 satellites. But this mega plan has one strong ally. The one advantage that the country has is that it has one party. The support is very much consistent, it is very clear China’s goal under President Xi has been to become a leader in innovation, and technology and especially communications technology. But big networks of satellites also generate a lot of personal data. There are these concerns that data can be turned over, it could be used for espionage, intelligence operations, it could be used to have economic advantage, because you can also, into their economic system.

For example, US officials have long said, Beijing could direct Chinese telecom companies like Huawei which have set up 5G networks abroad to spy or sabotage. Although, the Chinese government have rejected the charges, but China’s 6G Network could open up similar concerns. Chinese law makes it mandatory for any company, or citizen to collaborate, to the Chinese intelligence in case such a request is made. But in the US the legal system could provide a level of protection, SpaceX cannot turn over data just because US intelligence been wanted, they will have to go to court to get permission. China’s foreign Ministry said that Chinese law protects data security and personal information of citizens and organizations.

For now, SpaceX is moving ahead by seeking permission for another 30,000 satellites, but China’s network could have one more advantage when it’s ready. China can always make it mandatory for its citizens to have done a kind of service in his devices. Making the world’s most populated country, a place to continue, testing the service and honing the technology.

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