Google signs satellite connectivity deal with SpaceX

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On Sunday, Google announced that it has signed a deal with SpaceX to use the space company’s growing satellite internet service, Starlink, with its cloud unit.

SpaceX will install Starlink terminals at Google’s cloud data centers around the world, aiming to utilize the cloud for Starlink customers and enabling Google to use the satellite network’s speedy internet for its enterprise cloud customers.

The Starlink-Google Cloud capabilities, which include secure data delivery to remote areas of the world, will be available to customers by the end of 2021, Google said in a press release Thursday morning. SpaceX will install the first Starlink terminal at Google’s New Albany, Ohio, data center, a spokesman said, adding more plans on the partnership will be shared in the coming months.

So far, SpaceX has launched 1,625 Starlink satellites, with about 1,550 currently in orbit. 

In a press release Google Cloud senior vice president of infrastructure Urs Hölzle said: “Applications and services running in the cloud can be transformative for organizations, whether they’re operating in a highly networked or remote environment.”

Hölzle said Google is “delighted to partner with SpaceX to ensure that organizations with distributed footprints have seamless, secure, and fast access to the critical applications and services they need to keep their teams up and running.”

In a press release SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell said: “The Google deal involves delivering internet-data “access to businesses, public sector organizations, and many other groups operating around the world. Combining Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google’s infrastructure and capabilities provides global organizations with the secure and fast connection that modern organizations expect.”

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