Elon Musk’s SpaceX signs deal with Google Cloud for satellite broadband


Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced Thursday that Google will partner with its Starlink satellite internet service to provide cloud computing services to business customers.

As part of the partnership, SpaceX will place its Starlink ground stations in the properties of the Google data center to help the service support businesses in need of cloud-based applications.

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced Thursday that Google will partner with its Starlink satellite internet service to provide cloud computing services to business customers.

As part of the partnership, SpaceX will place its Starlink ground stations in the properties of the Google data center to help the service support businesses in need of cloud-based applications.

Starlink is in the process of launching its satellite broadband Internet service, which can reach customers without ground connections and is one of several space-based systems.

“By combining Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google’s infrastructure and capabilities, global businesses can get the secure, fast connectivity that today’s businesses expect,” said Gwynne Shotwell, President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX.

“We are proud to partner with Google to bring this access to businesses, public sector organizations and many other global groups.”

Urs Hoelzle, senior vice president at Google Cloud, said the merger would help “ensure that organizations with distributed footprints have seamless, secure and fast access to the critical applications and services they need to keep their teams running hold.”

This new capability for enterprise customers is expected to be available in the second half of 2021, the companies said in a joint statement.

SpaceX is seeking regulatory approvals for broadband services for consumers and businesses around the world from thousands of satellites.

(With contributions from agencies)

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