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Elon Musk’s Google-Starlink partnership explained amid recurring rumors

Bruno Cook January 19, 2023

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Rumors of an Elon Musk takeover Google Hold on, and it’s no more true now than it was a month ago, but with SpaceX and StarlinkA partnership with the company’s cloud computing services.

In 2015, Google joined hands with Fidelity Invest $1 billion in SpaceXwhich means Elon Musk has a long-standing relationship with the search engine and cloud computing giant.

The investment means Google and Fidelity together own less than 10% of SpaceX.

“It’s no surprise that Alphabet is interested in space,” The Motley Fool wrote shortly after. But what are the roots of Google’s partnership with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Starlink companies, and what does it mean for the future of the internet?

SpaceX chief engineer Elon Musk talks about the Starlink project during his MWC hybrid keynote on day two of Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona in Barcelona, ​​Spain, June 29, 2021. (Photo by Joan Cros/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In short, one of the key ideas behind the partnership is to bring fast, secure internet connectivity to those parts of the world’s population that are currently offline, in an affordable manner. That’s about 2.9 billion. In operation, data will be transmitted from Google cloud services to Starlink satellites and then to end users, bypassing the need for expensive cell towers and significantly increasing coverage.

2.9 billion is a large number and represents a lot of people.The UN’s ICT arm released a report in late 2021, claiming that more than one-third of the world’s population “Still never used the internet”.

In May 2021, Google said it had signed a partnership agreement with Elon Musk’s SpaceX that would give Google access to the spaceflight company’s expanding network of satellites, known as Starlink.

The deal will allow Starlink customers to use Google’s cloud computing capabilities, while enabling Google to use Starlink’s fast internet speeds for its cloud customers.

Why Starlink, why Google?

Some of us only know Google as a nifty search engine. But the company also offers Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

GCP is a suite of cloud computing services. It runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses for its search engine, email products, Google Drive and YouTube.

With over $19 billion in revenue in 2021, Google Cloud Platform has become an important source of revenue for the company. As the world becomes more connected and connected, cloud data storage and machine learning are likely to become increasingly important and ubiquitous.

Meanwhile, Starlink is The goal is to be able to provide global mobile services after 2023. Its mass-produced small satellites are cheaper to manufacture than large cell towers, and there are no wires to connect them to servers. Therefore, they may be cheaper and more efficient in the long run.

Telecommunication towers, one red and one white, one white and one white, are antennas for TV, radio and mobile phones against the blue sky.

How deep is Elon Musk’s partnership with Google?

The partnership between Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink company and Google’s cloud platform service will involve SpaceX installing ground stations in Google’s data centers to connect them to the Starlink satellites.

that is based on a video commentator From the YouTube channel Elon Musk Zone.

While the partnership leverages the fast and secure internet connections provided by Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite constellation, Google will bring its cloud computing service to the table and attract more customers with it.

The above-mentioned video notes that the business promises “crazy” internet connections. But that’s not all. Presumably, the connectivity it provides will be accessible even to people living in remote areas. In other words, the 2.9 billion people who still live without an Internet connection may soon be online.

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Who will benefit the most from Elon Musk and Google’s growing partnership?

Some analysts predict that Google will benefit more from the partnership. That’s because it competes more directly with the likes of Microsoft and Amazon.

But then, Amazon is also working on a satellite program called Kuiper Project. Microsoft also has Announcing an agreement with SpaceX Similar to Google.

Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud Group, talking about partnerships Elon Musk’s Starlink plans: “They chose us because of the quality of our network and the distribution and reach of our network.”

Customers will no doubt also want to benefit from Elon Musk’s partnership with Google. The process should work like this: Google’s cloud service connects to Starlink for a fast and secure internet connection; when Google shares its service with a Starlink customer, and vice versa, data is transmitted from the Google cloud service to the satellite and then to the end users without the need for expensive cell towers.

This should mean lower latency (less lag) for customers, and a smoother internet experience.

Anything to tell us about this article?

Bruno Cooke has been a freelance writer since 2019, mainly with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus and has contributed to HITC, Groundviews and the University of Sheffield newspaper – where he completed his MA in Global Journalism in 2021. He is the spoken-word poetry editor of The Friday Poem and self-published his debut 2019 novel, Reverie, which his mom called a “fantastic read” and a “great Christmas gift.” Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes: bike tours, black and white Japanese movies, bar quizzes, fermented and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will embark on a journey around the world with his partner.

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