In 1982 Inmarsat satellite services were established and satellite telephony started. In the beginning they used space resources leased from third parties. The first series of satellites used by Inmarsat, starting in 1982, was leased from several sources: COMSAT (MARISAT), ESA (MARECS), and INTELSAT (ISV-MCP).
30 years ago owning a satellite phone is difficult. You would need to be extremely rich to own one. The first satellite phones costs around tens of thousands of dollars. It is also difficult to operate and certainly not portable. Strong backs are needed to transport the first satellite phones.
O3b has launched eight satellites into medium Earth orbit. While the first four have an onboard issue that likely will reduce their operating lives and deliver a $315 million insurance claim into O3b’s treasury, the company has maintained the minimum six in full operational status and, since September, has begun loading commercial customers onto the service.
O3b satellites use Ka-band beams to provide high-speed, low-latency broadband connections to nations and businesses that otherwise do not have broadband access.
The third and final set of four satellites on order for O3b is scheduled for launch in December aboard a Europeanized Russian Soyuz launch vehicle.
Once these four are in operation, O3b will have enough capacity to maintain operations no matter what happens to the first four, and the question for the company then will be when to plot further expansion.
Google is looking to bring Project Loon, its balloon powered-Internet service, to India and is working with the government for the same, reports the Times of India. The technology giant will be looking at commercial format for the project by 2016 which will cover every inch of the Earth and that the company is working closely with governments across the world including India.
Project Loon is a network of balloons which float at about 20 kilometres above in the stratosphere which will help in providing Internet access to the most remote corners of the world. Google has teamed up with telecommunications companies to share cellular spectrum which enables people to connect to the balloon network directly from their phones and other LTE-enabled devices. The signal is then passed across the balloon network and back down to the global Internet on Earth. Google had partnered with Australia’s largest telco Telstra to run a pilot of the project with 20 balloons on a part of its 2.6GhZ spectrum.