Elon Musk teams up with Google: SpaceX will use the tech giant's cloud for its satellite internet.

source: businessinsider.com

It will install Starlink terminals in data centers to offer seamless connectivity to the network.

Google announced this week that it signed an agreement with SpaceX to work as partners providing satellite internet service. Thus, Elon Musk's company will install terminalsStarlink in the tech giant's cloud data centers worldwide.

The agreement between the two companies will allow SpaceX to install ground stations that connect to orbiting satellites in Google Cloud data centers, as reported by CNBC and shared by Google through Twitter. The objective of this alliance is "to offer uninterrupted connectivity to the cloud and the internet," said the company founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

The agreement includes providing high-speed satellite Internet access to companies, public sector organizations, and other groups operating globally.

Gwynne Shotwell, Musk's president and chief operating officer, said in a press release that StarLink's fast, low-visibility broadband, combined with Google's infrastructure and capabilities, provides secure and faster connectivity to global organizations, which is expected of modern organizations.

For his part, Urs Hölzle, senior vice president of infrastructure at Google Cloud, said: Applications and services that run in the cloud can be transformative for organizations, whether they operate in a high-network or remote environment.

SpaceX will install StarLink link stations in Google Cloud data centers located in different parts of the world. This will be possible due to the wide availability of the company's satellite internet service geographically. Customers will start using this service by the end of 2021.

Today, the strongest competition from the union of these companies is Amazon's Kuiper Project, which is trying to launch more than 3,000 satellites to power its AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud computing services. However, there are no satellites in its orbit yet.

Jeff Bezos' company has accused Musk of launching a satellite into orbit, which will be taken over by the Amazon project. Meanwhile, SpaceX has already launched 1,625 satellites, though about 1,550 are currently in operation. It now has over 10,000 users testing the beta version.

On the other hand, Microsoft, which runs another cloud service called Azure, also partnered with SpaceX last year. By putting data in Azure's cloud through the Starlink broadband highway, the two companies will "co-sell to our customers. Mutual users, startups, and future customers," said Data Services, then president of SpaceX's operations.

Starlink, in Argentina

Through resolution 1291/2020 published in the Official Gazette in December last year, SpaceX has obtained a license to provide broadband internet service in Argentina through Starlink satellites. The company that requested the approval is Tibro Netherlands BV Argentine Branch, which must coordinate with Arsat (the state telecommunications company) the technical aspects of the implementation. Despite having a license, it is not in a position to work.

Technical coordination between satellites, which had never been carried out until now, should work together with Arsat. It is a long process so that the service could reach users in a few years. 

Likewise, they will have to coordinate the frequency and link of the satellites with the Argentine satellite networks; that is, they will have to define which networks they are going to use. Part of the process to come also includes presenting pertinent information to the ILO (International Labor Organization, UN body).