(credit: OneWeb)
A company seeking to offer low-latency broadband from satellites yesterday received a key approval from the Federal Communications Commission.
“Over a year ago, OneWeb was the first company to seek approval to enter the US market with a system of high-capacity satellites that orbit closer to Earth than any satellite has ever before,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said before yesterday’s vote. “The goal of this non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) technology is to provide global, high-speed broadband service—and its use case is particularly compelling in remote and hard-to-serve areas.”
Today’s satellite ISPs have average latencies of 600ms or more, according to FCC measurements, with satellites orbiting the Earth at about 35,400km.

By contrast, OneWeb satellites would orbit at altitudes of about 1,200km.

The company says its Internet access would have latencies of around 30ms, just a bit higher than typical cable systems.
Speeds would be around 50Mbps.
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