Google Cloud, SpaceX Join Forces for Global Internet Access

By Luke Bellos, Editor, TMCnet  |  May 14, 2021

Google Cloud and SpaceX (News - Alert) have announced a partnership that will bring low-latency internet to customers across the entire globe, using an advanced satellites constellation developed by SpaceX’s Starlink division.

As a part of the collaboration, the project will utilize Google (News - Alert) Cloud’s ground services, including data storage and cloud applications, that will process data from more than 1500 satellites surrounding the earth. The main objective of both companies is to bring high-speed internet connectivity to the most remote areas of the planet, allowing anyone to become connected at any time.

"Combining Starlink's high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google's infrastructure and capabilities provides global organizations with the secure and fast connection that modern organizations expect," said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell. "We are proud to work with Google to deliver this access to businesses, public sector organizations, and many other groups operating around the world."

Both companies have recognized that businesses are growing dependent on cloud services, which has become especially true over the last year as many organizations have spread out workforces for remote access. Along with providing users with high speed internet from any location, the Starlink project will enable large scale companies with multiple locations to easily share data securely and with minimal lag.

"Applications and services running in the cloud can be transformative for organizations, whether they're operating in a highly networked or remote environment," said Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure at Google Cloud. "We are delighted to partner with SpaceX to ensure that organizations with distributed footprints have seamless, secure, and fast access to the critical applications and services they need to keep their teams up and running."

Enterprise customers are expected to have access to Starlink’s network during the second half of 2021.

Edited by Maurice Nagle