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Thousands of Low Earth Orbit Satellites Can Provide Wireless Internet, Samsung Reckons

  • Samsung proposes these satellites could use high frequency spectrum usually known as millimeter wave spectrum. Millimeter wave spectrum promises the ability to transfer up to 575 megabytes per second.
  • Samsung has a ton of research into the 60 GHz technology — much smaller than current Wi-Fi networks that work on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. But previously Samsung has indicated it believes millimeter wave — or WiGig — would be a kind of “5G” wireless network.    

  • Samsung isn’t the only company investigating using low earth orbit satellites to network areas where buried fiber or traditional wireless networks might not cover. It joins Richard Branson-funded OneWeb as well as Space X, and is similar to projects from Google and Facebook. 

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