The big money in the satellite business obviously thinks there is enough money in two-way satellite services to lauch a whole new iteration of LEO constellations for Internet access as well as GPS-like location services.
Google has been experimenting with Wi-Fi provided by balloons. I was tracking them on FlightRadar24 for a while.
People that don’t have Internet: 4 Billion.
Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
Out of the 1 Billion not in poverty, how many can afford a LEO satellite service? Maybe 1/8?
My guess is that the target market these services are those folks that have enough money to get Internet service, but for which there is no Internet connectivity. This is the world-wide, mobile market.
Is there room for a low-cost version that can serve the other 7/8 Billion consumers with a data broadcast service?
You bet. This is the market I think Outernet is trying to reach.
So what will Outernet need to meet that 7/8 of a billion consumer market?
Low-cost service, perhaps subsidized by hobbyists that are willing to pay for some premium services.
What would it looks like?
USA - for now
Lower data rate - for now
Fixed - for now
What services would be made available?