Russia spits plans for global satellite internet again by refusing OneWeb's second request to access their radio frequencies
- OneWeb has refused its request to enter Russia for the second time
- The British company is competing with Amazon and SpaceX to deliver internet worldwide
- The company is a satellite provider and tried to enter Russia for the first time in 2017
- Russia said it fears that the provider could use espionage in the country
- Skeptics call the movement another attempt to sharpen control over the web
- In May, Russia signed a law obliging providers to stop using foreign servers
Russia stepped up its efforts to limit internet use and denied the request from satellite-based internet provider OneWeb to set up a store.
OneWeb, a British company competing with Amazon and SpaceX to deliver internet worldwide, was recently refused by the Russian State Radio Frequency Commission that said the service could be used for espionage.
This is the second time in two years that OneWeb has not received permission to work in Russia because the country continues to tighten its control over the internet.
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OneWeb no longer has access to the internet because the country is strengthening its hold on web access.
In recent months, Russia has continued its plan to gradually step away from the rest of the internet.
In particular, Russia has announced that it plans to build its own separate internet for the entire country, cut off from the rest of the world.
In May, the Russian government signed a bill that requires all service providers in the country to disconnect from foreign servers.
Although officials have often cited espionage as an important incentive to remove the country from the global network,
& # 39; [Satellite Internet] is an existential strategic threat to their attempts to limit internet activity within their limits, & # 39; said Professor Christopher Newman of Northumbria University BBC.
& # 39; Large parts of Russian territory are coming … that become very dependent on the internet from space. & # 39;
WHAT IS PROJECT KUIPER?
Amazon confirmed that its mysterious Project Kuiper wants to position the e-commerce giant as a global ISP.
In the coming years, it is planning to launch more than 3,000 satellites orbit.
The satellites would enter a low earth orbit where they will be able to deliver high-speed, low-latency internet to millions of people.
Competition for the project has already arisen in the form of the Starlink program from SpaceX and the company OneWeb, which launched six satellites this year.
The webless satellites of OneWeb can deliver up to 500 MBPS per user.
Despite the recent blockade, OneWeb has developed into one of the few companies that is making progress in the field of satellite-based internet.
With the help of a fleet of miniature satellites launched in orbit with a low earth, OneWeb plans to radiate high-speed, low-latency internet to its customers around the world.
In Februrary, the company launched the first six of the planned 650 satellites orbit.
However, OneWeb will be far from being the only player in the room. Both Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Telsa CEO Elon Musk have started their own programs, Project Kuiper and Starlink, respectively.
The result could mean the launch of thousands of small satellites above the Earth – a movement that can help increase internet access for many around the world.
According to the BBC, 90 million people in Russia have access to the internet, about a quarter or 36 million people do not.
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