At the four-day Satellite 2015 conference, which kicked off on Monday, Boeing revealed to Reuters that tech firms like Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook are looking to enlarge the Internet’s global footprint through the use of high-bandwidth satellites.
“The real key to being able to do these type of things is ultra high-throughput capabilities, where we’re looking at providing gigabytes, terrabytes, pedabytes of capability,” said Jim Simpson, vice president of business development and chief strategist for Boeing Network and Space Systems.
While Boeing did not provide details of the talks, the report mentions Apple as one of the few companies potentially participating in ongoing discussions.
The report doesn’t say what Apple might use such a beast for, although GPS or mapping data comes to mind.
This is all – of course – still in the rumors stage, and should be treated as such. For those on sodium-free diets, may we suggest a bit of Mrs. Dash seasoning in place of the usual grain of salt.