Internet has now started to become a basic human right instead of a privilege. This can be seen in many parts of the world at the moment where it is in abundance and people feel that is necessary to live. However, there are some places where it is actually necessary to live and also help others live a better life. Yes, you read that correct.
According to a Statista report, over 4.3 billion people have access to internet and it is to the extent that for these people the world is almost unimaginable without internet. However, in a world of over 7 billion, one should also know that more than 2.5 billion people do not have access to internet. This might sound crazy but it is the fact. These numbers are rapidly changing but not everywhere. There are places far off or so remote that it is quite physically impossible to take internet to them or at least ‘fast internet’, which is necessary for the modern devices to work well and actually do something of significant importance.
One such place is the Earth’s Circumpolar North, The Arctic. It is a vast region beyond the 66° 33’N, which is cold and mostly covered in a perpetual sheet of ice over the ocean. However, this region is the first to get most adversely affected by the impacts of climate change. The ice sheets are melting in the Arctic and opening up the natures secrets preserved under the ice for millions of years. Scientist are curious to find out what’s there and how to protect the region and the Earth as a whole as well.
To carry out studies and other scientific expeditions there are numerous scientific teams placed in the regions that work day and night to get data from the region and send it to their on-ground bases for storage, further analysis and better understanding. Having said that, there is a basic issue with them and that is internet connectivity. The internet that we take for granted is a scares resource in the Arctic due to its extremely remote nature and harsh conditions. On one hand it is nearly impractical to set up telecom network towers and maintain them in such harsh conditions. On the other hand, the satellite based internet providers have failed to do a good job in the past.
This is where the company Kepler comes into the picture. It is a small satellite manufacturer that is aiming to serve the difficult regions of the earth to have fast internet services starting with the Arctic. Kepler has already placed two satellite in the Lower Earth Orbit to that are on a polar orbital trajectory. They work with teams of scientists to provide service to send data to the ground-base.
Interestingly, this small satellite company has achieved a great feat that was impossible for other large satellite players in the market – 100 mbps data transmission speeds. The report by TechCrunch states that the company claims it is not a demo but in proper use at the moment. The technology is successful as the Kepler said according to media reports and people are getting benefitted by that.
It is difficult to offer over 100 mbps speeds in such harsh and remote condition but since Kepler can do it, it is a good sign and motivation for other players as well to at least try their hands at the game. Higher internet speeds at the poles will not just help the scientists send and receive large amounts of data over the internet very easily, the companies working in the region can also work very well with the help of internet as opposed to with the absence of it.