Jun 28, 2017

Project to deliver global broadband from space underway


Airbus and partner OneWeb are building "a satellite mega-constellation," per the BBC, in hopes of delivering "broadband links from orbit to every corner of the globe" and, more specifically, providing connection to every school.

The first 10 satellites will be launched by next April, followed by another launch in November. An assembly line has opened in Toulouse, France, and two more lines will be opened in Florida.

One big concern is debris. "The fear is that space could eventually become unusable," the BBC reports.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.