Looks like Google have been “out Googled” if the Chinese Company completes the plan?
Re data security, who do you think is more likely to leak data or be hacked, Google, US Government or China?
Wikileaks holds the answer to the first two.
Is it a real threat to the Skymuster service? I think @Fred123 is teasing us here?
If you use Skymuster as an example with less than 100,000 customers across two satellites, the Chinese company can cover 27M customers with Skymuster equalling performance. Race out now if you dare. True with newer tech perhaps the network will offer two to four times the performance? It’s actual objective and best fit is offering service to remoter locations that have little prospect of internet otherwise?
Well if you exclude the cost of the ground station you will need to put in at your own expense. Although for remote communities, without the NBN Co setting the agenda, a single shared service through a high bandwidth connection is also an option.
Will the Company from China also provide a paid commercial access option for remote business in competition to existing satellite services? It is hard to suggest it will not.
In this way the system may become a true NBN competitor.
How will P Dutton respond to Aussies connecting to the service and circumventing meta data collection and encryption back door requirements?
Will these satellites be declared pirates? Akin to the radio stations that ran in the UK decades past to circumvent the UK Govt restrictions on broadcasting.
Will the Company from China put in place a complaints handling and customer service centre with English speaking staff?
How will Australian Consumer Law apply, although if it is only ever a free service, does that matter?