Tren Griffin+ Your Authors @trengriffin I work for Microsoft. Previously I was a partner at Eagle River, a private equity firm established by Craig McCaw. I am on the board of directors of Kymeta. Feb. 07, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

"OneWeb plans to officially open for business in 2021. It will begin by selling services to governments and corporate customers that provide internet service to airplanes, ships and boats. Eventually, the company will sell bandwidth to consumer internet providers."

2/ "The price of building and launching the Starlink satellites will likely run as high as $10 billion, according to one early estimate from the company. There are also technical hurdles, such as how to build affordable user terminals." 

3/ In deciding what markets to target for a global broadband satellite constellation, the cash needed to acquire customers (enterprise vs consumer) is a huge factor. Any user terminal subsidy eats cash. Wholesale service has different margins and retail distribution isn't easy.

4/ Every discipline in science and business is involved in systems necessary to earn a return on capital on a satellite business. Physicists, electrical engineers, chemical engineers, mathematicians, software developers to name a few + the needed business and regulatory talent.

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