A photo of SpaceX's Starlink user terminal, or satellite dish, installed on a roof.
  • SpaceX and Google inked a deal to deliver Starlink internet service, the companies said Thursday.
  • SpaceX will build Starlink ground stations at Google's data centers.
  • Google Cloud will provide computing support to help deliver the satellite-based internet service.
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Google Cloud and Elon Musk's SpaceX are teaming up.

The tech giant on Thursday announced a deal to provide cloud services to SpaceX. SpaceX will install Starlink ground stations at Google data centers, and Google Cloud will provide networking and computing support for the internet service.

"Combining Starlink's high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google's infrastructure and capabilities provides global organizations with the secure and fast connection that modern organizations expect," SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement. "We are proud to work with Google to deliver this access to businesses, public sector organizations, and many other groups operating around the world."

With Starlink, SpaceX aims to provide high-speed internet to homes and businesses around the globe that aren't wired for broadband. The company is also looking to target enterprise customers, and the Google deal should help it accomplish that.

The partnership will enable organisations and consumers with Starlink service to access cloud services and applications like machine learning and analytics. Starlink aims to offer internet service to enterprise customers in the second half of 2021.

Starlink is currently in a beta-testing phase that includes more than 10,000 users. It has launched more than 1,500 internet-providing satellites into orbit and plans a network of more than 40,000 satellites.

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