A decentralized satellite internet network is a concept that moves away from a single, centralized operator controlling the entire network of satellites and their ground stations. Instead, it envisions a system where multiple stakeholders operate parts of the united system. This decentralization can manifest in various ways and can have several potential advantages.
Features and Characteristics
- Distributed control. Unlike traditional satellite networks, a decentralized network does not have a single point of control. This can make it more resilient against various threats, including regulatory challenges, cyberattacks, and natural disasters.
- Community involvement. Decentralized networks might allow individual users or communities to own, operate, or have a stake in satellites, ground stations, or network nodes.
- Freedom of access. Telecom operators, server owners, authorities and corporations will lose total control over users.
- Data security. Decentralization could lead to better cybersecurity, preventing most types of cyberattacks.
Public Internet vs Decentralized Cloud
Blockchain offers a more advanced approach to storing and transmitting data. It increases the transparency and security of the systems in which it is applied. But the Internet as a whole is still vulnerable. And it is fixable.
The Internet we have today is a combination of data centers and providers, which form a large centralized platform. This concept has both physical and legal vulnerabilities.
Even though the modern world is dedicated to decentralization, technologies like blockchain and cryptography continue to operate solely on the open (public) Internet. So, this is basically a centralized setting. Sadly, this doesn't allow us to reach their full potential of decentralization.
The concept of Decentralized Internet refers to moving data from centralized shared servers to many local ones. In a decentralized network of DEX Node devices. Each node is a miniature data center with two communication channels that do not overlap with public Internet Cloud storage technology.
It's as easy for users as uploading a file to any well-known cloud. The only distinction is that your file is split into fragments, copied, and stored on DEX Node devices instead of being stored on a server in the data center. This allows you to make the Internet more secure without sacrificing functionality.
Is Starlink a Decentralized Internet Network
Starlink is the largest satellite orbital Internet network. Contrary to the misconception of many, this is not the only network. OneWeb, HughesNet and other companies are also building their infrastructure in Earth orbit. But compared to SpaceX, their infrastructure is too weak. There are currently over 4,500 Starlink satellites in orbit.
The network of Internet satellites in orbit contributes greatly to the decentralization of the Internet. Without it, the concept of a decentralized cloud would not be feasible due to dependence on providers on the ground. And yet, that's not enough.
What remains to be done to make the Internet decentralized? Alexey Kedo will tell about this at the NEW TRADE SPHERE 2023 Online Conference on trading and technologies on August 27!