Singaporebased Transcelestial uses lasers to build affordable internet networks

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  • Middle-mile and last-mile distribution is often costly, and runs into right-of-way issues.Transcelestial’s laser communications systems does away with underground cables, which are expensive to install and maintain, and radio-frequency based devices, with their complicated spectrum licensing regulations.
  • Jha said the company is already working under stealth with a few ISPs and a major enterprise cloud and data center company on the West Coast.Part of Transcelestial’s new funding will be used to prepare Terabit Factory, its production facility, against uncertainties in the supply chain.
  • Transcelestial’s shoeboxed-sized devices, called CENTAURI, have already been deployed in South and South East Asian markets.A CENTAURI installationThe startup recently proved that its laser technology can deliver 5G connectivity during a demonstration at the University of Technology Sydney.
  • Today, the Singaporean-based startup announced it has raised $10 million, with the goal of expanding its wireless laser communications system in Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States.
  • Eventually, it has its eyes on space, deploying its wireless fiber optics from orbit.The company’s A2 round was led by aerospace venture firm Airbus Ventures, with participation from Kickstart Ventures, Genesis Alternative Ventures, Wavemaker, Cap Vista and Seeds Capital.
  • Transcelestial is on a mission to make the internet more accessible by building a network of shoebox-sized devices that send lasers to one another, creating a fiber-like network.
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