Amazon enters internet space, plans to provide internet service to millions globally
We all make use of internet in one way or the other, for social media, streaming videos/music and lots more. Unfortunately, not everyone has good access to it, especially in the underdeveloped parts of the world.
Global retail giant Amazon plans to enter into the internet space and provide internet service to “tens of millions of people globally”. To accomplish this, Amazon plans to launch 3,236 low Earth orbit satellites that will provide high-speed, low-latency broadband service.
The project tagged “Project Kuiper” will provide internet service to millions of people in “unserved and underserved communities around the world”. To pull this off, Amazon will need to secure approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and regulators in other countries.
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Based on a statement released by Amazon, Project Kuiper will be a long-term project and it is open to partnership from companies that share this common vision. Already, Amazon’s Kuiper Systems LLC has made 3 sets of filings with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the international organization that coordinates satellite orbits.
Since this project is still in its early stages, details like when it will become available, internet speed it will provide and pricing are unavailable.
The satellite broadband service Amazon plans to provide differs from the ones currently available in that it will be in low Earth orbit, making it cheaper to operate and capable of delivering low-latency service (as low as 25ms), similar to fiber systems or cable.
Amazon wouldn’t be the first company attempting to try something this daring. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has received approval to launch 12,000 satellites as part of its Starlink constellation to provide internet coverage from space. OneWeb is another company that has already testing 6 low Earth orbit satellites and intends to provide global broadband access by 2021. Facebook is not left out as it already has plans to launch its own broadband satellites.
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