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Amazon intends to launch 3,236 satellites awaiting approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which would be used to create a global Internet network.
Amazon expects, through the network developed under the code name Kuiper, “to offer service to tens of millions of under-served customers around the world”, reports Seeking Alpha.
In April the news of the Project Kuiper broke out when Amazon confirmed its work uncharacteristically on GeekWire. The company frequently refuses to comment on reports about its plans; it appears that there are thousands of Internet satellites that have been developed. However, the company had still been seeking FCC permission for the project, as Seeking Alpha has today reported.
Amazon explained this by saying, “Project Kuiper is a new initiative to launch a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and under-served communities around the world. This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband Internet. We look forward to partnering on this initiative with companies that share this common vision.”
Expanding internet access has become a tech company obsession.
Google offers fiber Internet facilities and their own cell phone network. In June 2018 Facebook scrapped plans to give access to the Internet via drones, and Amazon is not the only firm that hopes to use low-earth-orbit satellites to eventually enable earlier unconnected individuals to connect to the remainder of the globe.
If the Project Kuiper colludes on the satellite network, Amazon could potentially get closer to Blue Origin, the space exploration company founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Even if they do not, it can be a boon for Amazon to connect more people to the Internet. Thanks to a variety of digital services, the company needn’t necessarily persuade people to buy things from its marketplace.
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