Amazon to create satellite broadband network

The project's aim is to deliver high-speed broadband to isolated communities.

Jeff Bezos, CEO of technology giant Amazon, has announced his plan to create a high-speed satellite broadband network in space. 

Codenamed Project Kuiper after the Dutch-American astronomer of the same name, a total of 3,236 satellites will be launched into Earth’s low orbit.

The long-term aim of the project is to provide internet to those millions across the world who don’t have reliable access to an internet connection. 

One of the biggest advantages of satellite broadband is the fact that it doesn’t require any cabling to work, meaning it’s the ideal way to provide these services to hard-to-reach rural areas.

Bezos didn’t provide a launch date, full timeline or an overall cost for the project but it’s expected to total billions. 

“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 underserved communities around the world” said a spokesperson for Amazon. 

Several other major players are already in the process of creating an official satellite broadband network in space. 

Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully launched two test satellites for its planned Starlink network last year which will eventually consist of 4,425 satellites. 

Both Seattle-based Boeing and Canadian operator Telesat have also announced their intentions to create high-speed internet constellations.  

Source: The Independant

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