Amazon Plans Nationwide Broadband For Home & Mobile

Amazon reveals plan to build global internet with network of 3,236 broadband satellites

Amazon reveals plan to build global internet with network of 3,236 broadband satellites

Amazon submitted its application with the FCC for Project Kuiper on July 4.

Amazon wants the regulatory body to grant permission for the online retailer and cloud service giant to "launch and operate a non-geostationary satellite orbit system using Ka-band frequencies".

Amazon didn't specify a timeline of events for putting the satellites into space.

Project Kuiper is a long-term initiative to launch a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world. To avoid potential issues with space debris, the satellites would de-orbit in about 10 years.

Up and running: The satellites will fly at 98 orbital planes, at altitudes between 366 and 391 miles (589 to 629 kilometers). Although it will take years for satellite constellations like these to roll out, there's a concern that Amazon might already be at a disadvantage.

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In the filing, Amazon's wholly owned Kuiper Systems subsidiary cited several studies suggesting that 3.8 billion people across the world still don't have access to reliable broadband services. In the U.S. it is estimated that 21 million Americans lack fixed residential broadband and 33 million don't have fast mobile internet access.

The company, however, warns that its satellite system won't cover many regions across the globe, including some parts of Alaska.

Others are attempting to serve the same need in the same way, including SpaceX, which is looking to launch a network of almost 12,000 broadband satellites for its "Starlink" network.

Kuiper's president, Rajeev Badyal, was previously fired from SpaceX after CEO Elon Musk was unhappy with his progress in creating a satellite-broadband program. "That's why the FCC under my leadership has moved quickly to give a green light to satellite entrepreneurs like OneWeb, SpaceX, and O3b and is considering other applications from entrants like Amazon and Boeing".

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