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Amazon's "Project Kuiper" to provide worldwide broadband connections via 3,236 new satellites

Amazon's fleet of 3,236 low-orbit satellites would be increasing the total number of orbital satellites by more than 60%.  (Source: Proactive Investors)
Amazon's fleet of 3,236 low-orbit satellites would be increasing the total number of orbital satellites by more than 60%. (Source: Proactive Investors)
Amazon seems to be determined to enter the ISP business with an impressive fleet of 3,236 satellites, as the company is ready to file the necessary files to the FCC and correspondent regulators across the world. Currently codenamed "Project Kuiper," this endeavor is looking to provide broadband Internet connections to "unserved and underserved communities around the world."
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While the world is getting ready to welcome the 5G standard for ultra-fast connection mobile Internet speeds, a significant number of areas on the globe are still stuck with slow Internet connections or no connections at all. Several companies, including Google, SpaceX and Facebook, are now planning to implement advanced infrastructures that would connect the aforementioned regions to the global broadband Internet. Advancemenets are slow, however, since the planetary scale of things requires quite the investment.

As the biggest Internet company in the world, Amazon also owns the biggest e-commerce market and cloud computing platform, together with streaming services like Twitch and smart device brands like Echo, plus the grocery store chain Whole Foods. According to GeekWire, the company is now planning to expand into the ISP business with a fleet of 3,236 low Earth orbit satellites that would deliver broadband Internet services to “unserved and underserved communities around the world.”

This endeavor is currently codenamed “Project Kuiper” and has the goal to connect isolated or rural areas where it is inefficient to implement underground fiber-optic cable infrastructures. Amazon is now looking to submit regulatory files to the FCC and correspondent regulators around the world. With a fleet that large, the project might take at least a few years to launch.

The total number of satellites already orbiting the Earth is around 5,000. Amazon’s Project Kuiper would be adding 60+% more satellites and this could clutter the orbital routes too much, thus forcing Amazon to reduce the fleet size.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1535 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-04- 5 (Update: 2019-04- 5)