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Amazon launches 3,236 satellites to provide broadband internet

2019-04-04 17:33 by


Amazon wants to launch a network of more than 3,000 satellites in an ambitious plan to provide global internet access. Details of the project were filed with the United Nation's International Telecommunication Union last month.

Project Kuiper – not likely to be the final name once commercialized – will consist of 784 satellites at an altitude of 367 miles, 1,296 units positioned at 379 miles above Earth and 1,156 floating in 391-mile-high orbits. Collectively, they'll provide coverage on Earth between 56 degrees north and 56 degrees south latitude, an area that covers roughly 95 percent of the population.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the initiative's existence in an e-mailed statement to GeekWire, referencing it as a long-term project aiming to serve tens of millions of people that lack basic Internet connectivity.

"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 underserved communities around the world," an Amazon spokesperson told CNBC in an emailed statement.

"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."

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