Amazon is seeking permission to launch 3236 internet satellites

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Amazon is currently trying to get permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch 3236 internet satellites. These satellites will be used to establish a globe-spanning internet network. According to Seeking Alpha Amazon is expecting “to offer service to tens of millions of underserved customers around the world” through the network, which the company is developing under the code-name Project Kuiper.

News of Project Kuiper was out in April when Amazon uncharacteristically confirmed its work related to the project to GeekWire. However, the company has always declined to comment anything on the reports related to its plans. It appears as if the development of thousands of internet providing satellites is the exception. The company is yet to get approval from the FCC to carry their project forward, as reported by Seeking Alpha.

What will this plan provide to space internet with a weird name? As explained by Amazon in details:

“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. 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.”

Spreading internet connection has become very common among tech companies. For example, Google is known to provide fiber Internet services along with its own cellular network. On the other hand, even Facebook scrapped plans to provide internet access through drones in June 2018. Also, Amazon is not the only company that is expecting to use low earth orbit satellites to allow previously unconnected people to finally join the rest of the world online. This has actually become a kind of a trend these days.

It is because of Project Kuiper that Amazon has drawn closer to Blue Origin which is a space exploration company established by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Both the companies are going to collaborate with each other in this task. This is expected to be a huge thing for the company.

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