Amazon Take On SpaceX With 3,000+ Internet Satellites
Amazon has taken on Musk’s SpaceX with reports it’s seeking FCC approval to launch 3,236 interconnected broadband satellites into orbit.
Reported by GeekWire, the tech giant filled FCC paperwork last week, further fuelling rumours about its ‘Project Kuiper’ initiative – announced back in April.
Commentators claim the news intensifies pressure on local telcos, exacerbated by with the expansion of 5G within the next two to three years.
The FCC filing claims 3.8 billion individuals worldwide don’t have access to reliable broadband, with 21.3 million Americans lacking access to fixed broadband.
“The Kuiper System will deliver satellite broadband communications services to tens of millions of unserved and underserved consumers and businesses in the United States and around the globe,” reads the filing.
Amazon’s Kuiper bears similarities to SpaceX’s Starlink system, with the first 60 Starlink satellites launched to low Earth orbit (LEO) in May.
Commentators claim the imitative births a new era in satellite tech, with the FCC approving 11,943 for Starlink.
In its filing, Amazon asserts the company has the “expertise, infrastructure and financial resources” to make the project a success.
It’s expected the tech giant will integrate the project with its existing infrastructure, including Amazon Web Services.
[The] effective implementation of global broadband…services requires more than the design, construction, and deployment of a technologically advanced satellite system, low-cost customer terminals, and gateways. It also requires worldwide terrestrial network infrastructure and customer operations capabilities. Amazon sells products and services to hundreds of millions of customers today via physical and online stores, entertainment content streaming, design and manufacturing of consumer electronics devices, and leading public cloud computing web services. Amazon also has global terrestrial networking and compute infrastructure required for the Kuiper System, including intercontinental fiber links, data centers, compute/edge compute capabilities and the tools, techniques, and know-how to securely and efficiently transport data. Amazon will leverage its resources and capabilities to develop, implement, and interconnect the Kuiper System and terrestrial networks to delight customers.