Amazon is all set to Launch Thousands of Satellites Into Orbit
Posted On 23 Apr 19
Amazon is all set to Launch Thousands of Satellites Into Orbit to Provide Global Internet Access.
Amazon plans to launch 3,236 satellites in order to give internet access around the world.
Their focus is on “unserved and underserved communities around the world.”
The United Nations estimates that as many as four billion people are underserved in terms of internet access. Last month Kuiper system LLC created many sets of filings with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The ITU handles the responsibility for the global coordination of Satellite Orbits. Amazon was quick to confirm that Kuiper Systems was one of their projects.
“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.” -Amazon spokesperson via Statement.
The satellites will reportedly help in providing data coverage from the latitudes 56 degrees north to 56 degrees south. It’s amazing to know that over 90% of the world population lives within that area of the earth.
Many other companies have also made an announcement for similar initiatives. Facebook Inc. was reportedly focused on launching satellites early this year, while Google plans to form a network of flying balloons.