Apr 05, 2:17 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Arthur Villasanta 04/04/19 AT 11:47 PM Amazon plans to deploy a satellite constellation with 3,236 satellites in low-Earth orbit (LEO) to provide high-speed broadband internet services to the unserved or underserved as part of an initiative called “Project Kuiper.”The project will be run by an Amazon subsidiary named Kuiper Systems LLC, according to paperwork filed with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The filing, made last month by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on behalf of Kuiper Systems, is a necessary step to move Project Kuiper forward. Amazon also has to win the assent of the FCC and regulators in other countries for the project.The existence of this endeavor has long been the subject of speculation. Its confirmation will make Amazon the latest FAANG member to take its terrestrial internet ambitions into space. Facebook in July 2018 confirmed its plans to deploy its own internet satellite constellation.The Facebook constellation will be run by a subsidiary named PointView Tech. Facebook is now developing a new satellite called “Athena” that can deliver data 10 times faster than SpaceX’s Starlink satellites.The Amazon Kuiper constellation, however, is dwarfed by that of SpaceX,… Read full this story
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