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Amazon aims inclusive Internet with 3,236 satellites

April 6 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 4/6/2019 12:51:55 PM IST

 In a bid to provide Internet to the “unserved and underserved communities around the world”, Amazon is working to launch a constellation of 3,236 satellites into low-Earth orbit.

The project “Kuiper” will consist of 784 satellites at an altitude of 367 miles from the earth, 1,296 satellites at 379 miles and 1,156 satellites at 391 miles -- facilitating Internet availability to over 95 per cent of the earth’s total population.

“Project ‘Kuiper’ will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world,” The Verge quoted an Amazon spokesperson as saying on Friday. “This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband Internet.”

Moving forward with the initiative, the project has already filed with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) -- the international organisation in charge of coordinating satellite orbits.                   (IANS)


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