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Amazon plans constellation of 3,000 sats for ‘inclusive’ internet

Tech giant Amazon is planning to set up a network of more than 3,000 satellites in order to provide a high-speed broadband internet service from space.

In his latest space venture, Jeff Bezos plans to establish 3,236 satellites that will provide high-speed internet access to people around the world .

In recent weeks, Amazon has been posting job adverts for the project, named Project Kuiper, after a part of the distant solar system believed to contain many comets, asteroids, and other small bodies. It was discovered by the late Dutch American astronomer Gerard Kuiper.

Details of the plans were first reported by Geekwire, and based on filings with the International Telecommunications Union. The ITU oversees global telecom satellite operations and eventually will have to sign off on Kuiper’s constellation, the website reported.

“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,” Amazon said in a statement. “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 is joining several other major players already seeking to provide the next-generation broadband service from space.