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Amazon's plan to challenge Starlink takes shape


Soon, Amazon will be one of the competitors of Starlink, the satellite connection service offered by SpaceX. Indeed, the e-commerce giant is preparing its own constellation. And if we don't yet know when this new Amazon service will be available, we know a little more about the offers that it will offer to customers, once its constellation is operational.

Like Starlink, Amazon's Kuiper project will rely on a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit. And like Starlink, Kuiper should also offer satellite connection for homes, as well as cars, boats, and planes. Indeed, Amazon's plans are becoming clearer today, according to the PC Mag site, which relays a document filed with the FCC (the American telecommunications watchdog).

According to PC Mag, Amazon has submitted its application to the FCC in order to obtain a license that would allow it to offer its antennas on moving vehicles, in addition to homes. The license requested by Amazon concerns means of land, sea and air transport. In other words, the e-commerce giant wants to offer an offer comparable to that of Starlink, which offers subscriptions for boats as well as motorhomes, and which also collaborates with airlines.

A beta before the end of the year

According to PC Mag, Amazon should begin offering its satellite connection service in beta before the end of the year, once it has production satellites in orbit. The license he has just requested from the FCC would concern three types of antennas: a compact antenna which would allow a download speed of 100 Mbps, a standard model with a download speed of 400 Mpbs, and a larger model that would support up to 1 Gbps.

The antennas proposed for moving vehicles would be almost identical to those planned for homes. However, for moving vehicles, the device includes electrical components intended to block interference.

  • Via his project Kuiper, Amazon Intends to Compete with Starlink, SpaceX's Satellite Connection Service
  • A document filed with the FCC tells us more about the offer that the e-commerce giant plans to offer to its customers
  • Like Starlink, Amazon wants to connect vehicles in movement, whether on land, at sea or in the air
  • Amazon is expected to launch a beta version of its satellite connection before the end of the year

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116