According to reports, Amazon is working to make Project Kuiper, its satellite-based broadband internet services, available in India.
Before offering broadband services in the nation, the corporation has started the process of asking for licenses from several government agencies. In an effort to broaden access to the Internet, even in rural regions, Amazon’s Kuiper Systems will rely on a constellation of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) to give access to low-latency and fast broadband services.
In order to obtain regulatory approval to offer satellite services in India, according to The Economic Times, Amazon has submitted an application to the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe). In order to offer satellite-based Internet services throughout the nation, Project Kuiper will additionally need a Global Mobile Personal Communication by Satellite Services (GMPCS) license from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
According to the article, Amazon would provide Internet connection up to 1Gbps, and the “affordable broadband” will be accessible throughout the nation, including “unserved and underserved communities” and rural and distant areas in India.
Project Kuiper, which is described on the company website, seeks to deliver Internet access via 3,236 LEO spacecraft, half of which are anticipated to be launched into space by 2026. The expansion of utilization of the company’s Amazon e-commerce platform and services like Prime Video is also probably going to be aided by the provision of broadband Internet services in the nation.
Amazon Seeks Regulatory Approval for Project Kuiper Satellite Internet Services Launch in India, but the firm is not the first to try to introduce satellite Internet services in India. The government has approved GMPCS licenses for OneWeb and Jio Satellite, but not for Elon Musk’s Starlink, which operates about 5,000 LEO satellites. In January 2022, Gadgets 360 revealed that Starlink provided refunds to clients who had “pre-ordered” satellite Internet subscriptions from the business.
Amazon has not yet disclosed the price that users in India will have to pay to use Project Kuiper to access the Internet. By the end of 2024, when the service is anticipated to be made available to users worldwide, we may anticipate learning more about the cost, availability, and equipment requirements for the satellite-based Internet connectivity service.