Amazon’s internet service is set to launch later this year, and the future SpaceX Starlink competitor has reportedly added a number of safeguards against digital dangers.
As the world’s reliance on the internet grows by the day and cyber criminals find new ways to wreak havoc, strong, adaptable security defenses are more important than ever.
The satellite constellation that will power Amazon’s internet service, also known as Project Kuiper, include features that will make the project “highly resilient against electronic jamming, cyberattacks, and other threats to U.S. space assets,” according to Forbes.
Amazon’s 3,200 satellites feature laser crosslinks that create a nearly impossible-to-disrupt mesh network. This means in the event of a cyberattack, connections can be instantly rerouted to other nodes, preventing a connection breakdown.
The crosslinks can also extend beyond users on the ground to include boats and planes, seemingly similar to Starlink’s offerings.
Amazon’s internet service could even one day be used by the military, according to the report.
For now, the service, which offers high speed, low latency by using low-earth orbit satellites, is set to launch in select areas in 2025. Amazon will offer three different speeds: Standard (up to 400 Mbps down), Pro Version ( up to one Gbps), and Portable Version (up to 100 Mbps), starting at about $100 a month.
Amazon wasn’t immediately available for comment.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article referred to Amazon’s internet speeds as service plans.