Today Amazon announced new detail about its home internet service, including new details about its satellite receivers. This service will run off of satellites that Amazon is planning to launch into space starting later this year. Amazon hopes this service will bring internet options to many who currently have none or very few.
“Every technology and business decision we’ve had has centered on what will deliver the best experience for different customers around the world, and our range of customer terminals reflect those choices,” Rajeev Badyal, Amazon vice president of technology for Project Kuiper, said in a statement.
Part of the news today is that Amazon has released images of its new satellite receivers that are expected to cost Amazon less than $400 to produce. These receivers will be 11″ square and about 1″ thick and allow up to 400 megabits per second Mbps.
There will also be an ultra-portable version of Amazon’s receiver that will be 7″ square and weigh about 1 pound with speeds up to 100 Mbps.
Lastly, there will be a pro version of this receive at about 11″ by 30″ and will offer up to 1 Gbps.
Amazon expects to begin mass production of commercial satellites by the end of the year and begin seriously launching satellites in 2024.
According to its CEO, Amazon plans to bring home internet to 300 to 400 million customers worldwide.
“Kuiper will serve customers with minimal to no fixed broadband connectivity, changing access to information and resources for many communities (analysts estimate approximately 300- 400 million customers globally are in this category),” Amazon’s CEO Andy Jassy wrote to shareholders last year.
Amazon is hoping if more customers have high-speed internet, they will be more likely to use Amazon products also. More customer online means more videos streamed, more Amazon orders, and more music listened to. All of these are things Amazon can make money from.