Last year Amazon announced plans to offer high speed home Internet using low earth orbit satellites. Now Amazon seems to be on a bit of a hiring spree to build up its team as it awaits FCC approval to start launching satellites.
Amazon has 154 job openings. It looks like Amazon is hoping to expand its team as it prepares to offer high speed Internet worldwide. The most recent job postings seem to have been made on January 9, 2020, and include System Engineer and a Design Verification Manager to name a few of the newly opened job posts.
Here is how Amazon describes its high speed home Internet service code named Project Kuiper: “Project Kuiper is an 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.”
Recently Amazon announced plans to launch 3,236 satellites to build a global high speed Internet network. Unlike current satellite Internet, these devices will be in a far lower orbit and offer far faster speeds compared to current satellite systems.
Back in June Amazon asked the FCC permission to launch 3,236 satellites to start building out its new home Internet service. From the looks of Amazon’s job listing the main holdup now is waiting for the FCC to approve the launch of Amazon satellites. From there, Amazon seems to be putting the team in place so as soon as they have permission they can quickly start to build out their high speed home Internet service.
This idea is not new. SpaceX has already successfully launched a few low orbit test satellites to offer home Internet. Reports say SpaceX plans to launch 4,425 satellites as part its low orbit Internet services. Softbank-backed OneWeb has also already launched six satellites with the goal of launching 650 more to offer Internet service from space.
This is good news for cord cutters because it brings one more home Internet option. Combined with 5G, fiber, and fixed wireless Internet, soon your home Internet options will no longer be limited to DSL or cable.
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