Amazon’s New Home Internet Service Is Ready to Start Testing Internet From Space




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After multiple delays, Amazon, on October 6, 2023, successfully launched two satellites into space. Now Amazon says both satellites are working properly and are ready to start testing the internet from space.

“There’s plenty of work ahead, but at this point in the mission, I’m thrilled to report that KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2 are operating nominally,” said Rajeev Badyal, Project Kuiper’s vice president of technology. “The two satellites are stable in orbit, harvesting energy from the sun, and communicating across all links from Earth to space and space to Earth. We’re already learning a lot from this mission that will inform further improvements to our production systems, and the team should be very proud of this milestone.”

Now Amazon says they will start a months-long testing of its internet service from space. From that testing, Amazon will be able to start its mass production of satellites it hopes to launch next year.

Amazon has been working on this project, code-named Kuiper, since 2019. This is not just some side project; according to Amazon CEO Andy Jassey, it is now one of the main focuses of the company as Amazon wants to bring affordable high-speed internet to millions.

A year ago, Amazon said that Project Kuiper would launch more than 3,000 satellites into low-earth orbit to enable its home internet service. To do this, Amazon has announced plans to build the required satellites in Kirkland, Washington, and launch them with multiple launch partners.

“It is very encouraging to see this advanced network start to come together,” said Badyal. “It gives me a lot of hope that we can make a real difference in giving unserved and underserved communities access to high speed internet connectivity.”

What speeds should you expect?

Here are the three internet speed options Amazon Home Internet will offer:

Standard This standard version will come with an 11″ square antenna that will offer speeds up to 400 Mbps down. This will be perfect for homes.

Pro Version If you need a lot of speed, Amazon has an 11″ by 30″ pro antenna that can offer speeds up to 1 Gbps. This will be perfect for companies or large households.

Portable Version Now if speed is not that important to you, but you want something you can easily travel with, you may want Amazon’s ultra-portable version that is just 7″ square and offers speeds up to 100 Mbps.

What price should you expect?

Reports are that Amazon is hoping to undercut Starlink. So look for a price at or below $100 a month. That may not sound cheap to some, but if you live in a rural area where your options are limited, high-speed internet for under $100 is a great deal.

Here is what Amazon said about the pricing of its new Internet service.

Amazon hasn’t announced pricing details yet, but affordability is a key principle of Project Kuiper. Amazon has a longstanding commitment to low prices, and lots of experience building popular, low-cost devices like Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick. We’re applying a similar approach with Project Kuiper. We also know customer needs will vary quite a bit around the world, and our service offerings may vary from country to country with the right pricing and service for customers in each region.

Yahoo in July posted an interview with Peter Cohan, an associate professor of management practice at Babson College, who said he wouldn’t be surprised if the service would cost $1,000 a year. That would work out to be just over $83 a month.

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