Amazon To Deploy Thousands On Satellites For Internet Over Next 5 Years

Amazon To Deploy Thousands On Satellites For Internet Over Next 5 Years

Amazon’s Project Kuiper low-Earth orbit satellite internet is finally coming together as Amazon puts together a five year plan to launch satellites. The plan includes deploying over 3,200+ satellites into orbit in over 83 launches during this time. 83 launches over 5 years are surely ambitious, but if any company can pull it off, the giant can.

Agreements To Start Deploying Satellites

They’ve reached agreements with huge companies like Arianespace, United Launch Alliance, and Blue Origin to make Amazon’s mission of creating fast and affordable broadband available to completely unserved and underserved communities around the world. Amazon plans to reach millions in residential, business, and government. These communities currently do not have reliable high-speed broadband internet alternatives like cable, fiber optic, or even DSL.

To Compete With HughesNet, Viasat & Starlink

HughesNet, Viasat, and Starlink might be shaking in their boots right now. Amazon is a huge company that shakes up industries all the time. Amazon’s Project Kuiper, when ready, will directly compete with all three internet providers in addition to Amazon’s own interests. Their satellite internet will be similar in quality, internet speeds and low latency to that of SpaceX’s Starlink service. As of today, both HughesNet nor Viasat do not have the low-Earth orbit satellite constellation infrastructure to improve their services to have a competitive advantage.

HughesNet Internet

HughesNet dominates the satellite and rural internet space. With internet speeds up to 25 Mbps and no hard data caps, HughesNet is an excellent option for those who don’t have other options and need to be connected. HughesNet is by far Amazon’s biggest competitor with many years of experience providing broadband internet.

Viasat Internet = HughesNet internet

Internet Speeds =  25 Mbps

Price = $64.99/month to $159.99/month

Plan Details

  • No hard data limits
  • 15 GB to 75 GB data caps
  • Free professional installation
  • 2 year contracts

Also read: Why High-Speed Internet is Important For Business?

Viasat Internet

Viasat is a close second in satellite and rural internet. While HughesNet’s internet speeds are consistent no matter what plan you choose, Viasat’s offers a pretty wide range. 12 Mbps is below the FCC’s minimum requirement of 25 Mbps to be considered broadband internet and an unrealistic option for people to get connected. However, in some of Viasat’s coverage areas, their customers can get internet speeds up to 50 Mbps with a hefty jump in their monthly bills.

Viasat Internet = Viasat internet

Internet Speeds = 12 Mbps to 50 Mbps

Price = $49.99/month to $199.99/month

Plan Details

  • No data caps!
  • 2 year contract
  • Modem with Wi-Fi extra
  • Promo rate lasts 3 months

Starlink Internet

Starlink could be a major game changer in the satellite internet space, but so far there’s tons of reports from potential customers already being disappointed. Starlink’s waitlist is long with orders taking 6 or more months to be fulfilled. Even worse their equipment fee is astronomical at $599; way higher than any other service provider out there. Although if you’re a rural resident with only satellite internet options, Starlink is the only futuristic option with speeds that will meet and exceed your needs for years to come, while HughesNet and Viasat consistently underdeliver.

Starlink Internet = Starlink internet

Internet Speeds = 50 Mbps to 500 Mbps

Price = $110/month

Plan Details

  • Unlimited data!
  • No contracts
  • Free self installation
  • $599 initial equipment fee
Written by
Isla Genesis

Isla Genesis is social media manager of The Tech Trend. She did MBA in marketing and leveraging social media. Isla is also a passionate, writing a upcoming book on marketing stats, travel lover and photographer.

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles

Sustainable Label Materials

Sustainability First: Understanding Sustainable Label Materials

More and more people are turning their attention to climate change, and...

Google Play Store App

Red Flags that Google Looks for During the Play Store App Review Process

Are you looking to publish your app in Google’s Play Store? If...

Electricity Provider

How to Change Electricity Provider in Norway (Billigste Strømpriser)

Determining the best course of action regarding an electricity supplier will help...

Heart of Industry

In the Heart of Industry – Exploring Sheet Metal Fabrication’s Evolution

In the intricate world of manufacturing, sheet metal fabrication stands as a...