Verizon partners with Amazon to deliver satellite internet in rural areas

Using over 3000 Kuiper satellites

Verizon is teaming up with Amazon to improve fixed wireless internet access in rural areas in the US.

“We’re proud to be working together to explore bringing fast, reliable broadband to the customers and communities who need it most,” Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said in a statement.

Amazon is working on Project Kuiper, a network of 3,236 satellites that will be used to provide high-speed internet to anywhere in the world. Amazon has yet to launch its Kuiper satellites, but the Federal Communications Commission authorized the system.

The company has already invested an initial $10 billion to fund Project Kuiper, and once it is ready, it will service households, schools, hospitals, businesses, and other organizations that are located in places where internet access is either limited or completely unavailable.

“Project Kuiper offers flexibility and unique capabilities for a LEO satellite system, and we’re excited about the prospect of adding a complementary connectivity layer to our existing partnership with Amazon,” Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg said. “We know the future will be built on our leading 5G network, designed for mobility, fixed wireless access and real-time cloud compute. More importantly, we believe that the power of this technology must be accessible for all. Today’s announcement will help us explore ways to bridge that divide and accelerate the benefits and innovation of wireless connectivity, helping benefit our customers on both a global and local scale.”

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