Amazon has submitted its application for satellite communication services in India to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The company has applied for the licence under its Project Kuiper programme and will offer satellite-based internet, thereby joining the players like OneWeb, Jio Satellite, and Starlink.
The development is crucial as the company is set to launch its first satellites, KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2, from Cape Canaveral in Florida on October 6, 2023.
In contrast to OneWeb and Starlink, which have approximately 630 and 4,600 satellites in orbit, respectively, Amazon’s Project Kuiper is still in the process of building a significant satellite base to deliver satellite broadband services. The company is planning to launch 3,200 satellites over the next six years to form a constellation for satellite internet connectivity.