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Amazon, OneWeb, Starlink satellite broadband to face competition in India

Amazon hidden project named as "Kuiper Project," which aims to cover the atmosphere with a total of 3,236 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. For the same, the company is investing more than $ 10 billion.

Talks about satellite broadband companies like Bharti-owned OneWeb and SpaceX-owned Starlink coming to India in 2022 have been on the market for some time. 

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However, no one was aware of Amazon's Kuiper Project plans to come to India. But that curiosity has been eliminated by a new report from ET Telecom. 


According to the report, Jeff Bezos plans to bring Amazon's satellite broadband services to India soon. Amazon will speak with the necessary authorities to understand how to sell its satellite broadband services in India.

Amazon's Kuiper project to bring high-speed satellite broadband to India

Amazon has something known as the "Kuiper Project," which aims to cover the atmosphere with a total of 3,236 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. For the same, the company is investing more than $ 10 billion. The company did not comment directly on its plans for India.


However, a person familiar with the matter said Amazon would be in talks with authorities and the government to start selling its broadband satellite services in the country soon. For the uninitiated, the Department of Space (DoS) has the authority to grant a company landing permits / rights for downlink signals from foreign satellites to enter India.

A person familiar with the matter said Amazon will speak with both the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Department of Space (DoS) to understand the required regulatory approvals.

India is a huge market and Amazon would not want to lose a new source of income from the country. Some experts have listed India as a crucial satellite broadband market with an estimated short-term revenue of $ 500 million from the sector. Although OneWeb and Starlink already have plans to provide services in India, there is no doubt that Amazon will also be looking to enter the market.

Broadband satellite services will benefit rural areas of the country where nearly 75% of the population does not have access to Internet connectivity. In addition, it will help tourists and companies looking for connectivity in different areas of the country where a mobile network is not available.

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