Amazon delivers just about everything -- and on the day of the US's independence, tech titan Jeff Bezos launched Amazon's official salvo into the global satellite service-delivery business.
Subsidiary Kuiper Systems asked the Federal Communications Commission for approval to launch 3,236 satellites designed to connect most of the world. In the filing, Kuiper Systems said it will use 3,236 low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites to deliver these connections.
"The Kuiper System will deliver satellite broadband communications services to tens of millions of unserved and underserved consumers and businesses in the United States and around the globe," the company said in its document.
This includes the continental US, except most of Alaska, the subsidiary said. That limitation is due to technical and geographic issues.
As Broadband World News reported in April, satellite competition continues to heat up with pressure from providers like OneWeb, founded by Greg Wyler, in February 2019, and Elon Musk's SpaceX Starlink, which began satellite launches this year. Bezos's Project Kuiper expands pricing pressure, John Busby, managing director of BroadbandNow and author of "LEO Consumer Savings Study 2019," told BBWN at that time.(See How Amazon & SpaceX Could Reshape Broadband Competition – Report.)
"If we assume that just Elon Musk's Starlink launches, then the 263 million Americans with three or fewer wired broadband providers in their area could collectively save over $14 billion through reduced monthly prices," according to BroadbandNow. "The remainder of Americans with four or more providers could save an additional $4 billion, pushing the savings to $18 billion."
That means new challenges for incumbents and those operators focused on rural customers, Busby said. It also could create opportunities for new partnerships and specialized services, he noted.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.
The cable industry took a major step in the battle for Gigabit broadband supremacy with the announcement of its 10G Platform vision. The key to realizing this vision hinges on leveraging the right access technologies and network architectures to provide the best balance of benefit versus cost.
One network path has the MSO embracing Next-Generation Hybrid Fiber Coax (NG HFC), which includes:
Distributed Access Architecture (DAA)
Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX)
Virtual Cable Converged Access Platforms (vCCAP)
Fiber-to-the-Home/Business (FTTH/B) is another network option, affording gigabit broadband scalability and 10Gbps service capability. How is an MSO to decide where which option works best and what to do now to prepare its networks for the onslaught of high-bandwidth residential and business applications?
During this webinar, Jack Burton, principal of Broadband Success Partners, outlines current and new access network architectures. Additionally, he will examine the facts and debunk some common misconceptions surrounding both fiber and NG HFC network deployment and maintenance.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Wi-Fi is the foundation of the connected home for consumers; yet, it’s often a source of frustration. With the imminent release of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard – combined with a strong Managed Wi-Fi offer – service providers can reverse subscriber frustration while tapping into new revenue streams.
Key topics include:
What’s different about Wi-Fi 6 and why it matters to your subscribers
The importance of offering Managed Wi-Fi and its connection to Wi-Fi 6
How you can elevate your brand and gain a strong foothold in the home network.