That's right. You heard correctly: an e-commerce giant will step into the playing field traditionally monopolized by the likes of Google, HughesNet, Comcast, Charter and many other Internet providers that solely focus on that particular kind of service. In a way, it's unprecedented given the scale it would take to offer something substantial enough to turn heads. Look around you: the type of home or business Internet you can get largely focuses on maybe a few major players, and that's it. But this changes the game. The question remains:
How Does Amazon Plan on Penetrating This Market?
It's not like they'll have an ability to install and integrate through landlines right now especially when this type of service typically does take quite a while especially for those out in the sticks. Do the math: if you're in an urban area, you're most likely focusing on getting Comcast, AT&T or some other local Internet service provider that's DSL or Fiber.
Rural areas? Yeah, you're pretty much stuck with those sluggish satellites up in space.
Google's got great action with Fiber, though, but their offer hasn't quite hit everywhere just yet. However, what Amazon has planned will move pretty fast, and the technology is interesting. We're willing to bet you can't even guess what they're planning to do -- no, it's not fiber, it's not cable, it's not even actual "satellite Internet."
Amazon Plans to Launch Over 3K Satellites for Their High-Speed Internet Plan Dubbed "Project Kuiper"
Believe it. This massively makes the market that much more compelling. However, you noticed the term "satellite," and already you're thinking that it's going to be meh. Satellite Internet doesn't necessarily get people's jaws dropping compared to the kind of latency we see in metro areas, honestly.
This is especially the case that in general the biggest player in that game is HughesNet. They have the monopoly there, not that anyone wants to compete with the satellite route. Streamers clear and wide end up having issues with it, and really the high speed is only serviceable at best with some data caps given the congestion. In all honesty you can't really work with Netflix or YouTube that well given the signal literally comes from outer space.
What Amazon will be doing isn't your traditional satellite Internet. Believe it or not, they'll be working with real broadband here, in a way that's phenomenal. The level of commitment they have will provide true-blue broadband connectivity globally everywhere -- not just the metro areas.
Amazon Will Be Evolving the Satellite Internet Biz.... But They Won't Be Alone
Traditionally satellite Internet operated with actual satellites in orbit. Big ones. However, what Amazon has planned is to launch literally thousands of tiny satellites into orbit, but only much closer to Earth for cleaner signals and more streamlined response. They're able to do this given the evolution of laser technology and computer chips, not to mention the potential of drone technology penetrating that market as well -- and believe it or not, Amazon's not the only company seeking to do this --
Even Elon Musk's own SpaceX will be venturing into the prospect. LeoSat Enterprises and Canada's Telesat will be installing their own data networks with thousands upon thousands of tiny satellites, establishing robust networks that won't have to rely on cables and landlines.
Pretty interesting and makes for one heck of a competitive battle in that particular vertical, what with 5G still making headlines and fiber optics still killing it, but keep this in mind: because those tiny satellites will populate the lower stratospheres in orbit and make it possible to route connections that much faster with broadband central hubs, they might actually compete quite well with those city slicker services. Who knows: HughesNet may jump on board with that, too. Anyone living out there in Bumpkin Land would agree.
It Sounds Like Literally Everybody and Anybody Will Be Able to Stream Anything and Everything Very Soon
We can't complain even if this means companies will go to war about owning the cyberspace airwaves (not just towers on land or cables installed in the ground). Great for consumers! What do you think? Are we liking this "new" type of satellite Internet a bit more? CHIME IN WITH YOUR OWN VIGYAA ACCOUNT and be sure to CHECK OUT THE DATA DRIVEN INVESTOR AS WELL FOR MORE INSIGHTS INTO TECHNOLOGY!