Monday, July 8, 2024

Still no official launch date for Amazon Internet

Amazon's home internet service, Project Kuiper, is aiming to launch its first mass-produced satellites in the 4th quarter of 2024 with a goal to offer the service in select areas in 2025. The service will come in three speed options: Standard (400 Mbps), Pro (1 Gbps), and Portable (100 Mbps) with different antenna sizes to accommodate different needs.

Cord Cutters News says no price has been set:

Amazon’s new satellite construction facility at its peak capacity it will be building up to five satellites per day with plans to launch its first satellites in the 4th quarter of 2024. This is still inline with its plans to start offering the service in select areas in 2025.

"Building advanced communications satellites at this scale is incredibly complex, and we want to ensure every Kuiper spacecraft meets our standards for performance, reliability, and safety," said Steve Metayer, Project Kuiper’s vice president of production operations. "The progress from the team is so impressive, and we now have the foundational pieces in place to ramp production ahead of a full-scale deployment. We can’t wait to get service to our customers as soon as possible."

... Unfortunately, we still don’t know the monthly cost, but Amazon seems dedicated to being cheaper than SpaceX’s Starlink.

I don't know if I'm in a "select area" but I suspect I won't be. My Streaming Life depends on Comcast Xfinity Internet today. I have one option with Starlink, but that costs more than Xfinity. I'm hoping Amazon will be more competetive in pricing.

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