Verizon, Amazon team on 5G services
Verizon Business plans to team with Amazon to utilize the online retailer’s low earth orbit (LEO) satellite network Project Kuiper, as backhaul to its 4G and 5G terrestrial services.The deal is intended to bring high-speed data network access to rural and remote communities in the U.S.
Initially that would mean providing connectivity to Verizon 4G and 5G transmitters where terrestrial cabling is unavailable, using antenna systems under development by Project Kuiper. However, the pair aim to deliver new hybrid connectivity services later.
Target sectors for the satellite-enhanced Verizon Business network include manufacturing, agriculture, energy and transportation.
“Smart farms, bringing technology to agriculture, and connecting the last mile of rural America will be at the fore front of helping our industry to provide food for billions around the globe.” said Betsy Huber, president of agriculture promotion body National Grange, “Ensuring connectivity in rural areas will be key to making these endeavors a success.”
Amazon’s Project Kuiper is funded to the tune of $10 billion to one day provide universal broadband from more than 3,000 LEO satellites, which would offer reduced latency by operating closer to Earth.
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