Verizon Communications and Project Kuiper, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network being developed by web giant Amazon, have announced a strategic collaboration to develop connectivity solutions for unserved and underserved communities. Project Kuiper says it will deliver cellular backhaul solutions to extend Verizon’s 4G and 5G data networks, connecting rural and remote communities in the US. Further, the two companies will explore joint connectivity solutions for domestic and global enterprises across agriculture, energy, manufacturing, education, emergency response, transportation and other industries.
Project Kuiper is an initiative to increase global broadband access through a constellation of 3,236 LEO satellites. Amazon has committed an initial USD10 billion to the programme, which seeks to deliver fast, affordable broadband to customers and communities around the world.