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Amazon and Vodafone – Redefining Internet Access Worldwide

Vodafone CEO Margherita Della Valle and Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices and Services Dave Limp meet at Amazon offices in Seattle.
From The Left: Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices and Services Dave Limp and Vodafone CEO Margherita Della Valle in Seattle. /AmazonEU

Vodafone, in collaboration with its subsidiary company Vodacom, has joined forces with Amazon to extend 4G and 5G connectivity services to remote regions in Africa and Europe through Project Kuiper. The project aims to reduce the global broadband gap using a constellation of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit.

Margherita Della Valle, Vodafone Group Chief Executive, emphasized the importance of this collaboration in bringing mobile connectivity to the estimated 40% of the global population lacking internet access. The impact of this project will benefit remote communities, schools, businesses, emergency services, and disaster relief efforts.

In support of this, Dave Limp, Amazon’s Senior Vice President for Devices and Services, pointed out the flexibility of Project Kuiper’s network in reaching traditionally hard-to-access areas. This partnership with Vodafone will accelerate closing the digital divide in Europe and Africa, with a focus on residential broadband, agriculture, healthcare, education, financial services, and transportation.

This partnership will enable the two telecommunication giants, Vodafone and Vodacom to broaden their mobile network reach without the need for expensive and time-consuming fiber-based or fixed infrastructure. This way, they can offer advanced mobile services to more locations by connecting geographically dispersed cellular antennas to their core telecom networks.

Ultimately, the deployment of Project Kuiper services in Africa and Europe will commence as Amazon’s constellations satellites become operational. Amazon plans to test two prototype satellites soon and deploy production satellites by 2024. Beta testing of Project Kuiper services with select customers is expected to start by the end of 2024, with active participation from Vodafone and Vodacom.

Taking all factors into account, this strategic collaboration between telecommunication giants and Amazon promises to expand connectivity in regions that have long awaited improved internet access, ultimately contributing to economic and social development in Europe and Africa.

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Written by Ayodeji Ayenuwa

Well, My name is there already, I'm a student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, studying Mass Communication: Public Relations and Advertising.

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