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Amazon's wireless testing said to be for a private Wi-Fi network

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Amazon's wireless testing said to be for a private Wi-Fi network
Early on Friday, we passed along some information about some testing conducted by Amazon for what appears to be a wireless network. Certainly it would make sense for Amazon to offer a wireless network to Amazon Kindle Fire customers the same way it sells buyers of those tablets additional cloud based storage, apps and content.

Some further details about Amazon's intentions were revealed in a report published in July, and it appears that the online retailer is checking out terrestrial low-power service (TLPS). This is a form of Wi-Fi that uses licensed bands instead of the unlicensed variety that you are familiar with. Amazon would welcome the opportunity to offer TLPS service to its Amazon Kindle Fire owners as it gives users 4G service at Wi-Fi prices. In addition, the service works over existing Wi-Fi circuitry meaning that Amazon wouldn't have to change a thing on existing or future tablets.

For Globalstar, which was involved in the testing with Amazon, this is a chance for the satellite company to convert its satellite communications spectrum to ground based broadband to offer wireless customers. It is the same thing that Dish Networks and Lightsquared have done, and Globalstar is testing TLPS with an experimental license issued by the FCC.

There is one problem. Converting Globalstar's spectrum to terrestrial use could lead to interference problems with those using the 2.4GHz band. The FCC is giving Globalstar two-years to try to figure out a way to prevent its signal from bleeding over to television and radio bands.

source: TMFAssociates via GigaOm

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posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:23

1. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

Hmm I think it's an uphill battle. I'm not sure the customer base is there either. Amazon is betting that people will want to buy content while they are mobile. Since while at home, hotel, airport, fast food restaurants and many other places offer free wifi. This would give connectivity while they are moving between these places. Can't while your driving. Maybe while on a bus. If they are investing the money in this I'm sure they have done the marketing to support their investment. Unless this is something they are just throwing a few dollars at and seeing what comes up.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:53

2. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

Amazon might really have something here if this whole idea works it might be a good investment for Amazon

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