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By NewsGram Staff Writer

After Aam Aadmi Party’s declaration to make Delhi metro and DTC buses Wi-Fi enabled, a similar resolution has been adopted by the ruling BJD government in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Dream Team Sahara (DTS), which runs a public transport service with public-private-partnership (PPP) in Odisha, has decided to make Bhubaneswar buses Wi-Fi enabled.

“We have made all the 12 AC buses Wi-Fi enabled and will shortly roll out the free service for our passengers. The project is expected to begin by the third week of this month,” said DTS chief executive officer, Sudhansu Jena. “It will be a summer gift to AC bus passengers,” he added.

Currently, there are eight AC buses plying between Bhubaneswar and Puri and four inside Bhubaneswar. More than 4,000 passengers travel in these buses on a given day.

To improve the safety of passengers, the state government last week had ordered all the local bus operators to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and Global Positioning System (GPS) devices. This step is also aimed to keep an eye on notorious bus drivers, staff and passengers.

Regional transport officer has to certify all the installations in the buses. The news of compulsory installation has since evoked mixed reactions from bus operators.

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Amazon Working to Bring Inclusive Internet with 3,236 Satellites

Social networking giant Facebook is also developing an Internet satellite of its own, the report noted

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In a bid to provide Internet to the “unserved and underserved communities around the world”, Amazon is working to launch a constellation of 3,236 satellites into low-Earth orbit.

The project “Kuiper” will consist of 784 satellites at an altitude of 367 miles from the earth, 1,296 satellites at 379 miles and 1,156 satellites at 391 miles — facilitating Internet availability to over 95 per cent of the earth’s total population.

“Project ‘Kuiper’ will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world,” The Verge quoted an Amazon spokesperson as saying on Friday.

“This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband Internet.”

Moving forward with the initiative, the project has already filed with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) — the international organisation in charge of coordinating satellite orbits.

Even though Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos has his own spaceflight company called “Blue Origin”, the company is considering all other options as well.

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Details on whether the company intends to build its own satellites or buy them from a third party remain unclear as of now.

“There’s no time-frame for when Amazon’s satellites might be sent into orbit, but it will need to receive the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval before it can do so,” the report added.

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Apart from Amazon, other tech majors have also lately been working with satellites.

Elon Musk-owned SpaceX has plans to launch as many as 12,000 satellites as part of its “Starlink” constellation and London-based global communications company “OneWeb” wants to launch 650 satellites to implement new space-based Internet communication systems.

Social networking giant Facebook is also developing an Internet satellite of its own, the report noted. (IANS)