NTT/SKY Perfect JSAT and Project Kuiper Collaborate for Satellite Connectivity in Japan

NTT/SKY Perfect JSAT and Project Kuiper Collaborate for Satellite Connectivity in Japan

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), NTT DOCOMO, NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation announced they have formed a strategic collaboration with Project Kuiper, the low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite broadband network from Amazon, to bring advanced, reliable, and far-reaching satellite connectivity options to customers in Japan. The companies expect to use Project Kuiper satellite connectivity services to enhance communications availability and resiliency for Japanese customers.

As part of this collaboration, NTT and SKY Perfect JSAT plan to distribute Project Kuiper connectivity services to enterprises and government organizations in Japan, while NTT Group companies become customers of Project Kuiper. The companies plan to use Project Kuiper to provide their customers with new connectivity options to build out resilient, redundant communications networks.

Although Japan is well served by terrestrial communications technology like fiber and wireless, the country’s mountainous terrain and many islands make it challenging to restore connectivity in the event of natural disasters and other emergencies. Project Kuiper provides a rapid, scalable solution to that challenge. For instance, NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s leading mobile network provider, plans to use Project Kuiper to connect rural and hard-to-reach parts of Japan back to its core telecom network without the time and expense required to build out fiber and fixed wireless infrastructure.

As a result of this collaboration, Japanese businesses will be able to use Project Kuiper connectivity to support a broad range of applications, including the Internet of Things, predictive maintenance, fleet management, remote manufacturing, and more. Customers will also be able to use Project Kuiper to connect to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to run advanced technologies such as machine learning and AI.

Moving forward, Project Kuiper, NTT, SKY Perfect JSAT, and the other companies will explore a broader range of collaborations related to seamless communication between Earth and space to help Japanese businesses innovate. The goal is to create new services to help customers make more sustainable use of their resources and give consumers improved options for healthcare, financial services, entertainment, and more.

“Improving connectivity infrastructure will become even more important in the future to help solve various issues facing society and to establish sustainable economic and social activities,” said Katsuhiko Kawazoe, senior executive vice president of NTT. “We look forward to accelerating innovation and achieving a future in which we deliver further value in cooperation with Project Kuiper, bringing together the respective technologies and resources of each company, such as NTT’s IOWN technology.”

“Our philosophy at NTT DOCOMO is to prioritize our customers and satisfy them with personalized communications solutions and unparalleled customer support, and Amazon’s Project Kuiper shares those priorities,” said Hozumi Tamura, executive vice president of NTT DOCOMO. “In Japan, where we are fortunate to offer such robust communications services, Project Kuiper can help us take customer satisfaction to a new level by providing even more options for powering innovation and helping our customers communicate wherever and whenever they like.”

“Japan has a long history of innovation and an insatiable demand for connectivity,” said Toru Fukuoka, representative director, and senior executive vice president of SKY Perfect JSAT. “The existing partnership between SKY Perfect JSAT and NTT has brought Japanese businesses more opportunities to create and grow, and the addition of Project Kuiper into our family of services is a very exciting development that accelerates further business innovation and technical development in Japan.”

“NTT, SKY Perfect JSAT, Project Kuiper, and the NTT Group companies share the mission of keeping customers connected no matter what situations arise and helping them continue to innovate by harnessing data from virtually anywhere,” said Rajeev Badyal, vice president of technology and head of Project Kuiper. “NTT is a trusted communications services provider in Japan and an ideal partner for Project Kuiper as we prepare to offer reliable, secure LEO broadband services in the country.”

“AWS and NTT Group have a proven track record of innovating for our customers, and we’re excited to expand what is possible with Project Kuiper,” said Tadao Nagasaki, president of AWS Japan. “The introduction of Project Kuiper connectivity services will give our customers new options for connecting remote locations and using the world’s leading secure, resilient, and flexible cloud provider to transform their operations.”

Project Kuiper recently achieved a 100% success rate for its prototype satellite test mission, validating the key technologies that make up its satellites and network. Project Kuiper expects to begin beta testing connectivity services with select customers and partners in the second half of 2024. NTT and SKY Perfect JSAT plan to take part in that testing as part of this collaboration.

Click here to learn more about Amazon Project Kuiper LEO Satellite Broadband Network.

Click here to learn more about NTT Group's IOWN technology.

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Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013