Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service is ready for pre-order. Here is everything we know about the service so far!
Starlink, an ambitious plan put forward by tech billionaire and founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, can transform the internet as we know it. For this new satellite internet service pre-orders It has already started and the service promises to deliver broadband speeds to anyone in the world, wherever they are. Whether it’s a rural farm in Texas or the small island nation of Tuvalu, customers are said to be able to achieve download speeds from 210 Mbps to 10 Gbps.
So what is Starlink? Below you will find a summary of this project that aims to connect everyone in the world to high speed internet.
Latest Starlink news (February 2021)
Starlink release date
Beta testing and pre-orders for Starlink has already started. Unfortunately the service is geolocation dependent and limited on a first come first served basis. This is because the engineers at Starlink are aiming to test not only users in big cities, but also users in the US and more rural areas of the world.
Starlink is a payment to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). to file based, confirmed that it has over 10,000 customers as part of beta testing. Elon Musk’s commercial rocket company SpaceX will be the vehicle that takes Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit (LEO). SpaceX supports the US government to help provide broadband access to rural America. $ 856 million received a grant.
SpaceX already has more than 1,000 Starlink satellites threw case. While this is a huge success, the total amount of time required for the Starlink service to be fully operational To 12,000 satellites there is need. Currently Starlink produces 120 satellites per month.
Another FCC filing In addition to pre-orders and beta tests, Starlink predicts that at its current launch speed, SpaceX will begin offering commercial services in the northern United States and southern Canada before the end of 2020, and then expand rapidly. By 2021, it will cover almost the entire populated part of the world. “
As long as things go as planned, Starlink will be fully operational later this year. However, coverage for some addresses will not be available until mid to late 2021, according to the Starlink pre-order website.
Sending this tweet through space via Starlink satellite 🛰
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2019
In terms of availability, Starlink prioritizes “high latitudes”, which means areas in the northern part of the Earth such as Canada and the upper reaches of the United States. Ultimately, the goal will be to spread Starlink to all parts of the world. In one tweet, Musk announced that Starlink would first come to cities like Seattle and “gradually approach the equator.” The service at the beginning of 2021 began taking pre-registrations from many regions, including Turkey.
Since Starlink is satellite internet, coverage can vary per second. With just over a thousand satellites in orbit, some parts of the world will have better coverage depending on when the internet constellation passes. If you want to see where the satellites orbit are coverage map Let’s also state that.
Starlink pre-orders currently cost $ 99 per month. However, the service requires a $ 499 hardware package. The package includes a small satellite dish, a router, and a power supply that can be installed at home or at work. You may also be required to pay a $ 50 shipping and handling fee.
For anyone looking to pre-order, all it takes is a refundable $ 99 deposit. Of course, the order may take six months or more to complete.
Unlike other satellite internet providers, Starlink’s LEO satellites promise to offer low-latency broadband speeds wherever you are. While Starlink originally had a speed of 1 Gbps, it has since 10 Gbps raised. To put this into context, let’s point out that users can download a 4K movie in less than 30 seconds. It is certain that Starlink will be a great boon for people living in rural parts of the world.
The latency on Starlink is surprisingly low considering the satellite internet. Early beta tests, Starlink’s average 34 milliseconds shows that. While this is not as fast as fiber, in the long run 17 ms’ye may fall up. Any latency below 40ms is a good value for most applications. Some types of online games, especially FPS and fighting games, are among those that benefit the most from low latency. On the other hand, we can say that sports games or MOBAs will also work well in Starlink.
Still, turning a project of this size literally from scratch into profitability is an enormous task. While the Russian and Chinese governments can bear the burden of the cost, companies like Starlink and Amazon are taking significant risks. Let us point out that the satellite internet projects in the past have gone bankrupt.
When the Starlink IPO will be published also attracts a lot of attention. Musk said in a tweet that the IPO is planned but will come after SpaceX has a more predictable cash flow. For Musk and Starlink, the only goal right now is not to go bankrupt.
Starlink’s Competitive Position
Considering the inability of broadband companies like Türk Telekom to offer high upload speeds even in the middle of the pandemic, the arrival of Starlink and other satellite internet services is a good development for competition. Most broadband providers are very memorable from their so-called natural monopoly location. Because cable is so expensive to run, when a company bears the cost of providing internet to a location, it doesn’t make much sense for other companies to come and run cables while the lines already exist.
The wireless nature of Starlink allows it to enter anywhere in the world, eliminating the need for cables. By doing this, neglected rural areas can now be connected at broadband speeds. The $ 99 cost is still too high for many parts of the world, but given that Starlink will compete with other companies, prices will likely drop over time, which is what Elon Musk explains.
Starlink is a staggeringly difficult technical & economic endeavor. However, if we don’t fail, the cost to end users will improve every year.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 9, 2021
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