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Elon Musk could soon offer its own internet tariffs in Germany

Elon Musk launching one of his SpaceX rockets.

Elon Musk launching one of his SpaceX rockets.

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Bloomberg has just named him the second richest person in the world, because thanks to a stock rally for his car brand Tesla, Elon Musk has now overtaken Bill Gates and joined the extremely exclusive club of three-digit billionaires almost overnight. The eccentric founder emphasizes time and again that he wants to dedicate his fortune to one goal above all else: colonizing the planet Mars. But there is still a lot to do before then.

But Musk is already sending thousands and thousands of satellites into space. Although they only cover a fraction of the distance between Earth and Mars, they are still an ambitious project. Because Musk wants to use his “Starlink” satellites to supply the world’s population with Internet from space.

Announcements like this not only prick up the ears of the rural population, some of whom are still digitally cut off from the rest of the world, but worry lines also form on the foreheads of the boards of some network operators. After all, who wants to pay hundreds of euros for laying fiber optic cables when there is fast internet with the help of a plug-and-play satellite dish designed by Elon Musk?

Will Elon Musk compete for Vodafone and Telekom?

In the United States, the Starlink network is already available for tech-savvy first-time users who want to raise a little more money. This is $ 99 a month, plus a set-up fee of $ 499. In return, US users get speeds of around 100 megabits per second.

Musk’s satellites, of which the Tesla boss has already shot 800 into space, can initially only provide a good 95 percent of Germany with Internet from space. As of today, 12,000 satellites have been approved, and a further 30,000 should then enable almost 100 percent coverage of the world.

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) confirmed to “Focus Online” that Starlink had already submitted applications for the respective frequency assignments in this country: “The frequency assignments by the Federal Network Agency for earth stations are expected to take place by the end of November at the latest, the assignment for the satellite network is expected to be made by the end of the year “, Said a BNetzA spokesman opposite the online magazine.

How much Starlink access will cost in this country is not yet known. However, one wants to orientate oneself to the usual market prices in the respective countries. This fact in particular is likely to make network providers like Telekom, Vodafone & Co. nervous. Because by 2021 they will hardly be able to supply the still many parts of the country with cheap, reliable and fast internet connections.

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