Starlink: First user from Europe tells how good Elon Musk’s internet is

Starlink is now also accepting advance orders for its satellite Internet from Germany and intends to make its service available in this country by mid to late 2021. For a good three months now, the space company SpaceX’s project has been in the “better than nothing” test, in which around 10,000 customers from the north of the USA, southern Canada and Great Britain were able to try out the service.

The idea at Starlink: Instead of relying on the expensive expansion of cables and radio masts, the high-speed Internet is to come to customers via satellites in orbit. SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s vision is to give the whole world access to high-speed internet.

The cost of the service is € 99 per month and a one-time fee of € 499 for a hardware kit which, in addition to the terminal for connecting to the Starlink satellites, also includes a tripod and a WiFi router. This fee had to be paid during the beta test. In the UK, that means £ 439 for the kit and £ 89 subscription fee for a maximum of 150 megabits per second (Mbps). That’s expensive considering some UK providers can deliver speeds up to 516Mbps for £ 79 a month.

Philip Hall, from rural Devon, southwest England told that he was one of the first people in the UK to receive the Starlink kit and test the internet connection. The place where Hall lives has very poor internet connections, making it extremely difficult to run a business and connect with family. Despite occasional disconnections and the limited range of the router, Starlink is “a hope and a prayer” for him.

Here you can see how he set up Elon Musk’s satellite internet in his home.

For example, one of the first Starlink users in Great Britain set up Elon Musk’s satellite internet

This article was translated from English by Steffen Bosse. You can find the original here.


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