Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet project, now has 1,000 stars in the sky and can be launched in six countries.
Fast broadband internet without the cable, anywhere in the world. That’s the idea behind Starlink, Elon Musk’s internet service provider. The project has been in the pipeline for years, but now you can really use it. But does it also work?
Where can you get Starlink?
Musk quickly tried to prove that it works by tweeting via Starlink Internet. But now you can also order and use Starlink starter kits in North America and Southern Canada. A successful pilot project was running there.
Now Musk’s satellites are also reaching Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, Mexico, and parts of the United States and Canada where you couldn’t get there before. That is to say, with only a twelfth of the number of satellites, Musk already covers quite a bit of the globe.
How much does Starlink cost?
Of course the intention is to provide adequate internet access, especially in rural areas, but whether poor areas will be able to afford Starlink remains to be seen. For example, you pay over 500 dollars for a starter package, which includes satellite dish. A month of Wi-Fi costs about 100 dollars.
Start-up cost 600 dollars and for the speeds you get with it, that is relatively expensive. The top speed recorded in the US is 209.17 Mbps in New York. A user from Utah claims 215 Mbps. to have.
How fast is Starlink?
But for those speeds you pay 10 to 12 euros less with the current providers, in Britain, for example, than with Musk. So Starlink’s success will largely be down to the stability it can provide where other internet companies cannot guarantee anything.
Starlink, for example, already provides stable broadband internet in Pikangikum First Nation, a village in Ontario, where there are hardly any facilities. Pikangikum was unable to provide higher education and there were also many suicides due to the high degree of isolation. For example, digital healthcare is now running smoothly. The 3,000 inhabitants now have fast internet.