Elon Musk has stated that Starlink will be available to everyone in the world starting in August.
SpaceX anticipates that more than 500,000 customers will use its low-altitude satellite broadband service within a year.
Elon Musk announced Tuesday that his satellite broadband service, Starlink, will be available worldwide, except for the North and South Poles, beginning in August. Musk was speaking at the virtual Mobile World Congress 2021, which was streamed live online. Starlink is “currently operational in approximately 12 countries, with more being added on a monthly basis,” according to Musk. A total of over 1,800 low-orbit satellites, which were launched into space by Musk’s SpaceX company, are used to provide the high-speed broadband service. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that Starlink has more than 69,000 active customers and that the service is expanding rapidly.
Within 12 months, Musk predicts that the company will have a few hundred thousand users, and perhaps even more than 500,000 users. According to Musk, Starlink had approximately 10,000 users as of February, but it is on the verge of reaching the 70,000-user mark this month. Musk estimates that deploying the high-speed internet service will cost SpaceX between $5 billion and 10 billion dollars. When compared to other broadband options, the service isn’t remarkably inexpensive. Customers must purchase the necessary satellite dish equipment, which costs $499, in addition to the monthly fee of $99. Musk, on the other hand, stated that the service is not intended for everyone. He said that it is intended for the 3 percent to 5 percent of the world’s population who do not have access to the internet.
Getting to the most difficult-to-reach parts of the world, he explained, is “really the goal.”
“It’s a fantastic complement to fibre and 5G,” says Elon.
Lower altitude satellites have a competitive advantage over other satellite internet systems due to their shorter latency times (the time it takes signals to travel between satellites and Earth). Latency and download speeds are critical for providing internet service, and Musk claims that the latency and speed of the Starlink setup make it a good substitute for 5G and fibre when those technologies are unavailable.
As Musk explained, “the latency for the Starlink system is similar to the latency for ground-based fibre and 5G, so we expect to get latency down to under 20 milliseconds.”
Taking advantage of this technological breakthrough, SpaceX is already forming partnerships with wireless carriers worldwide to provide “backhaul,” which refers to the connection that cellular providers require to aggregate traffic from their base stations to the internet.
“We have two quite significant partnerships with the major country [carriers] that I’d like to be able to announce now, but obviously, we defer to our partners to make an announcement,” Musk said. “We have two quite significant partnerships with the major country [carriers] that I’d like to be able to announce now,” Musk said. “We’re also in discussions with several other [carriers] about providing Starlink access,” says the company.
Also mentioned by Musk is that SpaceX is losing money on the hardware it sells to customers to access the service. SpaceX charges $499 for the hardware, even though it costs nearly $1,300 per unit. Musk stated that the company is working on this and technology that would bring the cost of the customer device down to $250 or $300, according to Musk.
In the meantime, he explained, “we are working on next-generation terminals that will provide the same level of capability at a significantly lower cost.” “Because, obviously, selling terminals for half the price isn’t very compelling when done in large quantities.”
So expect to see more people going online in the future in a way that has never been done before. Starlink makes it possible for millions (if not billions) or people to work and play online wherever they like.
The word is slowly going off-grid, thanks to Elon and his team’s accomplishments. Gone will be the days of centralised electricity and networks.
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