Elon Musk has said that Starlink will achieve the 300 Mbps baseline by 2021 and the latency will also drop to 20 ms. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO’s satellite broadband service utilizes 1,000 satellites in the orbit to provide internet to their customers.
What is Starlink?
The Elon Musk-led service is in its beta stage as of now even though there are a thousand satellites already in orbit beaming down broadband service. The bandwidth is received by ground stations and personal kits. The number of satellites is 10% of the number required to achieve global network coverage. Here is all that you require if you want a Starlink connection:
- Apply with the company on the company’s website.
- If your region is covered by them, you will be provided a toolkit to install.
- The companion app will help determine the best location for installation of the receiver. The customers also receive a router and power and supply cables.
Right now, the latency of the service sways between 20 ms and 40 ms, which is better than most in its class. The reason Starlink is able to achieve low latency is because their satellites are far closer to Earth. This smaller distance also enables them to generate speeds up to 150 Mbps in the best covered regions.
When is Starlink Coming to You?
Unfortunately, that is hard to say. Elon Musk has been talking about the same and it seems like the coverage will improve and expand in 2021. However, there is another problem – in highly dense populations, Starlink might not function properly due to the simple issue of resolution. In such parts of the world, mobile networks will always have the upper hand. That means that if you live in a low to medium density area, you will be eligible to receive the receive in the coming months or years, depending how Starlink performs.
What is in future for Starlink?
Elon Musk has clearly stated that right now the aim is to densify and expand. He has also said that the company will be listed publicly as soon as the revenue streams become stable and strong enough for the company to sustain itself. The US Government has also helped with $886 million to connect the rural parts of the country as well.
Starlink is still a work in progress but the signs are very promising. Elon is adept at leading new ventures and this might as well be one of his most important.