Starlink, SpaceX’s internet connection constellation, Can bring ultra-high-speed Internet to all counties in England.
Testers in the UK started receiving Starlink kits this month, which is a set of tools needed to access SpaceX’s Internet services currently in beta. The company’s goal is to achieve ultra-high-speed gigabit speeds with low latency, which means users can point dishes in the air and go online. Customers in the United States and Canada joined the service at the end of 2020, and SpaceX aims to provide services to most parts of the world in 2021.
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For rural and underserved communities, this may be a lifeguard. The poet William Blake captured that living on “the pleasant pasture in England” sounds like a dream, but when you can’t make Netflix stop buffering, it quickly becomes sour.
The problem outlined by the comparison service company Broadband.co.uk is that many idyllic thatched-roof houses often go online via telephone lines. Living away from the exchange is slower than advertised because of old equipment and lack of competition. This is the pain point that American rural residents also shout for Starlink.
SpeedTest data shows that the average speed of the United Kingdom ranks 47th in the world, far behind Singapore and the United States, ranking 11th. The switching service USwitch found last month that the average speed of the country’s slowest streets was only 0.12 megabits per second-a traditional data speed measurement, where 8 megabits is one megabyte.
The British regulator Ofcom revealed in its May 2020 connectivity report that 5% of households cannot access Internet download speeds of at least 30 megabits per second. This issue became the focus of debate in the 2019 election.
Starlink can solve this problem, and users have established connections on the “green and pleasant land in England”.
A Reddit user named “fishboy51” shared their settings from Burley Village in the center of the New Forest on Thursday.
The picturesque Southern English Park was once the royal hunting ground of William the Conqueror. About 1,000 years later, nearby residents are now playing games on Xbox, with Internet speeds of up to 187 megabits per second.
Last week, another user named “OptiSport” shared their connection from rural Devon in southern England, which is a significant improvement over the previous half-megabit speed.
As SpaceX plans to move satellites closer around the earth, Starlink can provide faster Internet speeds. The 550-kilometer orbit means that the signal travels a shorter distance before reaching the user. It needs to put more satellites into space, and SpaceX has applied for permission to launch up to 42,000 satellites.
SpaceX Starlink: What is the price of the beta service?
Prices will vary by location.
United States- Users in the United States pay $499 a month for the Starlink suite, plus a monthly service fee of $99.
Although this figure is about twice the monthly rental price of a traditional ground connection, it is comparable to the prices of companies such as Viasat and HughesNet. HughesNet charges an upfront fee of $449 for the kit, while Viasat only charges an upfront fee of $299. Both companies allow users to rent the kit for less than $15 a month.
Canada- Tesla North According to the report, Beta testers in Canada will pay 649 Canadian dollars ($510) for the Starlink kit. This service costs 129 Canadian dollars (101 US dollars) per month.
United Kingdom – Teslaty According to the report, UK users can pay £439 (US$596) for the Starlink kit, plus 54 pounds (US$73) for shipping, which means the upfront cost is £493 (US$669). This service costs £89 (US$121) a month.
CompareTheMarket found that the monthly cost of satellite internet is between £20 (US$27) and £87 (US$118), plus the setup fee can be as high as £600 (US$814). This means that the service may have the opportunity to compete in areas where there is no option for terrestrial connections.
SpaceX Starlink: How to register for Beta service
SpaceX’s official Starlink website requires interested fans to enter their email addresses and service addresses to check if they are eligible to participate in the “More than Doing Nothing” program.
Since Starlink only accepts addresses recognized by Google, more rural users may find it difficult to enter their addresses. One solution is to enter the “plus sign”:
- Use the website or app to open Google Maps.
- Find the correct location on the map. If using a mouse, click and hold the correct point; if using a touch screen, click and hold.
- Press the “Insert” tab near the bottom.
- The plus code will appear next to the “+” symbol in the message list. For example, the plus sign for the Tower of London is “GW5F + 6J London”.
- Copy the plus code and paste it into the Starlink website.
SpaceX Starlink: When will it launch in my area?
Starlink has launched a beta version of the service to users in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Its goal is to “cover the world’s population by 2021.”
Where is the next one possible? In November 2020, CEO Elon Musk suggested that the service could be launched to users in the southern United States as early as January. EU countries may start going online in February and March. India may go live in mid-2021. Teslaty The report pointed out that the next possible candidates are Australia, Greece and Germany, as these three countries are in the advanced stages of the licensing process.
As the coronavirus pandemic prompts more people to stay connected online, Starlink may be the ideal way to ensure a community that does not lag behind.
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