This week, Elon Musk proudly announced, thru Twitter of course, that Starlink, the satellite tv for pc net provider, now has more than one hundred,000 (paying) customers. Originally supposed as an opportunity to offering high-velocity net in faraway regions, the provider is now to be had in 14 international locations. In addition to the US, Germany, UK and Canada, this consists of many densely populated and nicely-stressed countries which includes the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Starlink overtaken by way of different answers
In Western nations mainly, Starlink appears to be overtaken, and partly already due to the improved rollout of fiber optic, new cable generation (DOCSIS three.1) and 5G. Developments in which the ‘white spots’ on maps – wherein no broadband internet is to be had – have become smaller and smaller. And consequently the need for an answer inclusive of Starlink, for which the concept arose at a time when now not absolutely everyone and everywhere had get entry to to a ten Mbit net connection, is slowly however truely disappearing. The promised doubling of the net speed that Starlink will provide will not be able to change that a good deal either.
Starlink keeps, Google already pulled the plug on Project Loon
This does now not regulate the reality that there might also nonetheless be a future for satellite net. And I mean specifically the truly faraway regions, along with the indoors of Africa, Australia, China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Lapland and plenty of greater such moderately populated and now and again inhospitable locations. Areas in which constructing a mobile network isn’t always an alternative. The query then stays whether or not a company consisting of Starlink can promote enough subscriptions there so that it will offer a worthwhile service. Time will inform that.
However, Google saw no point in that a few months ago whilst it determined to drag the plug on Project Loon. That became an answer for broadband net coverage in far off areas the usage of hundreds of hot air balloons floating inside the stratosphere.
Starlink should eventually emerge as a worldwide wireless network. To this end, greater than 11,000 satellites may be positioned in orbit across the earth. Some of them, about four,four hundred, are so-called low-orbit satellites, at an altitude of 335 to 346 kilometers. The last satellites will perform in better orbits, starting from 500 to 1325 kilometers above the Earth’s surface.