Starlink is a broadband internet service by Elon Musk’s ‘SpaceX,’ a venture to provide and sell the internet to anyone on the planet through a constellation of over 12,000 satellites orbiting overhead, costing around $10 Billion.
The most significant advantage of Starlink’s satellite broadband would be that there will be zero physical wiring restrictions. Star link aims to enable its users to move the system around, take it wherever they go, or, like Elon Musk said, “Even stick it to the roof of your car.” All that the Starlink system requires is a direct (beam) line of sight with one of the thousand satellites. Although the portability of Starlink is limited and is geo-restricted at the moment, Starlink has said that they will remove such restrictions by the end of this year, and it will be open for all.
Starlink had received over 500,000 pre-orders in just a few months for its broadband internet service since February when it first opened its pre-registrations at a refundable price of $99, which is roughly Rs.7000. The main aim of Musk’s Starlink is to give the opportunity of using affordable internet to the people living in remote areas worldwide. SpaceX has said that “there won’t be any technical problems meeting the demands,” and the founder Elon Musk said that “The only limitation is the high density of users in urban areas.”
Starlink’s satellite broadband promises to provide the internet with up to 150Mb/s speed, low latency, and unlimited data at $99/month. Starlink earlier said that the pre-order doesn’t guarantee that the person will get the service; however, the Starlink pre-order will “grant the person priority within their region for securing Starlink services when available.” SpaceX’s terms of services state that “Placing a Deposit Payment does not obligate SpaceX to provide you with the Starlink Kit and Services and does not guarantee that the Starlink Kit and Services will be available to you.”
Recently on May 8, in its 14th launch of 2021, SpaceX rocket Falcon 9 launched 60 more internet satellites into orbit from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, USA.
Starlink is determined to provide its broadband services to the initial pre-ordered half a million customers. The Starlink kit will contain a router, a satellite dish, and a tripod. The Starlink satellite dish will work just like any usual satellite Set-top-box system; it will have to be installed on the highest point of the house where there’s no obstruction of trees or buildings in the line of sight so that it could have a clear ‘field of view’ sky.
The Starlink internet services are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2021 in India too. Starlink will start its operations in India as soon as they obtain licenses for the same.
Department of Telecommunications (DoT), India, has directed Elon Musk to get the license first before moving forward with any services in India. DoT said that “It has no objections to SpaceX offering the Starlink satellite internet service in India. But it must comply with the laws of the land and seek an appropriate license and other authorizations before offering the service to Indian consumers.”
Starlink has said that once all the satellites are stationed, they will provide internet at a speed of 300Mb/s.
Although it will take time for everyone to get this service, it surely is going to be a game-changer in the internet industry and will make our lives much easy undoubtedly.
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