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Tech & Science Fast Internet by Spacex: German Professor contradicts the Starlink Utopia

05:40  24 september  2021
05:40  24 september  2021 Source:   finanzen.net

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German politicians hope to have found the Satellite Network StarLink from Elon Musks Company Spacex the solution to the problem of broadband supply. But a new study could make these dreams burst: the capacities of the system seem to comply with the front and back not.

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For German policy, the supply of the Federal Republic with Broadband Via Satellit seems to be a viable way: Since the laying of cables or glass fiber networks is always associated with great time and high costs, the use of a satellite network may have a lot of time and save money. Conveniently, such already exists in the form of the satellite network StarLink of Spacex, the US Space company from Elon Musk.

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How computer week reports, the science now scattered salt into this soup: according to a study entitled "Expertise on the performance of Starlink", StarLink does not have the capacities to provide sufficient households in Germany with broadband and the gap close. However, the study is to be caution because she was commissioned by Breko, the stakeholders of fiber optic operators. The association is naturally rather against the use of satellites.

The limits of the technology

according to the results of the study would be possible through the use of StarLink a 100 Mbit / s supply of only 1.3 million households, which in Germany would make a market share of just three percent. Thus, the goal of the previous coalition agreement, Germany to be expanded by 2025 to the nationwide Gigabit Society, will be missed mileably: Should all connections deliver 1 GBit / s, so the number of households would be limited to 134,000. If, on the other hand, you want to supply all 40 million households in Germany via StarLink, then you would be per participant at worry 167 kbps / s, even on the condition that the PHASE 3 plan is achieved for Phase 3, namely nearly 42,000 Leo satellites to shoot in the orbit.

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Professor Dr.-Ing. Kristof Obermann by the Technical University of Central Hesse, heise introduces another criticism into the field. Since the StarLink network requires a very high installation cost of the participant, the satellite network is also unrivaled compared to existing mobile radio technologies in his view.

rather for business customers

A big advantage, the StarLink brings with it, its very low latency. For this reason, it is not only for professional applications such as high-speed trading in the financial industry, but also for IoT, autonomous driving or machine communication as well as 5G low latency applications. Starlink is therefore more likely to be less interested in private, but rather for business customers. Gundbert Scherf, Partner and Responsible for Tech Topics at the McKinsey corporate and strategy consultancy, expressed itself to the Handelsblatt as follows: "Private customers are not necessarily the core target group for StarLink. More important are commercial customers ...".

with Microsoft already has the satellite network of Spacex already to show a prominent user. The Tech-Giant is a partner of StarLink and intends to market satellite entrances to its cloud platform Azure via the network as part of Azure Space.

thomas weschle / editorial finance.net

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