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US News Starlink: Starting signal for Elon Musk's satellite Internet - for 99 dollars a month

20:55  27 october  2020
20:55  27 october  2020 Source:   t3n.de

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SpaceX is entering the extended beta phase with its Starlink satellite Internet service. Cost: $ 99 per month. Elon Musk is dampening expectations.

Starlink-Satelliten werden in den Orbit entlassen. © t3n Starlink satellites are released into orbit.

Almost 900 Starlink satellites have put SpaceX into orbit in the past few months. Now the time seems right to extend the beta test phase. In an email to people who had signaled their interest in the service, SpaceX is now for the first time giving details on the price of the satellite Internet service, as reported by to CNBC . Accordingly, users should pay $ 99 per month for the Internet connection from space.

Starlink: more expensive and initially less fast

Previously, Elon Musk had always promised a price of around 80 dollars. In addition, Starlink users will have to purchase a kit in the future that costs $ 499 once. This includes a user terminal, a tripod for assembly and a WLAN router. SpaceX calls the beta phase a "better than nothing" test. The company also wants to dampen expectations of the performance of the Internet connection, as the letter says.

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After all, 50 to 150 megabits per second should be there at the beginning. The latency is specified as 20 to 40 milliseconds. Later, the latency should drop below 20 milliseconds. In addition, there will be times when the Internet connection is completely interrupted. This state should continue for several months - apparently until significantly more satellites are in orbit and ensure more stable values.

In the so far very limited private test phases, the Starlink Internet should have achieved download rates of more than 100 megabits per second. The latency was given as "super low". So, according to , said SpaceX engineer Kate Tice at the beginning of September, the fastest online games should be playable. In addition, users should be able to stream multiple HD films at the same time.

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Elon Musk's satellite internet could also reach Germany in 2021.

Starlink will initially be launched in the USA and Canada. The internet service should be available almost worldwide as early as 2021 - so probably also in Germany. In this country, the service is likely to be of particular interest to those who do not yet have access to broadband internet. Because otherwise there is the bandwidth offered by Starlink in this country - and in some cases significantly more - at half the price.

According to the SpaceX plans, a total of up to 42,000 Starlink satellites could orbit the earth in the coming years. Enormous, given the fact that there are currently around 2,500 satellites in orbit. And you can already see the Starlink satellites in the sky with the naked eye .

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Starlink start: First customers of Elon Musk's satellite internet are enthusiastic .
A few days ago Elon Musk gave the go-ahead for an expansion of the beta tests of its Starlink satellite internet. The first customers in the USA are now enthusiastic about the service. © SpaceX Starlink satellite launches into orbit. (Image: SpaceX Up to 150 megabits per second and a latency of 20 to 40 milliseconds for 99 US dollars a month are apparently a blessing for many Internet users in rural areas of the USA.

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