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The flood disaster in Western and southern Germany has hit particularly Rhineland-Palatinate. In addition to roads and municipalities, which are in ruins, the Internet and mobile network is severely limited even days after the floods. The state now provides StarLink satellite dishes fromSpace company Spacex to provide citizens in the catastrophe area with fast and free internet.
previously, twelve of satellite dishes have already been installed, reports the tech portal. In total, 35 starlink bowls are planned, it says. At these locations, the satellite dishes are already active: Liers, Ahrbrück, Brück, Pützfeld, Kreuzberg, Rech North, Rech, Dernau, Marienthal, Heimersheim and Heppingen. Where the remaining bowls are to be set up is not yet officially known.
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The mobile supply is also to be ensured again in the crisis region. So far, the Rhineland-Palatinate Digitalization Minister Alexander Schweitzer have been "more than 70 percent of the well over 500 failed mobile radio stations," reported "T3n". In most cases it was therefore enough to simply turn on the current. Now it should be taken care of the repair of the hard-damaged stations.
The StarLink satellite network is operated by the US space company Spacex. The goal is to enable worldwide internet access.is already over 1660 satellites in the orbit the largest satellite operator in the world.
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"The German language hardly knows any words for the devastation that has been caused here," Chancellor Angel Merkel said.Hundreds in the village of Heimersheim were still without power as police combed the wreckage left by receded water on Sunday to look for bodies and potentially flammable material.