Elon Musk To Bring Rural UK Homes A Fast, New Internet Service
Wednesday, 27th January 2021
Many of us take fast internet for guaranteed... but there are still some people in the UK that don’t have access to superfast connections. If you live in the most rural parts of the country, this might be all too familiar to you.
However, there is hope on the horizon! Elon Musk, the richest person on Earth and founder of the electric car brand Tesla, has been using his rocket company, SpaceX, to send Starlink satellites into space.
While the company has been offering their Starlink internet service to people in America and Canada, it is now been approved by the communications regulator Ofcom and is available to select customers in the UK.
How does Starlink’s satellite service work?
To date, Starlink has approximately 960 satellites in orbit, with the goal of eventually surrounding Earth with up to 42,000 satellites.
These satellites can deliver an internet connection to those who are currently too rural for a broadband connection.
According to their website, Starlink offers ‘performance that far surpasses that of traditional satellite internet and a global network unbounded by ground infrastructure limitations’.
It continues: ‘Starlink will deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable.’
Who is eligible to receive Starlink’s satellite internet service?
The first set of customers who are able to get Starlink's internet connection were sent an invite for the ‘Better Than Nothing Beta’ programme in December 2020. This just was a small percentage of the people who expressed an interest in the service.
The selection process for the beta trial isn’t currently known. But if you’re interested, we recommend registering your interest on their website.
What speeds can participants expect?
The email invitation told participants of the beta trial to expect speeds of between 50 and 150 Mbps!
According to Insider, one user said that after receiving his Starlink equipment on New Year's Eve, his download speed jumped from 0.5 megabits per second to 85 Mbps.
That’s fast enough to download a HD film in approximately 2.3 minutes or a full album in just over 9 seconds.
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