Musk takes another step towards a cheaper Internet network with Starlink, Telecom News, ET Telecom

Musk one step closer to a cheaper Internet network with StarlinkWashington: SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, launched 60 more Starlink satellites aboard the Falcon 9 rocket for deployment into low earth orbit, bringing the constellation to 788 as the company prepares for a public beta of broadband service affordable satellite.

Starlink’s 13th launch wrapped up Sunday from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

“As our Starlink network is still in its infancy, the Starlink team continues to test the system, collect latency data, and perform service speed tests,” the company said in a statement.

SpaceX said the team recently installed Starlink terminals on the Administration Center building and in 20 private homes on the Hoh Tribe Reservation, located in a remote area of ​​western Washington state.

SpaceX recently presented the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Starlink Internet performance tests showing it was capable of download speeds between 102 Mbps and 103 Mbps, from download speeds of 40.5 Mbps to not quite 42 Mbps and a latency of 18 milliseconds to 19 milliseconds.

“Once these satellites reach their target position, we can deploy a fairly large public beta in the northern United States and hopefully southern Canada,” said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. , in a tweet earlier this month.

“Other countries will follow as soon as we receive regulatory approval.”

Gigabit speeds are expected to be offered, i.e. internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps, with fairly low latency of up to 25ms.

Starlink plans to offer these internet services for around $ 80 per month, priced at par if not lower than similar broadband plans in most countries, including India.

Starlink satellites orbit the Earth at an altitude of about 500 km, much closer to the Earth than traditional broadband satellite services.