Elon Musk’s SpaceX is aggressively testing the Starlink satellite broadband service, and it has now been confirmed that the satellite broadband service will now get a speed boost to 300Mbps this year. that will be double of the maximum speeds that Starlink delivers to customers, which is up to 150Mbps at this time. Starlink, during the beta testing phase, till now offers users broadband speeds between 50Mbps and 150Mbps with the latency expected between 20ms and 40ms, depending on location. With the speed boost, latency will also see a reduction, closer to 20ms, which will further enhance the web browsing experience.
Elon Musk confirmed the speed boost to around 300Mbps and the latency reduction to around 20ms in response to a tweet by a user who received their Starlink broadband kit and shared a screenshot of the service offering them broadband speeds of 130Mbps at their location. “Speed will double to ~300Mb/s & latency will drop to ~20ms later this year," he said. Quite interesting for us lot, Musk again says that Starlink will be able to cover most of the Earth by the end of the year, which may mean that pretty much every country around the world will come within the map service. That could also include India, but Starlink hasn’t confirmed a roadmap yet. “Most of Earth by end of year, all by next year, then it’s about densifying coverage. Important to note that cellular will always have the advantage in dense urban areas. Satellites are best for low to medium population density areas," tweeted Musk.
Earlier this month, Starlink make another push for the satellite broadband service preorders. with the previous public beta testing invites sent out in October last year to sign up for the service. Anyone who is interested can register for the preorder now, and it’ll cost $99 in coverage areas. The service, at this time, is being offered in US, Canada and the UK. But there is good news for everyone around the world, because Starlink says that the satellite internet service will see near global coverage sometime this year. Could this include India? We cannot be sure just yet, but SpaceX has already submitted its recommendations to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) last year, for a considered push for satellite broadband in the country.
The Starlink kit gets you a phased-arrayed’ satellite dish, a tripod and a Wi-Fi router. You can download the Starlink app for iPhone and Android phones to determine the best install location at your home or office. The Elon Musk-owned aerospace company SpaceX intends to provide high speed internet connectivity from the Starlink constellation of satellites. The aim is to offer 1Gbps internet speeds and a global coverage in due course of time, with a fairly low latency of up to 25ms, once the constellation is complete. SpaceX plans to put a total of 12,000 Lower-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites in its Starlink constellation and wrote to the US FCC for permission, early last year, for 30,000 satellites as part of the Gen2 System. A satellite internet system in India could help push connectivity to the regions where wired broadband still remains unavailable, or at best offers inconsistent coverage due to distance or terrain.