The penultimate crazy idea of Elon Muskfounder and chief executive of multinationals Tesla y SpaceXhas been in operation for a week and its performance is well above expectations. The Starlink project with space internet is bringing a more than decent connection to remote places on the planet.
At the end of October, Space X, the promoter of the project, sent thousands of emails to select the first clients for its satellite internet. A solution, for now, in beta and for which a special antenna is necessary to connect to the galaxy of Starlink satellites.
To access them it is necessary to pay about 420 euros and in exchange, company users say, “speeds higher than those of 95% of the United States population” are achieved.
In the absence of official data shared by the company owned by Elon Musk, the first lucky ones to navigate with this space internet have shared the results of the first tests.
The numbers provided on the social website Reddit They boast a good connection with speeds that reach 203.74 Mbps, while the upload speed is 42.58 Mbps and the lowest ping is 18 ms. “Starlink changes the rules of the game forever,” users point out on social networks.
Nevertheless, Complaints are also numerous, as several guests have reported that “there are micro-disconnections between 10 and 15 seconds” every quarter of an hour. Falls, yes, foreseen by the company itself.
For the full functioning of the Network, Elon Musk’s firm plans to use more than 10,000 satellites and, at the moment, there are only 900 in orbit.
Objective: the rural world
«Starlink is not a threat to operators. I want to be super clear, it is not. In fact, it will be a help for operators because it will provide service to the most difficult customers, those to whom operators already have problems providing that service with landline telephone lines or even with telephone antennas,” Elonk Musk pointed outalso CEO and founder of Starlink, at the beginning of the year.
Its objective is to achieve a latency “below 20 milliseconds”, a figure far from what 5G or fiber optics can provide. in big cities. “The challenge for something that is space-based is that the size of the cell is gigantic and it is not good for high-density situations,” Musk noted in March.