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Starlink, a solution in case of an internet crash?

PublishedJuly 31, 2022, 09:06 PM

Electricity shortageStarlink, solution for internet collapse?

Switzerland can take advantage of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite Internet network in the event of a power shortage, writes SonntagsZeitung. However, the cost of commissioning such a system is high.

This long exposure shows the trajectory of the Starlink satellite constellation.

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The war in Ukraine and its consequences for the global economy have again attracted the attention of Starlink, writes SonntagsZeitung. Since Russia has destroyed its internet connections, Ukraine can rely on Elon Musk’s satellite network to maintain the country’s digital infrastructure. Thus, Ukrainians can continue to communicate with their loved ones.

In addition, the American company can help ensure sufficient bandwidth for Internet connections due to possible power shortages. Cellular antennas fail after a short time in the event of a power outage, and the network collapses.

In Switzerland, mobile networks are not well protected against such events. According to the German-language newspaper, Tesla’s boss’s ISP can fix these failures in the event of a power shortage. Starlink has been available in Switzerland for over six months now. However, this requires open areas at height.

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The network is also expensive, SonntagsZeitung adds. The subscription costs 94 francs per month, but you have to add 672 francs to get the satellite dish and network device needed for commissioning. The number of clients of the American company in Switzerland is unknown. There are 400,000 worldwide.

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