SpaceX’s satellite internet service, Starlink, will begin providing download speeds of 300Mbps this year, double the maximum speeds that users can currently get on the beta service, according to its CEO Elon Musk.
As a reminder, the beta version of Starlink is advertised as having data speeds that vary from 50 Mb / s to 150 Mb / s and a latency of 20 ms to 40 ms. It targets regional areas with low coverage. As of October, it charges a flat fee of $ 499 for the Wi-Fi router, power supply, cables, and mounting tripod, and then a monthly subscription of $ 99 for broadband satellite service. The service should also be launched soon in France, where it has just obtained authorizations from Arcep in order to market its user equipment.
“The speed will double to around 300 Mb / s, and the latency will drop to around 20 ms later this year,” Elon Musk said on his Twitter account. Be careful, however: Starlink users will need to install a mobile application and ensure that the antenna has a direct field of view on Starlink satellites. “If any object such as a tree, a chimney or a pole interrupts the path of the beam, even briefly, your internet service will be interrupted,” warns SpaceX.
Soon available in France
Latency, which measures the time it takes for your internet signal to travel back and forth in space, will also drop to around 20ms this year, according to Elon Musk. Latency of less than 100ms was one of the key metrics SpaceX needed to achieve to participate in America’s $ 16 billion rural broadband deployment plan. Starlink currently has more than 10,000 users in its North American beta program, according to recent filings with US authorities.
SpaceX claims to be able to meet or exceed 100 to 120 Mbps throughput for individual users, and achieve 95% performance in round-trip network latency measurements at 31 milliseconds or less. It has also successfully tested a stand-alone voice service on the Starlink network.
As a reminder, Elon Musk’s service – which claims to fight the digital divide by making broadband accessible in the most remote rural areas – should soon be available in France. In a salvo of authorizations made public Thursday evening, the telecoms gendarme allowed SpaceX to operate its gateway stations as well as its user terminals. Arcep had previously authorized the space giant to set up three land bases in France last October.
Managed by the company Tibro, a SpaceX bogus in France, these three bases, which will be used to interface the Starlink satellites and the ground by operating on the 18 GHz and 28 GHz frequency bands, are located in the towns of Gravelines, Villenave d’Ornon and Saint-Senier de Beuvron.