SpaceX has recently begun offering pre-orders of its Starlink satellite Internet service to Polish users. It is not among the fastest solutions available on the market – subscribers can currently enjoy bandwidth speeds of 50 to 150 Mbps. However, Elon Musk declared that the situation is about to change dramatically.
One of the users testing the Starlink service posted his speed test results, ranging between 77 and 130 Mbps, on Twitter. Musk himself addressed this issue, promising that the Internet speeds will double to 300 Mbps later this year, while latency should drop to around 20 Mbps.
The founder and CEO of the aerospace company also informed Twitter users about his plans for the development of the Starlink system. When asked about satellite Internet coverage, he stated that by the end of 2021, Starlink will reach customers around “most of Earth”, and aim for complete global coverage next year. The billionaire also stressed that cellular will always have the advantage in densely populated urban areas, whereas satellite Internet works best in areas with low to medium population density.
Elon Musk’s company started offering its Starlink service back in October 2020. At the moment it is only available in the US, Canada, and the UK, where it is being tested by 10,000 users. The monthly subscription fee is $99, while the Starlink Kit that includes a mounting tripod, a WiFi router, and a terminal to connect to the satellites is a further cost of $499. Users in Poland have to pay 449 PLN and 2269 PLN respectively, plus 276 PLN for shipping.
Two weeks ago, SpaceX completed another round of funding, in which it raised $850 million. Elon Musk’s space company wants to use these funds to, among other things, expand the Starlink constellation which currently has 1,000 satellites.