The UK has given the thumbs up for SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service, and users in the nation have already received their gear for the company’s public beta test.
The antennas for the satellite broadband system founded by Elon Musk, Starlink, have been permitted a license by the United Kingdom communications regulator, opening the gateway for the company’s development into another major market.
It will compete against providers such as OneWeb, which government investment polemically saved from bankruptcy on November 20.
For the amateur, Starlink is a satellite internet company established by Elon Musk’s space exploration corporation ‘SpaceX’. With the help of Starlink satellite, Mr. Elon Musk plans to deliver broadband internet around the world, using 42,000 satellites in the low Earth orbit. These will help communicate fast internet signals to the earth and help deliver superfast internet connections across the world.
His Space X company has launched more than 800 into orbit already and predicts to have 12,000 in the sky by the year 2026.
At end of December 2020, Musk said through Twitter that it “will most likely make sense for Starlink to go public once the revenue growth is practically foreseeable.”
People in the United Kingdom who signed up for SpaceX’s “Better Than Nothing Beta” test have started getting the Starlink kit, which costs £439, or about USD 600, upfront, plus £84, or about USD 120, for a monthly subscription.
“The early pricing we’ve seen is probably too high for mass adoption,” telecoms analyst Matthew Howett told the local news channel.
“Nevertheless, the likely competition between OneWeb and Starlink might help it become a more reasonable option for consumers.”
As per the details, European Union officials have signed on a study for a low-earth orbit constellation close to Starlink that would offer benefits including secure government communications and speedy internet service to “isolated communities.”