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Musk’s Starlink Officially Launched; Beta Testing Opens Later This Year

Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mondal is writer at TechGenyz

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The Space internet helmed by Musk’s ‘Starlink Project’ is almost here, and the netizens found out that the maximum download speed could exceed 60M, lower than what Musk had first expected it to be. In just a year, SpaceX had launched over 60 Starlink satellites into space.

Elon Musk had started on this project with the agenda to bring fast internet to remote areas. The question that automatically arises is that of internet speed. The tests are already being carried out in the United States and southern Canada.

According to the testing, the maximum download speed is clocked at 60Mbps and the 4K HD online live broadcast is unimpeded making it expensive. The slowest download speed was clocked at 35.49Mbps. Musk and his team had apprehended that the network could achieve a maximum speed of 1Gbps which is 180 times the current average network speed.

According to the data transmission standard of the Speedtest website, a transmission speed of 50 Mbps takes about 160 seconds to transfer a 1GB large file. Starlink network could achieve that goal in two minutes. However, when it comes to using 4K online live broadcasts, Musk’s network passed with flying colors.

It may sound spotless in terms of usage, but when it comes to pricing, it may not look so beautiful. Although Starlink refrained from commenting on its monthly rental fees, experts estimate that the cost could go as high up as $100 per month. As for the delays in the network, the FCC document states that the delays include propagation delay and processing delay.

Starlink has a minimum delay rate of 20ms, and gamers have reasons to believe that the ping is good for gaming. Starlink’s alpha test is available only in rural areas in Washington state as of now. Beta testing is expected to begin later this year in northern parts of the US and in southern Canada.

The potential Beta testers would have to meet certain criteria laid out by Starlink which include – a wide view of the sky in the northern area, the latitude of the area being within the range of 44 degrees – 52 degrees, and being willing to complete multiple surveys about services within 2 months, agree to receive and install the equipment correctly. The testers need to pay $1 to Starlink’s billing system.


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