Looking to the stars in 2021 is going to take on a whole new meaning, thanks to Elon Musk. Whether its Tesla Motor Company, SpaceX or Neuralink you can tell he is a bit ambitious (or fanciful) in his professional endeavors. But the one that has been flying under (or over) the radar has been Starlink.
Starlink is a satellite-based Internet Service that will be able to deliver cable like speeds from a satellite. Now you may wonder what all the hoopla is about when it comes to Satellite Internet, with companies like HughesNet and Viasat already providing this specific service to consumers, and huge conglomerates like Comcast, Verizon and others providing gigabit speeds over a cable medium; how could Starlink even stand a chance? Well let’s look at what separates Starlink from the rest:
- Global Coverage
- Larger cable providers (like Verizon & Comcast) are bound by infrastructure hurdles and the gobs of time it would take to lay down miles and miles of wire and other materials needed to bring worldwide internet. Starlink bypasses all of this with the breakthrough reusable rockets engineered at Tesla.
- School districts, Businesses and homes in rural areas would now have access to the high speed internet like the bigger counties do. More people, businesses and school districts with high speed internet will fuel growth in all directions.
- Comparable Speeds
- Current HughesNet download speeds are clocked at 25 Mbps. Starlink guarantees at least 50 Mbps in the most remote areas and up to 125 Mbps in most areas. Huge difference!
- Current HughesNet latency speeds are a staggering 643ms as to Starlink is guaranteeing latency under 20ms at all times, this to me is a game changer and a main reason to love Starlink.
- The Future is Bright
- Starlink has committed to increasing their download speeds on a steady pace, telling current customers you can look forward to 300 Mbps “at some point this year”
- This will force companies like Verizon, Comcast and even Amazon (Project Kuiper) to provide either a similar service or drop the prices of current cable-based internet cost.
- Gigabit speeds while you’re on the beach? Or at a sporting event? Stay Tuned.
Elon Musk has his fair share of critics but things like Starlink is what makes the future bright, not only for Starlink users but for all. Will you be signing up for Starlink? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!