Starlink is a satellite Internet constellation constructed by SpaceX to provide satellite Internet access. The constellation will consist of thousands of mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit, which communicate with designated ground receivers. Starlink is headed by tech wizard Elon Musk, aimed to deliver “high-speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable or completely unavailable”. It currently only operates for homes/apartments and isn’t mobile, but that’s expected to come in the near future.
Starlink has 60 satellites currently in orbit, with SpaceX indicating that it needs 420 satellites in the constellation to achieve minor broadband coverage of Earth, 780 to provide moderate coverage, and 1,600 to provide solid coverage all across the globe.
What does this mean for an SMB?
While Starlink is a novel idea and may or may not be available in your area just yet, there are other options that have been around for some time including Hughes Net satellite Internet services.
The primary disadvantage to these space-based solutions is the time it takes for packets to be sent and received. These are not designed for Gaming that requires low latency communications or high-frequency trading. On the other hand, they provide a robust method of access to the Internet for remote locations.
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