SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, has been putting ‘swarms’ of small satellites into orbit all year within the framework of its Starlink project, aimed at offering Internet access globally.
Although, for now, It hardly offers this service in some areas of the United States (although it does so at speeds higher than those enjoyed by 95% of its population), it is shortly in a technical position to offer it to most of the globe.
But there would still be a small stumbling block: the political, which happens by obtaining in each case the permission of the national authorities. Y in the case of Spain and the rest of European countries that would mean, according to their own calculations, that the first users of Starlink would begin to be able to enjoy the service towards February or March 2021.
Of course: lacking a common approval mechanism for this kind of services, nothing guarantees that Spain will be one of the European countries that approve the implementation of Starlink at that time.
Starlink has “only” launched 900 of the planned 12,000 satellites so far.
Worthy connections for Emptied Spain?
The objective is that, once the service finally leaves the beta phase and is officially available in a general way, access to the Internet through its satellites will cost its users around € 83 per month: that is, € 2.7 per day in exchange for being able to access the Internet even if you live in the middle of nowhere.
We do not have to say the importance that this can have in most of our national territory, the infamous ‘Empty Spain’, which sees the rise of teleworking one of his last opportunities to recover population.
And it is that, currently, in more than half of the rural areas they do not have any offer that allows them to access speeds greater than 100 Mbps, and in almost 15% of them the access speed barely reaches 30 Mbps.
Against that, already in the beta phase Starlink offers variable speeds of between 50 and 150 Mbps in the US and in some cases they have reached 203.74 Mbps and a ping of 18 ms.
Of course, let’s not forget the negative side: despite the affordability of the aforementioned monthly payment, in this first phase Starlink customers are having to pay for the installation of antennas prices around 500 dollars.