Starlink Will Soon Cover Britain With Sweet High Speed Satellite Internet
If you are in the UK, you will soon have the opportunity to source your internet from Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet company.
The startup is in the last stages of obtaining a license to build a ground station on the Isle of Man, one of many steps to provide satellite broadband to the entire UK (via The Telegraph).
The Isle of Man is a perfect choice for wireless internet provider. Many northern regions of Britain cannot be reached by 5G, and laying physical cables for broadband is prohibitively expensive.
The ground station appears to be able to relay the signal from the Starlink satellite network, so the signal can reach those areas that normal broadband infrastructure cannot reach.
This would be the third ground station built by Starlink in the UK, with existing ones in Buckinghamshire and Cornwall. The whole of the UK could be served when operational, either from the ground station or from the network of satellites in orbit near Earth.
That would put Starlink in competition with the liberalized broadband market in the UK. It already has a network of satellites in orbit near Earth, OneWeb, which is owned by the UK government.
However, Starlink doesn’t stop in the UK. The company seeks to offer its satellite internet service around the world for this month of September and also offers service on board.
To support this, Starlink has plans to launch 42,000 of its Cubesats by 2027 to provide full global coverage.
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