Elon Musk’s Plan to Make Internet Accessibility Easier
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has rolled out the scope of the public beta test of its Starlink satellite internet service. Saying it is currently accepting 99 dollars StarLink deposits amid a deep chasm of red ink. In addition, according to SpaceX, Starlink users can use the company website to make pre-orders by entering the service address. SpaceX targets to cover some areas in mid to late 2021 and 2022, as provided in the pre-order messages. Additionally, the service will first be rolled out in the U.S, Canada, as well as the U.K.
SpaceX is getting determined to ensure that the project is successful. They must pass through the chasm of negative cash flow to ensure that Starlink is financially stable to carry out the project. This week Musk responded to one of the platform users about financial viability. Saying that every satellite constellation in history has gone bankrupt. Hoping this would be the first that does not. In addition, Musk has publicly admitted that Starlink faces challenges considering the steps it needs to make ahead. However, he said that if the company does not fail, the end user’s cost will improve every year.
What is Starlink and What Does $99 Mean to Subscribers?
In this week’s On the Tech Talk segment, Luis Alvarez, CEO of Alvarez Technology Group, discusses what Starlink is.
According to Luis Alvarez, Starlink is an internet-based, satellite-based internet service that Elon Musk is offering. This was also brought about by the need to provide internet services to the most remote areas that currently do not have internet access. There have been efforts to provide internet in these remote areas by using satellite. But the distance has brought about the challenge it takes to send and receive a signal over 40ms. With such speed, it slows things down and can only be used maybe for browsing. For example, HughesNet has satellites that have specifically been set as lender of the last resort. And do not have huge bandwidth or speed.
How IT Works
Luiz says that Elon, using his ways, has proposed putting a satellite much closer to the Earth. And lower Earth orbit allows even the space stations in preceding like tens of thousands of satellites to cover the entire world as well as provide internet access to anyone on the planet for only $99. Additionally, the internet speed is anticipated to be 150mbps to 200mbps. And latency of about 20-30ms meaning it can be used to even VoIP.
All this effort is meant to provide access to places that do have any other option. Or people who do not want to use broadband. Luiz says that if you can visit the Starlink website, you can sign up for their initial orders expected to come out in the next three to six months. The service is available in Multnomah County. This means that if you live in big surf places where there are no options or in actual rural areas, this might be an option.
You need to get a Starlink kit for a subscriber, a router, as well as a satellite dish for about $499 and $99 a month. The company is claiming that once the setup is built up, subscribers will have internet access of about 10 gigs of bandwidth using the same satellite dishes. Meaning you do not have to upgrade as you will receive an additional speed. Alvarez says that this looked like a game-changer for internet access in rural as well as remote areas.
The idea of deposit follows a similar strategy that Musk used in Tesla. The electric car invited all the potential customers to make pre-orders for cars that were not available yet; the collection of the refundable down payments also helped the company improve its balance sheet.
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