SpaceX continues to launch satellites to gradually build the network that will give Internet coverage to everyone. Starlink will, in principle, offer latencies of 25 ms and speeds up to 1 Gbps. Elon musk He stated that the service would be available this year, and it seems that it will be, where the coronavirus would not have caused delays.
Yesterday they launched another 60 satellites into space, where they already have a total of 420 in orbit. Elon Musk published a couple of months ago the first tweet sent through this network, which will work by placing a receiver on our roof that will automatically follow the satellites to guarantee the fastest and most stable connection.
422 satellites launched, 415 operational
Specifically, there are already 422 satellites orbiting, of which 415 are operational as seven of them have been purposely deactivated or have deteriorated. In the coming years, the network will exceed 10,000 satellites, but they already have plans to reach around 40,000 to reach almost anywhere in the world. Thanks to this, it will be possible to have satellite Internet in areas where no fixed or mobile network arrives, or where the current satellite network offers limited connections in traffic and with high and very unstable latency.
Elon Musk initially said he hoped Starlink could start signing up for the U.S. hurricane season, which begins in June and ends in late November. The fork was very broad but has now stated that the first private betas will kick off in about three months (in late July) and that the public beta for everyone will be available in about six months (around the end of November). And they will do it first in high latitudes, where Spain has the “luck” to share freedom with the United States.
Closed beta in summer and then open beta at the end of the year
The private beta will probably include members of SpaceX, Tesla or their families first, as Tesla itself already does, testing among its workers the latest software news before releasing them to users. It is also possible that some media may prove it. The key is to receive constructive criticism and to improve the service for end-users.
The speed of 1 Gbps was something that Elon Musk announced when they revealed Starlink, but in recent months they have said that the connections will serve to stream without problems and make normal use of the Internet. This raises doubts as to whether the speed will even reach 100 Mbps since a 30 Mbps connection is enough for what they claim. What Elon Musk did say is that the connection is stable enough to play online.
At the moment there are other unknowns, such as what will be the price of the terminal that we will put on our roof, or if they will sell their service directly to the user or will use operators in each country as intermediaries. The public beta probably has a waiting list and figures that probably won’t exceed 10,000 users. Depending on how it progresses, that beta will gradually open to more users, so the service can probably be hired in early 2021 without much difficulty if no problems arise along the way.