The Internet has become an integral part of our lives. We are always looking for a better network with higher speeds and lower rates.
And an online satellite division of Elon Musk’s SpaceX company called Starlink could be the answer. Focused on rural areas, the company will offer its services to the Indian market at lower prices than the international market, reports LiveMint.
But what exactly is satellite internet? And how does it work?
- What is Satellite Internet?
Unlike existing communications, satellite internet does not require any cables. There are many satellites orbiting the atmosphere, where the Internet will light up.
A satellite dish and modem will be installed to use the service. Radio signals go from our device, to the modem, to the bowl, to the atmosphere and back to Earth. It accesses global channels called Network Operations Centers (NOC) and returns to our devices.
- Benefits of Satellite Internet
Satellite internet has the ability to reach remote and rural areas where cables cannot be reached.
In addition, Elon Musk has revealed support prices for Indian customers.
SpaceX started booking a Starlink service in India earlier this year. Consumers had to pay a deposit of Rs 7,500. As part of the package, Starlink will provide the satellite dish, receiver, and all the necessary configuration tools.
- Fast internet
Starlink will provide a delay of between 20-40 milliseconds and the speed can vary from 100 Mbps to 150 Mbps speed.
Satellite Internet restrictions include changes in weather conditions that will affect the connection.
In addition, installation costs are higher than standard communications.
The director of Starlink India, Sanjay Bhargava, in an interview said the service is expensive and if the same costs are passed on to customers, he will not be able to afford it.
- Rural Connect
Bhargava added that Starlink will provide 100 free schools to schools, 20 of which will be distributed to Delhi schools and another 80 in rural areas around Delhi.
Starlink is in the testing phase in many parts of the world. India expects its arrival by mid-2022. By the end of next year, the company plans to use at least 200,000 Starlink machines, 80 percent of which are located in rural areas.
In addition to Starlink, Bharti Airtel has announced their entry into satellite internet next year.