Elon Musk wants to send thousands of satellites into orbit to provide us with the Internet. This makes it a direct competitor for Internet providers such as Telekom and Vodafone.
Before Elon Musk reaches Musk, he is already thousands of satellites into space. Although they only cover a fraction of the distance between Earth and Mars, they are still an ambitious project. Because Musk wants to use his “Starlink” satellites to supply the world's population with the Internet from space, reports the Business Insider German edition.
Announcements like this not only prick up the ears of the rural population, some of whom are still digitally cut off from the rest of the world, but worry lines also form on the foreheads of the boards of some network operators. After all, who wants to pay hundreds of euros for laying fiber optic cables when there is fast internet with the help of a plug-and-play satellite dish designed by Elon Musk?
In the United States, the Starlink network is already available for tech-savvy first-time users who want to raise a little more money. This is $ 99 a month, plus a set-up fee of $ 499. In return, US users get speeds of around 100 megabits per second.
Musk's satellites, of which the Tesla boss has already shot 800 into space, can initially only provide a good 95 percent of Germany with Internet from space. As of today, 12,000 satellites have been approved, and a further 30,000 should then enable almost 100 percent coverage of the world.
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) confirmed to “ Focus Online ” that Starlink had already submitted applications for the respective frequency assignments in this country: “The frequency assignments by the Federal Network Agency for earth stations are expected to take place by the end of November at the latest, the assignment for the satellite network is expected to be made by the end of the year “, Said a BNetzA spokesman opposite the online magazine.
One subscriber commented on Torque News Youtube channel and wrote, "It would be nice if Starlink would put some satellites in Polar Orbit to assist NASA’s and NOAA’s satellite network in Antarctica. Maybe a higher orbit so there would be less interactions with other orbital paths? Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station only has internet a couple of hours a day."
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