March 28, 2023

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Some Canadians in the StarLink Internet beta have welcomed the improvements

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Earlier this month, Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink Internet program Began sending beta invitations to Canadians In Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. People who signed up – and paid a large down payment to join the board – are now starting to reap the benefits.

CBC News Greg Reconas, who lives on the Kingston Peninsula in New Brunswick, spoke to Starlink about a significant improvement over his previous Internet setup. Reconus signed up to test Musk’s satellite internet service and said a week later, CBC News It “changes everything.”

Reconas says he works for an IT company from home, needs to connect with him from time to time, and that his previous DSL link internet service sometimes forced him to turn off his webcam during video conferences. According to CBC News, Problems have become so bad, Reconus is thinking of going somewhere with better internet.

With Starlink‌, Reconus can stay where he is. He said CBC News The program is welcomed in rural New Brunswick, where it allows video conferencing, downloads, streaming and better connectivity.

Since May 2019, Musk’s SpaceX rocket company has been exploding clusters of 60 low-Earth orbit (Leo) satellites. Overall, there are 955 satellites in LEO (Approximately 550 km from the planet). The company expects to have 12,000 satellites in orbit by 2024.

These satellites power the Starlink program, which provides high-speed Internet access to people in some parts of the world without access to high-speed Internet.

Invitations sent earlier this month listed Starlink Internet cost as 9 129 per month, while the satellite dish needed to connect was 9 649, which brings the initial cost of ownership to $ 800. Furthermore, the StarLink team stated that beta participants can expect speeds of 50 to 150 Mbps and a delay of 20 to 40 mm.

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At the same time, most rural internet customers already pay monthly prices in that range for slower and less reliable internet connections. Pre-hardware costs aside, $ 130 per month for internet of that speed would definitely be fascinating. Urban Canadians can use that kind of speed to get low, but in most parts of the country, Starlink is a more costly option.

It remains to be seen how Starlink will handle the increased customer loads, especially when it is fully launched. But if it continues to provide this level of service and is done reliably, it will be a big success for rural Canadians.

Source: CBC News