Elon Musk’s SpaceX company will build a communication station in the UK that allows covering the entire country with Starlink broadband satellite Internet, The Telegraph has found out. Earlier, the United Kingdom launched a test subscription to Starlink, which allows you to use the Internet at speeds up to 150 Mbit / s. Worldwide, Musk’s satellite Internet should start working in the summer of 2021.
The communication station was decided to be equipped on the Isle of Man. The newspaper indicated that Starlink will soon receive a construction license — the process is in the final stage. The project has already received documents for the use of radio frequencies of certain bands and permission to install equipment on the island.
The station will allow broadband coverage of the whole of Britain, including rural areas in the north of the state. As the publication noted, the authorities of the Isle of Man independently issue licenses for radio frequencies, not all working bands are reserved there, and Starlink can take advantage of this.
Earlier, Starlink launched a satellite Internet subscription with a speed of up to 150 Mbit/s in the UK in a test mode. The subscription fee is 89 pounds ($124) per month. The antenna and receiver, through which the drive goes, can be purchased once for 439 pounds ($613.5).
In June, The Secret wrote about Elon Musk’s promise to launch the Internet from Starlink worldwide by the fall of 2021. In February, SpaceX opened pre-orders for connecting to Starlink for $99, but then it was reported that individual regions would have to wait for connection until 2022.
In July, SpaceX installed Starlink equipment in the flood-affected German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Residents of the region received free access to the Internet and mobile communications.
Starlink is a project of a near-Earth satellite system. Its goal is to create a cheap and high-performance satellite Internet communication channel and technical transmitters for receiving and transmitting signals from Earth and orbit. SpaceX plans to launch a total of almost 12,000 satellites. By the beginning of 2021, more than 1,000 satellites have been put into orbit.