Interested in Elon Musk’s internet? Much has been said about Starlink, a satellite internet service that Tesla and SpaceX-owning tycoons will soon sell in different countries.
Recently, a millionaire said through his Twitter account that the service is about 40% faster and has a shorter path than fiber because “processing doesn’t matter”. “We don’t need a ground station everywhere,” he added. “The Arctic will have a lot of bandwidth!”
The process is not a problem. Laserlinks ease the constraints of ground stations, allowing data to travel from Sydney to London via space. This is because the speed of light is about 40% faster and the path is shorter than fiber.
Also, you don’t need a ground station everywhere. The Arctic Circle has great bandwidth!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 2, 2021
In another message, a businessman explained that his satellites, which will be launched within the next few months, have laser links between them, so no local downlinks are needed.
Satellites launched in the coming months will have intersatellite laser links, so no local downlinks are needed. Probably active in 4-6 months.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 1, 2021
Musk’s company has low earth orbit satellites that provide high speed connectivity and low latency. This means that the download time is short. Starlink’s Internet is designed to cover remote areas that traditional businesses cannot easily access.