Musk has been launching its SpaceX rockets for a long time and also uses them to launch its own satellites into space. Starlink, the company behind it, is supposed to enable fast internet worldwide. By 2027, 12,000 new satellites should be in space for this service alone. In contrast to previous Internet services via satellite, the data throughput should be significantly better and the latency should be lower. Starlink is now starting its pre-marketing in Germany via the Starlink website.
The start of the transmission should take place in the course of the year. So that you can be there, you have to order now. The principle of “first come, first serve” applies. In other words: If you wait too long with your order, you will also get access to satellite access later.
This is how much Starlink costs in Germany
The prices that Starlink calls in Germany are huge.
The special hardware required alone costs 499 euros. Unlike a normal satellite dish, its use requires that you have a clear view of the sky. With TV antennas you have to have a clear view of the southern horizon, with Starlink it should be an all-round view. Ideally, the bowl should be in the garden or on the roof.
Starlink charges a further 59 euros once for shipping the hardware. So you are going to get rid of almost 560 euros before you have even received the first data. Sending and receiving Internet data is also expensive. Starlink would like to charge an impressive 99 euros per month. As part of the ongoing beta phase, you can expect data rates of 50 to 150 Mbit / s. The latency times should be around 20 to 40 milliseconds and thus at DSL level.
Offline phases and uncertain access
In addition, you have to expect that with Starlink in Germany you will be offline for a short time every now and then when the satellites are in a constellation that you have no reception. This is because there are currently “only” a little less than 1,000 satellites in space.
Your Starlink account should be available from summer. But it can also take until the end of the year, it says on the order page. It is also about which part of Germany you are in.
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