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SpaceX reveals premium Starlink satellite internet with 500-Mbps speeds

SpaceX reveals premium Starlin...
A larger dish will allow Starlink Premium users to tap into faster download speeds
A larger dish will allow Starlink Premium users to tap into faster download speeds
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A larger dish will allow Starlink Premium users to tap into faster download speeds

As it continues to build out its constellation of satellites designed to blanket the Earth in high-speed broadband, SpaceX has introduced a new premium version of its Starlink internet. Using a bigger antenna, high-end users will soon be able to tap into much faster download speeds, though they can expect to pay a pretty penny for the service.

SpaceX began launching its Starlink satellites into space back in 2019, seeking to establish a network of satellites that beam high-speed internet back to Earth to offer connectivity across the globe. There are now almost 1,800 of them in action as the company rapidly expands its coverage, though not without controversy as astronomers increasingly find their observations contaminated by bright streaks of light as the satellites are blasted into space.

Standard Starlink users are able to tap into download speeds of 50 to 250 Mbps with 20 to 40 ms latency, while Starlink Premium users will have access to download speeds of 150 to 500 Mbps (at the same latency), according to SpaceX. Upload speeds have also been doubled from 10 to 20 Mbps to 20 to 40 Mbps.

SpaceX says the Premium service is designed for improved performance in extreme weather, and is aiming it at high-demand users who it says will experience "bandwidth for critical operations even during times of peak network usage." Users will also have access to 24/7 prioritized support, and as with the standard service, there are no contracts or data caps.

It will cost a great deal more than the standard service, however, at US$500 a month compared to $99. There is also a $2,500 upfront fee for the antenna and other hardware, five times the $499 setup cost of the standard plan. SpaceX says the first deliveries will take place in the second quarter of this year.

Source: SpaceX

6 comments
6 comments
MikeDalton
It appears they are trying to limit demand with that price, but I think they are underestimating how popular this will be. Even with that odd overlap in the bandwidth speeds, tech workers who have decided to become country mice will jump at the chance for possible half gig downloads and higher network priority. After all, they don't really need that new car payment anymore.
Username
When Skynet..er.. Starlink was first announced it was to be less costly than normal services. I guess if you're going to miss a target, might as well miss it by a mile!
christopher
@Username - how much would it cost to get 500mbps/40m down/up in a rural area in USA (or anywhere else on earth for that matter) ? You'd have to cobble-together dozens or more cellular services, which is definitely going to cost more than both the setup and the monthly Starlink fees...
If you live in a city, you won't be getting Starlink for a pile of reasons (slower, more latency, ... and not least being the fact that you won't have permission to put the antenna on the landlords roof...)
guzmanchinky
And someday this will be dirt cheap. Maybe even free.
Tyro
@Username - I live in rural Canada. I was paying $300-400 per month (depending on usage) for cellular internet with data caps and speeds around 80 Mbps on a good day. I received my Starlink dish a few months ago and I now pay $149 per month for an average of 115-140 Mbps (peaks around 200) and no data caps. The hardware has already been paid off with savings and the system is much more reliable than the old one. In my situation Starlink is extremely successful.
Jedi Beavis
I work for a company where I manage ISPs for over 600 locations. Many are more rural, with access to DSL only, sometimes 6Mbps. Or, some that have fiber, business level fiber, that costs $400 or more for 10x10.