"Starlink Maritime": Internet on the high seas costs 5000 US dollars per month

“Starlink Maritime”: Internet on the high seas costs 5000 US dollars per month

SpaceX advertises its new offer “Starlink Maritime” with “worldwide connectivity on the high seas” and promises an Internet connection on boats of up to 350 Mbit/s and low latency. However, the offer is anything but cheap: according to Engadget, $10,000 is due in advance for the required hardware, and the monthly costs are $5,000. However, the service is not yet available in all waters at the start.

The robust version of the satellite dish advertises Starlink for boats, ships, yachts and oil rigs. It should be easy to install and even withstand rocket landings. The company promises end-to-end encryption for secure fleet monitoring including remote access. The service is billed on a monthly basis and can be interrupted and continued at any time – as required.

“Starlink Maritim” – which can already be officially ordered – will be offered shortly after approval by the US authority responsible for communications, the Federal Communications Commission, in early July. This also includes the approval for aircraft and vehicles. The SpaceX-affiliated company submitted the application in March of last year.

The supply of satellite Internet is currently still limited. So far, only the coastal waters of the USA without Alaska, Europe with exceptions in the north, Brazil, Chile and large parts of Australia and New Zealand are covered. In the fourth quarter of 2022 and the following year, further areas are to be developed, reports Engadget.

On Twitter, Elon Musk justifies the prices to a user who describes the costs involved as “intelligent vertical specific pricing”. “It’s dual high-performance ports that are important for staying connected in rough seas and strong storms,” ​​Musk said. Although they are “premium prices”, they are much cheaper and faster than the alternatives.

SpaceX itself paid $150,000 a month for its ships “for a much worse connection” to its ships. The satellite dishes required for reception are designed to withstand salt water, extreme winds and storms.

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