Elon Musk’s SpaceX started developing Starlink in 2015, with the first prototype satellites launched into orbit in 2018. Starlink is a satellite constellation being constructed by SpaceX for providing satellite internet access. The aim of this program is to offer high-speed internet in regions where wired connectivity is an issue. After announcing that Starlink now serves 10,000 customers, the company has now started taking pre-orders from potential customers.
The SpaceX Starlink pre-booking has started in India as well and currently, anyone can pre-book the internet connection by visiting the official website. The pre-booking amount has been capped at $99 (~Rs 7,220) and the estimated time of rollout is quoted to be 2022. In case you are interested in pre-ordering a Starlink connection, here’s everything you need to know.
What is SpaceX Starlink?
Starlink is a division within Elon Musk-owned SpaceX, which is a growing network of orbital satellites, with the first prototype satellites launched into Earth’s orbit in 2018. Ever since SpaceX has deployed over 1,000 Starlink satellites into orbit through more than 20 successful launches.
These satellites are intended to provide high-speed broadband in rural areas and other parts of the world where wired broadband has not reached yet. In order to make the connection, users will be required to set up a small satellite dish to receive the signal and pass the bandwidth to the router.
Additionally, Starlink is also offering an app on both Play Store and App Store. This app uses the augmented reality tech to help users place their satellite dishes in the best location and position in their home.
How to pre-order SpaceX Starlink?
The pre-order of SpaceX Starlink is already live in India and anyone can go to the official website of Starlink and book a connection. Below are the steps to pre-order a Starlink satellite broadband connection.
- Go to the official Starlink website
- In the ‘Service Address’ box, enter your locality
- Click on ‘Order Now’
- Enter your name, phone number, and email address
- Provide your billing details including name, pin code, and credit card details
- Click on ‘Place deposit’
Bear in mind, the deposit amount is $99 (~Rs 7,220) but it’s fully refundable according to the site.
Starlink broadband price in India
The initial pre-booking deposit amount is $99 (~Rs 7,220). Once the connection is confirmed, the user will have to pay $499 (~Rs 36,400) for the Starling Kit, which includes the satellite dish, a mounting tripod, and a Wi-Fi router. The Starlink internet service is priced at $99 (~Rs 7,220) a month.
Starlink broadband speed in India
As of now, Starlink offers an internet speed in the range of 50Mbps and 150Mbps with latency between 20ms to 40ms. Elon Mush has announced that the speed would be doubled to reach 300Mbps, with the latency being reduced to 20 ms in 2021 itself.
Starlink broadband availability
The website mentions that the coverage would arrive in India in 2022 but will be in limited availability. The orders will be fulfilled by the company on a first-come, first-served basis.
SpaceX Starlink FAQs
How fast will Starlink Internet be?
The Starlink internet speed will vary between 50Mbps to 150Mbps in the initial phases. Elon Musk has announced that the speed will be doubled in 2021.
Will bad weather affect Starlink?
Starlink will detect and melt snow that falls directly on it, however accumulating snow around your Starlink may block the field of view. Additionally, heavy rain or wind can also affect your satellite internet connection, potentially leading to slower speeds or a rare outage. It’s recommended to install the dish in a place with a clear field of view.
Is Starlink broadband unlimited?
SpaceX has announced that at the moment there are no data caps on Starlink internet service.