I just received this offer to purchase a beta starlink connection. There is limited number of orders they will accept. I had thought my expression of interest lodged a long time ago went into the void. Well apparently not.
I am due to receive the kit mid to late this year. I will keep everyone informed when I get updated @dirvine . They have taken my deposit and that means I have “priority” to receive a beta kit from the limited supply in my area. No guarantees but I got the email less than an hour ago (I paid within 1/2 hour) so hopefully I was quick enough
It also bypasses our regional restrictions. Although I am sure spaceX has had to agree to things with our government.
I am not sure how spaceX will handle the mandated data retention for 2 years we have here imposed on all ISPs. I am guessing that SpaceX is not going to since that would an excessive expense within the beta program. Also they will likely claim the fact they are not technically operating on Australian territory and the law only applies to those who do. The government will just keep quiet and not let us know that people can bypass the snooping by going to spacex
At this time they reckon I need 100 degree cone of clear view to the sky. I will tomorrow check my back porch and double check I have that. Its some 5 meters off the ground and clear views to the south. It is actually above the close trees so hopefully. The mounting kit is a free standing tripod for the beta and a roof mount would cost extra and prefer not to have that. And I do think I have the 100 degree cone or very close.
By the end of the year there will likely be twice the satellites as now so that cone will be reduced somewhat anyhow.
That might be why the price ($139/$709) is so high. The price I have been seeing in North America is $99 per month and $499 for the hardware which is what this Michigan subscriber just paid about a week ago.
The “killer app” for this technology will be an antenna that works indoors. Think of how many people live in apartments. Another boost will be antenna and service that is transportable, you can take it over to a friend’s place for a special broadcast. Musk says this is in the works. I never see him mention indoor operability though, maybe not feasible.
From everything I’ve read, since beta, this has been a a game changer for rural people. Speeds seem to be consistently above 100Mbps and latency in the 40ms range. If Starlink can maintain those latencies while continuing to increase their speeds to their desired 1gbps point, SpaceX will become a world powerhouse.
Just an update, mainly for Aussie people. Talking to a friend of mine who is high up in an ISP and I asked about starlink and data retention laws.
Well its something I should have already thought of, Yes they will have to retain the data for 2 years and its because they have to comply with Australian laws if they want a license for transmitting equipment of the power required and the frequencies used.