Starlink has made many headlines in the tech world over its new Starlink satellite internet. Delivering internet signals using hundreds (and eventually thousands) of satellites orbiting the earth at low altitudes and staying in constant communication with each other, Starlink is providing some of the fastest satellite internet ever, and with very low latency.
But what are the disadvantages of Starlink? Here are a few:
Satellite internet is known for having wide coverage. However, Starlink is only in its beta phase right now and only has a fraction of its satellites launched. This means that for the time being, most people don’t have access to it. There’s a thin strip of latitudes in only a few countries that can even sign up. This will improve eventually, but for now its coverage is quite lacking.
This is an advantage for many people. You don’t have to schedule a technician to come to your house, and you don’t have to pay an extra $100 for installation. However, for many this will be a disadvantage. They don’t want to deal with installation guides or ladders or their roofs and the convenience of self-installation turns into an inconvenience.
Starlink is outperforming many satellite internet companies. However, satellite has long been known as the internet type that sacrifices performance for reach. Starlink is no different. What it provides is better than what most people need, but it isn’t going to compare to the top cable and fiber internet companies.
This is common with all satellite internet providers. Weather is an unavoidable obstacle. While many Starlink users are reporting strong signals during heavy rain, there is always going to be at least a small effect, and sometimes even outages.
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