American aerospace company SpaceX has launched the satellite network service “Starlink”. It is expected to deploy 12,000 communication satellites over the earth in the future, using a large number of low-orbit satellite communications to make up for 5G blind spots, and look forward to bringing high-speed network services to the world . As SpaceX began public testing of Starlink satellite network services, the number of participating users exceeded 10,000 in just a few months.
Since most users of Starlink network services currently live in rural or remote areas of North America, it is difficult to connect to the Internet through wired broadband technology, and a few people cannot use wired broadband to connect to the Internet at all. SpaceX’s goal It is hoped that through the Starlink project, a network composed of thousands of satellites can be built, which can provide high-speed Internet services to consumers anywhere on the earth.
In addition to significantly reducing the manufacturing cost of equipment manufacturers, SpaceX also sells satellite antennas at a price of $1,000 lower than the manufacturing cost and provides user installations. A few days ago, the media interviewed more than 50 Starlink network users from 13 states in North America. I am deeply impressed by the quality of the equipment provided by Starlink, especially the satellite antenna.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk previously announced on Twitter that due to the unexpectedly rapid development of Starlink’s satellite network service, it is expected that the Beta test mode will be exited before the end of this summer, and the service will be upgraded soon and can be improved. The range of network connection, and the goal of “fully mobile” is achieved through satellite antennas.
An early user in Montana, USA, pointed out in an interview: “I hope to use this service for a long time.” The user said: “The price of the Starlink network service in the public beta is more reasonable than any existing service. And the performance is better. As long as the Starlink service is available, I will continue to use it.”
SpaceX launched the “Better than Nothing” (Better than Nothing) Starlink network service test plan in October last year. In the United States, the price of the public beta version of this service is US$99 per month, which is approximately NT$2821.5. The equipment fee for the user to connect to the satellite is US$499, which is approximately NT$14221.5. In addition, there is a certain amount of tax, shipping, and the cost of the accessories required to install the antenna.
This user survey includes the price of Starlink network services, installation process, users’ opinions on SpaceX equipment, network speed, service reliability, comparison of Starlink and other services, customer service experience, user concerns, overall impressions, etc. . Since SpaceX’s pricing of user equipment is much lower than the actual cost, about 2/3 of the cost of user equipment is currently borne by the company.
The initial cost for users to obtain Starlink network services ranges from US$550 to US$800, ranging from approximately NT$15,675 to 22,800. This varies according to local taxes, shipping costs, and additional equipment required for installation (such as roof supports or third-party equipment).
Most users think that the monthly fee of $99 is reasonable, considering the average speed of Starlink’s network services, which is cheaper than other satellite broadband services and general Internet broadband.
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell previously pointed out that the company does not intend to increase tiered pricing among consumers, and emphasized that the company hopes that Starlink’s network service prices are as simple and transparent as possible. (Financial Center/Report from Taipei)