Moving vehicles could soon get access to high-speed internet says tech radar.
- All thanks to SpaceX we are not far from easy internet access while travelling.
- This could be a great success for SpaceX and a big help to regular consumers.
- The company has already launched sufficient satellites for efficiency.
SpaceX will now be able to offer Starlink satellite internet to vehicles in motion. This is followed by authorization from the US Federal Communications Commission. The move, originally reported by CNBC, should be a big win for the Elon Musk-led company. This could also be great news for consumers, who may soon have consistent access to high-speed internet whether “driving an RV across the country, moving a freighter from Europe to a US port, or while on a domestic or international flight” in the words of Tom Sullivan, FCC international bureau chief.
In 2019, Starlink launched offers satellite internet access to 36 countries via a network of low orbit satellites. Although the company’s service is not as fast as conventional broadband, the latest tests show the gap is closing. SpaceX already has some new business lined up following the latest authorization. According to CNBC’s reporting, the company has already inked deals with Hawaiian Airlines and semi-private charter firm JSX. Starlink was doing well regardless of the latest win too; SpaceX says it has already launched 2,700 satellites into space and signed up 400,000 subscribers to its service.
The FCC’s decision is not without warning, however, Starlink has agreed to “accept any interference received from both current and future services authorized. Further, any investment in the company will assume the risk that operations may be subject to additional conditions or requirements.”
Although satellite broadband is expected to democratize access to connectivity, Starlink’s network isn’t immune from disruption. The ongoing geopolitical situation could also cause issues for the satellite network. Elon Musk has warned the Ukrainian government and its people that using its dishes to stay connected to the internet could make them a major target of Russian strikes.
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