The world of the internet seems to be moving in a different direction lately, with both the physical line and wireless technologies growing side by side and landing on the current Fiber to the home and 5G models. The next great evolution in internet technology could be here, if you believe what Elon Musk has to say.
The ever-ambitious Musk has worked through his SpaceX company on a new Starlink system designed to harness the power of satellites to create a more integrated network that will surround the globe and provide the Internet to the masses . It sounds like science fiction, but as with most things he sets his sights on, his company is really pulling off this bold idea with existing beta tests showing speeds between 50Mbps and 150Mbps that can be achieved in certain remote areas. News to which Musk responded in a tweet claiming speeds double to an impressive 300Mbps with a reduced latency of around 20ms. That’s better than most terrestrial connections.
Musk is reminding everyone that mobile connections like 5G will always outpace his Starlink service in densely populated urban areas, but since the core goal is to connect people in more remote parts of the world to the internet, I would say if he can pull what he claims, they will have better connection speeds than what the rest of us will be able to get in metropolitans.
It’s worth noting, however, that the latency of satellite communications will likely always be quite high, but if Musk can indeed get enough satellites in the sky in the coming years, that too could soon be competing with the existing terrestrial link if the right infrastructure is put in place. in situ. That and the interference that bad weather can cause makes this form of communication less reliable from time to time.
Since the best part of Musk’s idea is that people can buy food and connect to Starlink for significantly less than what they could with many other service providers, it’s easy to see how this could be a game changer, especially in many rural parts of Africa and Worldwide. It may be early days as this technology continues to grow, but it seems that the future of the Internet and our connectivity lies not in the massive fiber optic and submarine projects around the world, but in space and the use of satellite technology , which are television networks. leave. What a strange world we live in.
Last updated: February 26, 2021