SpaceX Starlink Satellite Internet Coming to Greece
SpaceX is set to bring high-speed Starlink satellite internet to Greece in 2021, reports Greek City Times.
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Starlink is a satellite internet constellation being deployed into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) by SpaceX, currently in limited beta testing in the U.S. and Canada with early positive reviews. It has also managed to bring high-speed internet to underserved rural areas, such as an indigenous community in Canada.
SpaceX has apparently set its sights on Greece, as executives are already in talks with the National Telecommunications and Post Commission of Greece and the Greek Ministry of Digital Government to obtain the required operating licences.
SpaceX stated, “fast satellite internet will be brought to everyone in Greece, and the coverage of all Greek territories by the satellites of the Starlink program of SpaceX is expected to be completed within the first quarter of 2021.”
Internet connections currently available to the general population in Greece offer speeds between 5 Mbps and 50 Mbps, with an average of 15 Mbps per connection. With peak speeds of well over 150 Mbps, Starlink will instantly become the fastest Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the Greek telecommunications market.
SpaceX is reportedly already working on building infrastructure to support the Starlink service in Greece, along with deploying fibre networks and satellite receiver stations. The company hopes to have Starlink up and running in Greece by April 2021.