The trend is increasingly to do without an Internet provider, as many users seem to suffer from a very slow connection. Due to the current demands of work-from-home setup and distance learning, a stable Internet connection is necessary. In many cases, the only reasonable solution is to connect via satellite to get a really fast connection. Thus, Amazon’s Project Kuiper, with a speed of 400Mbps, has always been the more efficient choice for many. But things will heat up with SpaceX’s soon-to-be competitor Starlink, scheduled for launch in 2021.
Stable internet connection needed for streaming, video calling and gaming encourages users to switch to Starlink
While waiting for numerous tests, people have been raving online about switching to Starlink. According to a survey on Reviews.org, over 50% of 500 respondents over the age of 18 said they were ready to sign up for Starlink’s beta program. Despite disclosing the cost of $499 for the antenna and router exclusive of a $99 monthly payment, which is more expensive than what they currently pay. The average monthly cost of Internet payers is 65, yet the results still show that over half are willing to make the deal.
In addition, the survey also revealed the deciding factors for respondents. 74% said they needed a stable Internet connection for streaming, 72% for video calling, and 56% for online gaming.
Many users also concluded that switching to Starlink would save money in the long run, even though it is more expensive than the average monthly Internet price. Broken down, Starlink turns out to be a more cost-effective option, costing $0.96 per Mbps, which equates to 104 Mbps for downloads. Compared to the average cost of $1.13 per Mbps among competitors, it’s definitely a smarter decision to switch to Starlink.
Starlink is cheaper than the competition
Starlink has faster speeds compared to other satellite internet providers, while also lowering latency to a great extent. Currently, the latency is 39 milliseconds. The quality of the connection is as good as that of a cable connection, although it cannot yet surpass the speed over fiber. Moreover, Starlink’s Internet connection can work in cars if you have the right equipment.
The survey shows that most people in the U.S. are willing to try new options and pay more for a faster Internet connection because of current lifestyle demands. More than ever, a faster connection is needed to maintain work or education.
The United States and the United Kingdom are not the only places where Starlink has launched its beta testing services. It has also entered Greece, Australia and Germany, where the broadband service is said to have already received approval.