SPACEX announced a new tier of its Starlink satellite internet service – and it costs 500 dollars a month.
The new service will offer a larger high-performance antenna and speeds of 150 to 500Mbps (with 20 to 40ms latency), up from the 50 to 250Mbps offered by its regular service.
Premium will also offer enhanced upload speeds of 20 to 40Mbps, which is almost double Starlink’s standard.
Musk shared the announcement on Twitter where he states that the enhanced service “has twice the area of our standard diverging array with a wider scan angle.”
Musk also added on his Twitter thread that since the service can only “support a limited number of users in one region,” potential customers should order early.
However, this increase in performance did not come with a price increase.
While the standard Starlink service costs $99 a month plus a one-time fee of $499 for the hardware, Premium will set you back $2,500 for the antenna and a whopping $500 a month .
To pre-order a deluxe meal, customers must also place an additional $500 deposit fee.
Premium, which claims to have no long-term contracts, no data caps, and no exclusivity agreements required, is ideal for “small offices, storefronts, and mega-users across the globe.” according to the Starlink website.
Furthermore, the service is designed to withstand “extreme weather conditions” and will provide 24/7 customer support.
Starlink Premium is available to order now, while deliveries are expected to begin in Q2 2022.
Musk has long stated that one of SpaceX’s biggest goals is to reshape the way people receive internet services.
“We’re really talking about something that’s, in the long run, like rebuilding the Internet in space,” Musk said during a speech in Seattle when he unveiled the Starlink project in 2015.
Since then, Starlink has come a long way with more than 1,800 satellites currently in orbit, and another 40,000 planned for launch.
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