SpaceX recently launched a satellite Internet service called Starlink,media reported. While the service is still a long way from commercialization, Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, revealed more details about the service at a meeting yesterday.
First, Musk made an ambitious statement about Starlink’s performance in the real world — in rural areas, network latency should be less than 20 milliseconds. While many professional players think it’s ideal to reach levels below 10 milliseconds, according to him, this is enough for competitive “rapid response” games.
However, for underserved rural players, 20 milliseconds is likely to be enough to meet their needs. As for bandwidth, Musk is reluctant to give details, but says his web service allows users to don’t have to worry about speed when doing things like watching high-definition movies and playing games.
In addition, Musk noted that Starlink does not apply to everyone. If you already have a gigabit connection from at-amp;T, Google or a local provider, Starlink is certainly not going to compete. In fact, competition isn’t even Musk’s goal — he says Starlink’s goal is to serve users who can’t reach the web anyway, so the service doesn’t pose a huge threat to other ISPs.
In fact, Musk believes Starlink will benefit other telecommunications companies because it will serve 3 or 4 percent of the most difficult customers to reach, as well as those who don’t currently have a network connection at all. In Musk’s view, by attracting these customers, the heavy burden on other ISPs will be reduced.
It remains to be seen whether the ISP agrees with Musk.