The UK Starts to Test SpaceX's Starlink Satellite Internet Service
Britain has received a license from SpaceX's Starlink satellite Internet service. Regulator Ofcom reportedly issued the permit back in November. The permit will allow Starlink to compete with UK terrestrial and satellite providers such as BT Group Plc, Inmarsat Group Holdings, and OneWeb.
It is noted that British customers received kits for the Starlink satellite Internet public beta test. In early tests, Starlink download speeds averaged 80 Mbps in the UK. UK residents have already started receiving Starlink kits from SpaceX for £440 ($600). The monthly fee for the test service is an additional £85 ($120).
SpaceX rolled out beta testing of Starlink satellite Internet in North America last October. According to Elon Musk, some US states, particularly Florida, will be able to access the public beta version of the Starlink satellite Internet only in January. And in Europe, the launch of the Starlink Internet can be expected in February-March 2021.
Recall that Elon Musk's Starlink company's goal is to provide ultra-high-speed broadband Internet to the whole world using tens of thousands of satellites in Earth orbit.