New tiers have been added to SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service, but they come at a price, according to The Verge. The new Starlink Premium service, which boosts speeds from 50 to 250Mbps while maintaining the same latency, provides download rates of 150 to 500Mbps while maintaining a latency of 20 to 40 milliseconds. Upgrading from the regular plan’s 10 to 20 Mbps to the Premium plan’s 20 to 40 Mbps boosts upload speeds as well.
However, you’ll have to pay five times as much for a performance improvement of nearly twice. In contrast to the normal service, which costs $99 per month, Starlink Premium will cost $500 a month. Antenna and other hardware costs $2,500, whereas standard package costs $499, and a $500 deposit is required to reserve the Premium dish.
Starlink high performance antenna https://t.co/83kIQSNV3l— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 2, 2022
In addition to increased performance in “severe weather situations,” SpaceX claims that customers will receive priority 24/7 support with the new service. Due to its weatherproofing, it may be the sole high-speed internet option in many rural locations.
A new rectangular satellite dish, which is smaller and thinner than the round one that was originally presented by SpaceX in October of last year, has been revealed. Even during high network traffic times, SpaceX claims that the new Premium antenna “helps ensure bandwidth for vital activities,” according to the company.
There have been about 2,000 satellite launches thus far, with around 1,500 of those now operating. There are already 4,408 satellites in the existing system, which is roughly quadruple the amount of satellites approved. Orders for the Premium tier will begin shipping in Q2 2022, so if you’re interested, you can do so now.