Recently, the billionaire said through his Twitter account that this service will be about 40 percent faster than fiber and a shorter path, because “processing is not an issue.” He also added that there is “no need for ground stations everywhere,” and that the “Arctic will have great bandwidth! ”
Processing is not an issue. Lasers links alleviate ground station constraints, so data can go from say Sydney to London through space, which is ~40% faster speed of light than fiber & shorter path.
Also, no need for ground stations everywhere. Arctic will have great bandwidth!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 2, 2021
In another message, the businessman explained that his satellites that will be launched in the coming months have laser links between satellites, so a local downlink is not needed.
Our satellites launching in next few months have inter-satellite laser links, so no local downlink needed. Probably active in 4 to 6 months.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 1, 2021
Musk’s company has low-orbit satellites that offer high-speed connectivity and low latency, which means that download times are shorter. Starlink’s internet was designed to cover remote areas where traditional companies cannot easily reach.